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Giving

 

 

First Church is blessed many times over with a vibrant community of members who give generously of their time, their talent, their means, and their hearts. Together we are First Church and together we live out God's Word in Glastonbury, in our broader, community, and in the world.

First Church is a Congregational church and joins with other Congregational churches as part of the United Church of Christ. Being a Congregational church means that we are self-governing within our congregation and also that we are financially self-supporting. We donate part of our mission budget to support the wider Church of which we are a part, but we do not receive any funds from the wider Church.

 

Stewardship

First Church is a Congregational church and joins with other Congregational churches as part of the United Church of Christ. Being a Congregational church means that we are self-governing within our congregation and also that we are financially self-supporting. We donate part of our mission budget to support the wider Church of which we are a part, but we do not receive any funds from the wider Church.

 

'Stewardship' is the process we use annually to raise funds that support our budget for operations and mission. During the annual Stewardship campaign, typically in the fall, we invite members to make a pledge of financial support for the following budget year. We build our budget based on the results of our campaign, striving to be both optimistic dreamers and prudent caretakers of the Church's dollars. First Church is also blessed to have a moderate endowment and we do supplement our pledge income with a thoughtful and modest annual draw from that fund.

 

We are stewards of God's bounty. We give to First Church and its broader mission, not because we have to but because we can! We share our means and time, be it in large amounts or small, joyfully, and as part of a church family which is passionate about music, about children and youth, about justice, and about mission. We give so that First Church can make a difference.