St. Columba's Episcopal Church 2020 Annual Campaign
What does this mean?
To some it means living out loud, sharing one’s gifts and loving effusively. To others it means simply being fully present and in the moment, for a friend, a family member or someone in need.
To me, living generously begins with gratitude. It is easier to share all that I am and all that I have more freely, when I thank God for all that I have been given.
Perhaps taking care of what we’ve been given is a way to live generously, too. Peter asks us to “use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 8-10)
Thank you for being faithful, grateful stewards of God’s grace.
Thank you for all that you do to Live Generously.
At St. Columba's we: DEAR ONES, Welcome old friends and new visitors at
guests of our Water Ministry, our Afghan refugee family and beyond.
stories, exquisite flowers, gleaming altar pieces and the clergy, staff, vergers and volunteers
at Back to Church parties, on the
groups, at baptisms and confirmations.
Grow through DEAR ONES,
Sunday school, Rite 13, J2A,
and YAC. Through the Circles, Wednesdays at
and forum opportunities community
way we view the world and ourselves.
“Go now in peace, may the love of God
surround you” in the Great Hall. In the Nave, we DEAR ONES,
add a few more lines and sing songs of praise from the pews accompanied by the hand bells, orchestra and choirs.
porch they By
sandwiches and delivering them through the Grate Patrol. By being wise stewards of our environment.
Pray during CenteringD EPrayer, Branches meditation AR ONES, group, and Bible study. As we walk the labyrinth. That we’ll find a parking spot with ease.
Hold each other up, through Pastoral Care, the Stephen ministry, the laying of hands, the Prayer Chain, and delivering flowers and Good Shepherd meals. By teaching our children the power of God’s love.
At St. Columba's we
Pledge joyfully to share what we've been given through God's grace. To make a pledge, click
DREAMING AND BUILDING
St. Columba’s is blessed with an engaged and committed congregation that includes hundreds of adults and children worshipping each Sunday and many more participating throughout the week. With the support of a talented team of clergy, staff, and lay leaders, St. Columbans are embracing a call to
Live God’s Love. To
fully embrace this vision, the
vestry and staff together have identified areas such as strategic planning and technology where expertise in the congregation can help us to take a step forward. We’re exploring new forms of worship and seeking ways to magnify the impact of our outreach. And, we’ve committed to increasing the frequency and depth of communication across all areas of our work, and especially with respect to the church’s finances – ensuring that all of us can better see the link between our stewardship and our capacity to
The 2020 budget increase of 9% demonstrates one way in which we seek to answer the call
$3,900. Thank you! Your pledge enables what we’ve been able to do this year. It pays our staff and clergy, keeps our lights on, our computers running, and frankly, it helps the vestry sleep better at night – whew! As an active member of St. Columba’s, you are already living generously. We thank you for pledging generously, too!
Steve Smith, Senior Warden
Abigail Gorman, Junior Warden
WILL YOU STEP UP?
READY TO PLEDGE? Click here to make your pledge to support St. Columba's in 2020.
PROPORTIONAL GIVING WORKSHEET The vestry and the rector affirm the importance of proportional giving. What does this mean?
It means that before we make our pledge, we:
Calculate what percentage of our current income we are now giving to God (this may be our gifts just to the church, or to the church and other charities; you may decide).
L I GSet H Ta personal H O U S finacial E goal for our own giving, mindful that the Biblical standard is the tithe - 10%.
FELLOWSHIP Strive each year to increase our giving and move toward our goal.
If you haven't given before - or you haven't practiced proportional giving - try beginning at 2% and grow the percentage each year. Proportional giving is helpful because it gives us a personal goal to strive toward. And proportional giving has integrity because it allows each of us- rich and poor alike - to give in a way that is meaningful and sacrifical for us personally.
When you make your pledge, we invite you to consider proportional giving.
SET YOUR OWN GOAL FOR GIVING
PRAISE & WORSHIP
Enter your total annual income here.
CON CERT Move the dcimal point one place to the left. This is 10% -Â your tithe. Total what you contribute to your church and to other causes outside your family.
Choose a personal goal; the percent you want to give this year.
ST. COLUMBA'S 2020 ANNUAL PLEDGE CAMPAIGN
MAD LIBS Ever tried a Mad Lib? Here's a fun way to think about St. Columba's and why we pledge to support our church. It's easy! Sit down with at least one other person. One by one, read aloud only each word in parentheses and fill in the responses - one for each blank space. Then read the entire page back to them as you all laugh a lot!
When I tell people that I attend St. Columba's Episcopal Church they always seem a little _______________ at first. FEELING
"That _______________church on the corner of 42nd and Albemarle?" they ask. "What's ADJECTIVE
that place like?" I_______________ tell them, "St. Columba's is a really_______________ church and that ADVERB
the people are_______________, too. Even the priests are_______________. " When I ADJECTIVE
explain what I like best about St. Columba's, I mention the _______________ and the NOUN
._______________. That's what makes it such a _______________ place for me NOUN
and _______________. NOUN
"_______________ ! It sounds like a _______________ church," they exclaim. "What does EXCLAMATION
it take to make it all happen?" "Well, we need _______________ people to contribute a total of $2,700,000, I answer. ADJECTIVE
That's why we need everyone to pledge, because without my _______________, the NOUN
church couldn't possibly_______________ such _______________ ministries. And that's VERB
why this year, my family is going to _______________ pledge $_______________ to St. ADVERB
Columba's. As part of my commitment to St. Columba's and the work of God, I also would be _______________ to be involved in the great work my church does all year long. EMOTION
I _______________ look forward to being part of this _______________ church ADVERB
community in 2020!