Forward Together -- Nurture, Engage, Encourage 2022


Greetings in Christ’s name,
 
Psalm 31 reminds us that, no matter what difficult circumstance we face in our lives or in the world, God is our refuge and strength, guiding us and surrounding us with steadfast love. “I trust in you, O Lord,” says the psalmist, “I say, ’you are my God,’ my times are in your hands.”
 
As a community what is the most important thing we can do together as a community of faith? After the last 19 months, we continue to move Forward Together. In this coming year, we ask that you prayerfully and faithfully consider the ways that you nurture your faith, engage the world, and encourage what is kind and helpful. 
 
Our annual campaign, Forward Together-Nurture, Engage, Encourage 2022 focuses on our continued mission and ministry here at First Church into the next chapter of our life together. These three words will guide us in 2022 to deepen our connection to God in Jesus Christ and grow spiritually as individuals and as a community. 
 
Our goal this year is $900,000 of giving commitments for the year 2022. As we reach this goal, we will be able to plan for a sustainable budget, provide a minimal cost of living increase for staff and work to hire a Communications Manager. 

To do this, the stewardship team, budget and finance commission and church council have identified the increase to be at minimum $256 per giving unit above previous year’s giving. That is a five dollar ($5) a week increase for the mission and ministry together. If you are making an estimate of giving for the first time, there is a proportional giving chart to assist you.
To move Forward Together, our commitment is not only monetary, but also, a faith and service investment in our life together.
 
            How will you make a commitment to nurture your faith in the coming year?
            How will you engage with the community and the world in mission?
            How will you encourage others where it can be helpful?
 
The pledge commitment form for 2022 can be found under the Give tab. A form was also included in the letter recently sent to our members. We ask that you prayerfully consider increasing your contribution to First Church and return your pledge commitment by November 21, 2022. 
 
Sharing your estimate of giving could not be easier. 
  • Electronic commitments at www.first-church.org/give, select Online Giving Form.
  • Use the Realm App for easy commitment through the Giving button. Select Pledges.
  • Return your pledge commitment letter or submit the online form by November 21, 2022.
  • Email Annette McCormick at [email protected] or 614-228-1741 x11.
With Gratitude,

First Church 2022 Annual Campaign Committee
Leigh Briggs, Alec Deitz, Chris Farquhar, Dennis Secor, Brittany Stricklen-Hillyard and Brad West
Annette McCormick and Rev Emily Corzine, Staff Support

Stewardship of Our Lives

Consider a Future Gift to First Church Endowment Funds


Many people provide a bequest in their will or trust for First Church and its endowments while others periodically give to the endowments in celebration of an event or kind act by another, or in honor of a loved one. All gifts help ensure that the church maintains its legacy of historic architecture, beautiful music, education, social justice, and to minister to the congregation, the local community and the world, bringing to life the adage of “Enter to worship, depart to serve.” 

We are blessed as a congregation with a beautiful and historic church building; passionate, energetic and committed staff; and wonderful arts and music, faith formation programs and a historic dedication to mission and social justice. The First Church Trustees appreciate the support of members and friends over the years and into the future to enhance and maintain our legacy. Here are two ways to consider your year-end giving in 2020.


YEAR-END IRA REQUIRED MINIMUM DISTRIBUTIONS

Members and friends of First Church, age 70½ and older, may now transfer up to $100,000 tax-free directly from an IRA to the charity of their choice. Please consider making a direct transfer to the Trustees, First Congregational Church, to support the Endowment of your favorite ministry or the Building Endowment Fund. The significant benefits are: 

* No federal or state income taxes are paid on the distribution from your IRA

 * Your gift counts toward the required minimum distribution from your IRA

 * Your gift will make a long-lasting impact at First Church 

A description of each Endowment Fund can be found on the First Church website at www.firstchurch.org/EndowmentFunds. You can also speak with Pastor Tim Ahrens, Pastor Emily Corzine, Business Administator Annette McCormick or one of the First Church Trustees. Now is the time to talk with your financial institution to make a timely transfer. IMPORTANT: When you talk with your financial institution, please ask them to send a check or wire transfer directly to First Church. This is necessary to assure that the gift is deductible.    

TRANSFERS OF HIGHLY-APPRECIATED SECURITIES

By contributing long-term appreciated securities such as stocks, bonds or real estate to First Church, donors can avoid the capital gains taxes they would have incurred by selling the assets. Subject to new federal tax deduction limits, donors may also receive a charitable deduction for the fair, full market value of the donated assets. Please consult your tax professional for advice. 

The First Church Trustees appreciate the support of members and friends over the years and into the future to enhance and maintain our legacy. Thank you!


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