Stewardship

The Stewardship Committee

The Stewardship Committee is responsible for promotion of Christian stewardship in the congregation and development regular systematic and proportionate giving on the part of members of the congregation. These tasks are accomplished through the many programs that have been developed over the years

Annual Stewardship Drive

The annual stewardship drive begins the first of October every year, and is the one of the most important programs that the Stewardship committee runs. The congregation is asked to commit financial and time resources to the church for the coming year. These commitments allow the Church Council to plan how the church is going to commit its resources. The traditional pledge and envelope offering are just one of the ways that members of St. Paul can give. Other ways are through the Simply Giving and Taking Stock and Giving It programs. Pledge Card

Simply Giving

Simply Giving is an automated giving program designed to help you conveniently and consistently contribute to the congregation. Through Simply Giving, your financial gifts are made through a pre-authorized withdrawal from your bank account. Your donation is deposited into the church’s bank account on the same day it is withdrawn from your account with no service fees to you or to the church. Simply Giving Enrollment Form

Taking Stock and Giving It

If you have a security that has appreciated to the point where you don’t want to sell it because of the Capital Gains Tax, why not donate that security to the church? Gifts of securities can provide deductible charitable contributions and avoid state and federal capital gains tax. To qualify you must have held the security for at least one year, and you must transfer the security to the church (do not sell the security and transfer the proceeds). Securities Brochure

St. Paul Endowment Fund

The congregation established the Endowment Fund in January of 1994. The stated purpose of the fund is to receive, administer and invest gifts of real and personal property. These gifts are invested to earn income used to support St. Paul’s programs and projects, while the principal itself remains invested to earn more income.

Members can contribute to the Endowment Fund through a direct gift of cash or by donating property such as real estate or securities. Members can provide for future contributions by making a trust or bequest through their will or estate. Cash contributions to the St. Paul Lutheran Endowment Fund are tax deductible because the fund operates exclusively for church purposes that are religious, charitable, and/or educational.

Endowment Committee

The Endowment Committee Trustees consist of one member each of the Executive and Finance Committees and three at-large congregational members, all of whom serve staggered terms. The trustees provide general management and oversight of the fund within guidelines established by council. The investment objective is for balanced long-term growth and income as the fund’s life is considered for perpetuity. Performance is reported to council monthly and to the congregation annually.

Kroger We Care Card

The Kroger Community Rewards program is a free program in which Kroger donates to the church a portion of monies congregation members spend at Kroger using their Kroger Plus Card. Directions on how to register your Kroger Plus card are available here.

Time and Talent

Surveys were sent out to all members of the congregation asking them to identify projects, committee’s, and talents that they have in general. This information was compiled and is available to all members of the congregation who are looking for specific skills when putting together committees, work groups, and study groups. All new members are given these surveys when they join the church, keeping this information as up to date as possible. To access this information, please contact the church office at 313.881.6670.  Time and Talent Survey