How We Give
Giving ourselves to God is how we practice our faith.
We give of ourselves in many ways at St. James. We give time to tasks that make our church community function smoothly. We give time and resources to those in need both locally and internationally. We offer our gifts and talents, whether as singers or artists, organizers, laborers, leaders or bringers of good cheer. We give our hearts to one another in understanding, compassion and hospitality. We do our best to love one another and all we meet as God loves us all. We give time and focus to our prayer lives and study.
Jesus teaches his followers many ways to give, and he never shied away from talking about how we steward our worldly resources - our possessions and money. He said repeatedly that we need to be willing to let go of all our possessions to follow him, to be generous and give. An important part of giving of ourselves is in giving financially to those in need - and to the life and ministry of our church. St. James people are asked to make a yearly financial pledge to support the nourishing well our church provides each of us on our spiritual journey. No amount is expected or mandated, but it is hoped that each person will determine a percentage of their income to give freely to God through St. James. If you are not yet ready to give a full tithe (10%) of your income as your pledge, perhaps you can consider starting at 2% this year and move up a percentage point each year until you can joyfully give a full tithe.
Ways to contribute to St. James
Although our pledge drive is in the fall each year, pledge cards and envelopes are available to all who want to make a pledge at any time of the year. Just contact the office. You can also contribute to the church electronically in two ways:
Have you ever gotten to church and realized that you forgot to bring your pledge envelope along? Or have you found yourself without any cash to put into the plate? Well, now you can give to St. James electronically anytime and anywhere - even during church - right from your cell phone. Look for the “I give electronically” card in your pew. You can use your smart phone to scan the QR code, which will bring you directly to our website’s new online donation page. And then instead of putting an envelope or money into the plate, just slip a yellow “I give electronically’ card into the collection plate instead. Or visit our donate page on this website to make an online gift.
And, the wardens and treasurers encourage our pledgers to set up your St. James pledge as an automatic and regular payment through your online checking account - in the same way you may already be paying your bills. This will ensure that St. James does not go through any cash flow problems, especially when so many are away over the summer. If you set up an automatic pledge payment, you are also welcome to put an “I pay electronically” card into the plate each week in lieu of an envelope.