Giving at FPC
Jesus Math: Giving = Joy2
By Rev. Myles Fish, director of stewardship and discipleship
Our Annual Campaign theme this year has been the Joy of Giving. I like that thought because it accurately describes the giving experience of the early believers in Acts 4 where they shared everything together.
But if I were to title the theme again I might choose Double Joy, or Joy Times Two, or the Joy Squared. I say that because for me, the joy of giving has two distinct components.
My joyful giving begins with the realization that everything I have is a gift from the Lord. Because I have been blessed with material possessions I have something to give. I have something to share and I can participate in the process of advancing God’s purposes.
That privilege, which is rooted in gratitude, gives me a deep, satisfying joy.
My second joy is produced when I see what my giving helps to provide. Maybe I exaggerate a little here, but I actually believe my giving at FPC helps to provide:
- Biblical, thought-provoking sermons
- Glorious music
- Christian values being taught to our children and youth
- Missional outreaches that are in fact the hands and feet of Christ to our community
- And a loving community of faith for all of us as we share the journey of discipleship.
Investing in ministries like this gives me a contentment that can only be described as joy.
All of this combined explains why I choose to pledge to the annual campaign. Giving is important to me, in part, because I am grateful for what I have received and I want to be a supporting participant in all the ministries that make up our community of faith.
If you can relate to anything I have described, I hope you will use our annual campaign and the Thanksgiving & Christmas seasons to re-evaluate your pledge to our 2019 ministries. Our church is strong, our programs are vibrant, and this next phase in the life of FPC is going to be dynamic.
I encourage you, and your family, to make a thoughtful and generous pledge – not because you have to, but because you too want to experience the Double Joy of faithful stewardship.
Use this form if you'd like to dedicate a new Glory to God hymnal in honor or in memory of someone this Advent.
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.
The Joy of Giving
Commitment Sunday is Nov. 11. Please support our 2019 ministries with a pledge to the annual campaign. Pledge cards are being mailed soon. Pledge toward our 2019 ministries here.
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.