Giving to St. Peter’s

Annual Giving:

The annual giving program at St Peter’s, known as the Every Member Canvass, is a program whose purpose is to involve every member, or every family, of the St. Peter’s community in the funding of the ongoing operational expenses of the church, including the Vicar, Assistant Minister and Parish Staff, as well as the commitments to the many outreach programs that the church supports. The cost of these commitments amounts to approximately $800 per day.

The Every Member Canvass is launched each fall to raise pledged amounts, or commitments, that parishioners are willing to make for the following fiscal year. The pledged amount can then be paid either up front, or throughout the fiscal year.

St. Peter’s Lithgow Society:

St. Peter’s has established a planned giving program to ensure the future of the Church for generations to come. If you include St. Peter’s in your estate planning, you will become a member of the St. Peter’s Lithgow Society, an entity created to recognize your support.

The Cemetery:

St. Peter’s Cemetery depends on friends and supporters for donations to both the Cemetery Improvement Fund and the Cemetery Endowment Fund.

Cemetery Improvement Fund:
Cemetery Improvement Funds have been used in recent years for a number of projects:  to build the stone wall and to plant evergreens, birches and forsythia along the edge of the cemetery on the Shunpike and Route 44, to repair fallen and tilting tombstones in the old cemetery, to install granite posts along the drive to protect grave sites from automobiles, to survey plots in both the new cemetery and the memorial garden, to install the three rock gardens in the new cemetery and to begin the tree maintenance plan recommended by the cemetery arborist.  Improvement Funds are currently needed to continue the tree maintenance program and to continue the repair of tombstones in the old cemetery.

 Cemetery Endowment Fund:
The Cemetery Endowment Fund was created in 2008 to provide for the long-term maintenance, improvement and expansion of the cemetery.  The Vestry has adopted a policy that purchasers of burial rights are to be strongly encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the Cemetery Endowment Fund at the time of purchase and encourages potential donors to the cemetery to make both current contributions and testamentary bequests to the Cemetery Endowment Fund.

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