During the coming weeks, we will reflect on the gifts that God has given us in the community of Grace, and gather pledge commitments to support the parish's mission and ministry for the coming year. You will receive a pledge packet at church or in the mail during the coming week, which will include information on the parish budget for 2019, and a pledge form that you can fill out and return to the church, but you can also pledge online by visiting our
. Please see the attached letter and pledge form from our stewardship team.
How do I make a financial pledge?
To make a financial pledge to sustain the work of Grace Church, you may either fill out a pledge card, included in this packet, and send it into the parish office using the envelope provided or pledge online. Please submit your pledge by
To make a contribution online:
Go to Saygrace.net and click on Give
For a one-time payment click on "Give Now" button then fill out the form
To set up your automatic giving for your pledge:
Go to Saygrace.net and click on Give
Click on the same "Give Now" button then fill out the form.
In the "
be sure to select
Be sure to select "Setup automated giving" and choose your time preference.
Need assistance making a pledge online? Paula Garner, our parish administrator, will be happy to help you. She can be reached at
or by calling (423) 698-2433.
October 25, 2019
As we begin our stewardship campaign for the 2020 Budget year, we invite you to prayerfully consider how the ways that we use the gifts God has given you can strengthen your witness to Christ’s love.
We are a parish richly blessed in terms of the resources God has given us. We are situated at an intersection of neighborhoods and cultures in our city. Our beautiful campus provides a green and spacious oasis on a well-travelled road. In the past year, a number of new followers of Jesus, both young and old, families and individuals, have joined the community of Grace. We have strengthened our commitment to feeding people who are hungry by way of our food pantry and food voucher ministry. Grace’s particular gifts for welcome and hospitality, and our unabashed proclamation of God’s love for all people shine both within our parish and the wider community.
All of these ministries take resources. In years past, Grace’s budget has included a significant structural deficit, drawing on reserve funds and estate gifts to meet operating expenses. We no longer have funds in reserve to absorb this deficit. We are pleased to report that we have made great strides in reducing the deficit for 2019, and it is our sincere hope that we will be able to begin 2020 with a balanced budget. In order to accomplish this, we will need to increase pledge income by approximately 10% or $39,000. The 2020 budget includes continuing support for our curate (assistant priest), a position which is also supported through generous funding from the diocese.
We encourage you to look at your household budget and set aside your pledge amount. Consider what God has given, pray about it, consider the other causes that you want to support, discern which things are most important. We find in our own lives that once we’ve pondered those commitments, once we have written them down and made them a priority, it is much easier to keep them. Having set those goals, it brings us joy to complete them. Our priorities are changed by this process. We see our sharing of these gifts as a chance to make expressions of generosity and gratitude part of the fabric of our household.
We are blessed in giving. When we give of our talents, our time and our treasure, we give with the hope that God is able to work renewal and transformation through our offerings, and it is this very hope that changes us.
If you are the sort of person who likes to see the results of your contributions (and most of us are), we hope that you will see signs of these gifts at work in the community of Grace in the months ahead. Your gifts will help us achieve the following:
• A welcoming and hospitable space that is in good condition for the programs offered by our parish and a meeting place for the wider community.
• Adequate staffing for parish administration, programs, liturgical and pastoral ministries.
• Training and resources for parish leaders and staff.
• Curricula and materials for Godly Play, Arts Camp, Youth and Adult Formation.
• Digital and printed resources that keep us informed and help us reach out to the Brainerd area neighborhoods and beyond.
• Exploring opportunities for our parish to build community partnerships to build just communities and assist persons in need in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas.
• Direct assistance in the form of vouchers, food, utilities and housing costs to help meet the material needs of our neighbors who live in poverty.
• Developing worship and ministry opportunities that will help us to invite others to
join us on our journey of faith and welcome those who seek a church home.
• Opportunities for us to gather as a community at Grace for fun, fellowship, and deepening our relationship as siblings in Christ.
We enter this stewardship campaign with a sense of purpose and hope for our life together at Grace. Your enthusiasm for our life together is palpable. And that energy (a gift from the Holy Spirit, we are sure), coupled with your offerings of time, skill, effort, and financial resources, will bear fruit. We pray God’s blessing on all of us as we listen for how God is calling us to share abundance of life.
Grace and peace,
Phaen Stone Jim Milburn
Senior Warden Chair, Finance Committee
The Rev. April Berends Richard Hyatt
Rector Stewardship Chair
Stewardship Campaign 2020
The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;his righteousness endures forever.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-9
In Thanksgiving for our many blessings and with prayerful consideration of our mission as Christians, I/we offer to God a proportion of our income to Grace Episcopal, that we might share abundantly in God’s good work. I/we estimate that in 2020 that gift will be:
Weekly $___________ or Monthly $____________ or Annual $______________
I have already pledged online _______ I am interested in bank draft__________
Please cut here and return only the top half to Grace by November 24th
FOR YOUR RECORDS
Grace Episcopal Church Stewardship Campaign 2018
Your proportionate giving goal for 2019 ____________%
Your financial stewardship gift for 2019 $______________
If you would like assistance in determining your gift as a percentage of your income, or what a XX% increase in your current gift would be, please use the tables on the other side of this form. If the estimated annual amount of your gift changes significantly during the year, please contact the parish office with your new estimate. Please retain this portion for your records.
Stewardship Campaign 2020
Table for figuring a pledge as a percentage of income - a proportional gift.
Apologies for the miniscule size -- apparently there's a limit on how big you can make a graphic!