Stewardship and Giving

 

At St. Stephen’s we are stewards of the good news of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ. We are called to share that good news with new generations and to serve as Jesus’ heart and hands in our communities. In this world of pandemic distancing we must share the good news in new ways and there is an ever-greater need for sharing both from our financial as well as spiritual resources.

This year we have chosen Faith-Filled Generosity as the theme for our fall giving campaign. In this pandemic year especially, we are being called to face new challenges. The calling of our new priest is paramount in our minds and with much joy we look forward to welcoming and embracing a new clergy partner in ministry. 

Our responsibilities of stewardship are all about our ministries and mission. And, we believe that our faith makes its possible for us to carry out God’s mission in the world. Each one of us is integral to that mission with our …  hearts, minds and bodies… and our financial giving that helps support it all.

We invite you to consider the meaning of Faith-Filled Generosity in your life in the coming weeks. Our Faith-Filled Generosity campaign begins in October. Together we will give thanks and open our hearts to what God working through us can do to serve the needs of our world.

Faith-Filled Generosity grows from faith-filled lives. Members of St. Stephen’s recently expressed ways in which they live faithfully during this extraordinary year of the Covid-19 Pandemic. May we grow in faith-filled lives in these ways today and in the days, weeks, and years to come.

FAITH FILLED LIVING IS …

…breathing deeply, letting go, and remembering that God is the center of my life.

…sending a postcard expressing love and caring in some way to all the friends and relatives in my address book over the coming weeks. 

…practicing patience and responding with love instead of anger.

…seeking God in the midst of the tasks and chores of my daily life and giving thanks often for being safe and nourished.

…learning to pray always, remembering especially as I pray all those who need God and who suffer in this time of great loss, anxiety, and uncertainty.

characterized by compassion, love and the sharing of the great abundance given us by our God.

…an ever-present listening ear.

…doing all you can with all you have for all you can.

is realizing that, in Auden’s words, we can still “stagger on, rejoicing.”

…loving one another deeply from the heart.

…worshiping, learning, serving, giving.

…abiding in God’s love made known to us in Jesus.

 

Ways to Give

We invite you to support St. Stephen’s with a financial contribution. Please consider making a Giving Goal Commitment to support the ongoing work of the church through our Annual Fund. Find a Giving Goal Card for 2020  here. 

  • Gifts by check are always welcome. Please make your check payable to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and mail to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753.
  • AUTOPAY/BILLPAY from your bank is an easy way to make a recurring gift to St. Stephen’s directly from your account. This is a simple way to ensure 100% of your gift comes to the church on a regular basis.
  • Make a Gift of Securities
  • Give Online via PayPal or credit card 

Other ways to give include:

• If you take minimum distributions (RMD) from an IRA or retirement fund, talk with your retirement or financial advisor about how you might give directly from one of these accounts with possible tax advantages. Should you decide to make such a gift, please contact the St. Stephen’s Treasurer through the Church Office (802-388-7200) as these gifts require special acknowledgments to comply with IRS requirements.

Legacy or planned giving, typically through a bequest or a charitable trust, establishes a way to provide for family members while remembering the church as well.  

You may designate your giving for a specific ministry area, including:

• Annual Fund

• The Rector’s Discretionary Fund

• Feeding the Hungry

• St. Stephen’s Building Fund

• St. Stephen’s Endowment Fund