December 17, 2017

3rd Sunday of Advent

Celebration! 

   Old Buttonwood Hall

   9:00 a.m.

   Rev. Megan LeCluyse

Traditional Worship

   Sanctuary

   11 a.m.  

   Rev. Jesse Garner

 

Worship Bulletins

 

 

Lectionary Bible Study

Sundays @ 9:45 am

MacColl Room

 

Lessons & Carols

Sunday, Dec 17

4 pm

 

Blue Christmas

Thursday, Dec 21

7:00 pm

 

Christmas Eve

Sunday, Dec 24

4 pm & 10:45 pm

 

Doris Steinberg

Memorial Service

Saturday, Jan 6

11:00 am

Annual Giving

Stewardship is far more than simply a matter of money.  Stewardship is the faithful use of all the gifts that have been entrusted to us by God, including our time, our talents, and yes, our money.  This is both a privilege and a responsibility.  Our ministry at First Church is possible only because so many people give so generously and faithfully of all these, including their financial gifts to the church.

The biggest source of funding for our ministry is the annual stewardship campaign which provides approximately half of the total amount needed each year to support the church’s ministry.   Special gifts and income from our endowment provide the remaining half.  Each year, our budget is prepared by our Stewardship & Budget Committee with input from all committees and boards, approved by elected church leaders in the Session, and then carefully overseen throughout the year by our Trustees. Complete financial information is readily available in our Annual Report.

Our theme for Annual Giving as “Moving First Forward” is more relevant than ever as we prepare for the Future at First.  We have a keen eye on sustainability and responsibly managing our assets—our building and our endowment.  The Capital Planning Committee is embarking on the development of a Facilities Assessment and Maintenance Plan which is critical for the long-term future of our building. And our Pastor Nominating Committee is diligently searching for our future pastor to take the reins from Jesse Garner, who will retire next summer after having led First Church well and thoughtfully through the past 16 years.

Read the Annual Giving 2018 Newsletter

Hear more from our pastor and First Church members.

Why pledge?  

By pledging, we commit our support to Moving First Forward, to the missions and programs that are a vital part of the life of our church and our connection to the community.  Our pledges are also instrumental in the day-to-day life of the church, its ministries and its care.

Make a pledge to Annual Giving

How do I give? 

Everyone receives pledge envelopes which are set up for weekly giving.  You may place these in the offering plate or drop off at the Church Office.  But it's not necessary to use them! There are various ways to give.  You can set up automatic electronic withdrawal from your bank (eft transfer) for any period--weekly, monthly, quarterly.  You can pay electronically through your own online banking system when you wish, and we are also looking into instant giving via your smart phone.  Currently, you can give online via these links:

You can also give a gift of stock. To do so, please contact Craig Boddorff, the Church Treasurer.