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Holy Baptism

From the Book of Common Prayer

“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.”

Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as children and makes us members of Christ's Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God. We are baptized with water, “in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”  and we are made in union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God's
family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit.

  • WHAT IS THE ANNUAL APPEAL?
    The Annual Appeal is the fundraising campaign that supports the mission and yearly programs of the parish. The effort is placed in the larger context of Christian stewardship, which acknowledges that all we have is a gift from God, and that we bear responsibility for giving for the spread of God’s kingdom. We appeal to parishioners to prayerfully discern how they will support the work and mission of Christ Church during the last quarter of the year because knowing the commitment and the ability of the congregation helps the Finance Committee develop a balanced budget for the following year.
  • DO I NEED TO PLEDGE? CAN’T I JUST PUT MONEY IN THE COLLECTION PLATE?
    Securing pledge commitments from parishioners allows the Finance Committee to prepare a balanced budget to fund the needs and desired programs for the coming year.
  • WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT WAYS TO MAKE A DONATION?
    *You can set up a recurring donation, made automatically as often as you choose—weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or quarterly. *You can make a one-time annual donation *You can pledge an annual amount and choose when and how to make payment. Donations may be made by credit card, check, PayPal, through a Donor Advised Fund, or through a transfer of securities.
  • I’M CONFUSED ABOUT THE TIMING. WHY IS THIS CALLED THE 2024 APPEAL?
    The 2024 Appeal, Rooted in Abundance, supports the 2024 budget. In the last quarter of each year we appeal to parishioners for the upcoming year. Thus, in October 2023, we launched the 2024 Annual Appeal. Knowing the giving plans of our members in advance helps us best plan for the year to come.
  • HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FULFILL MY PLEDGE? WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED?
    The church’s fiscal year is the calendar year, so we seek to have all pledge payments received by December 31. In addition to placing a check in the collection basket or the mail, you may pay online using a credit card, via PayPal, through a Donor Advised Fund, or stock gift. If you are age 70-1/2 or older, direct donation from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is an attractive option, as the distribution is not treated as taxable income.
  • WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE GIVE? WHAT IS THE AVERAGE PLEDGE AMOUNT? HOW MANY PEOPLE GIVE ANNUALLY?
    In a typical year 6
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