Giving Options Without In-Person Church

Stewardship and giving does not have to stop while we observe these periods of isolation where we do not have the ability to live out our normal routines. Our staff is still working hard and continue to be paid, and we still have basic expenses that have to be paid.
Pledge payments can be paid online (preferred) with a credit card or linking your bank account by going to the website and clicking on GIVE NOW at the top of the page. Enter the amount in General Operating and enter 2020 Pledge Payment in the description box.  Checks can also be mailed to the church and they will be processed on a weekly basis. If you would like your donation to go to something other than Pledge Payments, please make sure you write that in the memo of the check. Cash may be sent to the church as well, but e-giving and checks are more secure.
If you find that you are unable to meet your 2020 pledge for whatever reason, please contact the church office, preferably by email at Bookkeeper. Also, if you have an automatic payment established for your pledge payments and decide to stop making them, please contact the Bookkeeper so she can cancel your automatic payment. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and please stay safe and healthy!
New Provisions That May Affect Your Charitable Giving This Year
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, includes three great opportunities to give to a charity. 1) Beginning in 2020, donors can deduct $300 in charitable cash contributions from their gross income even if they take the standard deduction on their 2020 tax return. Donations from appreciated securities and gifts to donor advised funds or supporting organizations, do not qualify.  2) Donors who do itemize their deductions can now deduct charitable gifts up to 100% of their income. Prior to this, only 60% was allowed. Again, this is only for gifts of cash and only be made directly to charity. 3) The CARES Act eliminates required minimum distributions (RMDs) from many retirement plans in 2020. Some donors have been using their RMDs for tax-advantage charitable gifts by making a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) directly to charity. The CARES Act still makes it possible for donors who are 70 1/2 or over to contribute up to $100,000 directly to a charity without paying tax on the distribution. Your brokerage or tax accountant should be familiar with these rules, so talk it over with them if you think these ideas may benefit you in 2020.

Links:

Dillons and Amazon Smile – Regardless of our efforts of social distancing during this difficult time, you can still sign-up for Dillons Community Rewards program to benefit St James’ ministries.  Here’s the link if you want to try it on your own:  https://www.dillons.com/i/community/community-rewards.
Also don’t forget to log on to smile.amazon.com when ordering items from Amazon.  You’ll know you’re in the right place because you’ll see “Supporting” in the upper left-hand corner.  Here’s an example:
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To mail contributions to the church office:

St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67208

Office Hours to drop off payments or leave in the lock box:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday