“An annual pledge differs from other charitable contributions. It is both a spiritual practice and a practical way to support the life and work of our Cathedral.”
Dear St. John's Family
There is a wonderful admonition in the Book of Timothy that instructs Christians “to preach the word in and out of season.” This is not literal, but an embracing reminder that we are to “preach,” in other words, “live and spread and share” the good news of Jesus Christ as often as we can, when we can and where we can.
That is the definition of stewardship! And this is St. John’s season of stewardship. I want you to join me by being intentional. Take some time to think and pray. Ask yourself : What am I doing … What am I giving … As I love and serve the Lord? Be specific. It all counts! God honors everything you do to build His kingdom on this earth. Then take one more step and ask: What do I want to do and give? Don’t hold back … have courage … whatever your answer … honor it! Take the next step and give it! As part of this spiritual time, join me and make or renew a monetary pledge to the work of our congregation.
And then enjoy the abundance, freedom and power that commitment brings into your life.
The Very Reverend John C. Ross
WHAT IS A PLEDGE?
A pledge is the amount you plan to contribute during a specific fiscal year. It is a financial commitment to the Cathedral that helps pay for our ministries, staff and building upkeep. Pledges enable us to plan responsibly and help establish a sustainable annual operating budget. It is also your way of affirming your membership at the Cathedral and your expression of gratitude to God for all that has been given to you.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GIFT AND A PLEDGE?
A gift is a one-time donation payment and may go towards a specific fund. While these are greatly appreciated, what we really need are pledges. A pledge is the amount you plan to give during a specific fiscal year. It is a financial commitment to the Cathedral that helps pay for our ministries, staff, and building upkeep. Pledges enable us to plan responsibly and establish a sustainable annual operating budget which is why we ask you to pledge in the Fall for the following fiscal year.
HOW DO I PLEDGE?
Making a pledge is easy. Please click on the pledge button above or HERE to fill out our secure online pledge form. Your personal information will remain strictly confidential.
WHY IS MY PLEDGE IMPORTANT?
Our operating budget is based on the amount of pledges we receive each year. We do not receive financial support from the Diocese or National Episcopal Church.
WHY PLEDGE WHEN I CAN PUT MONEY IN THE COLLECTION PLATE?
We are grateful for the generosity of all guests who donate during the weekly offertory. However, as Members of St. John's Cathedral, we are called to make an annual pledge as stewards of this wonderful church community. Pledging enables us to plan responsibly and establish a sustainable annual budget.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?
Giving is a spiritual practice that should be prayerfully considered. Scripture encourages proportionate giving or giving a percentage of one’s income as an act of thanksgiving for the bounty we have received, with the Scriptural tithe (10%) as a goal.
MY INCOME VARIES. HOW DO I CALCULATE HOW MUCH TO PLEDGE?
Your pledge can be your promise of the minimum amount you will commit to the Cathedral. If your income increases, you are welcome to increase your pledge. Please do not let a variable income prevent you from making a pledge.
DO I HAVE TO PAY MY PLEDGE ALL AT ONCE?
No. Many people fulfill their pledge weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Some set up a regular payment schedule by bank transfer or credit card.