Giving to St. Pauls

Saint Pauls is entirely self-funded. Our congregation must annually generate the donations to fund our yearly work. There are many ways you can give to support the ministries of St. Pauls. People give of their time. They give of their talents and abilities. And they give of their financial resources to support the work of the church. You are invited to give as you are able in any or all of the following ways:

      

4 Ways to Give

#1 - Your Annual Giving/Stewardship Commitment to Support Ongoing Ministry

We are called to be stewards of the resources God has given us. Annual Pledge supports the ministries of our church and enables the church to prepare an annual budget to fund our work each year on God's behalf. 

Your Annual Pledge funds St. Pauls' weekly and holiday worship services, youth and adult education programs, Bible Story Theatre, pastoral care, music, wedding and memorial services, social activities, utility bills, basic building maintenance and compensation and benefits for our church pastors and staff.

Beyond our walls, your commitment feeds the poor, provides shelter to the homeless, nurtures families in crisis, and works for social justice and peace.

Many members with no prior experience in making a church giving commitment ask, "What should I give? How should I think about the right level?" For context, here are some general thoughts to frame your decision-making:

  • The Bible suggests tithing, which reflects giving 10% of one’s income to the church.

  • Excluding major capital expenses, it costs an estimated $2,800 per active St. Pauls household to do the work of the church on an annual basis.

  • The median pledge in 2019 was about $1,550.

  • In 2019 pledges ranged from $20 to above $25,000.

  • About 3 out of every 5 of St. Pauls’ households make a pledge. 

  • Our hope is 100% participation.This would provide for a fully balanced budget and the ability to do the good work God is calling us to do.

#2 - Time and Talent

There are many ways of sharing your gifts at St. Pauls. Your time and talent are needed in order for us to be the church. You can give of yourself by joining a group that prays, cares for other church members, helps lead worship, governs our congregation, takes Saint Pauls’ activism to the streets, educates our children, sings, feeds the hungry, cares for our facilities and more.

#3 - Memorial Gifts and Estate Planning

Memorial Gifts are made to St. Pauls to remember a church member, family member, or friend…typically to support and maintain the church’s facilities.

In addition, St. Pauls has had the good fortune since our founding to benefit from generous members who included a gift to St. Pauls in their wills or estate plans. The St. Pauls endowment fund, which enables us to make major investments in maintaining and improving our beautiful church and continuing our major ministries, is a reflection of the generosity of our 176 years of such donors who made a lasting bequest to St. Pauls at the time of their death. Contact one of the pastors or members of the Executive Committee for information on how and where you might designate a portion of your estate to St. Pauls.

#4 - Gifting Stocks & Bonds 

If you would like information on how to give using stocks and bonds, please click here.