All that we are and have are gifts from God. Your generosity supports the Cathedral’s vibrant ministries and allows us to grow and serve the community and St. Petersburg in new and vital ways.
We give back to God through our time, talent, and treasure. Our time consists of worship, fellowship and service. God gives us nothing for our own benefit. Each us of has talents, whether it being a compassionate listener, a capable organizer, or an extroverted welcomer. Through the generous gifts of financial treasure, the Cathedral is able to do much: outreach to Campbell Park Elementary, fellowship activities, support of growing children’s, youth and music programs, bringing in excellent outside speakers, and yes, even paying the bills.
Regardless of what we have been given, every steward is tested by the same standard: faithfulness. Giving is an act of worship and trust where we prayerfully consider the abundance of God’s gifts in our lives and gratefully respond by making an offering to God in support of the mission of the church. As we approach the 50th anniversary as a Cathedral and the 130th year as a parish, we have a robust life that we want to continue into the next century. We are the recipients of the financial legacy of those who have come before, and we want to leave that legacy and more for the future of the Cathedral. Your giving makes that possible.
Online giving offers contributors a way to give remotely at any time through a secure method.
Text Giving is another convenient method of giving that can be done remotely or even from the pew! You can text: spcathedral to 73256 and a link will be sent back to your phone to make a secure donation.
Planned giving encompasses a variety of ways that gifts can be made to the church from accumulated resources. It usually involves financial or estate planning; however, it is not reserved for the wealthy. In general planned gifts are made through a bequest in a will, a life income gift, or gifts of special assets. If you would like to learn more about making a planned gift to the Cathedral, please contact The Very Rev. Stephen Morris or Ray McColgan, Stewardship Chair.
Information about Growing our Endowment Fund and Guaranteeing our Future is available here.
Look for the Talent Piggy Bank, Then Help Fill It Up!
Ray McColgan, Stewardship Chair
This year we are looking at the stewardship of talent — what we’re calling our Talent Piggy Bank. We want to identify all the talents, gifts, and skills that members of the congregation possess and donate to the Cathedral. Watch for a big Talent Piggy Bank in Harvard Hall. We encourage everyone to take a “dollar,” put your name on it, list your talents, and put the “dollar” in the Bank. You can do this in person, online, or via an e-mail to me at RMccolgan@ me.com. We’ll have a chart showing talent donors and a second chart showing the talents being donated.
So, what is a talent? Well sure, singing, playing a musical instrument, acting, cooking, and the like are indeed talents. But what about all the other things you are capable of doing in your work, service, and social life? Are you a teacher? Think about all the skills and talents involved in that job and add them to the bank. Are you a service person? The skills and talents associated with that are tremendous and we want them in the bank. Are you retired, active in a club or organization? Think about the skills and talents there. Do you donate your time at a hospital or at church? List the skills and talents that you bring to those roles and put them in the bank.
Whatever your skills and talents, we want to showcase them. We want to showcase you as well. We want every congregant’s name on the Talent Board, because you all have skills and talents and deserve to be recognized.
Why I Pledge: We Asked, You Answered!
During our annual pledge campaign this fall, we asked parishioners to tell us why they pledge. Here are just a few of the answers we received. If you have not already done so, it’s not too late to turn in a pledge for 2019, and we encourage you to do so.
I believe in local community caring and helping one another
because the Cathedral is welcoming to ALL!
to help St. Peter’s do the Lord’s work — inside and outside the parish
to seek to be faithful
I love St. Peter’s for the preaching, music and diversity of people that attend the services
because I am so loved by God
as an expression of gratitude for my life and this community
because I love the Cathedral Family and want to see it prosper
we find that the church brings a sense of peace
to support this wonderful community and its programs
Many thanks to everyone who came out to our annual Oktoberfest Stewardship dinner! We also appreciate Irene, John and David for preparing authentic, delicious food. We’re already looking forward to next year!