When our family came to St. Francis in the mid 1970’s, we knew that St. Francis was our church home almost immediately. Four generations of my family, my mother, Bill and I, our children and a grandson have benefited from the ‘profit’ that St. Francis has given us. I want to pay it forward and invest in the source of this profit…to help St. Francis grow, to ‘go public’ and minister to future generations so they too can benefit from all the blessings that we have received here at St. Francis. I am investing 30% of my estate in a legacy that will insure the continuation of the source of this profit- our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The return on my investment will be the love and blessings felt by future generations at St. Francis, and their faith as they continue to spread God’s word.
Guide to Planned Giving
Planned Giving Brochure
St. Francis Episcopal Church welcomes your gift, large or small, to support the worship and work of our parish. Whether it is through an annual pledge, a periodic donation, or a planned gift (stock, insurance, bequest), your gift will be used carefully to do God’s work here in Potomac and beyond. Click HERE to give to St. Francis. Thank you!
To give electronically, click here or click a button to the left. We encourage you to set up recurring payments to easily fulfill your annual pledge or to sustain our digital ministry. You can pay by electronic transfer or by credit card, and your payment will be processed through Realm, our secure third-party system. If you choose to pay by credit card, please consider adding 3% to cover processing costs.
Text to Give
To give by text, text the word “StFrancis” to 73256 to give using your mobile device. Then select the fund associated with your gift (e.g, pledge, flowers, memorial, outreach, etc). This number will never send unsolicited texts to you. To cancel further messages, text STOP. If you need assistance with text giving, text HELP. Standard text message and data rates may apply.
Send a Check
You can also mail or bring a check to the church. Our mailbox is locked to secure all check donations. Simply mail your check to St. Francis Episcopal Church 10033 River Rd Potomac, MD 20854. Please note any designations on the memo line (e.g., pledge, flowers, music, lenten appeal, memorial, etc.) so your gift is properly applied.
Ways to support the mission of our parish:
Pledging is a commitment to give a specified amount to the church over a year, usually on a weekly basis. We hold an annual stewardship campaign each fall during which parishioners make a pledge for the following year. We encourage you to prayerfully ask God to help you discern your self-offering to Him, and invite you to respond generously so we can do God’s work here in Potomac and beyond. You can pledge online, by text, or by check.
Digital Ministry SUPPORT
We have many parishioners and friends who worship and grow with us from their homes. Our digital ministry currently includes livestream services and zoom classes. We are in the process of expanding this ministry to include digital content for spiritual development, thought provoking vlogs and discussions, scripture based messages, and more. We welcome your support of this developing ministry – it takes a lot of time and talent to bring you these productions, classes, and offerings. To support our digital ministry, click here or text “StFrancis digital” to 73256 to give using your mobile device.
Periodic Donation, MEMORIAL GIFT, AND FLOWER DEDICATION
Several parishioners and friends prefer to make periodic financial gifts to the church. Some make these gifts as they prepare their taxes, while others make a gift associated with a specific event, such as a wedding, anniversary, birth, or death. Similarly, parishioners and friends often donate flowers to commemorate a birth, death, anniversary, or other event.
The Annual Lenten Appeal, which is the sole source of funding for the parish’s Outreach grants and activities, begins Ash Wednesday and continues through Easter Sunday. One hundred percent (100%) of funds raised is donated to charitable organizations locally and across the world. Our financial support of these outreach partners is essential, now more than ever, in the midst of dealing with the economic and health impact of COVID. To make a donation to our outreach partners, click here or text “StFrancis blessothers” to 73256 to give using your mobile device.
Planned Giving is a way for you to leave a lasting legacy at St. Francis Episcopal Church. Giving some of your assets to St. Francis will help ensure that future generations will be loved and nourished by their St. Francis family, and your legacy will grow the faith of generations to come. There are a variety of ways to make a planned gift to the church’s Legacy Fund. The most common are bequests or gifts of special assets such as insurance policies or stocks. If you would like more information about planned giving, please contact Father Mark Michael. To make a gift to the Legacy Fund, click here or text “StFrancis legacy” to 73256 to give using your mobile device.
Planned gifts to St. Francis Episcopal Church may provide tax benefits for donors. Depending on the type of gift and how it is given, donors may benefit from reductions in taxable income, reductions in estate, gift, and inheritance taxes, tax deductions, or reductions in capital gains taxes. St. Francis Episcopal Church recommends that you seek appropriate professional legal, tax, and financial advice before finalizing any planned gift. All gifts to St. Francis are subject to review under the gift acceptance policy.
Capital Campaign Donation
Occasionally, the church undertakes a capital campaign to raise funds dedicated to a specific activity. Usually, these are for facility repairs or expansions, or large items such as a new organ. We hope that you will participate in these campaigns in addition to your annual pledging.
Please click HERE to give to St. Francis Episcopal Church.