"All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee."
With these familiar words we acknowledge that all we have in the way of materials, goods and talents are gifts from God. Stewardship requires that we contribute to God's work in and through the Cathedral, not only with our time, varied abilities and talents, but that we prayerfully make a commitment of our financial support. When we give sacrificially, we are giving back to God what is already his.
Our total stewardship giving is a reflection of our personal values and priorities. While the General Convention of the Episcopal Church and the Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta have acknowledged the biblical standard of the 10% tithe for Christian giving, it is up to us as individuals to decide how much and in what form we will support the work of this parish.
All members of the Cathedral family are given the opportunity and privilege of making an annual pledge. When you are asked to make a monetary pledge and to participate in the work of this Cathedral, please do so knowing that you are giving back a part of God's gifts to you.
Planned Giving and Endowment Fund
A gift to the Endowment Fund supports the Cathedral's ministries in perpetuity. Using its dividend and interest income, the Endowment Fund assists in meeting extraordinary capital needs and in underwriting special ministries and projects. Gifts can be made in life, by bequest or on a deferred basis. Many of these offer significant benefits to the donor. For more information, call the Office of Stewardship/Development at 404-365-1033.
Capital Campaign and Needs
One hundred and sixty years ago, the Cathedral consisted of a handful of parishioners and a 28' x 42' building in downtown Atlanta. Today, with thirteen acres of beautiful land in the heart of Atlanta, worship, education and office space of over 120,000 square feet, and thousands of parishioners, the parish is thriving.
In 2003, the Cathedral "embarked on the bold journey" of the Let Your Light Shine Campaign. Our community endeavored to raise $15 million to build Christian education space, make the building more welcoming and accessible, and to centralize offices.
The Cathedral now needs less than $200,000 to pay off all remaining debt for the campaign. Completing the financial part of the campaign is a testament to the vibrant nature of this congregation and the outstanding leadership of the Dean.
Memorial, Special Fund, or Flower Contributions
Gifts and memorials to the Cathedral of St. Philip are used to improve and maintain the buildings, plant trees and gardens on the grounds, and to purchase sacramental items needed to celebrate services.
Gifts of Altar Flowers can be given in memory of someone who has died or in thanksgiving for an occasion of celebration. Altar flower gifts are recognized in the bulletin on the weekend of their placement.
All of these gifts allow the Cathedral to serve the parish, the Diocese, and the city of Atlanta in a warm and welcoming environment. If you would like to take a more active part in the programs surrounding stewardship, please contact David Rocchio, Director of Stewardship, 404-365-1033, to learn more about opportunities for participation.