Why make an annual pledge?
Financial stewardship is a vital component of our spiritual life. Without financial support the worship, music, education, outreach and other programs that Redeemer provides would not be possible. Each year the Stewardship Committee sponsors a pledge campaign, asking parishioners to make a commitment for the coming year. These commitments enable the Vestry and Finance Committee to create a budget that will support our mission, staff, programs and physical plant. Pledges are the primary source of income for the parish, covering 79% of the budget in 2015. Other sources of income include special events such as the Music at Redeemer Series, facilities use income, the annual Strawberry Festival/Silent Auction, and plate offerings. In 2015, 56% of the budget went to personnel costs, 21% to maintenance and operations, 15th to programs (including Mission/Outreach), and 8% to the Diocese of Washington.
How much should I pledge?
Your pledge is an offering of a portion of your wealth that you give to the doing of God’s work at and through Redeemer. In the Episcopal Church, the traditional guideline, based on scripture, is to tithe – to give one tenth of one’s income to the church. For many, the tithe is a goal to work toward through yearly increases in your pledge. Wherever you start, we encourage you to journey towards giving one tenth to the church as you are able. We hope that all households will make a pledge – even if it is only a small amount per week – as a vital expression of commitment to God and to the parish.
When to give?
Your pledge is what you commit to donate to Redeemer in the coming fiscal year, on a schedule of your own choosing. However, we ask everyone to make a pledge on or before Pledge Sunday by completing a pledge card online, mailing or emailing it to the Parish Office, or bringing it to church on Sunday. Pledge campaign information will be provided to all parishioners well in advance of Pledge Sunday. Pledge amounts can be changed at any time should personal circumstances keep you from fulfilling your pledge or should you decide to increase your pledge at any time during the year.
Pledges are fulfilled on a calendar year basis, beginning January 1, though you may, if you wish, pay your 2019 pledge in 2018. Pledges can be paid as a single gift or in as many payments as you wish throughout the year. Pledges can be paid with a transfer of stock; through electronic fund transfers from your bank; online through Redeemer’s website, or through the year by putting cash or checks in the offering plate in special envelopes provided for that purpose.