Following Stewardship Sunday, the first mailing is sent out to all members and close friends of the church. Each letter includes a copy of the new brochure, showing the distribution of giving on an array of 12 steps. People will be asked to find where their 2016 commitment placed them and to consider increasing to a higher step or within their current step if they are able. If they are not currently giving, they will be invited to join the givers on a step that is right for them. Those who cannot increase or even have to decrease will be reassured that whatever they can give will be greatly appreciated. We ask each of you to privately and prayerfully consider what you can do as you respond to our appeal. Our goal this year is to surpass last year.
QUESTIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED OF THE BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP…
What do people usually give?
Why can’t I just give in the plate?
I cannot give much so why fill out the gift card?
I attend the church, but I am not a member so why return the gift card?
Can I give my gift all in one check?
What if I find I cannot meet my gift intention?
I lost my card so what should I do?
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, of course, wish to make it as easy as possible for everyone to send contributions to the church! At this time, we ask that you bring or send your cash or check contributions directly to the church. You may place these in the offering plate at 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, Connecticut 06371.
In all events, we ask that you clearly designate your contributions as to their purpose, (either on the memo line of checks or with a short note with cash) so that we may direct the funds properly and give you proper recognition in charitable contribution statements. Undesignated contributions will be applied to the general operations of the church. In most cases, contributions to the church’s missions, ministries and operations are tax deductible. We very much appreciate the contributions of all our members and friends. It takes substantial funding each year to continue the church operations, missions and ministries – and in ALL cases these funds are going to further God’s work in our town, region, and around the world.
Planning Your Estate
One additional way to assure the financial strength of the 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 opportunity, please call either Endowment Chair Henry May at 860-767-7467, or Treasurer Bob McCracken at 860-434-8686.