Frequently Asked Questions
Does St. James accept donations by credit card? Yes! However, St. James is charged a fee for all credit card transactions. If you can use your bank’s bill pay system instead, we avoid any fees.
What should I do if I can’t give as much as I pledged? We understand that sometimes it is simply not possible to fulfill a pledge because of job loss, emergencies, or other financial hardships. If you are ever unable to fulfill a pledge, please let the Office know, no questions asked, and it is kept completely confidential. This courtesy allows the Executive Board to adjust our budget appropriately.
Can I give more than I pledged? Yes!
How else can I give to the church? Financial offerings are only a part of what makes ministry at St. James possible. Both your individual talents and time are welcome offerings to continue to build God’s Kingdom. You can also make provisions in your estate plans to include a bequest to St. James and become a member of the diocese’s Bishop’s Society.
What is stewardship? I’ll bet the first thing that came to your mind was money, or a personal giving plan for the church. Stewardship is so much more than this. Stewardship is something we should be conscious of in our lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In researching stewardship and talking to others about what stewardship means to them, here are a few definitions:
- Stewardship is the proper and generous use of our time, talent and money.
- Stewardship is about joyfully returning to God a portion of all the gifts which God has so generously showered upon us.
- Stewardship is all that we do with our lives after baptism.
Lives are being changed by us using our gifts through ministry. Sharing our gifts is the definition of stewardship. The stewardship commission is excited to share our ideas with you. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to reach out to any of the commission members. Here’s to a year of increased stewardship at St. James!
Proportional Giving Guide
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