Annual Stewardship

Dear Parish Family,

We enjoy a vibrant life together at Christ Church. All that happens here is possible, by the grace of God, because we care enough about the mission of Christ Church to share generously from what we have been given. Thanks to the generosity of our members and the prudent financial management of our staff, Finance Committee, and Vestry, our parish is thriving and our budget is balanced.

In the various stages of life, each of us counts on Christ Church in unique ways. The church can be a source of strength and stability in an uncertain time. It can be the place we turn for inspiration, consolation, companionship, or pastoral care. It is a house of prayer - a place to talk to, and to listen for God. Christ Church offers meaningful opportunities to serve our neighbors in need. The church is where we lift up our children for Baptism and Confirmation, the place where we gather with family and friends for joyous weddings, and where we come to grieve as we lay our beloved ones to rest. It is our privilege and responsibility to support the place that so often supports us.

I thank God for the honor and joy of being a member of this church family, and I thank God to be on this journey with you!

Together in Christ,

The Rev. James P. Adams

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Pledge?

A pledge is not a gift made today. Rather, a pledge is your promise to provide a certain amount of financial support to the work of Christ Church in the year ahead. Each fall, members are asked to complete a pledge card for the year ahead, so the Finance Committee and Vestry can plan for the coming year's budget.

Christ Church does not have an endowment to fund day-to-day expenses. Annual pledges and offerings are the only source of support for worship and programs in our parish.

Why Should I Pledge?

Christ Church asks for our pledge now, so that our parish leadership can plan the program life of the parish for the year ahead, and do so with a balanced budget. Making an annual stewardship pledge is a commitment of your financial support for the coming year. You may fulfill your pledge on any schedule that meets your needs - weekly, monthly, quarterly or in one lump sum.

The vitality of the parish depends on your ongoing, committed support. This support includes your financial commitment, participation in worship and other parish activities, including the offering of your time and talent.

A pledge lets you plan your charitable giving for the year ahead, makes tax accounting easier, and allows Christ Church to plan its programs.

How Much Should I Give?

Suggested annual pledge: To better help you reach the goal of tithing, take some time to review the chart below. Find the income level in the first column that most closely matches your income, and then follow the numbers horizontally to determine annual levels of giving to the Church. Percentages are listed at the top with corresponding monthly tithing amounts below. Consider stepping up your giving by moving one or more columns to the right for your annual pledge.

Annual Income 2% 4% 6% 8% 10% 12% 15%
$40k 804 1596 2400 3204 3996 4800 6000
$60k 1200 2400 3600 4800 6000 7200 9000
$80k 1596 3204 4800 6396 8004 9600 12000
$100k 2004 3996 6000 8004 9996 12000 15000
$150k 3000 6000 9000 12000 15000 18000 22500
$200k 3996 8004 12000 15996 20004 24000 30000
$250k 5004 9996 15000 20004 24996 30000 37500
$300k 6000 12000 18000 24000 30000 36000 45000
How do I fulfill my pledge?

Making your pledge represents your promise to make contributions to Christ Church in the coming year. You may pledge online, use a pledge card found in the lobby, or send a confidential email to Sarah Wolf.

You may pay your pledge on any schedule that suits your needs during the course of the year.

You may make payments toward your pledge by placing a check in the offering plate on Sunday morning, by mail, online, through stock gifts or by authorized bank draft. For more information or to make your pledge, contact Sarah Wolf (919.834.6259 x110).