Be a Faithful Steward

Online/E-Giving & Giving by Check: One-time donations & recurring pledges  – all of your donations fuel the missions and ministries of First Congregational Church.

TO GIVE ONLINE – connect to First Congregational Church’s secure Online/E-Giving system by clicking here.  Use the drop-down menu provided in “Fund” to designate your donation.

Or… GIVE by CHECK – made payable to First Congregational Church (to designate a specific use – such as the Pastoral Care Fund – or a special offering – use the MEMO line on your check) and mail to: First Congregational Church, 38 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401

Stewardship is the giving of our time, talents, and treasure, to care for all the gifts of God’s Creation. The Stewardship Team of the First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington is charged with educating our members and friends about the importance of the mission and ministry of our church and encouraging all to give generously in support of them.

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CURRENT SPECIAL OFFERING:

2022 EASTER FLOWER & MISSION OFFERING:

We are inviting your donations to the Easter Flower & Mission Offering  “in honor of” and “in memory of” someone special to you.

  • All dedications will be shared in the Order of Worship (online and in person) on Easter Sunday – April 17.
  • Easter Lilies & Tulips: Donations will be used to purchase lilies and tulips to decorate the First Church Sanctuary on Easter Sunday.  Donations exceeding the cost of the flowers will be dedicated to the Easter Mission Offering.
  • Easter Mission Offering:Our Outreach Team invites your support of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ’s “Hope Fund.”

The Hope Fund will provide grants for new initiatives in Vermont UCC congregations that help build relationships with people outside our churches; bring our best to the common good; and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  CLICK HERE to learn more. 

  • CLICK HERE or on the graphic above to learn more and for the online Donation/Dedication Form.
  • CLICK HERE to download the 2022 printable form for the offering to mail or to scan and email

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2022 Stewardship Campaign

LOOKING AHEAD to 2022: The First Congregational Church 2022 Stewardship Campaign was initiated in November 2021.   Pledged giving is needed and invited throughout the year.  As 2022 begins, we have yet to meet our pledging goal for 2022 but we are close!  Please join in supporting the ministries and missions of First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington – CLICK HERE for the online pledge form.

HOW IS GOD CALLING YOU? Like everyone, I have particular thoughts and values associated with money. After reading Richard Rohr’s daily meditation for September 22, 2021, “Rights and Responsibilities,” I’ve taken a second look. The meditation is a reflection on the parable in Luke about the nobleman who gives his servants money, and instructs them to do business with it while he is away. Don’t hide it, put it to good use, consider the possibilities. One servant hid the money out of fear of losing it, and he was strongly condemned by his master. In this stewardship campaign, the Stewardship Team asks you to consider the possibilities, many of which are presented in this brochure. These possibilities can become a reality with your financial pledge and a pledge of your time and talents. – Steve Hyde, Stewardship Team Chair

CLICK HERE to open the 2022 Stewardship Brochure

CLICK HERE to open the Rev. Elissa Johnk’s Letter

PLEDGING:  Our church leaders and Stewardship Team are inviting your January thru December 2022 Pledges in support of the ministries and missions of First Congregational Church.

CLICK HERE to make your 2022 pledge to First Church online  – OR – you can pledge thru your First Church Realm Account.  If you have yet to access your First Church Realm Account – please contact our Office Manager, Caroline Catlin at [email protected]

Or… MAIL in your pledge using the pledge card linked below – or – please request a printed copy from the Church Office (802 862 5010, ext. 4).

  • CLICK HERE to access a printable copy of the pledge card to print and mail.

CLICK HERE to complete a Time & Talent Pledge Card for 2022 . We are also inviting you to pledge your time/talents in support of the missions and ministries of First Church.

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2022 Stewardship Messages


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Other Special Gift Opportunities Do you have special financial gifts you wish to give to First Congregational Church? First Church gladly accepts stocks and bonds. Donations of these types are sold immediately when received, regardless of what the market may be doing at that time. Please contact Finance Manager Heather Pipino, through the Church Office (802-862-5010) if you plan to initiate a stock transfer.

First Congregational Church gladly accepts other gifts and donations too! If you are interested in discussing a possible gift of other items (vehicles, etc.), please contact the Church Office.

Planned Giving

In the vernacular, they say “you can’t take it with you.” In the church, we put it this way: “For we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it” (I Timothy 6:7). As Christians, we support the ministries of the church by giving during our lifetimes … but we can also include the church in our estate plans. Just as we depend on the generosity of previous generations, the future of First Congregational Church depends on our generosity now.

Have you considered including First Congregational Church in your will? It’s just one Planned Giving strategy we encourage members to consider. Your Planned Gifts can be structured to provide income or other advantages to you during your lifetime – as well as benefits to family, friends and charitable institutions.

Even gifts from small and modest estates can make a big difference in the church’s ability to pursue its Mission and Ministry. Indeed, God calls all of us to be good stewards of Creation with the gifts we have.

The United Church of Christ (UCC) has an excellent offering of Planned Giving Programs which is available to First Congregational Church.

We ask you to consider Planned Giving as a pathway providing financial support to the church. Please contact our Church Office (802-862-5010), or a member of our Planned Giving Committee, to discuss your Planned Giving intentions. We look forward to working with you.

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