Honor the Lord with your
possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest.
- Proverbs 3:9
- Proverbs 3:9
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a pledge?
A pledge is a heartfelt, documented financial commitment to the ministry and well-being of St. Alban’s.
What’s wrong with just putting money in the collection plate?
St. Alban’s is grateful for all financial contributions, but pledges provide the Vestry with the expected income information that is essential to preparing our annual budget. St. Alban’s simply cannot operate and thrive without a reasonable estimate of its financial resources. And your pledge reinforces the importance of God and St. Alban’s in your life.
How much should I pledge?
The amount, of course, is a personal decision, but it should be grounded in your faith and commitment to the church’s ongoing work of building God’s kingdom. Scripture lifts up the tithe (ten percent of one’s income) as the aspirational giving level. We urge everyone to aspire to that goal, while we understand that reaching such a goal is a process. Regardless of the size, we hope you will make St. Alban’s your primary philanthropic priority. Your pledge should not be an afterthought or a casual decision.
Is my pledge confidential?
Yes. We will publicly thank (by name) all who pledge to St. Alban’s, but only a handful of necessary people know the actual amounts of individual commitments.
When should I pledge?
We have condensed the pledging season this year. We begin in early October and will conclude with Ingathering Sunday on All Saints Day, November 1, when we will ask God’s blessing upon all the pledges we have received for 2021. Of course, new pledges are also welcomed and appreciated after November 1 and throughout the year.
What if my situation changes and I cannot fulfill my pledge?
We understand that life’s circumstances do change, often unexpectedly. In this case, please alert the finance director, so that our records can be amended and the clergy can respond with pastoral care as needed.
How can I pay my pledge?
There are several convenient ways to honor your pledge:
-Make regular payments by check.
-Use your bank’s online bill paying system and set up regular monthly or other periodic payments directly to the church.
-Use appreciated stocks, donor adviser funds or IRA payouts to pay your pledge. (If you are over 70 1⁄2 years of age, your IRA payouts should be fully tax-deductible). In either case, please alert the finance director to ensure that your pledge payment is properly credited.
What else should I consider as I determine my pledge?
Prayer. We are members of St. Alban’s because of our love and commitment to Christ, so don’t forget to ask for God’s help to guide you.
Your life's blessings. Your pledge is a response of gratitude and joy for all you have been given.
St. Alban's impact on your life. Is it the liturgy, our service to others in the community and the world, our life-long Christian education, the music, or the fellowship and fun? All of these things are made possible by our pledges.
St. Alban's is not just another charity. We all give to worthy causes, but the church is more than a non-profit. We are a family. We are God’s family. Your pledge is an affirmation of your faith and commitment to ensure the vitality of our parish, as we have done since 1956.
Who do I contact with questions?
You may call or email our Financial Director, Erin Garrett, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (704) 892-0173.