Ways to Give

When I think of stewardship season and why I’m called to give, I’m reminded of the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 24:1,

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.”

How wonderful would it be if we lived our lives as if this verse was true? Imagine a world where we felt one with God and one with our neighbor. Perhaps there would be less comparison and competition, and more humility and respect. Stewardship is about recognition and responsibility. It is about opening our eyes and recognizing all we have comes from God. Along with recognition comes a deep sense of responsibility. This allows us to do for others as it has been done for us. Giving of our time and our talent in the church today is a way we can live this out. It is the definition of our baptismal covenant. It is through this covenant that unites us to God and to others. This covenant is the essence of our being. All things created by God belong to God. The life we live can be a reflection of God’s goodness and his grace. Who we are can be an image of the living God. Giving back is a way we can actively share with others the truth that we all belong to God.

If you have questions about making a pledge, or increasing it in your journey toward the tithe, please contact me at 713-985-3831 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

The Rev. Martin J. Bastian
Vice-Rector and Stewardship Liaison

Gifts of Stock or Other Securities
Click here for specific information about how to make a gift of appreciated securities. St. Martin’s is required to comply with these IRS guidelines in order to maintain our charitable tax statues as delineated under the Internal Revenue Code section (501)(c)(3).

Pledge Payments by Credit Card or Automatic Draft
The Finance office can set up a system so that your pledge will be charged to your VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express card. For one time gifts, recurring pledge payments, honorary gifts or memorials. Donate now!

We also offer you the option of paying your pledge through automatic deductions from your checking or savings account. This can be set up through your own bill pay system, or you may contact Debbie Hutchison at 713-985-3803 or email hidden; JavaScript is required for assistance.

Cash or Check
Can be placed in the offering plate by using the Cheerful Giver Envelopes provided in the pews or by using personalized member envelopes provided upon request.   Checks and money orders can also be mailed to 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056  To receive credit for cash donations, an envelope with donor name noted is required.

Stock or Mutual Funds
Transferring stocks and mutual funds offer additional tax savings.  You avoid capital gains taxes and receive a tax deduction. In accordance with IRS guidelines, St. Martin’s is not qualified to provide you with a specific value for non-cash contributions.  Therefore, your annual giving statement will not reflect a value for this gift.  Instead it will reflect only a description of your donation.  We suggest you contact your tax adviser for further information.

Charitable Gift Funds
Gifts can be designated to St. Martins from any Charitable Gift fund.  If you need further information, please contact Debbie Hutchison at email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 713-985-3803.
 
Qualified Charitable Distributions
A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is generally a nontaxable distribution made directly by the trustee of your IRA (other than a SEP or SIMPLE IRA) to an organization eligible to receive tax deductible contributions. You must be at least age 70½ when the distribution was made. Also, you must have the same type of acknowledgment of your contribution that you would need to claim a deduction for charitable contribution. See Records To Keep in IRS Pub. 526.

The maximum annual exclusion for QCDs is $100,000. Any QCD in excess of the $100,000 exclusion limit is included in income as any other distribution. If you file a joint return, your spouse can also have a QCD and exclude up to $100,000. The amount of the QCD is limited to the amount of the distribution that would otherwise be included in income. If your IRA includes nondeductible contributions, the distribution is first considered to be paid out of otherwise taxable income. Please consult your tax professional concerning any questions.

Estate Planning
There are various opportunities to be a Legacy of Faith Partner at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.
 
Altar Flowers
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St. Martin’s Episcopal Church is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gift will qualify as a charitable contribution and is tax deductible, to the extent of the law.
 
 
Guidelines for Year-end Contributions

The Internal Revenue Service requires that, in order to be tax deductible in 2018, cash, check or credit card contributions to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church must be received by the Church or postmarked by the United States Postal Service no later than Saturday, December 29; this would include any prepayments to your 2019 pledge. The Finance staff is required to check the postal cancellation dates on all receipts in early January to ensure our legal compliance to this rule.

To better assist you with end-of-year contributions, the Finance office will be open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, December 28. The Finance office is located at 5005 Woodway Drive, Suite 150 in the former Regions Bank Building.

Gifts of Stock or Other Securities
Gifts of stock or other securities must also be physically received by the Church by 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, or posted to our brokerage account by the close of business on Friday, December 28 in order to be tax deductible in 2018. We strongly suggest that stock transfers be initiated by mid-December and you advise the Finance office of the pending transaction.
For specific information about how to make a gift of appreciated securities, please visit stmartinsepiscopal.org/giving.

St. Martin’s is required to comply with these IRS guidelines in order to maintain our charitable tax status as delineated under the IRS Code section (501)(c)(3). Online payments via credit card can be made at stmartinsepiscopal.org/giving.

For more information, contact Debbie Hutchison at 713-985-3803 or email hidden; JavaScript is required, or Becky Werlla at 713-830-4145 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.