Annual Giving Campaign

Stewardship Campaign 2017

Dear Parish Family,

Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” We support what we value with our time, talent and treasure. In some cases, we send our money where we can’t go, such as giving toward disaster relief, or we support causes dear to our hearts. But mostly, we support things we’re actively engaged in. 
 
St. Andrew’s is not only a spiritual home for our members, but a living example of God’s work in our community and our world. This wonderful church is a place of worship, discovery, learning, care and fellowship. Investing your time, talent and treasure in God’s work here draws you deeper into the life of the parish and even deeper into the mystery of God. We pray you’ll make a pledge to St. Andrew’s for 2018, one that reflects your heart’s commitment. Remember: God doesn’t ask us to go to church. God asks us to be the church. Together, we are St. Andrew’s!
 
In Christ,
Fr. John, Rector
Mtr. Anne, Associate Rector
Mtr. Ezgi, Assistant Rector
 
Please complete your 2018 pledge commitment before Sunday, Dec. 3.
 
You can make your pledge simply by completing the online form below. Or you can download and fill out the pledge commitment form and return it to the church, either by mail or by placing it in the offering plate.
 

To make your first pledge payment or to set up recurring payments, please visit CONNECT or use the ChurchLife app on your smart phone.

 

Take Our Online Survey

Please consider taking our survey. Part of the survey asks you to verify your demographic information – address, email, birthdate, etc. – so we can stay in better touch with you. We’d also like to know how you’d prefer to receive information from the church because we want to make sure every member of the family knows what’s going on. We’d like your feedback about worship. We’d like to know how you’re currently involved in the life of St. Andrew’s and what you’d like to find out more about. Finally, we’d like to form new interest groups among our family, so we’re asking you to let us know about activities and topics that might appeal to you.
         
We hope you’ll complete the whole survey; but if you want to skip some questions, we’ll be happy to receive whatever you want to provide. And rest assured that what you offer will be put to good use.

 

Tax-Advantaged Alternatives for Making Your Stewardship Pledge

by Charlie Horner, Development Commission Chair
 
When considering how best to fund their stewardship pledge to St. Andrew’s, many parishioners consider only their available cash reserves as the funding source for their pledge. However, there are two other tax-advantaged funding sources to consider that do not require dipping into one’s cash reserves, namely: (1) gifts of appreciated property; and (2) for parishioners who are more than 70 1/2 years of age, gift transfers from a retirement account.
 
Gifts of Appreciated Property
A stewardship gift to St. Andrew’s of stocks, bonds or other marketable securities can be a tax-advantaged option to consider, especially if the gifted securities have a low cost basis and have appreciated in value. For example, the donor of appreciated securities can claim a charitable income-tax deduction equal to the then-fair-market value of the gifted securities. Additionally, no capital gains tax will be recognized on the appreciated value of the gifted securities in excess of the donor’s cost basis.
 
Gifts from Retirement Accounts
If you are 70 1/2 years of age of older, you can make a direct gift from your retirement account to St. Andrew’s. Congress has recently made permanent the IRS provisions that allow donors who are 70 1/2 years of age or older to make direct transfers of up to $100,000 each year from their IRA retirement accounts to a charity without incurring any income tax on the amounts transferred. Additionally, a direct transfer from a retirement account to a charity will satisfy the minimum distribution requirements to the extent of the amount of the gift.
 
If you consider making a gift to St. Andrew’s of either appreciated securities or a transfer from your retirement account, St. Andrew’s urges you to review your planned gift and the resulting income-tax consequences with your tax or financial advisor before making the gift.
 
For questions or assistance in making a gift of securities or a transfer from an IRA, please contact Nina Edwards, finance coordinator, at 816-523-1602, ext. 111, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

If you have questions about making your pledge or about your past giving to St. Andrew’s, please contact Nina Edwards in the finance office, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 816-523-1602, ext. 111.