"The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree..."
Planting seeds in perpetuity for future generations is the essence of stewardship and enlightened giving. Sharing our wealth, both spiritual and material, is a joy we share as disciples of Christ.
A Legacy of Forward Thinking
The Purpose of the Foundation
The foundation was created more than 50 years ago by members who were thinking forward. They wanted to provide a lasting way to support the ministries of the church. We now have the opportunity to continue that legacy.
The purpose of the foundation is to provide ongoing support in the areas of benevolent, charitable, educational, missionary, and overall operations of the church.
Gifts large and small are shepherded by the foundation. Your gifts can include Birthday Gifts, Honorariums/Memorials, or Planned Gifts as a part of your estate plan. Your contribution will be another “mustard seed” and will grow in perpetuity.
The Focus of Foundation Funds
Some Common Questions
Music & Worship - Musical instruments, sound, lighting, stained glass, media ministries, Wiseman worship series, and special worship services
Scholarship & Education - Higher education scholarships, internships, library resources, and other educational programs
Nurture & Care of Families - All-church retreats, wellness ministries, and other nurturing opportunities
Mission - Helping Hand Ministries, FPC Habitat for Humanity projects, Vacations with a Purpose, Loughridge Kid's Camp, pastoral support groups, and other activities that share God's love for the world
Long-term Facility Maintenance & Repair - Operational expenses of the church facilities
What is a Planned Gift?
Any gift given in a lifetime or at death as a part of an estate plan is considered a Planned Gift (seek the advice of an attorney or financial planner). Your Planned Gift will ensure the continuation of God's work at First Church for generations to come.
How Can I Support the Foundation?
Foundation support takes many forms, from direct gifts to bequests from will and trusts. You may make a gift of cash, securities, property, or purchase a charitable annuity.
What is the Simplest Way to Give?
A bequest is easy to arrange. It is not payable until death, so it does not affect your assets or cash flow during your lifetime.
The Foundation Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees manages the Foundation funds. The Trustees' goal is to rely on income from gifts to do God's work. By managing and investing gifts in this way, the gifts continue to give for years to come.