2017 Pledged Giving FAQ

Why Pledge?

Pledging…

  • commits us to building God’s kingdom on earth through the mission and ministry of Saint James’
  • allows the vestry to budget responsibly
  • helps determine our priorities in life when we first pledge a proportion of our income to the Church and then create our household budget
  • can be an act of sacrificial love

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2017 Stewardship Letter from the Senior Warden

Dear Saint James’ family,

As your senior and junior wardens, we are writing this year’s annual pledge campaign letter. Newcomers and visitors reinforce what we all feel when they observe that we are a church that radiates meaning, purpose and vitality. The vestry bears the responsibility for the finances of the church, and as their officers, we can state with confidence that our budget is designed to support what makes Saint James’ exceptional.

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2017 Stewardship Letter from the Rector

Dear Saint James’ Family,

As a child, a significant rite of passage during our summers in Vermont, was that leap from the top rock of the cliffs above Lake Champlain. We would prepare for that harrowing moment by years of jumping from the various lower outcroppings. As thrilling as any of the lower jumps might have been, there was nothing quite like that moment when through deep breaths and wobbly knees, we gathered up just enough will, courage, and encouragement to raise our front foot off the rock, close our eyes, kick off with that back foot and just fly through the air. At that moment the fear meets exhilaration and pride and then after what seems like an eternity, our feet would break the water’s surface and the coolness of the lake would consume us.

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CONNECTED Capital Campaign 

MARK THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR!

APRIL 2, 2017

On April 2nd we will be inviting you to make your pledge to the CONNECTED Capital Campaign.

Between now and Pledge Day, April 2nd, we will be sharing weekly information with you. Be on the lookout for updated building plans and renderings, a closer look at our campaign goal versus actual project costs, and a spotlight on the benefits this project will bring to the church, the school, and our greater Warrenton community.

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A Stewardship Message from Scott Christian

To the Saint James’ Church family, 

In Fr Ben’s letter that we all received last week, he concluded by praying that we had “experienced the joy of adventuring with our Captain, Jesus Christ.” As I have thought about his prayer for us, it occurred to me that “adventuring together” has been the leading edge of Fr Ben’s ministry with us for the last three and a half years. Here are excerpts from Fr Ben’s first letter to us in February, 2013:

“One of my passions in ministry is forming loving Christ-centered communities committed to the care of one another and respectful sharing and appreciation of differences.”

“I love inviting people into living a fuller more gratifying life, more consistent with the life they were created to live.”

“Finally, I am convinced that the mark of a healthy, faithful parish is service to others. The work of the church is squarely to meet the unmet needs of a community.”

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2017 Annual Pledge Campaign

Our goal for 2017, the beginning of our third century of ministry in Warrenton, is 170 pledging households. Please prayerfully consider what amount you can pledge to God’s work in our community. Everybody should have received a pledge packet last Sunday or in the mail this week. If not, please contact Nancy in the office and she will mail one to you. Thanks to those of you who have already dropped off or mailed in your pledge.

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A Stewardship Message from Fr Ben

Do you choose easy or do you choose adventure?

I asked this question on my first Sunday at Saint James’ four years ago this winter. I talked about asking my daughter that question half way through a rather rigorous hike, I encouraged you to consider all the ways that Jesus asked his followers that same question, and whether God might be asking the people of Saint James’ Episcopal Church the same question.

Years later I am ever more convinced both of God’s call to us and our resounding answer, “ADVENTURE!!!”. Here is the rub. Adventure is not easy. Jesus certainly never said it would be.

One of my favorite prayers, attributed to 16th century explorer, Sir Francis Drake, asks the same question of us. Have we arrived safely because we sailed too close to shore… (have we) fallen in love with life and ceased to dream of eternity?

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CONNECTED Capital Campaign Update

Project update

The new architecture firm, Kerns Group Architects, is swiftly refining our drawings and integrating their new ideas into the project. We have been very impressed with their careful listening and quick turn around. I think a few of the most impressive changes include the addition of a distinct school entrance and a richer incorporation of our existing architectural details, most notably highlighting the ascension window and pitch of the church, and a more cost effective and accessible location for the elevator to serve both church and school.   We continue to grow more excited with each revision and cannot wait to share the final schematics with all of you later this fall.

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Vestry Minutes | December 2015

Summary of Vestry Minutes | December 15, 2015

Treasurer’s Report: Finances are in good shape. Plate receipts exceeded the budgeted amount in November, enhanced by two generous gifts and expenses remain largely under budget. Although pledges are up for the month, they may not hit the $513,000 budgeted for the year.

Father Ben complemented the vestry on their fiscal soundness, noting the guideline of the “three Silos:” use of the Endowment for maintenance, the Budget for operating expenses, and the Capital Campaign for new missions. They have been good stewards of the church’s funds.

Rector’s Report: Father Ben noted the fact that the music program has become a major mission of the church and asked for a suitable way to acknowledge this important fact. He also complemented John Knouse on his job, citing particularly the Advent devotional written in large part by the youth of the church.

With the departure of Rev. Lyn, Father Ben stated that a suitable replacement for leadership and support for the women of the church is a priority for the next part-time hire.

New Business:

  • Bill Turnure noted that a slate for the new vestry is being developed and should be ready by the first of the year. The focus is to keep the diversity necessary to maintain a strong vestry and ensure that all constituencies of the congregation be represented.
  • Gary Shook has agreed to be the chairman of the Bicentennial Committee.
  • The 2016 budget is being finalized. Scott Christian reported for the Stewardship Committee that to date 142 pledges have been received for a total of $506,000. This is $41,000 short of the initial budgeted amount

The meeting closed at 6:59 with the Lord’s Prayer and all decamped to the Rectory to celebrate the season along with the Church and School staff and Board.

Respectfully submitted,

Aileen H. Laing, Register

Vestry Meeting Minutes Summary – May 12, 2015

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A joint meeting of the School Board and the Vestry was held on May 12 at 6pm to hear a report by Brad Layland of The Focus Group and to decide whether or not to proceed with Phase 2 of the feasibility study for a Capital Campaign to renovate and expand the church/school facility.

Following Brad’s presentation and the questions and comments from the church/school leadership, the question of whether or not to proceed to Phase 2 of the Feasibility Study was presented. Both boards then approved proceeding with Phase 2 of the Feasibility Study and released the necessary funds from their respective development funds.