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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January to December 2022 Stewardship Campaign

LOOKING AHEAD to 2022: The First Congregational Church 2022 Stewardship Campaign is taking place in November 2021.   Complete stewardship information for 2022 and 2022 online and hard copy pledge form will be posted here on November 5, 2021

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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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!

Connect to First Congregational Church’s secure Online/E-Giving system by clicking here.

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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