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Carrying on Christ's Work

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Our work at LAC depends on the support of our congregation.  As many of you know, our annual need for operating costs has risen as we apply endowment income to support costs to maintain our church building.

Our Stewardship totals have been $687,397 in 2012; $699,222 in 2013; $785,837 in 2014; $794,666 in 2015; $815,000 in 2016; and we estimate a similar $815,000 in 2017.  These are very impressive numbers and show the spirit of our congregation to rise to the challenge of meeting our annual operating needs.  But our financial needs continue to grow, and we are looking to our congregation to help sustain our current operations.

Your pledge commitment is a generous act and will directly shape our Church's daily impact.  This year more than any other, please be enthusiastic in your pledge. We ask those who previously have not pledged, to pledge whatever they can, and those who do, to consider increasing their pledge this year. Together, we’ll celebrate the spirit at work within this church – and within us. 

To faithfully prepare our ministry in the year ahead, we need your pledge commitment before November 11, 2017. You can email your pledge to our Bookkeeper, Marjorie Bee, at mbee@lacny.org, or click on the links below.

Make your pledge        

Make an online contribution 

Fulfill your pledge

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Budget

Our Stewardship goal for 2018 is $885,000.  We continue to set high goals for pledges as we have ceased to use our endowment to offset our operating expenses. Instead, our endowment is reserved for capital projects, as we take steps to preserve our building for generations to come.

This year's pledge target is a 23% increase over actual 2017 pledges of $690,000, a total delta of $159,064

  • 2017 budgeted deficit: $57,758
  • 3% inflation in expenses: $31,306
  • 2017 budgeted pledges of $760,000
  • The sum of these is $849,064

An increase in previous year’s pledge amounts are needed and full participation is requested to simply sustain the current operational commitments.


 

Ways to Satisfy Your Pledge

We encourage you to consider the various ways you can satisfy your pledge.

Online PledgeMake your pledge

Online GiftMake an online contribution

Cash: Cash can be donated during Sunday service during the offering. For pledge envelopes, please contact Marjorie Bee, Church Bookkeeper at mbee@lacny.org or 914.834.1800 x130 or use an offering envelope in pew rack.

Check: Checks may be made payable to Larchmont Avenue Church and submitted during offering or mailed / dropped off to church office.

Credit Card: Please visit lacny.org/givenow or contact Marjorie Bee, Church Bookkeeper at mbee@lacny.org or 914.834.1800 x130 for a stock transfer instructions.

Gift of Appreciated Securities: Please contact Marjorie Bee, Church Bookkeeper at mbee@lacny.org or 914.834.1800 x130.

IRA: For individuals age 70 1⁄2 , there may be opportunities to make a qualiffed distribution from your IRA. Please contact your IRA custodian to discuss.

Employer Matching Gifts: Your employer may offer matching gift opportunities for your gifts to Larchmont Avenue Church. Please contact your employer to learn more. 

Donor Advised Fund:  If you have a donor advised fund (DAF) below is a free and easy-to-use online application that enables DAF donors to initiate a grant recommendation from LAC's website, making it easier for you to give from your DAF.

Other Considerations

The Emily Lindsley Legacy Society: In addition to your thoughtful pledge, we encourage you to consider one nal testament of faith through a bequest in your will, retirement plan or living trust that provides enduring support for Larchmont Avenue Church. To learn more, please contact Chris Templeman at 914.844.7279, Scott Meador at 914.287.4744 or Church Bookkeeper Marjorie Bee at 914.834.1800 x310. 


 

Supporting LAC & Its Work

STEWARDSHIP is how we use our God-given gifts; it is how we use our talents, our time, and our treasure; it is the way we use all our resources to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world. 

Stewardship gifts are needed and welcome at any time, including through the offering plate that is a core part of our Christian worship, online giving, special gifts or annual pledges.

The budget for our Church is developed annually by the Board of Trustees, and reviewed by the Session.  The Trustees and staff have been strong stewards of our funds. LAC’s programs and benevolence continue to grow thanks to your generous support. However, the ongoing costs associated with maintaining our Church continue to rise, with program, fuel and insurance costs all increasing.