“Our giving is an expression of our faith. It’s an expression of our commitment to serve as a strong, bright witness to God’s love in the world…”
Our commitments to faith as a journey, compassionate service, and inclusion of all is centered in our love for God and one another. Your gifts support this work in the world, furthering the mission and values of First Congregational Church, Boulder. Your financial giving provides vital revenue needed for the operation and maintenance of our building, paying our staff, and funding the important work of our ministries.
The life and love we share as First Congregational Church, God’s good and grace-filled community of kindred hearts and shared commitments, are worthy of that attention and care. The worship, music and art, learning and service, compassion, justice, and mercy – all the Gifts of Grace we value – need our support to sustain us and strengthen our bright witness to God’s love in the world.
During the month of January, we encourage each other to reflect on our giving and to respond with generosity, making a financial pledge to the church for 2021. Our faith calls us to bring the portion of our income that reflects the magnitude of all that God has done for us and our own gratitude for the grace of God, given to us as a gift.
Your gift determines what we can plan for and what we can do through our ministries of ministries of mercy, justice, and beauty, through our worship and programs that touch the lives within and beyond our church’s doors. Click the button below to make a one-time gift now or to set up a recurring auto gift. A secure form will open in a new tab that will give you options for how to direct your gift; if you have an account in Realm, our church database, you will be prompted to log in to your account. If you would like to commit to ongoing support of the church, we encourage you to pledge; please scroll down.
Why Make an Annual Pledge?
Many of us financially support a number of worthy organizations. Giving to the church, however, is unique in a number of ways. Contributions to the church are also something else – an offering. We do not give to the church simply to support a cause. We do so as an act of faith, as a form of worship. Our money is an important expression of our gratitude to God because it is an offering of our lives.
Money given to the church goes further than money given to many other charities. The reason, of course, is you. The dollars you give support the ministries that are carried out by church members in countless ways. When we give, we invest in each other’s ministries and growth in faith. Our church depends on the financial gifts of members and friends. About 80% of our annual budget comes from the annual pledges of church members. This means that every offering, every dollar, makes a difference to our life together and the ministry we are able to do.
How Much Should I Pledge?
Within your ability to give, there are still many choices to make. People sometimes want guidance about how much to give to the church on an annual basis. We have compiled several different ideas that we hope will be helpful to you as you discern your gifts to the church.
The guidance of the United Church of Christ is to share 5% of your gifts (your gross income) with the church and 5% with other charities of your choice. Some of our members tithe to the Church which means they give 10% of their gross income. The tithe is part of our biblical heritage and is a central part of faith for some people. We even have members who have borrowed money to be able to meet their tithe!
If you are not accustomed to pledging, 5% or even 10% might seem like a lot to start with. Some people start at 2% or 3% and then plan to add 1% of their gross income each year. Do you know what percent of your income you give to the Church and other non-profits?
What is Planned Giving?
Planned Giving is a way to support First Congregational United Church of Christ, Boulder in the future through arrangements you make today utilizing a planned gift.
A planned gift to your church is an expression of you and your family’s values and commitment to Christian Stewardship. It is a way of saying that after your family and loved ones, these are the causes that matter most, and providing for them is important to you. A gift from your estate to First Congregational United Church of Christ, Boulder strengthens our endowment and sustains God’s mission through the ministry of the Church – a lasting legacy and powerful response to God’s generosity.