Saint James’ needs your financial support in order to fully regather with robust and beautiful worship, transformative ministry beyond our doors, substantial programming for all ages, and rich fellowship. There are several ways to support our ministries and our mission.
What are we preserving? While the vitality and programming of our church has been significantly hampered by COVID, I have never been surer of her critical role in the community. I believe the most important elements society both craves and desperately needs are:
Being held by and in communion with God and our Saint James’ community.
Having your personhood affirmed not by what you do or produce but as a beloved child of God, a reflection of the divine, an irreplaceable part of the Body of Christ.
Belong to a community centered in Christ who, even nailed to the cross, intercedes on our behalf. Participating in a worshiping body where we can seek, receive, and practice forgiveness. Being bound together by something greater than the forces that divide us.
Through our baptismal covenant and as a response to the grace we have received, we are instruments of God, ordained for the work of realizing God’s dream for the world.
As people of Easter, we not only trust, but are committed to more than we can see, with the conviction that God’s redemptive power is at work, especially when it is hardest to perceive
This software creates an online and app-based church directory, simplifies giving, and improves communications, especially within ministry groups.
Realm Connect will is an extremely effective tool for facilitating communications at Saint James’, especially within ministry teams, but it only works if everyone gets on board!
If you are having trouble logging in to Realm Connect or want to be added, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If giving online is not your thing, we totally understand! As always, you can send us a check through the mail.
Send checks to our address.
73 Culpeper St, Warrenton, VA 20186
THE OMEGA FILE is intended to help you organize and prepare documents, which will put your affairs and desires in one place for your loved ones when you are sick or when you die. This is a book for anyone who wants to make things easier for family and friends in case of emergency or death. Included are documents to help your loved ones know about your Will, health care directives, organ donation desires, funeral plans, business affairs, charity intentions, and most anything else you want people to know when you are not able to personally tell them.
If you are age 70½ and required to take Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) from a traditional IRA, an easy way to give is through a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD).
With a traditional IRA (QCD’s don’t apply to other types), you may make a direct gift to Saint James’, up to $100,000.
The amount you give counts towards your RMD and reduces your taxable income.
If you hold appreciated securities in your investment portfolio, you may donate these to Saint James’ before year-end, receive a substantial tax deduction and avoid paying capital gains tax.
This is a great option to benefit you and Saint James’. Please be sure to obtain our brokerage instructions from Erin Edwards, our Parish Accountant, to provide to your financial advisor.
Do you itemize deductions on your tax return? Prior to 2018, a parishioner may have deducted state income taxes, property taxes, and miscellaneous itemized deductions (collectively referred to as SALT). Today, SALT deductions are limited to $10,000. Mortgage interest and charitable deductions remain. The standard deduction is now $24,000 for joint filers and $12,000 for single filers. Therefore, a joint filer must now have at least $14,000 in other deductions such as charitable and mortgage interest to itemize. In general, those who have a mortgage are more likely to itemize while those who do not have a mortgage may achieve a better tax result by taking the standard deduction. One option may be to switch back and forth, itemizing deductions one year and electing the standard deduction another, depending on the level of your charitable giving. In this instance, you could consider paying both your current year pledge and prepaying your next year’s pledge in the same year giving you an increased charitable deduction in the current year. The following year, you would take the standard deduction; switching back and forth each year.
A donor-advised fund (DAF) is like a charitable investment account, for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations like Saint James’. When you contribute cash, securities or other assets to a donor-advised fund through a sponsoring charity connected to an investment provider or community foundation, you are generally eligible to take an immediate tax deduction. Thereafter, you may advise on future grants to the charities of your choice. However, please remember that DAFs cannot be used to satisfy obligatory pledges or any gifts which provide a benefit to you. Whether you are making a charitable gift from an IRA, marketable securities or a DAF, please notify Erin Edwards at 540-347-4342 or by email to ensure your gift is properly acknowledged. Each parishioner’s financial circumstances may differ and I strongly encourage you to consult with your appropriate legal, tax and financial advisors before finalizing any gifts.
-Scott Christian, Stewardship Committee Chair