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.
2019-20 Stewardship Campaign
Our Stewardship Team has prepared the 2019-2020 Stewardship Brochure and pledging materials. As our fiscal year begins anew on May 1, 2019, annual pledges – which are needed year-round – are particularly requested during March and April 2019.
Please use the resources listed here as you prayerfully consider pledging for the 2019-2020 year:
- The 2019-2020 Stewardship Brochure is linked HERE.
- The 2019-2020 Stewardship Letter is linked HERE.
- The online Pledge Form is linked HERE.
- Printed pledge cards and copies of the brochure are available at church and are being mailed.
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!
Why are members and friends giving to First Congregational Church?
- “Because I value supporting the ministries and missions of the church;”
- “Giving through the church makes me feel good;”
- “Because I’m grateful;”
- “I pledge because as a Christian I am called to give;”
are just a few reasons. There are as many answers to this question as there are generous givers at First Church. Why do you give? You are invited to ponder this question and to add your pledge in support of the many ministries, missions and programs of First Church.
Your gift of any size, representing your personal commitment to First Congregational Church and its ministries, will be warmly and gratefully received.
To make a pledge for the remainder of the 2018-2019 church year (through April 30, 2019) please email Finance Manager Heather Pipino or call her at 802-862-5010 and leave a message including your contact information and how much you wish to pledge through April 30, 2019. Thank you!
As stated above, our May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020 stewardship brochure and pledge materials will be available by mid-March 2019.
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 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.