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Our beloved Larchmont Avenue Church embraces us every week when we gather for worship and fellowship.  With glorious music, our historic and beautiful sanctuary, and the joyful faith community that we embody, we stand out to visitors and newcomers.  Each of us is truly blessed. 

We are in a period of transition at LAC as we welcome Interim Senior Pastor, Rev. Ellen Clark Clémot and later a new Senior Pastor to shepherd us.  The Stewardship Committee has used this inflection point to pray and contemplate the best path to achieve 100% participation among our members; and to raise 100% of the Church’s operating budget for 2019.  Recent appeals, notwithstanding incredible generosity, have not funded the full operating and capital budget for LAC. 

This year we ask you to commit to do your part to reach our goal of $1 million – a goal that will cover the Church’s budget and restore us to greater fiscal health going forward.   By God’s grace, we do not have to do this unaided!

To help us reach this important goal, LAC has been blessed with a generous challenge grant from a devoted fellow member of the congregation.

Every new pledge and every pledge increase will be MATCHED 1:1, up to $125,000. If we reach $125,000 in new and increased pledges we will receive a $125,000 bonus!

This extraordinary challenge from an anonymous brother or sister in Christ will help LAC to meet the many spiritual, physical and educational needs before us. Ultimately our success as stewards of our church and mission will serve our members and the community at large.  We are asking for your prayerful and generous response to the 2019 appeal.

If you regularly pledge to LAC, thank you very much.  If you have not pledged, please consider doing so. Pledging enables LAC to manage our resource and fulfill our mission.  Last year the average pledge was $6000. If current pledgers increase their pledges by 15% and we secure pledges from all of those who currently give, but don’t pledge, we will reach our goal and MAX THE MATCH!

We are seeking to secure pledges by Sunday, November 25. The Committee will be available to answer all questions about the 2019 campaign; and thank you!

To make your 2019 pledge, please fill out the webform below, return the pledge card that you receive in the mail or use one of the pledge cards that are located in the pew racks at the Church or call our Bookkeeper, Gloria Haq at 914-824-1800 ext. 310.

Many thanks for your commitment and support!

Kate Guenther, Wes Huang, Karen Isaac, David, Kinnear, Anthony Manson, Clark Morehouse, Jeff Smith, Steve Williams

Larchmont Avenue Church Stewardship Committee

 

 

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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 Gloria Haq, Church Bookkeeper at ghaq@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 Gloria Haq, Church Bookkeeper at mbee@lacny.org or 914.834.1800 x130 for a stock transfer instructions.

Gift of Appreciated Securities: Please contact Gloria Haq, 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.