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    Our good works here at home, across the country and around the world. The care and upkeep of our historic building and grounds. The salaries of our pastors. The reality is, they all require money. So we are grateful for each and every contribution. And we account for every dollar that’ been donated.

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ANNUAL REPORTS


The 2017 Stewardship Campaign

INVESTING IN OUR CHURCH’S LIFE-CHANGING MISSION – AN INVITATION TO STEP UP!

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 The Stewardship fund is essential to our church because it supplies over 4/5 of the church’s annual budget, supporting its vital ministries that each of us value. These ministries engage and challenge us, lift our spirits, and possibly even change our lives.

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.


PROGRESS CHART

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Stewardship FAQs

QUESTIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED OF THE BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP…

What do people usually give?

The average annual gift is $1631. Of course being an average some members give more and some less. Gifting at or above the average surely makes a large difference as does any increase in giving.

Why can’t I just give in the plate?

In order to plan our annual budget, we need to have a good idea of what our income will be. Just like with our own pay checks and retirement checks, knowing when they are arriving and how much they will be allows us to plan meeting our household expenses. This is true of the church also. Knowing your intent is important

I cannot give much so why fill out the gift card?

We cannot say enough times that every gift counts and every intention to give is needed. A gift intention card allows us to plan rather than guess whether we will be able to meet our budget. It helps us be financially responsible.

I attend the church, but I am not a member so why return the gift card?

The financial responsibility of the church rests on the whole congregation – members and friends of the church alike. If you participate in the life of the church, please participate in its support.

Can I give my gift all in one check?

Yes

What if I find I cannot meet my gift intention?

This is an intention to give not a legal contract. If for any reason you cannot meet the intention, we certainly will understand.

I lost my card so what should I do?

Either call the church office and they will take your gift intention by phone or we will be glad to replace the card.

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.

Invitation to Step Up

Our 2017 Stewardship Campaign is called “Investing in Our Church’s Life-Changing Mission” and, as part of the new campaign, we’re inviting members both old and new to “step up.” Our stewardship fund accounts for more than 4/5ths of our annual budget, supporting the vital ministries that engage and challenge us, lift our spirits and sometimes even change our lives. We welcome – and are grateful for – any and all donations.

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