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UCC 3 great loves, a just world for all2018 Stewardship Campaign Update

As of 11-27-17, we have received 195 giving cards, totaling over $466,000 If you have not had the opportunity to turn in a giving card, please know it’s not too late! Your pledge is important and does make a difference in the planning of the coming year.

Thank you for your thoughtful and generous giving!

Online Giving

Donate hereFirst 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.

Cloth banner "Open Hands"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.

Click to complete an Estimate of Giving form

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.

Photo of the Charred CrossThe Society of the Charred Cross

On August 12, 1985, a fire destroyed part of the Fire Congregational United Church of Christ in Eugene. Lost in the arson fire were the chapel, the lobby, the sanctuary balcony and the pastor’s study. Amazingly, the cross on the wall in the chapel, though burned severely, remained intact. This charred cross was encased in a permanent oak and glass memorial as a symbol of our enduring faith in God and our congregation.

In 1992, the cross was chosen as a fitting namesake for a new honorarium, The Society of the Charred Cross. The Society was formed to honor a special group of donors – those who have stated their intention to make a deferred gift to the FCC Endowment Fund. A gift can be of any size, and will be used by the FCC Endowment as needs dictate.

If you would like to join the Society of the Charred Cross, please contact the church office at 541-345-8741.

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
  • Lynn Hellesvig, Church Board Moderator

Supporting non-voting members:

  • Kim Dorr, Bookkeeper
  • Susan Kauble, Financial Advisor

What's Happening?

  • Be a Part of Our Annual Advent Pageant!
    Be a Part of Our Annual Advent Pageant!
    Advent is coming and we are preparing to share the rich stories of this season in our Advent pageant during worship in December. There are opportunities for all ages and all talents to help bring our...
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  • Thank You for the Anniversary Bash!
    Thank You for the Anniversary Bash!
    Dear Church Family, Thank you for the most amazing celebration of our 20 years together in shared ministry on October 29. For all of it I thank you: from giving thanks in worship for the journey...
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  • The Giving Tree gifts due Dec. 17
    The Giving Tree gifts due Dec. 17
    The Giving Tree, in the downstairs lobby, is a special Christmas tree that hangs heavy with gift tags with the names and gift requests from adults in two care facilities in our community: in Shelter Care’s...
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  • Women's Fellowship Group: Angel Cards Dec. 10
    Women’s Fellowship Group: Angel Cards Dec. 10
    All women of the church are warmly welcomed December 10 to Women’s Fellowship, a time of respite from the holiday bustle. Candles and Angel Cards will inspire an evening of reflection and friendship at this traditional Christmas gathering....
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  • CAHOOTS Food Drive
    CAHOOTS Food Drive
    FCC supports CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets), a unique and critical community service coordinated by White Bird Clinic and the City of Eugene. CAHOOTS responds to non-criminal crises, including homelessness, intoxication, disorientation, and...
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  • Advent Candlelight Garden ~ Dec. 14
    Advent Candlelight Garden ~ Dec. 14
    Music, singing and special candle lighting for the season on Thursday, December 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Wheeler Room.  All are welcome! Volunteers are needed for help setting up. Sign-ups in the lobby, or contact...
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  • FCC Choral/Orchestral Presentation Dec. 17
    FCC Choral/Orchestral Presentation Dec. 17
    A combined choir of 40 FCC singers will present the charming Pergolesi/Durante Magnificat in the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 17. The choir will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra of UO music faculty/students, featuring...
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  • Christmas Special Offering Dec. 17
    Christmas Special Offering Dec. 17
    What gift can we bring to the Christ Child? Our annual Christmas Special Offering will be received on Sunday morning, December 17. This Special Offering will be equally divided between two important efforts of the United...
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  • New Disciplines participants welcome in January
    New Disciplines participants welcome in January
    Would you like to be part of a small group at church? Would you like to dig a little deeper into the scriptures? Disciplines may be for you! The small group lectionary Bible Study group called...
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  • Photo of building progress at Square One-Emerald Village Eugene
    Housing Initiative Updates: Building, Renovating, Van and Squash!
    Fall has been a time of construction and growth for the FCC Housing Initiative and our partners. Ground was broken this summer for Square One’s Emerald Village Eugene (EVE) project and this tiny home community is...
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Upcoming Events

  • House Band Rehearsal
    December 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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  • Advent Candlelight Garden
    December 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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  • Festival Choir Dress Rehearsal
    December 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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  • Service of Longest Night
    December 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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