October 20, 2011
Dear Cathedral Family,
I write to tell you of some particular joys in the journey of the Cathedral. Two of them are financial events, one of them is an opportunity to share in the joy of the mission and ministry of the Cathedral for 2012, and the final one is a chance to make a Centennial Gift to future generations of the Cathedral (from which we will benefit too).
Two important financial events – First, we were able to refinance the debt on the Waller Health Center building in a way the provides a better than market interest rate and will retire the debt completely in twelve years. This financing will benefit both the Cathedral and the Cathedral Foundation, and both the Vestry and the Foundation Trustees are to be congratulated on coming to a mutually beneficial solution. Second, we have closed on the sale of the property formerly occupied by Crossroads, and in a way that retires the debt on that property and fulfills other obligations tied to its sale.
That your joy may be complete – Jesus desired that his joy be in us that our joy may be complete. One of the ways we respond to the joy of life in Christ is by celebrating and sharing our blessings. An important way we do that is by supporting the mission and ministry of the Cathedral. While the tithing is the norm in the Episcopal Church, it all really begins with joyful giving hearts. You will find enclosed in this mailing the Stewardship Committee’s letter to the Cathedral community along with a pledge card. Your participation and response are important. Your gift of tithes and offerings makes a difference; it makes things happen! In-gathering Sunday will be November 20th, but you may return the card by mail or in the offering plate at any time.
A Gift for the Next Generations: Cooling the Cathedral – One hundred years ago this year our predecessors in the faith dedicated this Cathedral to the glory of God and the spiritual growth of their generation and generations to come. The cathedral itself was their gift to us and to succeeding generations. The Vestry and I have been exploring a way to make a gift to mark the centennial of the Cathedral’s dedication that would benefit (current and) future generations. From an evangelism standpoint, the gift of air conditioning the cathedral is a great undertaking because we know through many studies that those seeking a spiritual home will not sit through hot services when there are cool services offered with equal or greater ease. So you are invited to make a gift to the next generations, and enjoy its benefits as well. The goal is to raise $30,000 by the Annual Meeting on January 29, 2012. We are pleased to tell you that as of today we have gifts totaling $15,000 toward that goal. Your gift of any size is welcome. It can be in this tax year (2011), the next tax year (2012), or both – whatever works best for you. Please see the enclosed insert and act soon so you can be a part of thanking our forebearers and gifting our future Cathedral family.
Our Wardens, Vestry and I hope you will celebrate with us in word and in action the good news of the Cathedral’s increasing operational and missional health, and in financial support of the work that God continues to call us to be and to become.
God’s grace, peace and joy be with you,
The Very Rev'd Scott Hunter
Our Vision is to be an extraordinary spiritual gathering place
where people of all backgrounds and ages are welcome
to question and learn, pray, worship and serve; being loved by God
in ways that change and improve their lives and the lives of others.
A pledge is a commitment to give one's time, talents, and money as an expression of faith and a personal response to God's generosity. Your pledge
represents your specific Christian commitment to "work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God" (BCP, p. 856).
We encourage members of the parish to make an annual stewardship pledge. This assists us greatly in preparing the Cathedral's annual budget.
We know that circumstances change and that sometimes people are not able to keep their pledge - please know that a pledge is a statement of intent, not a legal obligation. It can be changed at any time.
E-Giving is designed to enable you to make your offering or donations on-line. This method of giving will provide the same confidentiality that you are accustomed to plus the convenience that on-line services offer. You can use a bank account number, a debit card, or a credit card. You can make a one-time payment or setup recurring payments so you can continue to make your offering even while on vacation. When you make an E-giving contribution, you can print the receipt, insert in your weekly offering envelope, and place it in the offering plate at a Service if you like.
We understand that this method of giving may not be for everyone and our regular offering time will continue to be a part of our Sunday morning services. If you would like to participate in E-Giving, please follow the links for complete instructions or to make your offering / donation.
If you have any questions about E-giving please contact the Cathedral's Financial Office at 313-831-5000.
A tithe is 10% of a person's material wealth. In Genesis 28:22 Jacob promised God a tithe of all he received. The Israelites gave 10% of their herds, flocks, and produce to maintaining the priests. In the New Testament in Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42 the Pharisees tithe "mint and rue and herbs of all kinds" on behalf of the poor.
In today's world, most of us do not have flocks of sheep or grain etc. Instead, we give a fixed percent of our income to the church and its ministries, with the tithe being a goal to strive for.
Contribute to the Cathedral Church of St. Paul Endowment Fund
Help ensure the future of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul by contributing to our endowment fund at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. State law entitles you to a tax credit of 50 percent of the amount you contribute, subject to certain limits. Just write a check payable to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, indicate the Cathedral Church of St. Paul Endowment Fund in the “subject” line, and mail by December 31 to:
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
333 W. Fort St., Suite 2010
Detroit, MI 48226-3134
For more information on the Michigan tax credit, call 313.961.6675 to talk to a representative of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. For further information about the Cathedral Church of St. Paul Endowment Fund, please call Jim Edwards, Chairman of the Vestry Committee on Endowment and Planned Giving at 313.863.1804.
Planned Gifts to the Church Through Your Estate Plan
Make a planned gift to the Cathedral Church of St. Paul or to its Endowment Fund within the community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and help us carry out the mission of the church for years to come. When organizing your Planned Gift it would be helpful if you sent a letter to the Cathedral to advise us of your intentions - see draft letter.
When we receive your letter you will become a member of the Society of St. Paul entitled to attend an annual dinner in the fall for all Society members. This will be without cost to you - the Church's way of saying thank you for your thoughtfulness and foresight
Find out more by calling Jim Edwards, Chairman of the Vestry Committee on Endowment and Planned Giving at 313.863.1804.
Donations of time, talent, clothing, and other items are always welcome. Clothing left at the Cathedral is usually given to Crossroads for their outreach mission. In the spring and fall we hold rummage sales with the proceeds going to our outreach ministries.