"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..."
Called Together. That’s one way to understand God’s activity in our lives. God calls us to love with all our heart and mind and strength, to love God, to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to love the world as God loves the world. This calling is both individual and communal. God calls each one of us out of ourselves into a more expansive vision and a greater venture. God also calls us together, as the church, to join each other in a shared ministry and to be partners in the service of others.
All this is to say that First Congregational Church is not merely an organization we support. It’s a calling we hear and hold in common. It’s a community of kindred hearts and shared commitments – worship, music and art, learning and service, compassion, justice, mercy, and care. We are a people bonded together in a covenant reflecting God’s goodness and grace and by a mutual yearning for more love and light in the world.
During the month of January, all of us are asked to respond with generosity to the call of faithful stewardship to sustain and strengthen the life of our congregation by making a financial pledge for 2020.
To learn more about how your pledge supports our life together as a church and about how to pledge:
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.