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When Paul wrote to the Thessalonian community, he was encouraging them in the midst of many challenges. Although the Roman empire rendered their future unknown, Paul’s message was clear: Rejoice always! Pray continually! Give thanks in all circumstances!
Maintaining attitudes of prayer, thankfulness, and joy has sustained our own church community through challenging times as well. Although being apart from one another has been difficult, we consistently find reasons to rejoice in Trinity’s vibrancy and give thanks for God’s life-giving and sustaining spirit.
These are just a few of the ways we have been able to engage in ministry together at Trinity in the last months. Despite the continued complexities of our time, a foundation of prayer, hope, and creativity continue to propel Trinity in a joy-filled, vital direction.
But gratitude is at the heart of our work as Christians. Gratitude propels us to perceive how we are blessed and how we may bless others in turn. One way that Christians express gratitude to God is through generosity—particularly to the Church. Your generosity this last year has made it possible not only to sustain our past ministries, but also to build toward an exciting future at Trinity. Because of your faithful giving, we have expanded our clergy staff, invested more fully in the children of the parish, and challenged ourselves to discern new and to renew existing outreach ministries. If you haven’t had a chance to meet Mother Megan and Father Adam yet, we hope you will come back to church soon to get to know these dynamic new members of our team.
Trinity’s future is bright and spirit-filled! If your giving in 2021 allowed us to flourish in a year of pandemic, imagine what your pledge for 2022 will make possible!
With love, in gratitude,
The Rev’d Julia Whitworth, Rector
Todd Relue, Senior Warden
Jeff Brinkmann, Stewardship Chair
Stewardship Stories: We can do so much better.
For parishioners Christy and Jim Jacobi, being involved with Trinity’s youth and children’s ministries over the years has largely been about helping the kids feel connected to one another and invested in their own spiritual journey.
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Father Adam: Stewardship Sunday Sermon
What is enough? What will I return to God?
A pledge is your commitment of the amount of money you will give to Trinity during 2022, usually in regular installments. It is your way of affirming your membership at Trinity and your expression of gratitude to God for all that has been given to you.
Pledging is a vital way to participate in the work of the Body of Christ here at Trinity. Through your generosity Trinity is able to support not only the ministries to which God has called us, but also the work of our campus and outreach partners and our Episcopal diocese. Nothing that happens here would be possible without your generous financial support. We do not receive financial support from the diocese or the national Episcopal Church. Moreover, the spiritual work of determining one’s pledge is an important part of our living into our faith in every aspect of our lives.
Trinity is blessed with invested resources in a Legacy Fund which allows us to do far more ministry than a parish of our size would ordinarily be able to accomplish. Your pledge is maximized in its impact because of the generous legacy of those who have gone before us and have invested In Trinity’s future. Trinity consistently strives to grow our pledged income so that we may manage our investments responsibly and reduce our Legacy Fund draw to a consistent, sustainable level. In so doing, we will allow generations after us to live into their own calls to ministry at Trinity in perpetuity.
The most important reason to give, however, is this: giving of one’s abundance is a spiritual act, driven by faithful discernment and the call to be a contributor to one’s faith community—to build the Body of Christ with our time, our talent and our treasure.
We are grateful for the generosity of all who donate during the weekly offertory. It is a wonderful way for visitors to show their support for our beautiful church. But, as Members of Trinity, we are called to make an annual pledge, and it’s a powerful affirmation of our gratitude to God and our support of this wonderful church community.
Pledging also enables us to prepare our annual operating budget, as it gives us a good picture of what our finances will be for the year. With your pledge commitment, Trinity is able to plan its efforts to help change the world.
This is a personal decision, to be made between you, other members of your household, and God. It’s one we invite you to discern prayerfully during our annual Stewardship season. What does Trinity mean to you? How generous can you be? What changes could you make to your own budget to support Trinity and its ministries? What are you prepared to give back to God and God’s people in gratitude for all that has been given to you?
Proportional Giving is the act of intentionally designating a portion of your annual income as your pledge to Trinity. The biblical standard of a tithe is 10%, and that practice continues to be affirmed by the Episcopal Church.
Many people set a different percentage, with the goal of increasing that amount a percentage point or two each year. Regardless of the percentage, the key aspect of Proportional Giving is that it is intentional–you analyze your income and determine the percentage you will give to the work of the Church.
This chart shows annual pledge amounts at different income levels and giving percentages. You are invited to use this information as a tool for determining an appropriate level of giving in gratitude for all that God has given you.
Your pledge can be your promise of the minimum amount you will commit to Trinity. If your income increases, you are welcome to increase your pledge. Please do not let a variable income prevent you from making a pledge.
You can complete the pledge card mailed to you with the 2022 Stewardship packet and either mail it to Trinity, drop it in the offertory plate, or join us for worship on Trinity Sunday, November 14, when we all bring our pledge cards to the altar during the annual ingathering. You may also make a pledge online at any point in the year, using the link below, which will connect you to your account in REALM.
We welcome cash, checks, credit cards ( VISA, Mastercard, American Express and Discovery) or gifts of appreciated stock. Many parishioners use their banks’ online bill pay service, which sends us a bank draft each month. This can be set up in Realm (LINK) or by calling Albie Marco at Trinity (317-926-1346).
Many givers direct their philanthropic dollars in ways that are also financially advantageous to them. To learn more about strategies to optimize financial benefits of giving, call the office to speak with Albie Marco, Director of Finance & Administration.
Parishioners raise and lower their pledge all the time. A pledge is an estimate to help church budgeting; it is not a legal or moral obligation. Please don’t let your uncertainty prevent you from making a pledge. If you have financial difficulties or other unexpected events, simply notify the clergy or finance office to adjust your pledge confidentially. Also, If you’re blessed with unexpected extra income, you’re always welcome to increase your pledge as well!
Trinity keeps pledges strictly confidential. The Director of Finance and Administration, our Finance Assistant, and the Rector have sole access to donor records.
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