Annual Giving & Pledging
Pledging is a vital part of your participation as a faithful member of St. Paul's Church. The easiest way to give to St. Paul's is to become involved with one of our specific ministries and to make a financial pledge. Pledging is crucial in enabling St. Paul's to plan its ministries in advance, and it provides a stable financial base for the support of our programs.
Making an annual pledge
Every fall during the Annual Operating Fund Campaign, members of St. Paul's are asked to make their pledges. Those joining St. Paul's during the year can pledge at any time by completing this online form. Pledges can be paid weekly, monthly, or annually, in cash, by check, or by securities. The size of the pledge is less important than your willingness to commit a definite amount towards the support of God's work in this community. Ultimately, your pledge is an affirmation of your relationship to God. It demonstrates your gratitude for all the blessings in your life and your acceptance of the reality that all we have and all we experience are God's gifts to us.
Deciding how much to give
Proportional giving is any regular or intentional giving of a specific amount of money that is proportional to your means. The standard for giving at St. Paul's is the Biblical tithe of 10% of income. All parishioners are called to tithe or to be working toward a tithe. The amount of your pledge in relation to a tithe is a prayerful decision that only you can make. Please remember the concept of first fruits: a tithe - or a percentage working toward a tithe - becomes the first item in your budget.
We ask you to think about your commitment to proportional giving with a small step. Promise to give two or three percent each year as a starting point. A proportional giving program is built one pledge at a time, one year at a time.
Changing your pledge during the year
As a practical matter, your pledge enables parish leadership to budget for mission and ministry. However, during the year, if you should find yourself in circumstances that alter your ability to fulfill your pledge or allow you to increase you pledge, you can change it simply by notifying Maria Halloran, Stewardship Director, at (703) 549-3312 x21.
Understanding the importance of your pledge to the annual budget
Over 90% of our annual budget is financed by the members of St. Paul's. In all, St. Paul's Operating Fund pays for parish programs and ministries, building operations and maintenance, personnel, parish outreach, and furtherance of our mission in the community and the larger church. As we have for many years now, we will continue to support Virginia Theological Seminary, the Diocese of Renk in South Sudan, and our own Lazarus Ministry.
Making a gift of stock
A gift of stock to St. Paul's via direct transfer is always welcome. Please transfer to our Morgan Stanley account, #630-075000-018, DTC #0015. Please state whether the gift is for the Operating Fund or Third Century Fund, and ask that your name be associated with your gift.