For 150 years, grateful members of Incarnation have remembered their parish in their wills. Because of these bequests, we have been able to maintain our landmark buildings and support our music and outreach programs. Legacies may be designated for specific uses, such as “Major Building Projects” or “Special Music Events.” If large enough, they can become permanent named funds within the church endowment.
There are many ways to define membership within an Episcopal Church. A central teaching of the faith is that Baptism is full initiation and inclusion in the Body of Christ. Through the Sacrament of Baptism, a person becomes a member of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. This bond is indissoluble (Book of Common Prayer, page 298).
In confirmation, the baptized makes a mature and public commitment to his or her baptismal vows after having received instruction about the Christian faith as it is expressed in the Anglican (i.e. English; the Episcopal Church has its roots in the Church of England) tradition. A confirmed member of a parish is expected to be involved in the ministries of the congregation.
According to the Canons of the Church, a confirmed communicant in good standing (one who receives Holy Communion at least twice a year and makes contributions to the church, see Stewardship below) can vote at the parish’s annual meeting.
We have choices about how we use all that God has given us – our time, our talents, and our treasure. Incarnation’s annual Stewardship Campaign asks church members to prayerfully consider how they can offer their time and talents to the church, and all are invited to make a financial pledge to support the maintenance and ministry of Incarnation.
By enrolling in Parish Pay, you can use your credit card or a direct transfer from your bank account to make a financial offering to Incarnation. These gifts are included in the quarterly pledge statements generated and mailed by the church.