At St. Margaret's, we believe that giving is part of a healthy spiritual life. We give because we are grateful for the gifts God has given us, and we know that God blesses our gifts for the good of our community and the world around us. Through giving, we receive great joy.
Every contribution is appreciated and makes a difference! Here are some of the occasions and needs that might inspire you:
- You can sponsor altar flowers to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, or to remember a loved one.
- You may make a gift to the Clergy Discretionary Fund, through which the clergy help individuals in need.
- Memorial gifts made in thanksgiving for someone who has recently died often go toward upkeep of our columbarium or toward special projects.
Intentional Annual Giving
Members of St. Margaret's are encouraged every year to make a financial commitment to support the ministry of the church. Each November, we all submit a giving estimate for the following year, and the vestry creates a budget based on our combined expected contributions. Each household decides what to give according to their own means, with a tithe (10% of income) as a spiritual goal. Your giving estimate can be adjusted as necessary during the year - simply call the church office to let us know what changes to expect.
Many households give regularly (weekly, monthly, or quarterly) by scheduling regular automatic transactions. This can be done through your bank's website, or through the church's Realm giving system. Automatic transactions are easy and safe, and sustain St. Margaret's throughout the year.
One of our duties as Christians is to make prudent provisions for the well-being of our families, and to make wills to arrange for the disposal of our temporal goods. As we make our end-of-life plans, it is also an expression of our faith to leave bequests for religious and charitable uses. No matter the size of your estate, your planned gift will help secure the church's future.
The Episcopal Church Foundation provides resources to help you learn about planned giving. Explore their website to learn more.
An introduction to planned giving