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WHAT IS THE BUDGET?
The 2016 Expense Budget is $475,000.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
The church budget pays for staff, building upkeep and maintenance, program expenses, utilities, and Shared Ministries (also known as Apportionments). Shared Ministries are the funds we are asked to pay to the denominational structures for administration and ministry.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM?
About 96% comes from regular envelope, check, cash and automated giving. The other 4% comes from space use fees.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?
This is a sensitive issue for each household to make prayerfully. Here are some things to consider:
Begin by designating a percentage of your income that may be a bit of stretch this year, and commit yourself to growing that percentage each year. A rule of thumb for some people has been “strive for five and then grow to ten.” Recognize that there will be some things you may not be able to afford by your giving to the church. Are you spending more on cable television than church?Think comparatively with other persons you know: if the average annual household giving for the St. Paul’s congregation is about $2,300, how does your financial well-being compare with the average?
WHO KNOWS HOW MUCH I GIVE?
In general, only the Financial Secretary will know what your pledge is. The pastor is not normally informed of pledges or contributions.
SHOULD I PLEDGE?
For some, pledging is a significant spiritual practice that helps them in developing generosity. We provide Faith Commitment cards for anyone who wishes to make a pledge.
SHOULD I USE ENVELOPES?
Envelopes are particularly helpful to the counters if you pay by cash.
SHOULD I PAY BY CHECK?
Checks provide a good record of giving and can be easier to handle than cash.
IS IT BETTER TO GIVE WEEKLY? IF I MISS A WEEK, SHOULD I DIVIDE UP MY NEXT GIFT INTO DIFFERENT ENVELOPES?
Many people prefer to give monthly, and this is not a problem. Weekly envelopes are a convenience and reminder to givers; it is easier for the counters if you combine several weeks’ gifts into one check, or put several checks in one envelope. It helps us to pay our bills in a timely fashion if you give regularly through the year instead of in a lump sum at the end.
CAN I SET UP AN AUTOMATED PAYMENT PLAN?
Yes! Click here to print out the easy-to-complete enrollment form. Bring or mail the completed form to the St. Paul’s church office (402 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850). Giving by an automated payment plan is a convenience for you and helps the church maintain an even cash flow throughout the year.
IF I CONTRIBUTE THROUGH AN AUTOMATED PAYMENT PLAN, WHAT DO I DO WHEN THE OFFERING PLATE IS PASSED?
You are invited to use the small cards included in each Sunday bulletin to indicate a variety of things you are offering to God this week. One of the items on the list indicates that you contribute through an automated payment plan through Automated Clearing House (ACH) Transfer. We invite you to place one of these cards in the offering plate as it goes by, if you wish.
CAN I GIVE APPRECIATED SECURITIES?
Yes! To find out how, contact Financial Secretary Dick Tenney (firstname.lastname@example.org, 277-6510).
CAN I INCLUDE THE CHURCH IN MY WILL?
Yes! Your attorney can help you with your will to leave a bequest to the church.
WHERE CAN I READ ABOUT THIS YEAR’S STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN?
Click HERE to read a copy of the stewardship letter.
Click HERE to view and/or print a copy of 2017 pledge card with information about the Reconciling Ministries Diversion Option.