The goal was to handle recurring donations. Every month, Suzy wants to donate $10 to Cool NPO. It’s not a pledge, in that she’s not dedicating herself to $120 for one year. Just $10/month. (Forever! Bwua-ha-ha!)
In short, don’t bother making an actual Recurring Gift, just make the Recurring Gift Schedule (RGS). eTapestry itself will create the Recurring Gift and reference your RGS when you call the addRecurringGiftSchedule method. The two-part creation will show up right in the Journal for the user in question.
Pleasantly easy, but initially confusing from the documentation.