Giving

steeple 1How are the ministries and mission of our church made possible?

God has blessed us individually and collectively with an abundance of gifts, and calls us to be a blessing to others. Unlike some other denominations, the ministries and mission of First Congregational Church are solely supported by the generosity, energy, and commitment of its members and friends—present and past. The more we give of ourselves, the more we are able to do together to make God’s love and justice real in the world.

 

How are our financial resources used to support our ministries and mission?

100% of the dollars we contribute through pledges and other gifts support the ministries and mission of First Congregational Church. Beyond the annual budget, members and friends also give generously to direct appeals at Easter, Christmas and other special events that support neighbors in need. By the grace and power of God, the goal of everything we do is to help people’s lives for the better—within and beyond our doors.

 

How does my gift make a difference?

Your faithful giving meets real spiritual and practical needs in the community and beyond. Through worship, prayer, mission, Christian education, outreach giving, and relationships, our church makes lives better.

Giving makes a difference in your life as well! Giving is a spiritual practice that connects us more deeply with the original cheerful Giver. Giving in proportion to our blessings provides us buoyancy in times of plenty and times of want. Living with a sense of abundance and gratitude improves the quality of our days and radiates good will toward others. And finally, participating in God’s work in the world as a community multiplies our gifts and sense of possibility.

 

How does the process work?

Each fall the Financial Resources Ministry of the church conducts a pledge campaign in order to understand the level of anticipated giving by the membership that will support the following year’s budget. Of course, it is not necessary to make a pledge in order to give to the church, and pledges are not binding in the event that individual financial circumstances change. However, pledging is a helpful planning tool for the coming year, both for you and for the church.

 

How can I make a gift?

Gifts may be given in a variety of ways. They may be given in the form of weekly offerings in the plate during the worship service. They can also be mailed to the church directly. Also, many families choose to give electronically as a “greener approach” to giving. Electronic giving provides convenience for the giver, consistency for the church, and reduction in the resources used to process paper checks. As you consider the payment method you use to make your regular offering, we hope that you will think about the unique connection between financial stewardship and environmental stewardship. Simply complete and return an Electronic Giving Authorization Form to the church office to get started.

Larger gifts may also be given in the form of bequests or memorial gifts. In addition, the church also maintains a “wish list” of special gift requests, such as helping restore our beautiful but tired organ, and upgrading our classroom equipment. Your help is greatly appreciated! Please contact the office at first.congregational@verizon.net for more information.

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