All that we are, all that we have, comes from God and will one day return to God.
Jesus often talked about our relationship to the “things” we possess. In Luke 12:13-21 Jesus is asked about dividing a family inheritance. He replies with a story. A rich man decides to build new barns to hold his bumper crop, then to “eat, drink, and be merry.”
However, “God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
We are stewards of God’s bounty. Caretakers. For a brief period we are given time, energy, and resources. What we do with these gifts ultimately defines the character of our life and the depth of our spiritual understanding.
Planned giving is one expression of the wise use of the personal resources God has entrusted to us.
What is “Planned Giving”?
With advance planning, gifts can be made to the church is a variety of ways.
This requires some deliberation and usually involves financial or estate planning. It is not reserved for the wealthy. Anyone concerned with the wise use of his or her personal resources can make a well-considered choice about their use. In general, planned gifts are made through:
- A Bequest in a Will
- A Life Income Gift such as a pooled income fund, a charitable gift annuity, or a charitable remainder trust
- Gifts of Special Assets (real estate, closely held stock, life insurance, retirement accounts)
Planned giving establishes a way for a donor to provide for family members while remembering the church, as well. It often enables the donor to provide more for his or her heirs and to make a larger gift than thought possible. It may reduce taxes, too.
Planned gifts can be designated for an organization’s general funds or its endowment. Planned gifts are either outright gifts (e.g., gifts of appreciated securities, real property, personal property, etc.) or deferred gifts (e.g., bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts).
Care to learn more?
- Contact us for a personal, confidential discussion.
- See more information provided by the Episcopal Church Foundation.
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Stewardship is a cherished practice of the Episcopal Church and helps us connect our lives to the mission of The Cathedral of St. Andrew. Our gifts provide vital revenue for the maintenance and operation of the cathedral and support our excellent clergy who provide pastoral care and engage us in prayer, outreach and activism. With our annual financial gifts, we give thanks for the blessings we receive and share with others in service.
Our goals is to engage 100 households and to raise $200,000 in pledges for 2021. Our hope is that everyone in our warm-hearted cathedral community will participate.
Stewardship enables us to be a part of something bigger than each of us alone.
Pledge cards are starting to come in, for which we are all very thankful. As of November 17, we have $178,884 in pledges from 74 diferent pledging individuals. Our total last year was $216,092 from 106 pledgers, so we have a long way to go. This year is, of course, especially challenging as we have been limited in both attendance and activities by the coronavirus epidemic. Many of our winter visitors are not able to join us in Hawaii this year, and many of our local Cathedral family have been unable to attend in person due to health concerns.
Stewardship Season for this challenging year of 2020 kicked off with a letter from our vicars, Mtr. Heather and Fr. Keleawe, followed by a second letter from the Stewardship 2020 Team, accompanied by a brochure and pledge card. Your 2020 Stewardship Team includes Elizabeth Conklin, Julia Jackson, Paul Jackson, and chair Matt Brown.
This year’s theme is Faith Filled Generosity: We Will With God’s Help. You will be invited to take a moment to reflect on our individual and collective callings as members of the Body of Christ, and how we each are blessed by our Lord with gifts to seek and serve Christ in those around us.
Starting on Sunday, October 4, and each successive Sunday through November 22, members of our faith community will share their stories of invitation and thanksgiving at the beginning of each 10:00 am streamed service. There will also be a special printed reflective meditation from clergy and lay leaders from around the world sharing their thoughts about the idea of Faith Filled Generosity in each Sunday service bulletin.
It is our fervent prayer that these times of sharing, meditation, and reflection in support of this year’s stewardship focus on Faith Filled Generosity: We Will With God’s Help will be meaningful to you each in your faith journeys.
On November 29 we will dedicate this year’s pledges to doing God’s work out into the world around us as we move in faith remembering these words:
Like good stewards ...
This year, our Stewardship Campaign will feature a series of three workshops based on material provided by Thrivent Financial Services, a Lutheran Church based financial services company. The workshops follow the theme, “More Than Money Matters.”
These workshops will provide the tools and resources you need to make informed choices about how you share, save and spend. In these values-based workshop series, you’ll explore:
- How your values and goals go hand in hand.
- How to manage the pressures to spend so you can save.
- Different ways to plan (budget) how you use your money.
The workshops will take place 5:30-7 pm in Von Holt on Oct. 2, 9, 16, and 23 (Wednesdays). Each will include a Eucharist, the workshop, and a light supper. Please RSVP for each week by email or phone the Cathedral, 808-923-6133 ext. 212.
The schedule is:
October 2: Finding ways to save
Creating financial goals is great but only if they are goals you can actually accomplish. Finding ways to save can be daunting, especially if you feel like you’re living on a shoestring. Plan for your future in this session designed to help you create financial goals you can actually accomplish. During the workshop, you’ll learn how to:
- Increase your income.
- Reduce your expenses.
- Recognize spending leaks.
- Harness the power of compound interest.
October 9: Values-based budgeting
Budgeting often elicits a groan. Instead, imagine managing your money within a budget you designed to reflect your values and goals. Now that is something ...
There will be a planned giving workshop on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM in the Von Holt Room.
Whether you have an existing plan for a bequest to the Cathedral and/or other charities you support, you may find this helpful in reviewing best practices and options for your estate. There are many more options than a simple donation in your will!
The workshop is being led by James Murphy, the Managing Program Director of Financial Resources for the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF), who oversees ECF’s Financial Resource development programs and resources, including planned giving, donor solutions and endowment management. He leads workshops and works with congregations, dioceses, and other Episcopal organizations to enhance and develop their programs and resources.
For more information and to register, go to this page.