Giving

“What part of my income belongs to the Lord?”  This is the pivotal phrasing of our financial stewardship program.  Behind this question lies a deep study of the Word of God in both Old and New Testaments.  Every serious steward will be vitally interested in the query, “What does the Bible say about my stewardship?”  As he or she seeks an answer to this question, Christians naturally will concern themselves with Christ as the Living Word to the individual disciple.   They will seek honest answers to such matters as, “Did Jesus believe in the tithe?”  They will also come on the New Testament conviction that Christ is for all the world.

It is from just such a study that FPC has developed our financial stewardship program.  “It makes a vast difference in the nature of the stewardship appeal whether it is one person drawing upon his or her ingenuity and resourcefulness to interest another person in a good cause, or whether it is God himself who lays claim to a person’s whole life, saying, “I am the Lord your God; you shall have no other Gods before me.”  (from Charlie Shedd’s book, How to Develop a Tithing Church).

First Presbyterian Church has been a light in the city for over 178 years.  Generous members sustain the church through their tithes and offerings as expressions of their faith in God and in the mission of the church.  Worship, education, music, art, evangelism, nurturing our youth, mission and pastoral care are made possible with financial gifts to the church.  You can contribute to FPC in several ways:

 

ANNUAL PLEDGE

Consistent with the philosophy that current members support current needs, pledge income provides nearly 80% of the revenue for the annual budget.  FPC invites all members to make regular commitments to the church by pledging each year, allowing the church to plan and manage most effectively.  You are invited to consider taking steps toward the biblical tithe (10% of income).

 

LEGACY GIVING

Many members and friends of FPC extend their financial support in perpetuity to future generations through a Legacy Gift in their wills, trusts, or estate plans, or with other types of life income or outright gifts. All Legacy Gifts are invested in the FPC Endowment, an important source of revenue for the operating and program budgets. Because of Legacy Gifts, FPC’s ability to fulfill its mission is greatly enhanced.

 

SPECIAL OFFERINGS AND ONE-TIME GIFTS

One-time gifts are welcomed from all, including those who choose not to pledge, or those who would like to make a gift beyond their annual pledge. Special offerings are received throughout the year, and are targeted towards ending hunger, responding to disasters, assisting our global partner churches, encouraging peacemaking and social justice, racial and ethnic education, and offering pension help for retired and active church workers and their families. To make a gift, send a check to First Presbyterian Church, 333 W. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46601.

 

MEMORIAL GIFTS

Memorial gifts in memory of a loved one are used primarily to support the both the Fine Arts Program and other programs as indicated by the donor. To make a gift, you may send your contribution to the church at 333 W. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN  46601.

 

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