“Sing to God a new song, for God has done marvelous things. Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy.”
October 18, 2023
Dear St. Bede's Family,
As followers of Jesus, we are called to be generous in the way we love one another, welcome the stranger, forgive others as we have been forgiven, and care for God's beloved creation. The Gospel message is that freely giving in these ways is transformative. Essential to living a generous life is our financial giving, and one of the ways we can share is with our own parish family. Making a financial pledge to St. Bede's empowers the ministry of our parish, and our generosity becomes transforming for us and for the wider community we are called to serve.
The world is so often full of confusion, fear, and discord––our need for joy has never been more urgent. The joy of peace and reconciliation. The joy of the good news of the Gospel. And the joy of being together as God’s children, participating in God’s mission for the love of all creation. Here at St. Bede's there is good reason for gratitude and celebration!
The operating budget at St. Bede's is established and managed primarily through proportional pledged-based. (Click here for an example.) Pledged giving enables better fiscal planning, management, and transparency. Our goal is that every member gives to the best of their ability. We understand that circumstances can change, and pledged amounts may need revisiting during the year. It happens. And it's ok. Some in our parish struggle to give as much as pledged, and we trust that others who are able will give more to fill the financial gap. Together we will seek to meet the challenges before us and continue to celebrate our abundance in joy.
We ask you to prayerfully review the attached Giving Estimate and Giving Chart. Fillable and printable versions are available here, and hard copies are available at church. An in-gathering and blessing of our Giving Estimate cards will take place on All Saints' Sunday, November 5.
For all that we have already accomplished together, and for all that we will accomplish together in the future, thank God and thank you for supporting the mission and ministries of St. Bede's. Let us continue to be together in the name of the One who is the source of all joy!
Faithfully in Christ,
The Wardens, Vestry, and Rector of St. Bede's
3590 Grand View Boulevard | Los Angeles, California 90066
310.391.5522 | stbedesla.org
Supporting the Mission and Programs of St. Bede's is now easier than ever. On-line parishioners can now fill out the Giving Estimate form below. Then you can set up either one-time or recurring donations by clicking on "DONATE NOW" below. These donations are processed through myvanco.com.
For Frequently Asked Questions regarding pledging, please click here.
Planned giving encompasses a variety of ways to create a gift to St. Bede's using accumulated resources. Although planned giving usually involves financial or estate planning, it is not reserved for the wealthy. Instead, planned giving is for anyone concerned with the wise use of their personal resources and provides the opportunity to make a considered choice about their ultimate disposition. Planned gifts are either outright gifts (i.e., gifts of appreciated securities, real property, personal property, cryptocurrencies, etc.) or deferred gifts (i.e., bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts).
Gifts-in-kind are non-monetary items of tangible property such as equipment, art, collectibles, and other personal assets or materials that represent value to the St. Bede's Community. Acceptance of gifts-in-kind is restricted to gifts that support the mission of St. Bede's will not assign a value to an in-kind gift except for internal purposes. Gifts-in-kind of $500 or more require IRS Form 8283 to be claimed as a deduction. Gifts of $5,000 or more also require an independent appraiser's signature on IRS Form 8283. For information on tax-deductibility, please consult your tax advisor.
Did you know your employer may sponsor a matching gift program that could help you double or even triple your support by leveraging this program? Please contact your Human Resources department for information on whether they offer matching gifts to nonprofits.