Using the gifts God has given us, to do the work God is calling us to do .
Stewardship at St. Andrew's is an expression of faith. It is not simply the Church’s way of raising money; rather, it is a spiritual discipline that encompasses our very being as Christians.
No. Participation in the Stewardship Program is voluntary.
There are three aspects to Stewardship: Enveloping, Pledging of time, talent and/or treasure, and a Narrative Budget.
If you wish, you will be given a box of numbered envelopes, one for each Sunday of the Year. Each Sunday, you place your financial donation in the envelope and drop the envelope in the offertory plate. The envelope keeps your donation confidential but allows the donor and, if you wish, the church, to keep track of contributions.
If you choose to register the number on your financial donation envelopes, you can obtain an annual summary of your gifts and, in many cases, take a tax deduction.
Recorded donations made via Andrew’s Fund (Texas) can be deducted from US income for income tax purposes. IRS approved tax receipts will be provided. We expect to have a similar tax deduction capability available for Canadian income in the near future.
A pledge is a commitment to share one’s time, talent and treasure with others and to support the work of the church. A pledge is voluntary and has no predetermined amount. You do not make this commitment to the Parish or the Vestry. It is a covenant with God.
No. Your financial pledge can be anonymous. No one need know how much you pledge. If you register your envelope number with the church, only the Treasurer will know how much you donate to the ministries of St. Andrew’s. No one but you will be able to compare your pledge with your donation.
A narrative budget tells the parish story and describes how the congregation’s time, talent and treasure are being put to use.
It enables the church to:
Make a more accurate projection of income and a more realistic financial budget;
Build an inventory of volunteer time and talent to better manage its more than 20 volunteer ministries and activities.
Just as importantly, when we pledge to donate our time, talent or treasure to support the work of the Lord, we are accepting some responsibility for the outcome. It is through this process that we acquire a sense of ownership in the church. We are brought together even closer through this shared commitment and acceptance of responsibility.
We are all familiar with the teaching of the widow’s mite – the story of a woman who demonstrated profound faith in God by giving away all she had. Her story is powerful because she gave from her substance rather than her surplus.
As a society, we tend to exalt our big givers, those who give huge gifts once in a lifetime after they have accumulated significant wealth. While their generosity will always be appreciated, that example of giving misses the point from the perspective of Jesus.
For Jesus, giving is a way of life. It permeates our very being and expresses our fundamental trust in God’s promise to never forget God’s people.
As those committed to the service of the Lord, we need to begin thinking that giving of our treasure is something more than just what is left over. It is not about looking into our wallets on Sunday morning and taking what is there and putting that in the offertory plate.
Giving should be done prayerfully and consciously.