Giving at St. Timothy’s 2022

Frequently Asked Questions about Pledging and Stewardship

Q: What does it mean to make a financial pledge to St. Timothy’s?
A: A pledge is a commitment to our church to give a specific amount of your financial resources to St. Tim’s over the course of one calendar year. Members of the St. Tim’s community renew their pledge every year.

Q: Why is pledging important?
A: Your gifts of time, talent and treasure make things happen at St. Tim’s – both at our church and in our missions! Episcopalians believe that stewardship — pledging back to God a portion of what God has given you — is part of maintaining one’s spiritual life. It allows us to reflect on the gifts God has given us and show our thanks by giving back. There is also a practical reason for pledging. St. Tim’s plans our entire year of events and operating budget based on the pledges that are received the year before.

Q: I give to the plate. Why do I have to pledge?
A: Pledge giving allows us to budget. If we don’t have enough pledges, we may have to cut some of our programs and services. Plate giving is a valued gift—like a bonus—but pledging allows us to plan.

Q: Where does my pledge money go?
A: 100% of your pledge money keeps St. Tim’s moving forward as a church. Pledges fund our minister and staff salaries, music, education forums, building repairs, many of our community celebrations, heat for all our buildings, etc. It also helps us participate in ministries like Compassion Week, support Santa Maria Urban Mission, and supplement the Little Free Pantry. None of that would be possible without pledge dollars.

Q: How much should I pledge?
A: Your pledge is confidential. It should be an intentional response to God’s gifts in your life. No pledge is too small or too large. Our goal is to have you become a member of our community and to have the funds to participate as the hands and feet of Christ in our community.

Q: I am not a member. Do I have to join the Episcopal Church to pledge?
A: No! We would love to have you pledge and you do not have to be a member of the Episcopal Church (or any church!) to pledge. Anyone, no matter your faith, can be part of our church and we welcome you!

Q: What are different ways to make my pledge?
A: There are two ways to make your confidential pledge – log onto Sttims.org/realm and make your pledge or email our treasurer, Vance Wagner at dvwagner@gmail.com.

Q: Can I give stocks or other financial instruments?
A: Yes, this is a great way that may help you to offset capital gains. Please contact the treasurer for instructions for donating securities (Vance Wagner at dvwagner@gmail.com).

Q: Are my donations tax deductible?
A: Yes, they are tax deductible. St. Tim’s is a 501c(3) organization. You will receive a statement that details all the donations that you made during the year.

Q: Is stewardship all about money?
A: Stewardship is the responsible management of our God-given resources of time, talent and treasure. It is a way of life that enhances our relationship with God and one another. To that end, the mission of St. Tim’s is to promote awareness in the congregation that God is the source of all that we have and all that we are. In His name, we have a responsibility to give back to our church family and our missions in the community – just as our church family gives to us.

Still have unanswered questions? Email the stewardship committee at melissamalley@yahoo.com.