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2024 Stewardship Offertory Pledge

October 19, 2023
 
My Dear Parishioners,

We hope this note finds you well. As we set our sights on our vision for 2024 and beyond, we are reaching out to seek your support for our Stewardship Offertory Campaign. This year, we are introducing an annual pledge process in the hope of revitalizing our offertory, which has been stagnant over the past six years.

Enclosed within this package (or online at www.olachurch.org/pledge), you will find a pledge card. As you consider filling it out, we encourage you to reflect on the countless blessings both received from and shared with our community. Our Lady of the Assumption has been a source of strength and inspiration for us all.  Your choice of OLA is deeply appreciated.

When you make a pledge to Our Lady of the Assumption, you are contributing to more than just the financial aspects of our parish. Certainly, your support helps us cover essential expenses like utilities, building maintenance, staff salaries, and ministries. However, it also plays a vital role in nurturing the vibrant spirit of Christ's community here at OLA – a welcoming community built on faith, hope, joy, and love.

Your pledge is not merely a financial commitment; it is a shared gift that allows us all to come together and say, "I am delighted to be a part of the House of the Lord" (Psalm 122:1). It symbolizes our unity in faith and our shared mission to spread love and compassion.

We understand that these are challenging times, and some within our parish family may be facing financial difficulties. Every pledge, regardless of its size, contributes to meeting our operational and ministry expenses and helps us chart a promising path for our future.

If you have any questions about the Stewardship Offertory Campaign or would like to learn more about our vision for the future of the Body of Christ at OLA, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Your feedback and inquiries are always welcome and valued.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to Our Lady of the Assumption. Together, we can make our vision for 2024 a reality.

With gratitude and blessings,
 
Fr. Jim D. Duffy, S.M., Pastor               
                                  
Lawrence Lee, Pastoral Council Chair

Please submit your 2024 Pledge using the form below.  Thank you. 

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Owner VS. Steward  - Watch to Learn about the Importance of Your Pledge!

HOW TO PLEDGE

BE A PERCENTAGE GIVER

1. Reflect on the scriptures, teachings, and the witness of others on the topic of Christian stewardship.

2. Prayerfully discern your household pledge. Consider pledging using the biblical tithing scale of 10% with 5% going to our offertory collection.

3.
Use the form below or click here to download a form. (Be sure to have your Envelope Number on hand.)

4. Fulfill your pledge in 2024 through one of our giving methods (click here to go to our Giving page.).

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q.  After I pledge, how do I give?

A.  After you pledge, you can fulfill your pledge through one of our methods of giving found on our Giving Page. Click here for more information.

Q.  Is my pledge directly connected to my credit card or bank account? 

A.  No, your pledge and payment method are not directly linked together.  You will need to fulfill your pledge with payments through one of our giving methods.  If you are already using OLA's Online Giving or your bank’s Online Bill Pay system, you will need to update your payment amount to match your new pledge amount.

Q.  What happens if my household’s financial situation changes after I pledge?

 A.  A family’s financial situation may change due to unforeseen circumstances. Pledges are not legal obligations.  Therefore, if you  need to change or cancel your pledge,  contact the accounting department and notify us of the change. Furthermore, should you find yourself needing financial or other assistance, we may be able to connect you with helpful support resources.  If you give online, remember to stop/change your automatic payments in your online giving account.

Q.  What happens if I move and cannot fulfill my pledge? 

A.  Simply contact our accounting department to let us know when you are moving. This allows us to update our parish records and plan accordingly. If you give online, you will need to stop/change the automatic payments in your online giving account.

Q.  Should I pledge if I already give? 

 

A.  Yes. Pledging is an annual recommitment to give your first fruits to God. Furthermore, your pledge allows the parish to operate more boldly and prudently, since we can better estimate our revenue for the next year.  Thus, pledging is both a personal spiritual exercise and a practical aid for the parish.  Nonetheless, we are grateful for all gifts – whether you pledge or not!

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