The end of the year is rapidly approaching, and with that comes an annual list of reminders.
First, thanks to all you who have paid or continue to faithfully pay your pledges. Please help us stay on budget by paying your 2023 pledge before the year ends.
- If you are paying your pledge via a stock gift, please allow plenty of time for that transaction. The stock transfer must be made no later than Wednesday, December 27, to allow a tax deduction for 2023. The office is closed on December 26, but Elizabeth will check her messages. You are encouraged to make your stock gift early so that we can produce the year-end statements on time. Be sure to call or e-mail Elizabeth Starling regarding the type of stock you are donating. Please do not rely on your broker to inform Elizabeth of your gift – they often don’t. Elizabeth often receives stock contributions without any donor information. Please call her at (804) 784-5678, or you may e-mail her at email@example.com.
If you choose to mail your donation, it must be postmarked by Saturday, December 30. Again, the office is closed on December 26 and January 1, so all final hand-delivered gifts should be made between Wednesday, December 27, and Friday, December 29. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Be sure to indicate your gift designation on the memo line of your check, i.e., 2023 pledge, 2024 pledge, discretionary fund, etc. If no designation is made your gift is automatically applied to your current year pledge, or if there is no pledge, to unpledged gifts for 2023. Please help Elizabeth avoid errors by noting how you want your funds to be applied, and if you know your giving number, please write it on the memo line.
- If you have not made your pledge for 2024 yet, St. Mary’s encourages you to do so before year end. We need everyone to participate in order to make our budget for next year. St. Mary’s is aging, and the cost of keeping your church running is always a challenge. Please prayerfully consider making an appropriate pledge for your family. If you do not have a pledge card handy you may make your pledge on our website and click on “Online Pledge Card.” Or you can click “e-Giving: Pledge by credit card” to sign up for electronic giving via your credit card or checking account.
As always, your graciousness and generosity in giving is very appreciated, and many of you have gone above and beyond this year. It is a privilege to have you as a part of the St. Mary’s family. Thank you.