Giving to First Church
This church is a community of ourselves.
Its energy and resources are our energy and resources.
Its wealth is what we share.
When we contribute to the life of this community,
we affirm our lives within it, and enable its participation in the larger world.
—Mary Allen Walden
Generosity is a spiritual practice in all the world’s major faith traditions. At First Church, we hope to guide you in finding volunteer opportunities that will nourish you spiritually. We also hope your commitment to our mission will extend to financial support.
It's now time to consider how you will give financially to First Church in the 2020-2021 church year. As a congregation, most of our budget comes from us: from people who make and pay an annual pledge. While one-time donations are always welcome, pledges pay a crucial role in allowing us to plan our annual budget in a responsible way.
Money doesn't make a congregation great, but it is impossible to thrive without it. First Church's operating budget supports:
Our full-time professional minister
Our professional Office & Facilities Administrator, Director of Religious Education, and Acting Music Director, and paid Nursery Care Provider
Cleaning services, heating oil, and other utilities
Much-needed repairs and maintenance of our historic building
Our annual contribution to our Unitarian Universalist Association's Annual Program Fund
So many other things!
New to this whole "pledging" thing? A great resource is from Rev. Elizabeth's mentor, Rev. Sharon Wylie, on her blog.
How much should you give? The most important factor is your own capacity to give. You know best what this is. Do not give out of what you need to survive, but do give enough that it is a meaningful spiritual practice of generosity. If you're working, Rev. Elizabeth suggests you give a percentage of your income, after that income has been adjusted to consider taxes, medical bills, care of a parent, or other large expenses. To quote this guide from UU Stewardship Experts Stewardship for Us:
Each of us will have our own unique circumstances to consider in making this calculation. The flexibility to include meaningful and unusual exceptions in your financial life (income and expenses) is what makes the Guide fair and useful. This is a tool for you to use in the spirit of the Congregationalist tradition; we are individually and collectively responsible for resourcing our movement and our congregations. This is an honor system; only you know your circumstances.
Please pledge with intention, generosity, and fearless determination as we work to support our beloved First Church.
Submit your pledge with this form here, mail a pledge form to the church office, or give it in person to our Pledge Co-Chairs. You can also always contact the Pledge Drive co-chairs with questions or to discuss your pledge:
Margaret Suby (Chair) & Leslie McClain (Co-Chair)
Rev. Elizabeth Bukey is also available to talk with you more about things like your pledge, your feelings on money, and generosity as a part of spiritual and community life. Set up a meeting to speak with her.