Wholly + Holy Giving
I invite you to focus on wholly (and Holy) giving during this time of our Annual Campaign. We are created by a God who loves us wholly. By recognizing that the whole world is God’s creation, meaning everything we’ve received in our lives, we will hopefully be led to wholly living as a means of expressing thanks to God with everything we have and do.
Have you been witness to or do you have someone in your life who has demonstrated a wholly way of living their faith? All politics aside(!), former President Jimmy Carter speaks of his faith in the following way, “I have one life and one chance to make it count for something . . . I’m free to choose what that something is, and the something I’ve chosen is my faith. Now, my faith goes beyond theology and religion and requires considerable work and effort. My faith demands — this is not optional — my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.” Jesus calls us to be vulnerable and courageous in the way we live our lives and the way we give of ourselves to others.
As we move through our season of Annual Giving, I encourage you to pray on what it means to live wholly and to live a holy life, and specifically how that is demonstrated in your giving through St. Paul’s. For St. Paul’s to continue to be a place that brings us together as a witness of God’s love to Chattanooga and beyond, we all are called upon to support this effort. The Vestry and I ask that you prayerfully consider an increase in your giving to our common work. Meaningful worship, increased outreach into our community, more opportunities for St. Paul’s social gatherings, youth & children’s ministries, and efforts in impacting the social fabric of the city of Chattanooga all require generous giving. Let’s walk this journey together, praising God for the blessings we receive along the way.
The Rev. Brad Whitaker
Your Pledge Matters!
Generosity is an important part of our spiritual growth. It increases our faith in God and connects us to one another and to the world. We ask everyone in the St. Paul’s community to commit a portion of his or her income to support our ministries as an active downtown parish. Annual pledges support everything we do — outreach and social action, music, education, and ministries for our children, youth, and families. Every pledge has a significant impact, and an increase in your yearly giving is magnified dramatically when we join together in generosity.
How Much Should I Pledge?
Determining what to pledge is an important decision. We encourage you to pledge an amount that is both responsible and generous. Proportionate giving is a process of knowing what percentage of your resources you are contributing to St. Paul’s. This chart can help you decide how much to pledge to St. Paul’s during 2019.
To make a 2019 pledge to St. Paul’s Church, download our Annual Giving brochure, sign in to your St. Paul’s Member Profile, or contact our Stewardship Office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-266-8195.