Sustaining Our Church
How to donate
There a several funds that make it possible to support the work of the Chapel of the Cross in our parish, across the community, and around the world. When selecting a fund online or filling out the memo line on a check, use the correct fund name to be sure your donation is applied correctly.
Operating budget and annual campaign: select the General Fund
Our operating budget is directed towards living into our building and our ministry — funding our programming, outreach, worship, pastoral care, physical plant, and staff. The annual campaign is vitally important to our use of our new building, maintaining operations during our transition year, and recruiting a new rector. Your pledge and your faithful contributions to the annual campaign enable us to build a budget that reflects our mission.
Light on a Hill building project: select the Development Fund
Our beautiful new parish house has been the center of parish and community activity more than we ever imagined. Sustaining gifts to the capital campaign, the annual campaign, and the planned giving program made it possible.
The total cost of the new building is a bit less than $10 million. Our bank loan totals about $3 million. That means you helped us raise $7 million for A Light on the Hill. As we begin to make regular interest and principle payments on the loan, we are counting on outstanding capital campaign pledges be paid on schedule. Any advance payments we receive — of regular pledges or legacy gifts — will strengthen our financial position now so that we are better able to weather unforeseen risks later. And we always welcome new gifts of any amount.
Chapel restoration: select the Capital Fund
We have almost completed the chapel restoration project, on time and under budget. We used a combination of capital fund monies plus $60,000 from our bank loan to do the work. Now we need to find ways to replenish the capital fund — it is the only fund we have for special projects like the chapel.
Memorial gifts: select Memorials
You may make a one-time gift in memory of someone who has died. Be sure and note who your gift is in memory of in the box provided.
Special contributions: select Designated Offerings
From time to time we will request special contributions for time-specific causes. We will direct you to use Designated Offerings as your fund for these donations.
Planned giving society
Membership in the William Mercer Green Society recognizes those who have made planned gifts to the Chapel of the Cross. The Society also educates those who are interested in supporting COTC ministries in perpetuity. There will be a meeting of the Society annually as well as planned giving programs as part of Sunday morning adult offerings.
Make a quick gift, set up recurring gifts, update your pledge
For those with outstanding pledges to the 2015 You Are Here annual campaign, the 2016 Together annual campaign, or the Light on A Hill Capital campaign, we have made it easy to make payments. Click here to contribute online. When prompted to select a fund, click on General Fund to pay your annual pledge or Development Fund to pay your Light on A Hill pledge. (Other funds are Capital Fund for gifts to the Chapel restoration, Memorial fund to give in memory of someone, or Designated Offerings to contribute to a special, time-specific cause.)
If you have not made your annual fund pledge or set up recurring gifts please, consider doing it now. To make a pledge, visit COTC Connect. COTC Connect is the place where you can see your contribution statement, change contact information, upload a family photo, access the directory, search the parish calendar, and indicate activities or groups you want to join. If you haven’t registered yet, start by “finding yourself” in our database. Then set up your login and password. There are complete instructions on the website, plus immediate access to people on the staff who can help you.