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Proportional giving is offering to God in a committed and faithful manner a portion of what God has given us. The Biblical guideline for tithing is 10 percent of one’s income, given in gratitude for God’s blessings and to further God’s work in the world. Giving a percentage of our income—increasing each year toward or beyond the tithe—is a process that helps deepen our awareness of the abundance of God’s love.
St. Paul’s has no endowment and operates only because of members and friends who pledge their financial support for the parish’s annual operating budget. The pledges ensure that the clergy and staff are paid, the building, organ and physical plant maintained, and the parish ministries and mission funded. Every pledge matters, no matter how large or small. God rejoices in all gifts, just as he rejoices in all people. Sometimes a major change of circumstance requires a pledger to decrease—or increase—his or her pledge, and there is no dishonor in altering that commitment. And practically speaking, pledges enable the Vestry to make responsible use of the resources offered to this parish for God’s work by preparing a realistic budget based on pledged income. To make a pledge of support to the parish’s overall budget, use our online pledge form.