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Planned Giving

The Rev. Robert T. Thorne was a retired Episcopal priest from Connecticut, residing in Asheboro, N.C. In 1887 when he became aware of the absence of religious services in Southern Pines, he began to offer non-denominational services on a regular basis. It was the Rev. Thorne’s dream to build an Episcopal church in Southern Pines, and he personally began to raise funds for a church. In May, 1891, at the southwest corner of New Hampshire Avenue and Page Street, the cornerstone for the church that eventually became known as Emmanuel was laid. Unfortunately, the Rev.Thorne’s deteriorating health forced him to return to Connecticut where he died in 1892. The first service held in the new church was in 1893, a memorial service for the Rev. Thorne. While services in the new church continued to be non-denominational for the next few years, the Rev. Robert Thorne is considered to be the first Episcopal priest in Southern Pines and founder of the congregation that took the name Emmanuel on Christmas Day in 1899 and was formally recognized as a mission church in the Diocese of North Carolina.


It is with this history in mind that the Rev. Robert T. Thorne Society was established as we celebrated our 100th anniversary as an Episcopal congregation. Those named to the society will consist of all members of Emmanuel who, in one way or another, remember Emmanuel in their estate plans and wills.


Our mission statement reads, in part, “…we honor God with our substance, as faithful and sacrificial stewards of his bounty.” In our vision statement, we say, “Celebrating our faith with reverence and joy in liturgy and music, we then dedicate our resources to doing God’s work in the world.” What better way to do our part in seeing that God’s work continues through Emmanuel, as we prepare for life everlasting?


Other Funds to Give to



The purpose of the Fund shall be exclusively for, and the use of the income from the principal of the fund shall be restricted to, evangelism, which shall be defined as “The presentation of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, in such ways that persons may be led to Him as Savior, and follow Him as Lord within the fellowship of His church.”



RESOLVED, the Pace Memorial Fund shall be used only for personal outreach for specific needy individuals within the Parish of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. One Warden and one member of the Clergy of Emmanuel Church shall designate the individual recipients of said funds.



RESOLVED, that the fund designated the Sears Memorial Fund shall be henceforth used only for underwriting the cost of youth activities for individuals who are unable to participate in such youth activities without such assistance. The Fund shall not contribute directly to youth activities, but payments from the Fund shall be made on behalf of specific individual youth, especially youth in their teenage years, to allow them to participate in activities of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Youth Commission or its successor.



To give comfort and aid to any individuals or families who are in need, sickness, hunger or any other adversity. It is envisioned that members of the congregation will bring information to the Rector who, together with the Wardens, will determine the need and amount in each case. It is the purpose of this endowment that all aid be given directly to or on behalf of individuals or families and not through other agencies.



This fund is to be used for general operations of the parish as deemed necessary by the Vestry.



To perpetuate the privacy, comfort and beauty of the Memorial Garden, a fund has been established and will be managed by a committee of three members of the church appointed annually by the Vestry. The Financial Secretary will keep the records. Donations, memorial contributions, and legacies will assure the upkeep and beautification of the Memorial Garden. The principal of these deposits will remain in the bank and accumulate. The interest or dividends only will be used by the Memorial Garden Committee for maintenance and improvement. The names of those in whose memorial gifts have been given will be recorded in The Book of Remembrance, which is displayed in the narthex of the church.



The church maintains a savings account for all scholarship donations. On a yearly basis, the interest income of this account, plus proceeds from Emmanuel Church on the basis of: loyalty to the parish church over the period of the student’s maturing years, character, need, leadership, and service to, and leadership in parish and school.



The Irene Pace Fund shall be added to Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s permanent endowment fund. The interest or dividends from this fund shall be used to preserve and enhance the building and ground needs of Emmanuel.



The Miller Fund shall be added to Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s permanent endowment fund, with the income only to be used to support the programs and ministries of said church, as so determined by the Vestry.



The Ruth Mayen Fund shall be added to Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s permanent endowment fund, with the income only to be used to support the programs and ministries of said church, as so determined by the Vestry.


350 E. Massachusetts Ave, Southern Pines, NC     eec@emmanuel-parish.org      (910) 692-3171            

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