What is the Generosity Campaign?
Episcopal churches conduct a stewardship campaign every fall where they invite members to make a financial pledge for the church’s annual budget in the coming year. In other words, we ask members to prayerfully commit to a certain level of giving to fund the church’s mission and ministry for one year.
Why give to the church?
Giving is a joyful response to God's gift of grace to us in Jesus Christ and to God's work in our midst at Holy Apostles. Giving to the church helps us to fulfill Christ's Great commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39 ESV
What is a pledge?
A pledge tells the church how much financial support you plan to give toward the ministries of the church for the coming year, and at what intervals. It is a promise to set aside money in the coming year for the ministry of the church. In other words, you are letting the church know what you plan to give during the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2022.
How does a pledge differ from a pledge payment or donation?
A pledge specifies the amount of financial support promised to be given over the next year. A pledge payment is the actual payment that fulfills the pledge. A donation is typically an un-pledged and perhaps one-time gift.
What is a tithe?
A tithe is giving 10% of your families annual income back to God (Genesis 28:18-22, Numbers 18:21). Some people give more than 10% while some people give less. As the Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians: 6-7 “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
What if I cannot afford to give 10%
While not everyone can start out giving 10%, it is helpful to work towards the tithe by starting out with a percentage of your income. After you prayerfully arrive at that amount consider increasing your percentage each year. And of course we understand that sometimes people are unable to give or need to reduce giving due to financial hardship. Please know the clergy and our administrator are always happy to talk to you with any questions or concerns you have.
How do I pledge?
Click here to fill out your pledge online.
How do I set up recurring giving?
Click here to set up recurring giving from either a credit card or direct debit from your bank.
What does my giving go toward?
Pledges in our annual Generosity campaign go toward the operating budget of the church and outreach. This includes all of the expenses that support day-to-day ministry at COTHA. It covers things like utilities, worship equipment, local outreach, diocesan ministries, maintenance, staff salaries and benefits.
For questions on giving please contact Donna Matthews or the Rev. Alex Large