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Stewardship

Defined

Stewardship—giving a portion of your time, talent, and treasure back to God—is an act of faith and an expression of gratitude. It’s what you do when you realize that your life, your work, your abilities and skill, the people and the places you love—all—are gifts from the God who created you. You are probably already giving some of your time and talent in service to God, but are you giving a portion of your income? It’s not easy to promise a portion of your living for God’s purposes, to let go of control of what you earn. But that very difficulty points to the importance of stewardship on the journey of faith. It’s an opportunity to grow, to learn to give as God has given, freely and generously. 

Stewardship is more than just giving. It encompasses the broad concept of assuming the responsibility of caring for the gifts God has given us. In the context of our congregation, we believe this can take the form of getting to know and looking after each other, and being actively involved in community and congregation development. 

We have a traditional annual fall stewardship campaign, when Saint James members are asked to make a pledge for the coming year, but you may make a pledge at any time. Your pledge dollars will help support the work of Saint James, which relies solely on the gifts of individuals for its life and ministry.

How will my gifts be used? 

Gifts support Saint James’s annual fund, which is the general operating budget. Your gift will be used in all areas of Saint James’s life, including worship and music, outreach, education, global justice ministries, and community life.

How much should I pledge? 

Christian stewardship is not so much about fundraising as it is about growing in generosity. It is about a growing realization that all we have is a gift from God. Ten percent is the biblical tithe. We encourage you to prayerfully consider what proportion of your resources you will give to God’s work on earth and then decide how your support of Saint James fits into that plan. 

We ask that you give an amount that reflects Saint James’s role in your spiritual journey.

How should I make my gift? 

You may write checks to put in the collection plate. For your check to be credited toward your pledge, you must note ‘Pledged Giving’ on the memo line. If the check is not clearly designated to a specified purpose in the memo portion, it will go to offering. Pledge envelopes are not required, but they are available on request by contacting Patti Lane at (423) 638-6583. For gifts of stock and securities, please contact Bill Moss at (423) 639-5734

Will I receive an acknowledgement? 

You will receive an acknowledgement letter within a few weeks of your initial gift or pledge, but not for weekly plate gifts or pledge payments. In January, you will receive a summary of all gifts you made between January 1 and December 31 for your tax purposes.

Estate Planning 

You can help the ministries of Saint James by remembering us in your will. You may do so by using the following wording: 

“I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Saint James Episcopal Church, a not-for-profit corporation, with the present address of 107 West Church Street, Greeneville, TN 37745-3803 and its successor, the greater of $__________, or __________ percentage of my gross estate, to be used in such manner as determined by its trustees.”

A Prayer for Stewardship

O Lord, you have taught us that you will require much from those to whom much is given: Grant that we whom you have called to so goodly a heritage at Saint James Episcopal Church may share more abundantly with others what we so richly enjoy, and in serving them may know the glory of serving you. Amen.