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.
2021 January to December Stewardship Campaign
BUILDING BRIDGES TO OUR CHURCH’S FUTURE: A Message from your Stewardship Team Chair: Dawn Plante
Our Stewardship Campaign theme this year is “Building Bridges to Our Church’s Future”. Our staff and church leaders did not use the pandemic “stay at home” time to put our souls on hold. Instead, they have used these months as an opportunity to expand the ways we worship and connect with each other… READ MORE
CLICK HERE to open the 2021 Stewardship Brochure – including a letter from the Rev. Elissa Johnk
PLEDGING: Our church leaders and Stewardship Team are inviting your January thru December 2021 Pledges in support of the ministries and missions of First Congregational Church.
Dedication Sunday is set for November 15. All are invited and encouraged to make a pledge for 2021 this coming week. Whatever path you take to make your 2021 pledge – by mail or online – your pledge is vital to support of the ministries of First Church! With much thanks, Your Stewardship Team
CLICK HERE to make your 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 – sent along with the Stewardship Brochure – that will be in your U.S. mail by November 10. If you have not received the 2021 Stewardship Brochure and Pledge Card in the mail by then – 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.
Please also complete a Time & Talent Pledge Card at: http://bit.ly/timeandtalentpledge
Online/E-Giving: One-Time Donations & Recurring Pledges
E-Giving to First Congregational Church is fast, safe and easy! Your one-time donations, recurring pledges and payment history are handled through our secure online giving system. Here is how it works: simply authorize a specified amount of money to be electronically transferred directly from your checking, savings, credit or debit card to the church account. You specify the frequency of the transfer and can change it at any time. It will save you time, and there are no fees!
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.
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.