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Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase.”

Proverbs 3: 9, Lighthouse Bible

The following letters have been mailed as part of our yearly Stewardship/Pledge Drive for the coming year. They are also posted here for your convenience.

The year 2020 has challenged us with everything from inconvenience to tragedy. Being “locked out” of our building has confirmed how much St. Andrew means to us. But with your commitment and support we look ahead with optimism. Of primary importance, we have a new young, enthusiastic pastor, Rev. Beverly Dukes, who is ready to enrich our spiritual lives. She has already put together a virtual Bible study opportunity and is planning a virtual prayer time. We recently welcomed our first new church member virtually. More and more of us have taken the plunge into online giving. The Trustees have been working diligently to maintain the church and have made some much-needed repairs there and at the parsonage. Your prayers, involvement, and faithful financial support have allowed for these improvements.

As the Church Council plans this month for our 2021 Church Budget, we ask that you prayerfully consider the pledge of your financial commitment to St. Andrew. Even with the church building closed, our expenses remain essentially unchanged, comprised primarily of the Pastor’s compensation package, support staff salaries and Trustees’ expenses.
Enclosed is information on several ways to pledge or donate. We ask that you complete
the bottom portion of this enclosure and return it as indicated no later than November 30. At our 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship on December 6, Pastor Dukes will acknowledge and dedicate our pledges and we will celebrate with a special Holy Communion. With your “prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service,” St. Andrew will move into 2021 with “how firm” a foundation.

Your Sister in Christ,

Mary Lee Hoganson, Church Council Vice-Chair and the Finance Committee

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Are you wondering how to make your pledge? Use the form provided here or the one mailed to you to make your pledge. You may simply print out the letter below and tear off the form at the bottom, or click the button below for the printer friendly version of the Pledge Card. Please mail your completed Pledge Card to the church by November 20. Thank you!

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Three Ways to Make Your Pledge to St. Andrew Consistent and Painless

1. Electronic Giving: Regular electronic giving helps the church maintain its funds on a consistent basis. You may be accustomed to paying your bills online through your bank’s bill-pay service.  You can also make a monthly or quarterly contribution to St. Andrew UMC using the same service.

Simply go to your bank’s website, where you will find information on a variety of options to do this.  You may also talk to a representative at your bank to set this up.  If you want to contribute on a regular basis, you can designate an amount and a day of each month when you wish your contribution to be made.  One-time contributions can be specified as well.  A check in the amount you specify will be sent directly to the church, which will then be credited to your giving statement in the usual manner.  The bank will notify you via email when the contribution is made.  Payments may be changed or canceled at any time.
This is a simple, convenient and consistent way of supporting the programs and missions of St. Andrew.   If you would like information about Electronic Giving, please contact our finance chair, Nita Jarard or treasurer, Jessie Cunningham.  More information about this option is also available by clicking the “Electronic Giving” link on St. Andrew’s website

2. Online Giving:  Your contribution to St. Andrew may now be made via PayPal.  Saint Andrew is specifically signed up with the PayPal Giving Fund, itself a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations for Saint Andrew will initially be received by the PayPal Giving Fund that will then funnel your full donation to Saint Andrew directly. Being part of the PayPal Giving Fund means that all usual transaction fees are waived. You will receive a PayPal Giving Fund tax receipt for your donation.


3. Tax-free Rollover of IRA Required Minimum Distribution (RMD): Those age 70½ or older can receive a substantial tax advantage by rolling over RMD distributions from a traditional IRA directly to St. Andrew.  Contact your financial institution where the IRA is held to request a “Charitable Contribution Form,” which will allow you to specify St. Andrew as the nonprofit organization to receive a check directly from your IRA.  Your contribution from your IRA will be distributed from tax-free dollars.  You do not need to itemize deductions in order to take advantage of this possibility. Speak with your financial advisor or institution if you would like to make such a contribution or have questions about the process and tax advantages.


Please tear off and return by November 30, via mail to:
Attn: Ric Smies Financial Secretary, St. Andrew UMC, 18850 Riegel Road, Homewood, IL 60430
In support of my church and our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world:
I wish to pledge $________________ per week, month, year (please circle one)
I will give a one time amount of     $_________________
I am interested in receiving more information on electronic giving or IRA rollovers.  Please contact me.
Name (s):   _________________________________________________________________________

Address/City/Zip Code: _______________________________________________________________
Telephone _________________ Email address _____________________________________________