Season of Gratitude & Generosity

Our annual Season of Gratitude and Generosity concluded Sunday, October 31, 2021, but you can still make a promise of support.

Our former rector, Fr. Sammy, asked three things of the St. B's family during this season:

(1) Give Thanks: Take an accounting of the gifts for which you’re grateful to God.

(2) Offer Generosity: Ask God how you can make a sincere gift of yourself in return. And, then,

(3) Act in faith. Make a promise of support to our church this year. 

The first two things are between you and God. The third is between you and the church -- Promises of Support are how we build our budget for 2022. 

Make your Promise of Support for next year at the button below

2022 Promise

Read Fr. Sammy's letter

Into the Deep

When he [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch (Luke 5:4).

"With the beginning of the 2021 St. Bartholomew’s Season of Gratitude and Generosity and as we consider making a Promise of Support for 2022, there is still much that is unknown about the future. The Stewardship Team trusts that God is calling our parish family to a deeper journey..."

Rodger Dinwiddie, 

Stewardship Chair

"This is such an exciting time for our parish... The Barque, our vision for life together as a parish, is fitted out and crewed up; now we put to sea. That’s where the theme for this Season of Gratitude and Generosity comes from — a sermon I preached last summer where I quoted a letter Pope John Paul II wrote in 2000 as we entered a new millennium.

Facing the challenge of a post-Christian age, a secularizing world, and a beat-up church, he reached back to Jesus’ own words to Simon Peter and his companions in Luke 5: “Put out into the deep!”

The challenge is to “leave the shallow, brackish waters of institutional maintenance” to embark on the adventure that awaits us with God"

Fr. Sammy Wood

October 2021

View this year's accompanying brochure with highlights from 2021, the stewardship prayer, and this year's budget through the button below. Pick one up at the church or email us and we will send you one in the mail. 

into the deep Brochure

Promise of Support 2022

How much you give is between you and God. Telling the church how much you are going to give (A Promise of Support) helps the church budget for the following year. 

Make Your Promise of Support for 2022

1. Pick up a card at the church and drop it in the mail, at the church office or in the offering plate on Sunday. 

2. Email or call the church office and we will send you one in the mail. 

2. Make your promise online through the button below. 

Promise of Support

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Promise of Support? Your opportunity to make known your intention to support St. Bartholomew's as God has led you. This information helps the vestry make informed financial decisions and ensure good stewardship of parish resources. A promise is also a mark of membership. It is a way of saying, "I'm in. St. B's is my home and my people."

How much should I Promise? The traditional Biblical amount is 10% of your annual income, but it can be any %. Start with 1% and grow from there. Another way to think about this is to promise enough so that you remember it each month: it’s not so small that you can forget about it and it’s not so large that you can’t sleep at night. Remember the spiritual act of giving is what matters.

What if I don’t know what next year holds?

We suggest that you go ahead and make a promise that you are comfortable with and that you think you may be able to reach. Please remember that as a church one of our founding principles is grace. If circumstances change, your promise can change, too.

How can I pay my promise? By check (mailed or put in the offering plate), online (using credit card or ACH), stock gift. Give through our online platform >>>here.

Do you accept pre-payments? Absolutely – please be sure to note with the gift the pledge year it should be associated with. 

What if I need to change my Promise of Support? We understand circumstances change, if you need to decrease or increase your Promise, just let us know. 

If you have further questions, please contact Parish Administrator, Teresa Robinson.