Why do we pledge to Stewardship?
At First Church we pledge to Stewardship so that together we can fulfill the church’s spiritual mission – to help change what’s possible in communities beyond our own, to care for others in need, and to support our church family and home
Every member at First Church has a voice, and we all are called upon to give our time, ideas, energies, talents, and our financial contributions
Last year 55% of church members pledged to Stewardship. Our goal this year is 100%
Together as ONE, our pledging enables First Church to fulfill our faith-based mission.
What are the many things that Stewardship makes possible?
Stewardship allows us to fulfill the many parts of the First Church mission:
OUTREACH AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES The ways that we connect with people and communities around us and serve others.
CONGREGATION CARE Programs for adults, parish relations, pastoral care, outdoor ministries, and our health and wellness programs.
OUR CHURCH HOME Care for our buildings, campus, and cemeteries. Utilities, communications and systems.
STAFF SALARIES Our clergy, administrators, and staff who keep our church running 365 days a year. Over 18 people work at First Church (not including the Preschool).
YOUTH PROGRAMS Church school, confirmation class, Junior and Senior Pilgrim Fellowship.
SUNDAY WORSHIP AND THE MUSIC OF FIRST CHURCH The wonderful sermons, and all the ways and days that we make a joyful noise unto the Lord – and for each other.
It takes about 1.5 million dollars and countless volunteer hours to keep First Church thriving for a year. Stewardship pays for 60% of that.
How do I make my pledge?
The easiest way to pledge is on our dedicated pledging website: www.iamfirstchurch.com. It takes about 2 minutes to complete your pledge! Or, if you prefer, mail in your pledge form you received in this package, back to the church office in the self-addressed return envelope. Or drop the envelope in the plate on Sunday.
Make a pledge for the amount you will give in calendar 2019. You don’t have to donate any money with your pledge. You pay in 2019 (or earlier if you wish).
Pledge what your personal circumstances allow. The average pledge is close to $3,000 a year – many give less, but thankfully many are able to give more. No gift is too small (or too large!).
You can fulfill your pledge any time before the next full calendar year ends. So, for our pledge drive in October, 2018, you have until December 31st, 2019 to donate the whole amount.
Your Stewardship pledge is generally 100% tax deductible.