Make a Pledge
Come Together to support St. Martin's for 2020 by making your annual pledge. This coming year we plan to focus on greater stewardship of our spaces while continuing to welcome all, worship God, equip our parishioners for ministry, and engaging our members in Christ's work in the world.
Financial stewardship is an important component of a balanced spiritual life. Returning to God that which God has given us is a tangible way to express and grow our faith. When each of us gives as we are able, together we can fund ministries within our parish and across our greater community.
What is a pledge?
A pledge is an estimate of annual giving, or a statement of intent. Your pledge amount may be changed, increased, or decreased during the year, at any time that your financial circumstances change. We solicit pledges each autumn for the following calendar year.
Why should I pledge?
Pledging allows you to make intentional decisions about your financial giving. When you plan ahead for your giving, you make conscious choices about spending your money in ways that reflect your faith, values and commitment.
Pledging allows our vestry, St. Martin’s governing board, to plan for our parish community in the same way that you plan for your household. The vestry sets a budget based on the total amount pledged to St. Martin’s. While regular giving that is not pledged is important, a pledge allows the vestry to plan more accurately for the programming and ministries St. Martin’s can accomplish.
Further, an annual pledge to St. Martin’s is required:
- To be a voting member of St. Martin’s
- To serve on the Vestry or other leadership and decision-making bodies.
- To serve in liturgical and ministry roles.
How do I pledge?
Annual giving pledges at St. Martin’s are made each year for the calendar year, January through December. While our annual giving campaign is held in the fall, pledges may be made at any time by submitting a pledge to the parish office online or via a paper pledge card. The online form and pledge cards are available year-round.
How do I pay my pledge?
Paying your pledge is a matter of personal preference. You can pay weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually via cash, check, credit card, or electronic fund transfer. You can initiate your own credit card payments via online giving at St. Martin’s website. You can also pay your pledge with a donation of stock. Many companies offer matching funds for charitable donations. Please confirm if your company offers matching funds.
To provide you a record of your giving for tax purposes we will need to receive your gift electronically, in the form of a check, or in a numbered giving envelope (an option you may select on the pledge form). If you give through stock transfer, please have your broker identify you as the source of the stock so we can give proper credit.
How much should I pledge?
Each individual or household member is asked to make an annual pledge of financial support to St. Martin’s. Determining the amount of your annual pledge is between you and God, but the following simple steps may help determine the amount of your initial pledge.
- Measure what percentage of your income you are currently giving.
- Does your giving reflect the depth of your gratitude to God for all that you have and all that you are?
- As you seek to increase your pledge by 1%, 2%, or 5%, moving toward a tithe.
What is proportionate giving?
Proportionate giving bases your pledge amount on a percentage of your income and allows for increases to your pledge in following years by 1%, 2%, or 5% to move you closer to a goal of tithing. It is also a way of giving that begins with the question, “How has God blessed me?” rather than “What does the church need?” or “What is left after everything else?”
What is a tithe?
A tithe is 10% of your income. Since 1982, the Episcopal Church has affirmed the tithe as the minimum standard for giving and encourages its members to tithe or be working toward a tithe. St. Martin’s recognizes that many parishioners choose to divide their tithe among the church and other worthy charitable organizations, so we teach the “Modern Tithe,” 5% to the Church and 5% to other charities.
A tithe may sound like an unattainable goal to begin with, but if you start with a certain proportion of your income and increase the percentage each year through proportionate giving, you can reach this goal over time.
Just as we grow in faith, we continually strive for growth in our stewardship response to meet this standard of grateful giving.
For questions about annual giving, please contact the Rev. Anne Thatcher or Natalee Hill. For questions about gift set up, please contact Mike Wolford.
The Rev. Anne ThatcherAssociate Rector
(215) 247-7466 ext. 105 |
Anne is a native Westerner, having spent her childhood years in Oregon and Colorado. She follows in the footsteps of her great-grandfather from Wales who was an Anglican priest and her uncle who was an Episcopal priest. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Whitman College, a M.Ed. from Western Washington University, a graduate certificate in Leadership and Camp Ministry from Wheaton College (IL), a diploma in Anglican Studies from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and an M.Div. from the Yale Divinity School.
An experienced ropes course facilitator and wilderness trip leader and trained to work with traumatized communities, Anne believes in the power of conflict resolution and peace making through mediation. She has recently spent time with a Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation to Israel/Palestine and attended a human rights training with Cristosal in El Salvador.Anne currently serves as the secretary of the Diocese of Pennsylvania’s Clergy Compensation and Benefits Commission, the Chair of the Diocese of Pennsylvania’s Central American Refugee Commission and Chaplain to both the Welsh Society of Philadelphia and the St. George’s Society.
Natalee HillAssociate for Communications and Administration
(215) 247-7466 ext. 106 |
Prior to St. Martin’s Natalee Hill worked for the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia for nearly eight years, starting as the Administrative Intern and moving up most recently to Communications Manager. Natalee is a graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA from which she graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with concentrations in Stage Management and Performance. There, she worked as a Stage Manager for both college productions and the professional Summer Music Theater, and also held a work-study position assisting the Director of Marketing & Development in the Department of Theatre & Dance.
Natalee grew up in Connecticut a member of the UCC, where she was an active member in her church, participating in the choirs, Youth Fellowship, and teaching at Vacation Bible School and for Sunday School. In 2003, upon moving to the Philadelphia area for work, Natalee joined a United Methodist Church. There she sang with the church choirs and volunteered with the youth program. In 2006, Natalee and her husband took over the Youth Director position part-time. They led the program until 2011, including a yearly summer mission trip on Appalachia Service Project and events and fundraisers throughout the year. She travelled to Haiti in 2012 with UMC Volunteers in Mission to witness and assist with continued rebuilding after the 2010 earthquake.
Natalee joined St. Martin’s staff in 2011. Since then, she has earned her certificate in Church Management from Villanova School of Business. She and her family joined the Episcopal Church in 2017. Natalee is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Swarthmore where she sings and leads the children’s ministry. Natalee serves on the Board of Episcopal Communicators. She lives in Delaware County with her husband Nathan and two boys, Liam and Ezra.
Mike WolfordParish Accountant
(215) 247-7466 ext. 108 |
Mike lives in Malvern, PA. He has been married to Betsy Wolford since 1990. They have a daughter, Molly, who attends college in Maryland, and an adorable Bichon Frisé. Mike was received into the Episcopal Church in 1993 at Christ Church in Reading, PA after being raised Lutheran. He and his family have been members of Good Samaritan in Paoli since 1998.