Stewardship is a year-round spiritual discipline. Each fall we conduct a pledge campaign to plan for the budget for the coming year.
Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity is the theme for this year’s stewardship campaign. Our aim is to achieve a six percent increase in the church budget for 2013. Bowls are the central metaphor of Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity. Bowls full of prayer requests, praises, troubles, songs, sermons, commitments to service, and financial pledges show how abundant life is in our faith community.
2012 has been an “in between” year while we have started the process to search for a new Pastor. 2013 will be a year of new starts and a mix of looking inward and reaching outward. With an increased budget Burke Presbyterian Church will be able to call a new Pastor, to support our staff, to expand retreats and spiritual growth for all ages, to proportionally give to mission and outreach, and to judiciously maintain our building.
Annual Giving provides for the day-to-day operating costs of the church. This includes staff salaries, worship, missions, maintenance, utilities and operations costs.
Planned giving is a bequest or gift to Burke Presbyterian Church given through your will or other estate planning instrument. Remembering BPC in your will or other estate planning tool is a way for you to model to our families and to future generations your faith, values, and commitment.
Your generosity will make a difference in the life of your church and create a lasting spiritual legacy.
Start your own legacy today. There are several ways to provide for planned giving to BPC. An attorney can guide you through that process. You’ll find it is not as difficult as you may think. While planning your will, simply tell an attorney or estate planner that you want to include a bequest to the BPC Endowment Fund.
“... the righteous gives and does not hold back.” Proverbs 21:26
Burke Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund
The Endowment Fund differs from operating funds in that it is intended for use by BPC in perpetuity. By naming the BPC Endowment Fund in your will or trust, you will benefit future generations much as we have benefited from prior generations’ efforts to acquire the land and build BPC.
The principal is invested in assets. Over time these will grow and earn interest, dividends, and capital gains.Each year the Session decides how the income generated by the fund should be distributed.
If you would like to name the BPC endowment fund in your will, please contact the Pastor or Stewardship Elder.
Per Capita Assessment
The per capita assessment is what BPC is required to pay per member for the operating expenses of the National Capital Presbytery, the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
BPC’s per capita assessment for 2013 is $34.65 per member, and a number of the congregation have committed to pay this amount separately from their annual pledge. Members wishing to pay their per capital assessment independently of their annual pledge may do so by placing a check in the offering plate to BPC with the memo “Per Capita.”