St. Pauls Episcopal Church St. Pauls Episcopal Church
200 Riverside Avenue
Riverside, Connecticut 06878
Phone: 203-637-2447


We are stewards of the gifts God has granted us.  What we do with these gifts ultimately defines the character of our life and the depth of our spiritual understanding.  Knowing that it is not how much we have but what we do with what we have that is important, a Christian steward serves God out of love and gratitude for these gifts. 

1. Annual Commitment

2. Capital Campaigns

3. Planned Giving

Annual Commitment 

Every fall, St. Paul's conducts its annual commitment campaign in which parishioners are asked to commit their gifts of time, talent and treasure.  Sharing these gifts with the church for God's work on earth is what we mean by Christian stewardship.  Financial support is both symbolic and highly practical - it allows the church to carry out it's mission. 

For 2011, over 150 families and individuals pledged their financial support of St. Paul's.  The average pledge was over $2800.  Despite the generosity of the parishioners, pledged contributions typically equal only about two-thirds of our total expenses.  Fortunately, funds from St. Paul's Day School, together with plate offerings and other gifts, comprise the balance of our operating budget.

To contribute now via either your credit card or electronic withdrawal (ACH) from your checking account, please click here.

Many parishioners contribute shares of stock, in lieu of cash, toward satisfaction of their pledges.  The potential tax advantage for the contributor is the avoidance of taxes on any unrecognized gain in their stock investment.  If you would like to consider the donation of stock, please click on stock contribution form here.

In addition to the Annual Pledge, several other opportunities are available for financial support of St. Paul's. We accept directed contributions for the placement of flowers in the church, the performance of music, and memorial gifts.  To make a directed contribution, please contact our church office. 

Capital Campaigns 

In a little over a decade, the parishioners of St. Paul's, through two capital campaigns and other discrete capital contributions, have contributed over $2.5 million toward the refurbishment of our facility. 

In 1999, we dedicated the David W. Carter Pastoral Care Wing, the final phase of a #1.8 million renovation of St.  Paul's.  Among the visible improvements are the renovated Selleck Hall, the new kitchen, the renovated Day School, and the Carter Wing, including the Waterman Library.  Less obvious, perhaps, are the extensive changes to accommodate the disabled (ramps, elevator, handicap-accessible lavatories) and for our safety and comfort (asbestos removal, heating system, improved lighting, fire alarm and sprinkler system). 

Major subsequent capital improvements, in 2001 and 2002, include the installation of new lighting and sound in the nave of the church and the renovataion of the sacristy.  Individual generous parishioners initiated and fully funded these projects. 

These prior renovations, however, did not address the several needs associated with the church building itself.  Several years ago we completed a $650,000 capital campaign to fund a new roof and air conditioning system for the church, improvements to the drainage along the foundation, a major outreach initiative, and repayment of the balance borrowed earlier from our endowment fund. 

Planned Giving

Planned giving encompasses a variety of ways that gifts can be made to the church from accumulated resources.  Although it usually involves financial or estate planning, it is not reserved for the wealthy alone. Planned giving is a means by which anyone concerned with the wise use of his or her personal resources makes a considered choice about their ultimate disposition.

In general, planned gifts are made through:

-A bequest in a will

-A life income gift

-Life insurance

-A life estate, such as a gift of a home, farm or rance

-Appreciated property, such as real estate or securities

For more information on this subject, please contact our Church Office.

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