Dear Saint Richard's Family,
This year's stewardship campaign is about so much more than money. It celebrates all of the ways that God was, is, and will be at work in the life of our parish.
In I Corinthians 3, Paul wants to remind the newly-planted church in Corinth what is most essential to their ministry. He writes, "I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth...for we are God's servants, working together; you are God's field, God's building." Though the context may have been different then, the truth in Paul's words still speaks to us today. Throughout our parish's history, there have been many who have planted, many who have watered, many who have tended and toiled and all the while God has given the growth.
In our present time of such uncertainty and transition, we felt it important to remind ourselves of the centrality of God's action in our midst—not just during our stewardship season, but throughout all of the coming year.
During this campaign, you will hear stories from fellow parishioners recounting ways that they have encountered God through the life of Saint Richard's, and you will also have the opportunity to share your own stories using the hashtags #GodGivestheGrowth and #MySaintRichardsStory. Join us!
There are many ways to contribute to the life of Saint Richard's beyond one's financial contribution. The canons of the Episcopal Church define stewardship as "time, talent, and treasure," asking that people give of whatever resources they have to God's kingdom.
We know it has been a hard year, and that for many this difficulty has meant a change in one's financial security. We are sensitive to that reality. Giving of our time and talent is another way that you can contribute to the life of Saint Richard's. Working in the garden, serving on committees, and volunteering at the church all translate into direct financial benefit for the parish that can supplement one's monetary contribution.
In giving from our finances, we recognize that all we have comes from God. Thus, giving to God is an act of gratitude and discipleship, as well as a reminder to ourselves that our lives are a gift from God, too.
By our giving of time, talent, and treasure, we refuse to make an idol of our possessions and, instead, give freely to the glory of God and the building of His kingdom.
We have some big plans for mission and ministry in 2021, but to get there we need your help!
This year, we face a particular challenge in maintaining a strong annual operating budget while also continuing to pay the mortgage on our Parish Hall.
We need to raise at least $825,062 to meet our financial goal for the year.
In the graphic below, you will see a summary breakdown of the parish budget. Our aim in including the Parish Hall in our operating budget for 2021 is in the interest of financial clarity-- we want to provide you with an honest look at our full ministry expenses.
Though raising our budget to meet our financial needs won't be easy, remember that there is no pledge too small. Every contribution moves the needle and translates directly into mission and ministry.
There are multiple ways to join us in this commitment. You can give online below, fill out a pledge card, use Text to Give, mail a check, or give at our in-person service on Sunday mornings.
For a more detailed breakdown of our finances and more information on the Parish Hall campaign projects, click here.
If you have any questions about your past or current giving statement, or you wish to discuss payment arrangements, instructions for stock transfer, etc., please speak with our Treasurer, Rob MacFarland, at the Parish Office (512) 255-5436.
Online giving is easy! To set up a one-time or recurrent contribution to Saint Richard's, please click the MY SAINT RICHARD'S button below. You will be prompted to create your own password and customize your giving schedule.
Log into the MY SAINT RICHARD'S portal below in order to:
- View your giving history
- Update your contact information and upload a photo
- Access our St. Richard's Parish Directory
- Communicate with your groups
- Modify giving (change amount, schedule, expiration date, credit card number, etc.).
If you wish to make a quick, one-time donation, just as you would in the plate on a Sunday morning, you may use our Text to Give service. Just text STRICHARD to 73256. You will receive a link with instructions for entering payment information. We appreciate your gift to Saint Richard's!
While Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) have been waived due to the provisions of the CARES Act, it is still a good idea to make Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) from your IRA. Doing so lowers the balance of your IRA, which has a built in income tax bill. In other words, it is better to give IRA funds to charitable organizations in order to avoid getting taxed on them. Doing this allows you to keep cash, on which you have already paid taxes, in your checking account.
Another good idea is to donate Appreciated Assets, also known as Low Basis Assets. If you are fortunate to have any stock or other assets that you have either held for a long time or that have experienced recent extraordinary appreciation while day trading during the pandemic (see Tesla or “work from home” stocks), we would be happy to take them off your hands. Donating your stock to Saint Richard's saves you from having to pay capital gains tax. The rationale is not to sell them, pay capital gains and then donate cash, but rather bypass Uncle Sam entirely and donate your stocks or other high appreciated assets to Saint Richard's. We have a separate brokerage account for this very purpose.
If you are interested in supporting Saint Richard's in this way, please contact John Dixon, member of the finance committee, at 512-745-4189 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. He is happy to discuss any additional tax-advantaged giving options, as well as legacy gifts and planning.