STEWARDSHIP

The Gift of Gratefulness and Humility

Together, we seek to deepen our awareness of the joys that come from sharing the gifts with which God so generously provides us.  


As members of this faith community, we work to build, retain and grow the dedicated "sustainers" who are so essential to making the Godly work happen that emanates from All Saints.

In late summer, the All Saints Stewardship Committee organizes a fall stewardship drive to receive annual gift intentions to support the church’s annual operation, ministries, and mission outreach.  


As needed, the Stewardship Committee and the Vestry support additional activities through special events, deepening our stewardship awareness as well as helping to fund capital improvements or special projects. A recent example was the parish-wide fundraiser held to purchase our rebuilt grand piano!


Ways to Financially Support All Saints through Annual Gift Intention (Pledges) and Single Donations


Gifts committed to the annual stewardship campaign allow us to plan and sustain an annual operating budget.  

All Saints work is largely made possible by people who make an annual commitment to sustain the church with specified financial gifts throughout the year.  One-time gifts to celebrate or acknowledge special individuals or circumstances are also important and always welcome, but annual intentional gifts -- offered on a weekly, monthly or annual basis -- determine the breadth and depth of our ministry each year, and allow us to create and live into our annual budget.


Additional gifts (both from members and non-members) broaden support for our overall ministry and help fund special projects and needs that frequently occur outside of the operating budget.   For example, special gifts support the Brown Bag lunch program, the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, and the All Saints Mission Fund. Donations for altar flowers honoring loved or deceased ones also help to fund Altar Guild functions and liturgical supplies.
 

All Saints acknowledges all donations identified to a specific donor and verifies that these gifts qualify under IRS guidelines as charitable deductions. These statements -- mailed periodically to donors or available for pick-up -- should be retained for personal tax records.


Throughout the year, All Saints also organizes a number of fundraising events, including the Holiday Crafters' and Vendors' Fair, and more recently our Bean Supper.  Because these funds are usually tied to the receiving of benefits or services in exchange for financial support (entry fees, purchases, etc.), they do not qualify as IRS tax deductible charitable gifts.


One-time or reoccurring payments can be made by:
 

• Online credit card use through Paypal 

• Direct deposit through your bank (recommended only for pledge payments) 

• Checks: mailed to the church or placed in the offertory plate

• Cash placed in the offertory plate 

• Transfer of Securities: contact the church office (978-774-1150) for necessary broker routing information.

• Planned gifts to the All Saints Legacy Society: bequests, annuities, etc.  Please contact the Parish Office for further information and details about the Legacy Society and the legal steps required to set up a planned gift.


How much Should I Give?


“What can I give” is a conversation between you and God. The Bible suggests proportional giving -- 10% of one’s income -- to support the church and God’s work in the world, but only through prayer can each of us come to an understanding of the giving we can do to financially support our church and God’s work.  Whatever we do, an annual pledge becomes a spiritual discipline that keeps us focused on God’s plans, not ours. Stewardship is always a balance between prudence and faithfulness; if it is a prayerful balance, God will honor it!


Where do my pledge payments and donations go?


Eighty-five percent of this parish’s budget is made possible by annual gift intentions (pledges). That means that pledges to All Saints Church make possible all worship services, spiritual leadership, ministries to families, children and youth, Bible Studies, classes, workshops, speakers, pastoral care, and upkeep of our facilities. Some of building use fees, as well as additional donations (plate offerings, restricted gifts, grants, etc.) make up the remaining 15% of the operating budget but also fund important outreach activities not included in the operating budget. 


Find out more about Planned Giving.

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