"Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others." Saint Augustine
Online contributions: Click here to contribute online at any time It is helpful if you are willing to pay the service fee. Also, please indicate the type of gift being given and any related information in the comments box (e.g. Outreach, flowers, altar guild, scarf project, memorial).
Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Bible. The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it’s also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. (Source: The Episcopal Church)
Your support of the church pays the Rector, Organist/Choirmaster, and Sextons; keeps the lights and heat/AC on, covers building maintenance cost, and pays for all other general operating expenses. Generosity to our parish, though, is much more than that. It is a sign of our commitment to the real meaning of life. It's about making the world a better place where Christ's promise of abundant life is made real -- touching and changing lives in ways we may never see or know.
Special Mailbox for Brokerage/Stock and IRA Checks
If you will be mailing stock information or large checks from your financial adviser to St. Andrew's, please direct these mailings to our special mailbox at AIM Mail Center in Edwardsville. Address your item to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1063 South State Route 157, Suite 2-121, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025.
IRA Charitable Rollover
In response to the pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress. Included in this giant relief package was a provision that waives required minimum distributions (RMDs) for 2020 from retirement accounts.
You may be wondering if you can still do a Qualified Charitable Distribution or QCD for 2020 even though your RMD is waived. The answer is yes. QCDs can still be made even in years when no RMD is required. QCDs from IRAs are still available in 2020 and still offer tax benefits, even though RMDs are not required.Under recently reinstated law, you may give gifts from your IRA directly to a qualified charity like Saint Andrew's without having to pay income taxes on the money. This law applies to those persons who are 70½ or older who must take a minimum distribution each year. This is how it works:
- If you are 70½ or older, you can give gifts of any denomination (up to a total of $100,000) directly from your IRA to the parish.
- The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you still benefit even if you do not itemize your tax deductions.
- If you have not taken your required minimum distribution or RMD for the year, your IRA charitable rollover gift can satisfy all or part of that requirement.
- The transfer may be made in addition to any other charitable giving you have planned.
- Contact your financial adviser for assistance as the check will be prepared by your financial adviser.
Giving Through Your Will
A bequest to Saint Andrew's can be added to an existing will with a simple codicil or will change. Rather than a particular sum or piece of property, some donors designate a certain percentage of the estate is to come to the parish.
Time and Talent Contributions
In addition to monetary support to St, Andrew's, consider contributing your time and talents:
- Parish Leadership (Vestry);
- Parish ministries;
- Outreach / Community ministries;
- Parish Administrative Support;
- Pastoral Care;
- Worship and Music.