Why is pledging important to your spiritual life?
Jesus taught that giving, serving, and loving are much more important than the things we are taught by our culture: power, authority, a good address, and cars. There is no perfect place to learn these counter-cultural priorities, but churches are our attempt to build communities of loving support that allow us to reflect on the truly important things. At the heart of a church are ways to build generosity. Generosity forces us to think about others more than ourselves. Our stewardship theme this year is “Live Generously.” That theme is based on verses of 1 Timothy: “Take hold of the life that really is life.” Finding that deeper meaning of life is a key attribute of giving and important to spiritual development.
How will your pledge contribute to the life of St. Patrick’s?
The easy answer is that pledges are the lifeblood of all that we do. Pledges allow us to fulfill our mission by providing worship, music, pastoral care, and education. Pledges allow us to be a resource to our community and to support mission projects in DC and in Haiti. The support of our parishioners is key to making that happen. Thank you.
The charts on the back of this page are how the Vestry budgeted to accomplish our goals. As you can see, our biggest income category are pledges. We also raise money to support outreach efforts, receive non-pledge donations, generate facility usage income, and through rental of an apartment in our building. Our biggest expense is compensation and benefits for our three full-time employees and our part-time bookkeeper. We have an amazingly talented team. We also spend money on outreach ministries and for the upkeep of our building and our programming. The Diocesan Pledge helps maintain the bishop’s office, her work, and the wider Episcopal Church.
If you have questions about the budget of St. Patrick’s, please contact the Treasurer Harry Teter.