While living in California for graduate school, I worked part-time in a church. It was an Episcopal church, and I loved it there, but the Cathedral Church of St. Paul is my home. I never felt, as a grad student working only part-time, that I had enough money to pledge, though. I might have enough to put a few dollars in the collection once in a while, but any amount I could count on having every month—that is, any pledge I could send home to Detroit—would be too small to matter.
One year, the development office at the church where I worked needed help processing pledges, and I volunteered to help with the data entry. Among all the big pledges I expected to see, I came across one that moved me deeply. Someone made a pledge for ten cents. One dime per year - that was all they could promise. I have no idea if that was really all they could afford. What moved me was that such a tiny pledge seemed to me to be more than a monetary contribution: it represented a desire to be connected—the same desire I felt toward the Detroit cathedral I continued to call my home.
So I made my tiny pledge. I don't know whether it made any difference to the cathedral, but it strengthened my connection to this church while I was so far away. Now that you have all welcomed me home, I'm renewing that pledge, and returning to choir and lectoring. As we give together of our "time, treasure, and talent," we further God's work of making this cathedral church a sign of God's welcoming all people home.
Stewardship. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as, “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. “It’s not hard to see how this definition is similar to my own personal definition of the word and how it relates to our life at the Cathedral. We are called as children of God, to be good stewards; to care for the sick, to visit the imprisoned, and to feed the hungry. These are our gifts. This is how we can be good stewards and respond to the needs of our world and those entrusted to our care. With our many, and deeply loved ministries offered at this Cathedral, it is important that we support and uplift them as much as possible and I am always proud to be able to be part of that work through my planned giving. My planned giving to the Cathedral Church of St. Paul is just one way that I can celebrate, give thanks, and offer God my gifts for the needs of this world and the ministries of this Cathedral.
C.S. Lewis wrote "Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own." Many Christians today unfortunately view stewardship only as asking members only for monetary support for church budgets, building programs, etc. It is necessary to have the financial resources to support these essential components, and we MUST give of ourselves to support the operation, programs and ministries of the church, but it is also essential to look deeper into what is God's meaning of stewardship. For a start, try Psalm 24 - The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. It is pretty clear: the world is God's garden and we are in it. God has entrusted us; WE are responsible as Stewards, as servants of the Lord. We will be called to give an account of our stewardship of our time, money, abilities, information, wisdom, relationships, and authority. As we prepare to pledge our time, talents and resources to God and the church, I ask you to join Joan and me in praying for God's guidance in sharing the riches so graciously bestowed upon us. We have all been blessed with a loving, caring and talented parish family. By working in God's garden, taking care to do good works, giving back to God what is truly his; we will be faithful Stewards of his kingdom and WILL, as promised, be rewarded with God's joy. Peace in Christ -
Gary W. Wood
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.