The 2018 Stewardship Campaign
WE DEPEND UPON ONE ANOTHER
We depend upon our faith to guide us. We depend upon one another as we share and deepen our spirituality to perform our work. And we know, too, that there are people who depend upon us – even as we depend upon them – to be signs of hope in troubling times. Through our annual Stewardship Campaign, we depend upon you. We rely on you to make our ministries and our outreach possible.
Your generosity also enables us to engage meaningfully in our mission – to put our faith into practice. Fighting hunger and homelessness. Providing shelter, refuge and clothing. Supporting refugees making a new start in Connecticut. Seeking social justice. Offering our support to various social services. Serving the needs of the most vulnerable among us. Here at home, across the country and around the world. Wherever the love of God and the world calls us.
- In HAITI: We visit the Artibonite Valley in Haiti, supporting literacy and educational initiatives, even as the friendships we forge open new paths within our own life journeys.
- In SOUTH DAKOTA: We travel to the Green Grass Church on the Cheyenne River Reservation to better understand the world of our Native American friends, allowing our own lives to be changed through the gift of friendship.
- In OLD LYME and NEW LONDON: We provide groceries and a meal at our Food Pantryevery week for more than 150 families. We also help prepare and serve meals every month for the homeless at the New London Soup Kitchen. And we join in opportunities for prayer and fellowship with them all.
- In PALESTINE and ISRAEL: We journey to East Jerusalem and the West Bank, the Negev Desert and the Golan Heights to learn the stories of our Palestinian friends, and to amplify the voices of conscience working to make a difference in the Middle East.
Your generosity enables us to engage deeply in our hands-on ministry – to nurture, explore and share a stronger faith with one another. Through our weekly worship services. Social justice advocacy. Sunday School classes. Support groups and Bible study groups. Mission trips. Choruses, concerts and art classes. Confirmation programs. Luncheons and dinners. And personal visits to members who are ill, grieving or homebound.
- Our WORSHIP SERVICES: In addition to our Sunday services, we arrange other opportunities to come together for fellowship – Easter Sunrise services, Christmas concerts, informal communions, Good Friday walkathons and observances of other special occasions.
- Our MUSIC PROGRAMS: Music enriches our spiritual lives and deepens the bonds of our community. Our choirs enhance our worship services and offer inspiring concerts. We invite outside musicians – like New Orleans piano virtuoso Tom McDermott and South African folklorist Julius Kyukawa – to join us in fellowship.
- Our SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Even the youngest among us are called to be ambassadors of God’s love. Through worship services and youth group activities, we enable our young people to express compassion for others and forge friendships with children of other faiths and cultures.
We are a community of diverse beliefs and understandings, united in our care for the world we live in, whether it’s right outside our door or half a world away. We invite you to give generously to our missions and ministry and thank you for all the good you make possible.
You can view a copy of our informative Stewardship Campaign brochure here: 2018 Stewardship Campaign Brochure.
Stewardship Campaign FAQs
How much do people usually give?
The average annual gift given by our church members is $1,631. We are asking our members to increase their contribution by a modest 3% over last year, so that we may continue to do good works in 2018. Your contribution matters. To the people who depend upon us. To the other members of our congregation. And to your own spirituality. We invite you to give generously to support our ministry and missions, and thank you for all the good you make possible.
Why can’t I just give in the collection plate?
In order to plan our annual budget, we need to have an idea of what our income is going to be, so our expenses don’t exceed it. Knowing your intent is important, which is why we ask our members to make a pledge in September. Your contribution matters. To the people who depend upon us. To the other members of our congregation. And to your own spirituality. We invite you to give generously to support our ministry and missions, and thank you for all the good you make possible.
I cannot afford to give much - do I need to fill out the pledge card?
Every gift counts, every gift is appreciated, and every intention to give helps us better plan our ministry and missions. Filling out a pledge card enables us to ensure that our expenses don’t exceed our income. It helps us be financially responsible. We invite you to give as generously as you can to support our ministry and missions, and thank you for all the good you make possible.
I attend the church, but I am not a member - do I need to return the pledge card?
The financial responsibility of our church rests on the shoulders of the whole congregation – members and friends alike. If you participate in the life of our church, we invite you to participate in its support. We depend upon one another – and there are people who depend upon our ministry and missions to be signs of hope in troubling times. Through our annual Stewardship Campaign, we depend upon everyone who attends our church to help make our ministries and outreach possible. Your contribution matters. To the people who depend upon us. To the other members of our congregation. And to your own spirituality. We invite you to give generously to support our ministry and missions, and thank you for all the good you make possible.
Can I give my gift all in one check?
What if I find I am unable to meet my annual pledge?
The pledge card is an intention to give, not a legal contract. If, for any reason, you cannot meet your intention, we certainly will understand.
I lost my pledge card - what should I do?
You call or email us at the church office at 860-434-8686 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your pledge, or ask us by phone or email to send you a new pledge card. We thank you for all the good you make possible.
If you have other questions, please call the office to be put in touch with a member of the Board of Stewardship.
How To Contribute
We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to make a contribution. At this time, we ask that you bring or send your contributions directly to the church. You may place them in the offering plate during our worship services, deliver them personally to the church office or mail them to the church at: First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371.
Please write “2018 Stewardship Campaign” on the memo line of your checks or include a short note that says “For the 2018 Stewardship Campaign” along with a cash contribution. This will enable us to direct your contribution properly and give you proper recognition in charitable contribution statements. Contributions to our Stewardship Campaign are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Your generosity makes our missions and ministry possible, and we thank you for all the good you enable us to do through them.
One additional way to help ensure the financial strength of our church for generations to come is to include the church in your will or other estate plans. People who make an estate commitment become members of the Spire Society and receive a handcrafted lapel pin created by our Native American partners in South Dakota. For information on this charitable opportunity, please call either Chair Henry May at 860-767-7467, or Treasurer Bob McCracken at 860-434-8686.