Annual Pledge & Per Capita

Each year typically in October, we commence with our Stewardship Campaign. Our annual budget is slightly greater than $1M and we need to match our expenses with sufficient income as wise stewards of your gifts.   The majority of our annual expenses are fixed. We currently have 14 employees with salaries and benefits. There are many office expenses with equipment, supplies, paper, postage, telephone, and more. Our beautiful campus requires insurance, maintenance, utilities, repairs, and improvements. Mission ministry, outreach, spiritual life and growth, Deacon Ministry, Health Ministry, contingency and reserve funds comprise other elements of our expenses. All members and friends are invited to provide an estimate of giving to help us plan our cash flow.

In addition, we ask for an additional contribution for Per Capita. Per Capita is a set amount of money (apportionment) per member that congregations pay to the larger Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is a Presbyterian Covenant Community Fund - part of the glue that holds Presbyterians together. Because every Presbyterian shares in the benefit of the PC(USA)’s system of government, the expenses associated with coordinating and performing the functions of that system should be shared by everyone as well. The Per Capita amount per individual member in 2020 is $37.50.  All members are invited to contribute Per Capita as an additional amount above and beyond the estimate of giving for the annual Stewardship Campaign.

Capital Campaign

Desert Palms Presbyterian Church is celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2020. Our campus, Mission, and Outreach is greatly appreciated. With an emphasis on biblical teachings, we continue to reach others with sermons, music, friendship, worship, and many daily activities. In addition to the recurring annual expenses required to keep the church operating on a daily basis, we also have expenses required to keep the church functioning in the long term.

Our buildings, and all the things inside them, need to be renovated and/or replaced from time to time. Air conditioners break beyond repair. Chairs wear out. Carpets need to be replaced.  Unlike daily expenses, these needs arise infrequently and require major expenditures not covered by our annual Operating Budget. The Property Committee maintains a spreadsheet of anticipated improvements and major repairs that are not included in the annual budget. These have been identified and quantified as Capital needs we will likely face in the next ten years.

At our annual congregational meeting in January, 2020, we approved a capital campaign intended to cover the first three years of that expenditure plan. However, due to the Covid-19 virus, that campaign was placed on hold. We are now asking members and friends to contribute funds for a specific need when that need arises. Pastor Jim recently announced the purchase of replacement chairs for Fellowship Hall that were ordered just prior to placing the Capital Campaign on hold. The cost per chair is $50, and donations can be made designating that the funds be used toward the chairs.

Other immediate needs include making needs repairs and improvements to the roof above Fellowship Hall, improved exterior lighting, Office computer replacements, replacing our telephone system which is failing, remodeling the restrooms in Fellowship Hall, and resealing the West parking lot. We can’t wait for these major expenditures, and are asking your commitment to help meet these needed financial expenditures. Your contribution will be matched dollar for dollar from our General Endowment Funds.

Investments & Endowments - Option 1

The Investment and Endowment Fund was established to encourage gifts by individuals or organizations to further advance the Kingdom of God through Desert Palms Presbyterian Church by the giving of their resources of gifts, devises, bequests, and annuities to support long term objectives and goals as established by the Financial Affairs Committee and approved by the Session. The principal gifts, devises, bequests, and annuities shall be held in the General Endowment Fund for the benefit of Desert Palms Presbyterian Church unless the terms of such gifts are made for a specific purpose and requires that they be held, distributed, and used in accordance with the Donor’s intent.

Desert Palms Presbyterian Church currently has nearly 100 designated funds containing monies donated for a specific purpose. Examples include Scholarship, exterior electronic sign, Memorial Gardens, Music programs, multiple Mission categories, multiple categories to support our property, exercise program, ABS, and lots more. We also maintain a Wish List of items we wished we had the money to purchase. Wish List items are typically $2,000 or less in cost.

A donor and the Session may designate that a gift, devise, bequest, or annuity be retained permanently and only the income used for specific purposes, and may also designate specific purposes and schedules for distribution of principal as well as income. Monies are received as Memorials, from birthday/anniversary contributions, from estates, or from generous donations toward a cause or intent close to the heart of the donor. The Finance Committee has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the donated funds per the request of the donor.

As part of your own financial planning, please consider distributing a portion of your estate to Desert Palms Presbyterian Church.

Please contact the church office for additional information on making a gift.

Endowments are invested and professionally managed by Vanguard Funds.

Investments & Endowments - Option 2

The purpose of our Endowment Program is to help members ensure that our church will sustain its mission and ministries. The goal of the Program is to provide donors with a vehicle to support either existing programs or new opportunities beyond their lifetimes. Depending on the wishes of donors, funds can be

designated for existing projects or for uses approved by the Session. Funds can be set up so that the principal will be secure and only a portion of the income used for designated projects.

Endowment Program funds are managed by the Endowment Committee. At present we have thirteen Endowment Funds, the primary being:

  • General Fund
  • Scholarship Fund
  • Birthday & Anniversary Fund
  • Congregational Nurse Fund
  • Mission

We extend an invitation to you to add your support to existing funds through a bequest or planned gift arrangement or to create new funds according to your particular interests.

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