Stewardship - Frequently Asked Questions

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Why do I need to pledge?
Pledges are important for two reasons: practically, they help the church leaders make financial decisions for the coming year, and spiritually, it is a way to put your faith into action. By making a pledge, you are making a personal commitment to share your own blessings and participate in the life of the church. Without the generous financial support of all who are a part of the Spring Glen Church community, it would not be possible to keep the excellent staff who lead our congregation or to maintain the facilities we enjoy—in short without everyone’s contribution of time, talent, and treasure we could not fulfill the mission to which God has called us.

What is the pledge goal this year?
The budget is not yet set, but our Trustees expect similar disbursements to the previous year. With the fluctuations on Sunday attendance over the last year, pledges for this year’s stewardship season are particularly helpful in planning for the coming year. At SGC, pledges are automatically divided with 15% earmarked for Benevolences, as administered by the committee, and 85% for operations.

How do I make a pledge?
We ask that you bring your completed pledge card to worship with you on November 24, where you will have the opportunity to bring it forward during worship. If you will not be in attendance that morning, we ask that you mail/deliver it to the church office in advance.

Who will know the amount I pledge?
Pledge commitments as well as pledge payments are recorded by Chuck Paul, Assistant Treasurer. The Senior Trustee, Bethany Appleby, is also aware of individual pledges. As has been the practice at SGC for a great many years, no others, including the clergy, have knowledge of individual pledge amounts.

How much should I pledge?
We recognize this is a personal decision, and suggest a possible starting point is to reflect on the blessings you have received in life and what SGC or our community means to you.

No really, how much should I pledge?
In the Bible, those who choose to “tithe” committed themselves to giving 10% of what they received to God. That meant 10% of their crops, offered in sacrifice, or 10% of salaries given to the church. In today’s world, with competing interests, 10% to the church is an amount that might create financial stress rather than a cheerful gift to God.

The UCC suggests “proportional giving:” committing yourself to a specific proportion of your income to pledge. While some members may be capable and comfortable with 10%, others may be more comfortable with 5% or 2%. The important thing is to make a commitment and also to give joyfully. (See below for monthly proportional giving amounts. )

Can I just give what I’m comfortable each week when the offering is taken?
While these gifts are gratefully received, the church leaders do need an idea of anticipated support in order to plan for the year to come. Pledges allow us to do that more confidently.

Are pledges the church’s only source of income?
Our operating budget consists of pledges (committed and expected), investment income, loose plate offerings, and miscellaneous income. Currently about 75% of our operations budget comes from committed pledges.

What happens if I can’t give the amount I pledge?
Your pledge can be changed or cancelled at any time by contacting Assistant Treasurer Chuck Paul. There is no legal liability for your pledge, the church will not pursue unfulfilled pledges.

Does the United Church of Christ help support Spring Glen Church?
Actually, it’s the other way around. We support the Connecticut Conference of the UCC and National UCC each year so that ministry and outreach might be possible in struggling areas of our denomination, nation and world.

I am not a member, am I supposed to pledge?
Yes, we hope that you might pledge your support of SGC and the community. Financial pledges are a way of saying you endorse the ministry being enacted through Spring Glen Church.

Who do I approach with additional questions or concerns?
Any member of the Stewardship Committee, church lay leaders, or clergy.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration in this year’s stewardship season.
Ray Andrewsen, John Grande, Doug Hawthorne, Jennifer Heath,
Debby Jagielow, Ellen Schowalter, Bernadette Welsh

Monthly Giving if the Percentage is:

Annual Income

Monthly Income

2%

4%

6%

8%

10%

15%

 $ 10,000

 833

 17

 33

 50

 67

 83

 125

 $ 20,000

 1,667

 33

 67

100

 133

 167

 250

 $ 30,000

 2,500

 50

100

150

 200

 250

 375

 $ 40,000

 3,333

 67

133

200

 267

 333

 500

 $ 50,000

 4,167

 83

167

250

 333

 417

 625

 $ 60,000

 5,000

100

200

300

 400

 500

 750

 $ 70,000

 5,833

117

233

350

 467

 583

 875

 $ 80,000

 6,667

133

267

400

 533

 667

1,000

 $ 90,000

 7,500

150

300

450

 600

 750

1,125

 $ 100,000

 8,333

167

333

500

 667

 833

1,250

 $ 125,000

 10,417

208

417

625

 833

1,042

1,563

 $ 150,000

 12,500

250

500

750

1,000

1,250

1,875

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