2020 Annual Appeal

The EPISCOPAL CHURCH of ST. JAMES the LESS

Love & Serve

It’s Time for our Annual Appeal!

Once called the "Every Member Canvass," our Annual Appeal is the time when we pledge financially for the coming year and refresh our membership rolls. In the Episcopal Church’s canons, a member is someone who gives financially to support the church and attends services regularly. All members who pledge and are “Regular Communicants” on Sundays are eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting in January.  

Someone on our Annual Appeal Committee said—not as a motto but more like a discovery—“a pledge is the price you pay for religious freedom.” Episcopalians are democratic, and we value highly the voice and vote we have in our parish to help steer its mission and priorities in the direction we feel God is calling us to go.

But importantly, a pledge is also a form of service to our community and, above all, to God. This year’s slogan for our Annual Appeal is “Love and Serve.” It comes from the concluding dismissal of our liturgy each Sunday: “Go in peace to Love and Serve the Lord!”  

Giving is service. Think of all we can do because we give financially to keep our church going year after year. Think of all the good your pledge does, because not only does your pledge support our staff and infrastructure, it also goes directly to the ministries we care so much about at St. James: feeding the homeless, educating our youth on the importance of caring for the less fortunate, serving each other through the Samaritans’ ministry, supporting scholarships for kids to go to camp, and above all worshiping together each week and encouraging one another in good works and moral living.

Your pledges are the foundation of all this and so much more. In early November, you will receive a pledge card and budget overview in the mail. We will also talk about pledging in church each Sunday in November, answering questions you may have. If you’re new to the church, you may be interested in our pledging forum after church on November 17. Finally, for the last two weeks of November, you may mail your pledge card back to the church OR bring it to church with you on Sunday for a blessing.

In advance—because we already know this is a generous parish—thank you for all your faithful financial support. We’d like to leave you with something that Teresa of Avila said. We celebrated her feast day this past October:

Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

—Mother Storm and the 2020 Annual Appeal Committee


The Book of Common Prayer

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

 

LOVE & SERVE

TESTIMONIALS

BUDGET SUMMARY

Click below to download a detailed draft of the 2020 Budget

Download: 2020 Draft Budget.pdf