Annual Pledge Giving

2023 Annual Pledge Drive

Generous and loving God, we come to you in thanksgiving, knowing that all we are and all that we have is a gift from you. In faith and love, help us to do your will. Amen

St. Paul’s Pledgers

Many thanks to those named below who have generously made a pledge to support St. Paul’s in 2023. We will update this list as pledges are received. As of Jan. 3, we have received 140 pledges amounting to $558,238.   Thank you for believing in the mission and ministries of St. Paul’s.

Ablard, Ed & Alix Dorr
Anderson-Kincaid, Carrie
Anlyan, Bill & Elaine
Ashworth, Marie
Austin, Jake & Amber
Aylesworth, Owen & Susannah
Banks, Rev. Richard & Barbara
Beardsworth, Randy & Betty Ann
Blalock, Chip & LeeAnn
Bobo, Don & Nancy
Bowers, Dr. Bill & Susan
Breny, Judith
Brunton, Tom & Margaret
Bucci, Stephen & Barbara
Buss, Brian & Carmen
Butler, Al & Jenna
Calder, Keith
Callison, Cleve & Jenny
Cannon, Al & Tori
Carter, Chip & Susan
Chiarello, Virginia
Clay, Ed
Clites, Mona
Collette, Linda
Connelly, Joyce
Crafts, Bob & Merrilie
Criscuolo, Jeanne Price
Day, Bill & Shar
Day, Karen
DeJarld, Karen/Ken Harrelson
DeJarld, Valerie
Demorest, Carolyn
Dennis, William & Cristy
Dillon, Gary & Janet
Donald, Douglas A.
Donat, Joy
DuBois, Mait & Jenny
Dupree, Layne
Eason, Ashley
Edwards, Jim
Erway, Tom & Dot
Field, Carol
Finn, Casey
Fisher, Jerry & Sally
Flinn, Mike & Mary
Fonda, John & Mitzi
Foster, Marshall
Frederiksen, David & Julie
Fruechtenicht Charitable Trust

Galganowicz, Scotty & Truax, Louise
Gant, Herbert
Gates, Ruth
Gerow, Tom
Getz, Ruth
Graham, Lynn
Green, Chuck & Angi
Halecki, Candace
Harkness, Jane & Kenny
Hartman, Larry & Deborah
Haughey, Margaret
Haughey, Steven
Hedgepeth, Royster & Kathryn
Hickey, Luvette
Hickman, Frank
Hughes, Jeffrey
Humphrey, Ginger/Brobson, John
Hunsicker, Sara
Jones, Maryelle & Barry
Jordan, Jay & Ruth
Kennedy, Andrew & Missy
Knepper, Greg
Kutrow, Greg
Langley, Matt
LaSalle, Lucy & Norman
Lee, Rev. Caleb & Allen
Lewis, Melody
Martin, Steve & Julie
Mastrocola, Ben & Virginia
Matthews, Tom & Joyce
Matz-Kane, Diane & Patrick
McElroy, Jack & Kathleen
Merritt, Margie
Miller, Joan Rosko
Miller, Ron & Lynda
Moore, Lois
Morgan, Ron & Linda
Mulhollen, Larry & Sherry
Norman, Jim & JoAnn
O’Dell, Anne Babcock
O’Rourke, Barbara & Richard
Padgett, Laura
Patrick, Ernest & Renee
Peers, Thomas & Cecelia
Perhala, Patsy
Petry, William
Poore, Sandy
Pope, Sally
Powell, Rev. Catherine
Richards, Beth & Bill

Rivenbark, Em
Rowe, Dick & Shannon
Rubens, Jonathan
Sackrison, Jeffrey
Sammons, David & Becky
Sanders-Park, Brian & Lisa
Scherer, Patt
Schlosser, Stephanie
Sheehan, Rev. John & Denise
Silberman, Martha (Midge)
Singer, Rev. Michael & Teresa
Smallwood, Cynthia & Randolph
Smith, Bill & Karen
Somersett, Marion & Louise
Sorrenti, Rick & Teresa
Sramek, Suzanne & Thomas
Stansbury, Dianne
Stewart, Jeanne & Jay
Stroud, Rhonda
Sullivan, Lyle
Summey, Jim & JoAnn
Swindell, Rev. Deacon Kay & Bob
Thomas, Meaghan
Tillery, Leon
Toth, Wade
Tounsley, Zona
Tousignant, David
Trivett, Jan & Tom
VanAmberg, Beth & Brad
Vlahos, Sib
Wade, Cheryle
Wagoner, Cheryl
Wallace, Diana
Wallace, Robert & Deborah
Waterfield, Bill & Paula
Weig, Spencer & Ellen
Weiss, Phillip & Dees, Dewitt
West, Jerry
West, Lillian
Wilson, Judy
Wise, Ronnie
Wolf, Franklin & Marcia
Wright, Larry & Merry Ann

Beloved of St. Paul’s,
Shining our Light is an appropriate theme for this year’s Stewardship Campaign because it focuses us outward.

In January, I laid out a vision for St. Paul’s: Building up the People of God. On a solid foundation. With a better campus. This vision is an essential and significant starting point for us; it calls us to focus on what is important for our future. A proper ordering of the household is critical for any community, especially ours, because when our house is in order, we create and provide new opportunities to serve our neighbor.

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Archbishop William Temple was known to say that “The Church is the only institution that exists primarily for the benefit of those who are not its members.”

Why do we work to build up the people of God?  So that they might see the light within themselves and shine it out into the world. Why do we build on the solid foundation of worship and music?  Because worship is the first commandment.  Worshiping God in the beauty of holiness and receiving the word and sacrament changes us and calls us into a deeper life of service.  Building a better campus allows us to do everything better. It allows us to be more hospitable to our neighborhood and the greater Wilmington area.  It allows us to be that city on the hill that cannot be hid.

Your generosity and faithfulness allow for so much to happen at St. Paul’s.  With your annual pledge we are able to pay our hardworking clergy and staff.  We are able to fund the music program that serves as a light to us at St. Paul’s but also to the larger community. We are able to provide new programs for Christian formation of all ages and hands-on outreach opportunities.  Of course, some of your pledge goes toward keeping the lights on and regular building maintenance.  None of it is spent in vain. It all has a purpose, and we need every bit of it every year to continue shining our light.

A pledge card is included with the letter sent to parishioners’ homes. You may also make your pledge online, here. How are we praying about our pledge this year? Are we stretching ourselves appropriately and keeping up with the world around us? As everything costs more, what is our commitment to the work of the church, that institution that exists for those who are not yet its members?  Together, how might we shine our light?

Thank you for your faithfulness!
Blessings,
Caleb+

You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.

Dear St. Paul’s Family,

Every day we are called to share God’s light and love as individuals and as a community of faith. It’s a powerful calling, one that invites us to openly receive God’s love and then freely and joyfully share it with all. When we are Shining Our Light, we are living into God’s dream for ourselves, our church, and our world.

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As your stewardship team, we are inspired by the many ways that God’s love shines through St. Paul’s. The glorious light that emanates from within our sacred space brings us together for worship and then sends us out to be the hearts and hands of Christ. We are a generous group, giving our time and talent to sing in the choir, assist at our services, and care for our buildings and grounds. We serve on administrative and planning committees, volunteer at community organizations, and offer our prayers and presence to those in need. Our hospitality and parish life teams welcome all and celebrate God’s love with food, fellowship, and a whole lot of fun!

Thanks to you our parish is strong and flourishing. Last year we added some 30 new households, and your generous support of the 2022 Annual Pledge Campaign provided close to $507,000 to fund the daily operations of our church and its ministries. As we look to the future, we believe that God has wonderous things planned for St. Paul’s. We are a shining beacon at the corner of 16th and Market, growing and evolving with the expanding needs of our parish and the greater Wilmington community. In a world that needs hope, we are called to be the light.

 You will receive a letter from Fr. Lee with pledge materials in the coming weeks. Please begin to consider prayerfully what God is calling you to give in support of St. Paul’s mission and ministries. Our collective pledges made in the fall allow the finance team to develop an operating budget for the upcoming calendar year. Together, let’s give abundantly and shine our light for all the world to see and experience the truly transformative power of God’s love.

In love and thanksgiving,
Your Stewardship Team

Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.

Stewardship Team

Karen Day, Chair

Bill Anlyan

Rev. Caleb Lee

Jack McElroy

Anne O’Dell

Merry Ann Wright

Transformational Stewardship

During each week’s 10:30 a.m. worship service in October, a member of our parish spoke about what stewardship meant to them.  Please find the recordings and text of these presentations below.

Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Give until you are completely happy!