Our pledges working together--God's power working in us
Our work as St. Stephen's Church is made possible by people who make an annual pledge to sustain the church with a financial gift throughout the year. One-time gifts are important and always welcome, but annual pledges determine the breadth and depth of our ministries in any given year.
If you give regularly to St. Stephen's Church--thank you!--unless you fill out a pledge form or card, the vestry is not able to make plans for our ministries.
How much should I give?
The Bible teaches proportional giving, specifically 10 percent. Making a pledge to support St. Stephen’s throughout the year means that you’re going to be giving even when you don’t feel like giving, and there can be a powerful grace in that. We all worry about money from time to time, and we all try to balance prudence with faithfulness. But if you are giving even at those times when you are worried, the Holy Spirit might just remind you of one of the most important things Jesus ever said: “Do not worry about your life.” God knows what you need, of course. He numbers the hairs of your head and will never leave you. So seek first God’s kingdom, Jesus said, and everything you need will be given to you.
Where does my pledge go?
Ninety percent of this parish's budget is made possible by annual pledges. So pledges to St. Stephen’s Church make possible all our worship services, outreach and service, joint ventures with partner organizations, ministries to families, children and youth, Bible studies, classes, workshops, speakers, pastoral care, upkeep of our facilities--our ministry to the world. Every pledge, no matter the amount, counts.
Make a pledge for 2018
Here's an online pledge form. If you prefer to fill out a paper form, please use the pledge envelope enclosed with the brochure you receive in October, or stop by the parish office. (Any packets not picked up on Sunday, October 8, are mailed.)
Make a payment on your pledge
If you wish to make a payment on your 2017 pledge, please follow this link.