STEWARDSHIP is GIVING to FIRST CHURCH: The ministries and missions of First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington rely on the pledges and support of all of our members and friends. See below for information about giving online and via check – about any current special offerings – and about making a pledge to support First Church during 2022 and about how to make a 2023 pledge. Thank you.
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.YOU CAN TEXT A DONATION to FCCBUCC to 73256 – standard text message rates apply.
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
Current Special Offering:
- October is Neighbors In Need Month in the UCC
- Learn more about NIN – Neighbors In Need HERE
- Contribute online using Realm and selecting NIN from the giving options.
- Or, contribute to NIN by check to First Congregational Church, MEMO: NIN
2023 Stewardship Campaign
LOOKING AHEAD to 2023: The First Congregational Church 2023 Stewardship Campaign takes place in November 2022. To support our ability to build a missions and ministries budget for 2023, pledges for the 2023 year are invited on or by Thanksgiving Sunday – November 20, 2022. Of course, pledged giving is needed and invited throughout the year and new pledges are always welcome. Please join in supporting the ministries and missions of First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington – CLICK HERE online pledge information.
Welcome to Stewardship 2023:
Stewardship Team Chair, Steve Hyde welcomes the congregation to “Stewardship 2023 during worship on October 30 (video: 3 minutes).
The Rev. Elissa Johnk’s November 2022 letter to the congregation:
Faith, without works, is dead.
At least, so writes James, brother of Jesus in his letter to the earliest Christians. If you have faith, but it is not shown in your life, what is the point? If it serves only you, is it really faith – of the Jesus-following kind – at all? These are the questions of our stewardship season, and they are the questions of the Gospel itself. If it is in God we trust, then how is it that with God we do? … CLICK HERE to read more
PLEDGING for 2023: Our church leaders and Stewardship Team are inviting your 2023 pledges in support of the ministries and missions of First Congregational Church.
- CLICK HERE to open the 2023 Stewardship Brochure
- CLICK HERE to make your 2023 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 2023. We are also inviting you to pledge your time/talents in support of the missions and ministries of First Church.
2022 Stewardship Messages
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.