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Stewardship

All that we have belongs to God

For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us; prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. Romans 12:4–6.        

Paul states it beautifully. We all have something to give. With those gifts we can contribute individually and collectively to the sustenance and growth of our parish and God’s church. Your gift may be hours spent at Emmanuel in worship, teaching, sewing, reading, or being an acolyte. You may devote hours to the community making sandwiches, delivering furniture, visiting Goodwin House, or buying children’s Christmas gifts.

We ask parishioners to consider their commitments to Emmanuel. We encourage you to contribute the gift of your time, talents and resources. You may contribute and pledge in several different ways.

Annual Pledging

We can define the annual gift of wealth to the parish in several different ways. Before considering methods, you should understand the essential principles of giving as established in the Bible: that it come from the heart and that it be sacrificial. With those principles as a foundation, you can determine the particulars of how and how much you decide to give.

Both the Old and New Testament establish proportional giving of income as a best practice. These methods are only a few examples:

  • The tithe — or 10% of income — was established in the Old Testament as a way for the Hebrews to give back to God in gratitude for what God had given them. The tithe was used to support those who could not support themselves including the Levites, widows, and children. It is often regarded as the benchmark of Christian giving and was established as the minimum standard for giving by the Episcopal Church USA at General Convention in 1988. 
  • The partial or half tithe is a way to look at your charitable giving holistically. In this case, you choose to tithe (10%), yet some portion goes to other good works with half or more going to the church.
  • There are several methods of proportional giving. One is the “part-of-the-work-week” method in you consider the hours that you work and ask which you would be willing to give over to the church: the first hour every Monday, one half-day in each pay period, one day per month, etc. Determine the value of that time and make your pledge.
  • Another means of proportional giving is to pick a percentage — say 1%, 2% or 3% — and then pledge that amount. Then you can increase your pledge every year by some amount until you reach the tithe or some other goal.
  • When thinking of your proportional gift, you should also consider proportional increases. If you were blessed with a pay increase in the last few years, then your annual gift should increase by a proportionate amount. Of course, the opposite can be understandably true.
  • Finally, there is the age old question of pre-tax or post-tax income. Some would argue that before you make a gift decision, you should “render onto Caesar what is Caesar’s.” In fact, there is no rule and the decision lies with you.

Please contact Kelli Corts, our parish administrator, for a pledge card.

Plate Offerings

Some parishioners use the plate offering during Sunday services for contributing checks and/or cash. Check or cash donations can be recorded through the use of contribution envelopes found in the pews. If you would like a set of your own offering envelopes, please contact Kelli Corts, our parish administrator.

Electronic Giving

Contributions can now be made either by electronic funds transfer or by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover Card). Please consider donating online by clicking the e-giving icon at the bottom of this page.

Stock Donations

Contributions to Emmanuel Episcopal Church can be made through stock donations. Instructions for making a stock donation can be found here. If you need assistance, please contact our Treasurer, Gene Lange.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church Alexandria Virginia Foundation

Emmanuel Episcopal Church Alexandria Virginia Foundation was established in 1993 by the Vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church to encourage the growth of Emmanuel’s endowment funds and create a means for managing these funds prudently.   

The Foundation offers potential donors diverse opportunities for giving for the benefit of Emmanuel Church. The Foundation’s mission is to build a firm financial foundation for Emmanuel Church and to safeguard the assets entrusted to it. 

More specifically, the Foundation is responsible for:

  • encouraging and facilitating gifts in support of the care and maintenance of the building and grounds of Emmanuel Episcopal Church;
  • encouraging and facilitating gifts in support of the Church’s Christian mission outside the parish and within the church
  • providing oversight to the investment management of the Foundation’s assets by the Trustees of the Funds of the Diocese of Virginia.

The Foundation has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c)3 charitable organization, and its tax identification number is 54-1723721. 

In addition to the above responsibilities, the Foundation presents occasional seminars to Emmanuel’s parishioners and the public at large on estate planning topics of general interest. Past seminars have included Estate Planning for Young Families, and Legal Issues for Families Impacted by Alzheimer’s and other Mental Disabilities.

Planned Giving

Planned giving is an effective means of helping to ensure the long-term vitality and sustainability of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. A variety of planned giving arrangements are available, many of which require no out-of-pocket expense but, rather, use leftover funds from the donor’s estate. We invite you to consider making a planned gift as follows:

  • Name Emmanuel Church or Foundation as the beneficiary of your will, revocable living trust, or retirement plan
  • Fund a Charitable Gift Annuity with a gift of $10,000 or more and receive favorable tax treatment and an attractive fixed income stream for your lifetime and that of another
  • Fund a Charitable Remainder Trust with a gift of $100,000 and receive favorable tax treatment and an income stream for your life and perhaps others
  • Make Emmanuel Church or Foundation the owner and beneficiary of a fully-paid-up life insurance policy

The Foundation has prepared a Guide to Planned Giving which sets forth further information about tax-advantaged charitable giving.

For more information and assistance, please contact Jane Kolson, president of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Foundation.