Giving at FPC
Like life, giving keeps on changing
By Rev. Myles Fish, director of stewardship and discipleship
If Paul were writing a letter to North Elm Street today, 2 Greensborans 9:7 might read like this:
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a virtual giver.
Like everything else in faith and life, giving to the church has evolved.
There was a time when some churches raised money by renting pews to families. The offering plate was introduced, followed by numbered tithes and offering envelopes.
Now we are going through another transition. While we will always welcome cash and checks, electronic giving is growing rapidly.
At FPC you can set up an automatic gift from your checking account or credit card. (Our Finance Ministry appreciates this one, because it saves time and cost.)
If you don’t carry cash or checks, you can give during Sunday’s offering with a text from your cell phone.
If you shop on Amazon, a small percentage of your purchases can be directed to the church through the Amazon Smile program.
For several years, our annual campaign has offered a pledge form on our web site. This year the Stewardship Committee will focus on getting more of us to pledge online. We will still send you a paper pledge card, but if you pledge online your commitment will automatically be posted to your account. You have the option of printing a copy of your pledge to be placed in the basket on Commitment Sunday.
All of these techniques are for your convenience, but let’s remember that it is not how we give that matters. God cares most about WHY we give, from Corinth hundreds of years ago to Greensboro today.
Make a gift to our general fund, to our hunger ministries, or toward your annual pledge from your phone.
1. Create a text message and address it to 74483.
In your message, type the code from choices below, then a space, then the amount you wish to give, without the dollar sign. The message must use this format.
- fpcgive 50 means you are giving $50 to the general fund
- fpchunger 75 means you are giving $75 to our hunger ministries
- fpcpledge 100 means you are giving $100 toward your annual pledge.
The amount, of course, is up to you.
2. You will receive a text back. The first time you give via text, you will receive a link to setup your login and card information. In future the system will recognize you automatically, and send a confirmation text asking you to respond with a Y (meaning yes). You will receive a receipt via email, and your church giving statement will include these gifts.
The 1824 Fund (named after the year we were founded) is for people who find it easier to set up regular contributions via checking, PayPal, credit card or other accounts via computer, tablet, phone, etc. Set up your giving here. Here are some instructions (pdf) if you need help setting up your account.
Transfer a stock gift
The church has changed accounts for stocks transfers. If you make gifts to the church via transfer, please contact Brenda Allen, 336-478-4752 or ballen(at)fpcgreensboro.org, or Myles Fish, 336-478-4735 or mfish(at)fpcgreensboro.org, for new account information.
Paisley Heritage Fellowship
Join Paisley Heritage Fellowship to make the church’s ministry part of your estate’s legacy. Through Paisley Heritage Fellowship, church members can plan estate gifts that will continue their legacies for future generations. Read about some of our "future givers." Email Myles Fish, mfish(at)fpcgreensboro.org, to learn more.
You already have an estate plan
That's right: The only question is whether it's a plan that reflects your values or someone else's. Learn more.
Now FPC can benefit from your Amazon purchases. Go to smile.amazon.com, and log in to your Amazon account. Click to select your charity. Type "First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro" in the box, and select our church. Each time you shop, 0.5 percent of eligible purchase amounts will go to FPC. Please note that this program is not tax-deductible, and you must start at smile.amazon.com.
Charitable tax provision
People who are 70½ years of age and older can donate up to $100,000 to FPC (or another charity) directly from their Individual Retirement Accounts. These distributions will not be treated as taxable income. Depending on your circumstances, this could be an excellent way to fulfill campaign pledges, annual pledges, or to make a special year end gift to the ministries of First Presbyterian Church. Please consult with your tax advisor before making a final decision, but we wanted you to know that this provision is now permanent.