Finance Council

Our Finance Council meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the Social Hall.

Finance Council Members  

Heidi Ackerman - Co-President - email

Sue Tollefson - Co-President - email

Larry Davis - email

Diane Gannon - email

Doug Jones  -   email

Rita McClain  -   email

Laurie Phelan -    email

End-of-Year Statements

 In order to save on postage, paper and printing expense, we will not be mailing year end donation statements to everyone.  If you would like a statement, please email Sarah at or contact the office, 515-367-2685 with a request to print and mail (or email) a statement to you.  Thank you. 


If you currently use automatic withdrawal for your tithing, thank you! Might you be able to increase your monthly amount? 

If you don’t use automatic withdrawal from your bank for tithing, please consider it.  This method is a simple and practical way to consistently tithe. You designate a specific amount of money to be automatically withdrawn from your bank account on a monthly basis on a pre-determined date. Questions? Contact Sarah Baumberger, parish bookkeeper by email .

Click here for ACH form.


On behalf of the entire St. Mary - Holy Cross Parish, the Parish Council would like to recognize Dave Pottebaum for his participation, guidance and leadership in the Parish Finance Council. Dave finished serving as Finance Council President at the end of 2020. Under Dave’s leadership the Finance Council has converted to an asset-based accounting system, overseen transitions in accounting staff along with helping the Parish to obtain and maintain financial stability. Thank You Dave Pottebaum!


A New Way to Tithe!

Our parish has been looking into offering online giving and we are currently able to offer this opportunity through the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa. They have provided all parishes with a secure link: the drop down menu, you can choose our parish (St. Mary/Holy Cross Parish - Elkhart) and make your donation. Contributions made through this platform will be treated as tithes to our parish. There are no fees associated with this, so ALL of your donation will go to our parish.  The Foundation will send all gift acknowledgement letters.


2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal 

With some help from the Diocse, we have surpassed our goal!   This means that however much we went over the goal and when the outstanding pledges are fulfilled, those amounts are returned to the parish.   Thank you for your awesome generosity!