We are beginning our annual Stewardship campaign. You already know that we rely on the financial support of our members to cover 100% of our budget. We would like to just offer a few simple questions for you to reflect on this week as we begin our stewardship campaign.
Because, really this is all about ….
What does it mean to have a church like St. Francis? How does The Church of St. Francis of Assisi fit into your life?
Only you can answer this. Think about it for a moment. You know what life is like in New York City. Why do you come to St. Francis? What does this place mean to you?
If our church is important to you, then how does the Church of St. Francis of Assisi fit into your budget?
Last year several hundred parishioners made a commitment to the One Hour Campaign or increased their offertory donation. Because of the effort of those who made room in their budget for our church our collection increased by $100,000 or 10% of the collection.
What is the One Hour Campaign?
The One Hour Campaign is a challenge to all members to tithe the monetary equivalent of just One Hour of work each week and offer it for the mission of the Church. This comes to a weekly offering of just 2.5% of your gross salary for the Church.
Can you commit to the One Hour Campaign or recommit to it for another year?
Take some time to think and pray about this. If you can’t reach the goal of One Hour, then what can you make room for in your budget for the mission of the church?
How can you make your donations? There are a few easy ways:
The easiest way is to use our new online giving system. You can create a weekly or monthly donation online by credit card, debit card, or checking account right now. Here is the link: https://connectnowgiving.parishsoft.com/g3/
Now you can text your donation to the church at 917-983-3911. Simply put the amount of your donation in body of the text. Note: the first time you use the text system you will have to fill out some information, but after that you’re in!
You can either set up your donation with your online banking or just drop your check in the basket each week or each month.
Yes we still take cash, but we ask our members to put their cash offering in an envelop with your name and address on it so we can keep track of your giving for you for year-end tax purposes.
You will be hearing more about our stewardship campaign in the next few weeks, but I want to thank you in advance for considering how the Church of St. Francis of Assisi fits into your life and how our church fits into your budget. And I thank you for praying over and thinking about taking the ONE HOUR CHALLENGE.
Together we can make sure that the Church of St. Francis of Assisi can remain fiscally strong to continue to bring the Gospel to the heart of New York.
If you have any questions about our church or our stewardship campaign you can contact our pastor, Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M. at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-736-8500.