This week, we are in the midst of two important celebrations - All Saints and All Souls... we reflect on those who have built the Church over the centuries, and it is the season when we pray for those who have departed before us. It is appropriate to reflect on how their good stewardship has built up and given us the church we have today. How does our Stewardship continue to build upon those foundations?It is at this time of the year, that we are asked to think about our stewardship of all those gifts that God has placed in our trust. Not just how we are taking care of those gifts, but how we are sharing those gifts with our parish and community. In the coming weeks we will be asked to consider if we are returning a proper portion of those gifts to the Lord through His instrument on earth, the Church for the building up of His Kingdom. This Sunday parishioners Marissa and Don Schultz, will share their family's story of how God has blessed them, their gratefulness, and how they are sharing those blessings. This is a link to a video from the Archdiocese that reflects on Stewardship as a way of life. Please take a few minutes and watch this video.
Mary, Queen of Peace is committed to being a Stewardship parish. Being a Stewardship parish means we use our time and talent primarily on service within and outside the Church, rather than on fundraising. We are called to be about the mission of the parish, in deepening peoples' faith, rather than expending large amounts of energy on fundraising for ourselves. As such, we rely on ordinary income (Stewardship of Treasure) for our operating expenses, funding our outreach donations and capital campaign donations for capital (building) improvements.
Once each year our parish asks each parishioner to plan their level of giving as a percentage of their income. Of that giving it is suggested that half is given to the parish in support of parish operations and the other half of the amount you plan to donate be given to special archdiocese collections, capital campaign and other charities. The following worksheet may help with this decision process.
A worksheet to help you plan and budget your giving to charity
All of us receive requests from many charities throughout the year - and sometimes our response is one of weariness or anxiety. Why me? My resources are limited? How can I take care of them all? But these various requests present the opportunity to plan our giving - to share the blessings God has given us, and experience the joy of sharing. We are asked to split our gift in half - One half to the parish, and the other half to charities of our choice.
Other Half Worksheet including some Charities to Consider for the "Other Half"
Monthly Envelope Packet
Each month you receive through the US Mail an envelope packet which includes an envelope for each Sunday of the month, special collection envelopes, a building fund/debt reduction envelope and a mailing envelope addressed to the parish.
Simplified Giving Program
Employee Sponsored Charitable Giving
Archdiocese of Seattle Planned Giving for Charitable Gifts & Annuities
A few opportunities include remembering the parish in your will, adding the parish as a beneficiary of a tax deferred savings plan or life insurance policy, or establishing a charitable gift annuity.
The Archdiocese of Seattle Planned Giving Office and its web site for Planned Giving has excellent resources to answer your questions and obtain a full list of planned giving options.