Thank you for continuing to meet and exceed your pledged contributions each month. Please remember that any special pledges to specific programs are always welcome (i.e. Sunday School, First Communion, Flowers, etc.). Finally, besides your Treasures, please remember to share your Time and Talents with the St. Timothy Community as well. Without wonderful and dedicated volunteers our programs wouldn’t be successful. Find your niche, and dive in!!
If you are interested in participating in the Simply Giving automated stewardship program, click here to download the form. You may return your completed form to the Church office at via e-mail OR via regular mail.
SAINT TIMOTHY MAKE IT SIMPLE PLEDGE PROGRAM Q & A
WHAT IS A PLEDGE?
A pledge is a promise to donate a certain amount of money each year to help St. Timothy operate our ministry and perform our mission. Your pledge is your best estimate of the total amount you plan to give St. Timothy for the church year.
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF PLEDGING?
While pledging is an act of faith and a concrete statement of our response to God’s grace, it is also crucial for us in determining our annual operating budget to plan and support all of the operational costs of our ministry and mission giving to our congregation and community. It is your annual pledge that provides the knowledge of what income we can expect to conduct our operations and plan our programs for the coming year.
WHERE IS THE MONEY I PLEDGE GOING?
Your annual pledge supports everything done at St. Timothy including operating costs of our pastoral ministry, administrative and staff operations, community outreach programs, Christian education programs, worship and music, youth ministry, building mortgage, property maintenance, and all other programs we can afford to provide based on your generosity. The higher the pledge, the more mission support and services we can provide our congregation and community.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I PLEDGE?
The Old Testament refers to tithing to support God’s work. The word tithe comes from old English meaning a tenth. Some churches ask for a tithe or 10% of your gross income. Some ask for 4% or 5% to start and add 1% each year in moving up to a tithe. At St. Timothy we have no steadfast rule of what amount to pledge. You should make your pledge based on your sense of thanksgiving for all you have that comes from God, and what portion of that you can return to God through St. Timothy in performing its mission of serving God and our community.
I’M NOT SURE WHAT I CAN AFFORD THIS YEAR. HOW CAN I PLEDGE?
We suggest you pledge responsibly, based on your best estimate of your anticipated income. Your pledge can be adjusted during the year if your circumstances change. Simply call or e-mail the church office of any change. Your pledge is a promise, not a contract – but letting us know of your intention helps us to anticipate our cash flow and manage our budget.
WHO ACTUALLY KNOWS HOW MUCH I PLEDGE AND HOW MUCH I CONTRIBUTE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR?
There is only one person who knows each person’s pledge and how much you contribute with a payment that identifies you throughout the year. This one person is sworn to confidentiality of your information and no one else is provided that information – not Pastor Groce, your Council President, the Business and Finance Commission – no one.
IS MY CONTRIBUTION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes. St. Timothy is a tax-exempt organization and contributions are tax-deductible. Of course, the IRS reviews tax deductions and sometimes requires proof of these deductions. At St. Timothy we provide periodic and end of calendar year statements of your contributions made by check, electronic bank transfer, credit card, and any other form of payment that identifies the giver. This would serve as proof of your contributions.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE MY CONTRIBUTIONS BASED ON MY PLEDGE?
There are myriad options on how you can make your contributions. They can be weekly, monthly, or annually. You can submit cash, checks, money orders, or electronic transfer through your bank.