Annual Mission Fund (Making a Pledge)
The Annual Mission Fund is what has traditionally been known as “stewardship” in many congregations. It is generated by members committing to financially support the work of the church from year to year. Everything from lights and air conditioning to worship, music, youth and children’s ministries, and outreach are funded through the Annual Mission Fund. Most of what you see week by week and year by year is a result of the giving from generation to generation of people who have given of their life and labor for the building up of the community and the feeding of a world hungry for hope.
Whether you would like to make a one-time gift or want set up a recurring withdrawal to make your pledge payments, you can do so online through My Saint Philip's! To make a one-time gift, simply click the button below and follow the simple instructions - you can give online without registering for a My Saint Philip's account. If you'd like to set up a recurring gift, simply follow the instructions to create an account when prompted.
The endowment funds at Saint Philip’s offer a powerful opportunity to ensure that the love and gratitude we feel for our church will endure. By contributing to one of the endowment funds, we can ensure that Saint Philip’s will have the resources needed to continue its mission and ministries for generations to come. At Saint Philip’s our endowments are structured so that the principal amount is kept intact while the investment income is available to meet ongoing needs. There are two endowment funds to which you can contribute, the Ministry Endowment Fund (MEF) and the Preservation and Endowment Foundation (P&E). More about both may be found below.
There are two primary ways to make a gift to one of the church’s endowment funds. First, you may make an outright gift of cash, stock, or other liquid assets. Second, you may make a planned gift by designating a bequest in your will, establishing a life income gift (like a charitable annuity), or naming Saint Philip’s as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy. One of our endowment committee members will be happy to work with you on what kind of gift or plan best meets your needs and hopes.
What is your favorite memory from Saint Philip’s? A wedding? A Baptism? Welcoming the J2A youth back from pilgrimage? The flowering of the cross during the Easter courtyard service? Evensong, Holy Week, or Christmas Eve? Serving with one of the many ministries here?
Whatever is most important to you — you can ensure that the tradition lives on and share those memories with others by contributing to one of our endowment funds.
Ministry Endowment Fund
The Ministry Endowment Fund (MEF) supports and magnifies the work of Saint Philip’s. We have all been blessed by our liturgy — amplified by inspiring hymns and anthems. Many of us have felt Jesus’ call to the Great Commission, to share the good news with the world through evangelism and outreach. Others have been drawn to deeper Christian learning through various classes, youth ministries, and adult formation classes. You may have been visited in a time of grief or illness by members or you may be someone who makes those visits. However the Spirit has moved you, you can ensure that the ministries of Saint Philip’s will continue from generation to generation.
Preservation and Endowment
Preservation and Endowment (P&E) preserves our historic buildings, beautiful grounds, and large holdings of original artwork. It’s easy to take our physical surroundings for granted, but they need the same tender loving care that our parishioners do. Many of us have been comforted by reflection time in the Quiet Garden or encouraged by the deep resonance of the pipe organ. A gift to Preservation and Endowment will guarantee that future generations will share in these same gifts of beauty that have been passed to us.
There are three major fund-raising bodies at Saint Philip’s that are at the heart of our stewardship efforts. These are the Annual Mission Fund, Ministry Endowment Fund, and Preservation and Endowment. The Stewardship Commission looks at how we can secure the future of Saint Philip’s and preserve the gifts passed to us from generation to generation and raise the funds necessary for mission from year to year.
Saint Philip’s is not a “wealthy” church. We depend on the gifts of many to change lives and to open hearts — and we are fortunate that so many are so generous with their gifts.