Dear Beloved Members and Friends of Immanuel
Our life and fellowship at Immanuel were altered in dramatic ways starting last March. Our buildings were closed, but our vital ministries continued. These months have brought us new experiences as we have gathered virtually for worship, Bible Study, Evensong, and now also gather safely in person.
We have cared for each other, checked-in through letters and calls, and lived through these days with grit, determination, and, most importantly, hope.
We have been reminded again and again how God has cared for us. And now we have an opportunity to give back.
This year’s Every Member Pledge campaign theme, Abound in Hope, calls us now to respond with our increased financial support, in the form of a pledge, to allow Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill to continue to carry out and strengthen its important ministries.
Your financial pledge allows the Vestry to plan and support our many programs – from children, youth, and teens, to families, adults, and seniors – to experience the warm glow of Christian witness, love, and support during these difficult times.
Your financial commitment through your pledge also helps spread joy, faith, and hope throughout our community as we seek to meet the unprecedented needs of ALIVE, the Lazarus Ministry, and Immanuel’s other Outreach partners.
Our hope is that all persons and families at Immanuel will step forward in faith and hope, where they can, to increase their pledge and be particularly generous this year.
We hope you will remember the feeling of caring, generosity, and hope as you make your financial commitment through your pledge to Immanuel. You can use the online pledge card here or by clicking on the button above, or you can download and print a paper pledge card here and return it to Immanuel by mail.
Through God’s Holy Spirit, we are sustained and blessed with joy, faith, and hope.
Blessings and thanks be to God!
The Rev. J. Randolph Alexander, Jr., Rector
Kathryn Haskin, Senior Warden
Martha Shimkin, Junior Warden: Administration
Darrell Wilson, Junior Warden: Buildings and Grounds
P.S. May you abound in hope with ever-deepening gratitude for all that God has given and for your strong commitment to Immanuel’s ministries.
Frequently Asked Questions about Pledging
Q My donations to Immanuel are small, so why does it matter if I pledge or not?
A Making a pledge is about more than a financial gift. It’s a covenant between you, God and the church community. It’s meaningful from a spiritual standpoint.
Q Why do I need to pledge if I put cash in the collection plate?
A Immanuel can only offer programs based on the financial support that has been pledged. The Vestry cannot pass a budget or offer programs unless there is pledged funding to cover costs.
Q I’m reluctant to pledge because my income may change. What if this happens?
A Making a pledge is not binding or irrevocable – you always have the freedom to revise your pledge if your circumstances or priorities change. Contact Immanuel’s Treasurer if this situation arises.
Q How can pledges be paid?
A Pledges can be paid in many ways – cash; check; online; regularly scheduled automatic withdrawals from a bank account or charges to a credit card; securities of publicly traded companies; and/or Qualified Charitable Distribution from a Traditional IRA sent directly from your financial institution to Immanuel to count toward Required Minimum Distributions. If you have questions, contact Immanuel’s treasurer by email firstname.lastname@example.org or through the parish office at 703-370-6555.
Q How do I determine an appropriate amount to pledge? What do others do?
A Making a decision about your pledge is a personal decision. Each person will decide differently. Many people find the Proportional Giving Chart useful to help determine the amount of their pledge that best fits their income.
PROPORTIONAL GIVING CHART: