Generous God, all that we are and all that we have comes from you. You create us in your image and the thumb print of your giving nature is on our soul. Thank you for entrusting to us St. Chrysostom’s, our church home: its people, its buildings, its mission. In this church we experience your boundless love. Through this church we share your love with others. By this church we become Jesus’ very Body empowered for service in the world. 



Dear Fellow Parishioners,

Even for those of us no longer in school, there is something magical about the early fall as students return to the classroom and we all return to the post-summer pace of life and work.  This past Sunday we gathered for a single, all-community worship service, followed by a wonderful brunch and blessing of the beautiful new Church & Day School classrooms in the undercroft space.

Fall is also the time when we kick off our annual stewardship campaign and pledge to nourish our congregation with gifts of time, talent and money.  The theme of this year’s campaign is What Keeps You Coming Back?  We hope as you consider your 2020 commitment to St. Chrysostom that you will reflect upon what keeps you coming back and share that with us on your pledge gift card.

Look for pledge materials soon in your email inbox (hard copies will also be available on Sundays), and in the meantime please put these important dates in your calendar:

  • November 9th– neighborhood gathering dinners in your fellow parishioners’ homes (invitation to come; childcare will be provided at the church)
  • November 10th– pledge Sunday – stewardship campaign closes

We look forward to celebrating and sustaining all that makes St. Chrys special with you in the coming weeks and thank you for your commitment to support our parish in 2020.

Yours in Christ,

John Bankhurst, Junior Warden

Kate Bensen, Stewardship Committee Chair

Liz Cramton, Parishioner

Anne Driscoll, Senior Warden

Brian Quinlan, Vestry Member & Finance Committee Chair

David Saunders, Vestry Member

Susanne Schnell, Parishioner

Wes Smedley, Rector

Judith Stockdale, Parishioner

Shelly Banks, COO


Please click on the link to see thoughts from your fellow parishioners.

What is Stewardship?

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 Biblical practice of tithing.

What is a Pledge?

A commitment to give one's time, talents, and money as an expression of faith and a personal response to God's generosity. Parish budgets are prepared in light of the pledges received from the members. A pledge is a statement of intent, not a legal obligation.

Does my pledge really matter?

Yes it most certainly does! Too many people, it comes as a big surprise to discover that St. Chrysostom’s is not a wealthy church. The beautiful buildings, the glorious music, and the great speakers and classes all seem to say we’ve made it. But the truth is that St. Chrys manages to do all these things only through the giving of members and friends like you—we rely on everybody. Unlike some churches, we do not have a large endowment to fall back on in times of need—just those precious pledge envelopes!

What is proportional giving?

Proportional giving is simply committing to give a specific percentage of your annual income to the work of your church. The Episcopal Church has the wonderful language of “striving to tithe,” or moving incrementally toward the 10% Biblical standard of giving. The minimum average contribution needed to meet our 2020 budget is $3500 per pledge.

We ask respectfully that you take this year’s annual campaign as seriously as we are all taking God’s call to change lives for the better through all we do as a church. Everybody is important to this effort. 

How do I know what to pledge?

There is no right or wrong way to come up with a pledge amount. The Episcopal Church encourages people to “strive to tithe,” which means identifying a percentage of your household income to give to the work of God through your church, working incrementally year to year toward the Biblical standard of ten percent. Helpful questions to ask yourself include, “What is my pledge as a percentage of my income—and does this reflect my gratitude for God’s generosity in my life?”; “Do I feel good about my pledge commitment?”; and “Does my pledge reflect the importance of St. Chrysostom’s for my life?”

Proportional Giving Percentages


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