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Giving


“There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving.”

—Henry Drummond

There are many opportunities and ways to support the First Congregational Church and FCC’s world transforming ministries.

  • A Gift to the First Congregational Church

    Giving financially to the ministry of The First Congregational Church United Church of Christ is one way we give thanks to God and return a portion of the abundance God has given to us.  Members and friends of the church are offered the opportunity each year to make a financial pledge to support the ministry of FCC. 90% of pledged gifts funds Operational Expenses which provide support for Worship, Children’s Ministry, FCC’s Music Ministry, and care of FCC’s historic building.  10% of pledged gifts is allocated for Outreach & Service.  100% of non-pledged gifts support the ministries of the First Congregational Church.

  • Amanda Osterby Fund

    Amanda Osterby was a beloved young woman in our congregation.  Her courageous battle with cancer inspired our Christian community and upon her passing, this Amanda Osterby Fund was established to support the needs of critically ill children in our church and community.

  • Book of Remembrance

    Financial gifts given to the Book of Remembrance allow a loved one to be remembered at the time of their passing.  Their name is written in the Book of Remembrance, and funds given are used to purchase lasting gifts that support the entire First Congregational Church community.  In the past, Book of Remembrance gifts have purchased a new sound system for the Sanctuary, created handicap accessible bathrooms, and provided the Nursery ministry with fire evacuation cribs.

  • In Honor Of

    • Birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and the anniversaries of a loved ones passing are special moments to remember.  There are four opportunities to honor or remember loved ones.
    • Christmas Flowers: Poinsettias are given during the Advent and Christmas seasons to honor or remember loved ones.  The poinsettias are used to decorate the Sanctuary for worship and are given to our homebound members.  Please contact the church office for more information.
    • Easter Flowers:  Easter lilies and other spring flowers are given for Easter Sunday to honor or remember loved ones.  The flowers are then delivered to homebound members.  Please contact the church office for more information.
    • Flowers for Sunday morning worship:  Throughout the year, flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor or remembrance of loved ones.  Please contact the church office for more information.
    • Tower Lightings:  For $5, you may also choose to “light” the FCC bell tower on a specific date to honor a special occasion.
  • Outreach Ministries

    The Outreach and Service Committee donates to local and global non-profits that transform the world with love.  Designated gifts may be given to any of their current outreach ministries.https://firstchurchbristol.org/outreach/outreach-initiatives/

  • Silver Lake Fund

    The Silver Lake Fund provides the opportunity for youth from FCC to attend summer camp at Silver Lake Conference Center, our United Church of Christ Outdoor Ministry in Sharon, CT.  In this holy place, youth and adults are nurtured in their love of God, love of neighbor, and love of creation.https://www.silverlakect.org/

  • Special Music Fund

    Through gifts to the Special Music Fund, FCC is able to host special concert series, provide special musicians for worship, and purchase and repair FCC’s instruments, which include three pianos, djembe drums, tone chimes, and handbells.

  • Member Emergency Assistance Fund

    The MEA fund provides one time, emergency assistance grants to active members of FCC who have encountered a time of financial difficulty.

  • Gifts to the Wider United Church of Christ

    The First Congregational Church is blessed to belong to the wider United Church of Christ.  Together, united, we are able to minister to more people than alone.  Our many shared ministries include Disaster Relief, Local Church Ministries, Wider Church Ministries, and Justice and Witness Ministries.  There are four annual special offerings that support the ministries of the United Church of Christ.  http://www.ucc.org

  • Samuel Newell Society & The Endowment Fund

    Samuel Newell was the first pastor of The First Congregational Church.  This fund was created to honor and acknowledge all who have contributed or promised to contribute in the future the minimum sum of $1,000 to the Endowment Fund.
    Throughout the generations, generous members and friends of The First Congregational Church UCC have given money for the perpetual support of the ministry and facilities of The First Congregational Church UCC.  Their faithfulness continues to allow us to welcome, nurture, and transform the world with Christ’s love.  Please consider your gift that will bless future generations of God’s people.

  • Capital Improvement Endowment Fund

    For those who wish to provide a financial gift to maintain and renovate the church’s facilities, you are invited to give a gift to the Capital Improvement Endowment Fund.  In the past, this fund has been used to improve handicap accessibility, paint, update fire code measures, and repair roofs.  FCC’s historic buildings are a source of pride for the entire city of Bristol, and their proper maintenance allows Christ’s ministry to flourish in this community and beyond.

 

Time and Talent

In addition to financial giving, God calls us to share our talents and abilities in ways that benefit our church, our community, and our world.  For more information about how you can share your time and talents and get involved, please click here.