The Power of the Plate


The year 2020 has been like no other time in the history of First Church. Our nation feels more divided than ever. We have been apart more than we have been together. We have worshipped online in new ways. The Staff, Council and Commissions have carried out the business of the church in new ways. During these uncertain and unsettled times of Covid-19 and the heightened awareness of systemic racism in our nation, we grieve as a community of faith. We also recommit ourselves to living out our call as Christians to fight against racial and socio-economic disparities in all areas of our life.  

Through this, First Church remains a beacon of faith, hope and love; loving generously. First Church draws from our deep faith tradition as followers of Jesus Christ and our commitment to social justice as the grounding for our life together.  

The Power of the Plate - Love in Generosity are the words of inspiration for this year's Annual Stewardship Campaign. The power of your annual gift will enable the mission and ministry of First Church at 444 East Broad Street to continue and grow at home, throughout the wider community, the country and world.

View The Ministry of Our Church through the Annual Budget for a description and chart detailing how our annual giving dollars are used. The second chart shows proportional annual gifts based on annual gross income.

What is proportional giving? Proportional giving is offering to God in a committed and faithful manner a portion of what God has given us. To help guide all members of the church with their level of financial giving to the church, the annual stewardship committee prayerfully asks all of you to consider giving 3% to 10% of your gross income. These guidelines represent a significant shift from our most recent stewardship campaigns, which have suggested percentage increases over the previous year's gift. The annual stewardship committee is asking the congregation to embrace this opportunity by thinking in a new way about how to live your most generous life by loving generously and unleashing The Power of the Plate.

You can use the 
online pledge form to make your pledge at www.first-church.org/give. To allow the Church Council ample time to set the 2021 budget, we respectfully ask that all pledge commitments be returned to Annette McCormick, Business Administrator, [email protected], or by calling the church at 614-288-1741 x11, on or before November 30, 2020.  

The annual campaign committee thanks you in advance for your loving generosity to the mission and ministry of First Church.

Yours in Christ
Brittany Stricklen-Hillyard                   Leigh Briggs 
Co-Chair                                             Co-Chair



Campaign Committee:  Andy Bensing, Melissa Kulwicki, Annette McCormick, Bev Cook, Rev. Emily Corzine, with 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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