First Congregational Church is excited to announce that you may now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Simply follow these easy steps:
- Click Donate to go to a secure website.
- Click on the Create Profile button, then
- Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions.
Easter Memorials and Dedications
In celebration of the Easter season of Love and Remembrance, there is once again an opportunity for you to honor the loved ones in your life. As a memorial or a gesture of gratitude, you can make a donation to the FCC Endowment Fund which helps provide a lasting legacy for First Congregational Church. These gifts, of any size, will be acknowledged in a bulletin insert on Easter Sunday. Dedication forms can be placed in the offering plate or mailed/dropped off at the church office no later than Wednesday, April 5.
Click for the Easter Memorial and Dedication Form
Estimate of Giving
Please, prayerfully consider how your financial gift might impact the full breadth and depth of our ministry. Fill out the estimate of your financial contributions to the church in 2017 on the form below.
Our church budget is built each year on Estimates which are the intentions for monetary contributions in the upcoming year. You can easily fill out the form below and click “submit” to confidentially send it directly to our bookkeeper.
Refresh! Restore! Rejoice!
I/we offer the following Estimate of Giving for 2017, as a faithful expression of commitment to the ministries of First Congregational Church. It is in response to God's love and as an expression of my/our own spiritual practice.
Automatic Pledge Payments
Please consider an automatic pledge payment. It is secure and helps balance the cash flow for both the church and home budgets. The church bookkeeper can provide you more information and help create an electronic account for your stewardship. Electronic funds transfers (EFT) can easily be set up for your annual pledge and will need to be updated each year.
To discuss ways of giving, contact the Bookkeeper, 541-345-8741
Stock Transfers to FCC
When we receive stock transfers from Financial Institutions, they arrive without donors identified. If you initiate transfers, or intend to in the future, please inform our bookkeeper, so that we can apply your donations as you wish.
Good Samaritan Fund
You know the story of the Good Samaritan, the unlikely servant who helps an injured man on the road. But perhaps you have little knowledge of the Good Samaritan fund at FCC.
People often call the church office and talk about their needs before they come in. The Good Samaritan fund is typically disbursed in $35- $50 increments, averaging $12,000 annually. Occasionally Good Sam funds pay utilities or rent, consistent with the aim to prevent homelessness. Money for food is not often given, as several options are available in Eugene/Springfield for free food. Consider giving towards the Good Samaritan Fund this year.
The needs are great, as you can imagine. “There but for the grace of God go I…”
FCC Endowment Fund
The First Congregational Church Endowment Fund is a ministry of First Congregational UCC with the mission of developing long-term financial support for the church.
Assets are managed by the Endowment Fund Directors in accord with the needs of the church, directions of donors, and the biblical values of justice, compassion, and stewardship.
As the FCC Endowment Fund grows, so does the amount the Directors can disburse to the church each year to supplement and enhance our annual church budget.
The FCC Endowment Fund is a vital part of the financial health of the church. By necessity, churches all over the country must rely more and more on the support of well-managed, long-term assets. First Congregational United Church of Christ is no different. Endowment Fund allocations have been used in a variety of ways, including improvements and maintenance of our church building, annual college scholarship for our youth, music program enhancements, and a $300,000 donation towards the addition to our building. All of this is possible because of you, our members.
The FCC Endowment Fund Balance as of December 31, 2016 is approximately $1,049,799.
Some Basic Facts
The FCC Endowment Fund provides careful oversight for all extra-budgetary funds received by the church and arranges for their investment or other use in a manner consistent with the church’s continuing mission.
FCC Endowment Funds may be used immediately or deferred for later use, according to the wishes of the donor. Gifts to the Endowment Fund can be designated for a specific purpose, or they may be given without designation. The income of such funds is made available to the Church Board for the support and maintenance of the church or for special needs. The principal of unrestricted funds may be spent only by approval of a two-thirds vote of the Endowment Fund Directors.
The Gift that Endures
The FCC Endowment Fund provides a way for members and friends of First Congregational United Church of Christ to make a gift or bequest of lasting value and enduring benefit to supplement and enhance the ongoing work of the church.
How You Can Participate
The FCC Endowment Fund offers ample flexibility in the making of gifts, either as memorials, direct gifts, or bequests.
MEMORIALS – Bereaved families often welcome suggestions for appropriate memorials to a loved one. The FCC Endowment Fund is prepared to serve as the vehicle for establishing such lasting tributes.
DIRECT GIFTS – There are times when people wish to express their gratitude for special blessings: occasions such as births, wedding anniversaries, recovery from illness or injury, or for other personal reasons. The FCC Endowment Fund welcomes gifts of this kind.
BEQUESTS – The FCC Endowment Fund may be listed as a beneficiary in a life insurance policy; or for money or property in a will. Those choosing to make a deferred gift, may become a member of The Society of the Charred Cross.
For Further Information
Anyone may inquire of a Minister, a FCC Endowment Fund Director member, or the Church office for more detailed information about the Endowment Fund or The Society of the Charred Cross. Requests are held in confidence and entail no obligation whatever.
FCC Endowment Fund 7 Elected Directors:
- Clark Compton, President, 2017
- David Bong, 2017
- Wendy Laing, 2017
- Tony Foy, 2018
- Jordan Papé, 2018
- Jean Stover, 2018
- Patricia Wilson, 2017
2 Appointed Directors:
- Jonathan Morgan, Senior Minister
- Liz Gill, Church Board Moderator
Supporting non-voting members:
- Michelle Service, Bookkeeper
- Susan Kauble, Financial Advisor