Worship Times

Sundays in the Church
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist

10:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
with Choir and Church School.

Coffee, tea and refreshments are
served in Centennial Hall (lower level)
after both services.

Staffed Nursery (Chester Street entrance)
opens at 9:15 a.m.

Wednesdays in the Chapel
7:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist 

Contact Information

St. James Episcopal Church
355 West Maple Road
Birmingham, MI 48009

Church Office Hours: M-F; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For pastoral emergencies, contact Fr. Chris at 248.631.4704

Phone: 248-644-0820
Fax: 248-644-4405
churchoffice@stjamesbirmingham.org

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        Why Should I Give?

Why should I give?
How much should I give?
How do I give?
Is money the only kind of gift you want from me?
Does St. James offer opportunities for planned giving?
How is giving managed at St. James?
A final thought

"I said ‘Somebody should do something about that.’ Then I realized I am somebody.”

That’s how former Detroiter Lily Tomlin explained her realization that if she wanted something improved ... or changed ... or built, then it was up to her to step up to the plate and help make it happen.

This is precisely the message we are communicating here.

St. James has done – and is doing – “something” about a lot of things.

Ministering to the needs of our parishioners.

Praying for the sick.

Being there for one another during tough times.

Packing and delivering huge boxes of food, toiletries, clothing and toys to those in need at Christmas time.

Providing spiritual guidance and inspiration when they are most needed.

Giving freely of our time and talent to change our world for the better every single day.

And the list goes on.

But the fact is none of these somethings can happen without a lot of somebodies.

Somebodies – like you.

If you’re like most people, you have questions about this whole subject of giving. So we’ll do our best to answer the ones that might be on your mind.

Why should I give?

Two answers.

Because your gifts are the fuel that powers the St. James engine of spirituality, caring and love. Without this fuel, we stall. And the work we are doing, and will continue to do, is just too important for that to happen.

Another reason to give is because all we have and all we are comes from God. Giving is how we express our sincere, heartfelt gratitude.

How much should I give?

This is the sixty-four thousand dollar question.

The Bible says to tithe 10 percent of your income. If you can do that, we would be most grateful! But we also know that 10 percent is a lot of money – for just about anyone.

So think about proportional giving. This is a way to work toward tithing by starting at 2 percent of your income and steadily increasing the percentage.

Still unclear? Try this ...

When the amount you give makes you smile ... makes you proud ... then you’re probably giving your fair share.

Give joyfully. Give generously. And smile!

How do I give?

Trust us – we want to make giving as easy as possible!

You can pledge an annual amount and write a single check. You can pay a portion of your pledge every month or every week.

We are working to implement an on-line/credit donation option. In the meantime, donations can be sent to St. James Episcopal Church at the address noted on this page.

Is money the only kind of gift you want from me?

Hardly! At St. James, there are other important ways to give. Some examples... 

  • Donations of flowers or other gifts for memorials and special occasions
  • Food or clothing to distribute to our outreach initiatives.
  • Gifts of your time and talent are valued and much appreciated.  

Does St. James offer opportunities for planned giving?

We certainly do.

Estate gifts are accepted by the Parish Fund to secure the future of St. James Church. We even have an organization – The Heritage Society – to recognize those who have included St. James in their estate plans.

How is giving managed at St. James?

The Stewardship Committee of the Vestry is responsible for encouraging financial support from the parish for the ministry of Jesus through St. James Church. To encourage generous and joyful giving, the Committee develops special presentations, prepares an annual Ministry-Focused Budget booklet, and communicates information and stewardship stories throughout the year.

A final thought ...

The words of Lily Tomlin begin this piece. We will end it with a short quote from another Detroiter – quite possibly the most famous DJ ever -- Casey Kasem. Casey used to end his radio shows with a signature sign-off, a piece of advice that in so many ways encapsulates what giving means to the St. James Family.

“Keep your feet on the ground... and keep reaching for the stars.”

At St. James, our feet are firmly planted on the ground. We use the gifts we receive responsibly. We maintain a balanced budget. We invest wisely and for the long-term good of the congregation.

But at the same time we will never stop reaching for the stars. We will continue to search for new, better and more effective ways of strengthening our Parish Family, ministering to the needs of those less fortunate, and spreading the word of Jesus Christ throughout our community and our world.

And for that we need somebody. Somebody like you. 

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH
355 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI 48009
WHERE TO PARK

It’s easy and convenient to park for Sunday services. Parking is free on Sundays at City of Birmingham parking decks and metered spaces. The Chester Street parking deck is located just across the street from St. James on the west side of the building. Street parking can be made on Maple, Chester and Martin streets - all adjacent to St. James. The handicapped entrance to St. James is located on Martin Street, the street south of the building. Handicapped parking is available under the overhang at the St. James Martin Street entrance. The Chester Street parking deck has handicapped spaces located next to the elevators.

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