Stewardship Season 2021
We are the Church
St. Simons Presbyterian Church is building. Yes, we are building in the physical sense with the start of a major renovation of our sanctuary and gathering spaces aimed at enhancing our ability to serve, worship and connect for decades to come. But we are building in other ways as well. We are building in membership, faith formation, mission in and to our community, worship, and relationships with one another.
Our stewardship theme for 2021 is a reflection of that reality. “We are the Church” is an invitation for you and your family to join us in pledging your time, talents, and resources to the growing ministry of Jesus Christ here at SSPC in the year ahead. This year's stewardship brochure tells the story in word and image about how your generosity enables the core mission and ministries of St. Simons Presbyterian Church.
Please take the time to submit your pledge online by completing the form below or by filling out a pledge card which can be found on tabletops throughout the church. We will dedicate our pledges together as a congregation on Stewardship Sunday which will be on November 15.
Yours In Christ,
Brenda and Buddy Jones, Nancy and John Matthews, Mary Margaret and Jeff Shiver, & Sean and Denise Hidalgo
2020 Stewardship Committee
Questions? Contact Church Administrator, Jeannine Torbert, at email@example.com or (912) 638-2220.
This year marks the ten-year anniversary of the creation of the St. Simons Presbyterian Barnabas Society. What began as a dream in the heart of our former church administrator, Helen Alexander, has now turned into an incredible tool for supporting the long-term ministry and generosity of our church. By inviting church members and friends to include the church in their estate planning, the Barnabas Society has helped to grow our endowment by over $1 million to-date. Among other things, these funds have helped to feed, house, and clothe the poor in our community, support the spiritual and physical growth of children, enhance our worship, and fund the faithful ministry of Presbyterian missionaries around the globe. More information about the Barnabas Society can be found on the back of this brochure.
The annual report that follows shares with you all the activity of the endowment fund as well as any news about capital investments and indebtedness affecting the life of our church. In 2018 the endowment received $17,950 in deposits from memorials and bequests. The distribution was $75,000, and was directed by the Session in the following way: $10,650 was distributed to directed funds, $5,000 was allocated to the BRIDGE Mission Program Fund, $15,000 toward Global Missions, $15,000 toward Community Missions and $29,350 to the Playground Fund for sun shade and other playground improvements.
The market value of the endowment at the end of 2018 showed a net decline of $123,030 over the previous year, which was primarily due to market performance in the final quarter of 2018. The resulting market value of our endowment portfolio was $1,722,968. We are grateful to all those who have contributed to the endowment and who remember the church in their estate plans. Every gift – no matter the size – makes possible our ongoing work to impact lives and serve those around us in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you.