We are all “stewards” of our church, meaning that the church is God’s, and we are to be faithful caretakers of the facility, the community and its mission. We become faithful stewards of the church by attending and participating; sharing our talents and energy; and offering financial support.
Each year, we are all asked to make a thoughtful, prayerful and intentional commitment to financially support the mission and ministry of our church. By pledging ahead of time to the amount that you plan to give for the coming year, you enable the church to set a budget for the year and plan for how best to live out our mission.
Generosity—the giving of ourselves to others—is a key Christian spiritual discipline that reflects God’s generosity of love shown through Jesus. Also, placing the church in your household budgeting process for the coming year (along with other charitable giving) ensures that your life of faith is a priority in your life.
No. Our church needs the support of all its community, whether “official” members or not. All who participate in the life of the church are welcomed and encouraged to pledge.
Your participation is most welcome, and all who participate in and are served by the church are grateful for your gift! Any amount pledged is appreciated. Our stewardship campaign materials will provide some information about how to approach and decide the amount of your pledge.
Absolutely. It often comes as a surprise when people learn that First Congregational Church in Winchester relies almost entirely on the annual pledging that members of our faith community provide.
Yes. We encourage you to give however you can, but know that the pledges we receive in the fall for the year to come are very helpful for our future planning.
There’s lots more information about this pledge drive heading your way! The Financial Resources Commission is busy preparing materials that will give you the mechanics of how to pledge, a “narrative budget” explaining how our Church’s dollars are spent, and more detail on when, why and how to pledge. Also our ministers Rev. Will and Rev. Judy as well as our Stewardship Chair Tom Roche would be happy to have a personal conversation with you.
Please watch for a mailing coming soon in October. Our campaign kick-off is Stewardship Sunday, October 23, and pledges should be received by Pledge Sunday, November 13.