boundless.jpg

“Now to him who by the power of work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than we can ask or imagine.” –Ephesians 3:20

Our generosity means what we GIVE...with our hearts and souls, in our work and with our families and friends. We give our time, energy, and love... and yes, we give our money.

What an amazing transformation we have witnessed at First Presbyterian. There is excitement at the thought of what great plans God has for us. Look where we are now, and imagine where we can go, with your generosity.

Please prayerfully consider your 2019 gifts to your church. Pledge cards will be available in worship this Commitment Sunday, October 21. You can also pledge online here. Thank you.


1.jpg

How far will your generosity take us? The Stewardship Committee asks:

  • Members who did not make a pledge last year to please consider making a pledge this year.

  • Members who made a pledge last year to please consider increasing your annual gift by 10 percent.

  • Pledges of $1,600,000, together with revenues from our endowment and other sources, will enable us to finance our 2019 asking budget of $2,038,742.


2.jpg

2019 Preliminary Asking Budget

In Our Church Family - How do we nurture our hearts, souls, and each other?

$229,450: At the center of our congregation’s life is the weekly gathering for worship. Integral to our worship are our Music Ministry and related Christian Education programs that support, instruct, and encourage us to seek, embrace, and proclaim God’s love. We minister to each other through Presbyterian Women; and our Deacons, who with Congregational Care Ministry teams, reach those Members who are in crisis or physically unable to attend worship. We provide an active and creative Youth Program, and host a Discover First program for potential new Members, so we can continue to grow our church family.

3.jpg

In Our Community - How do we partner with God to do His work in the Richmond community?

$167,350: We support organizations that help meet the compassionate duties of a Christian, to feed the hungry, assist the stranger, clothe the needy, care for the sick, and minister to prisoners. Recipients of our community grants include ACTS- Closing the Door on Homelessness, Boaz & Ruth, CARITAS, ChildSavers, Drive to Work, Elijah House Academy, FeedMore, Health Brigade, Housing Families First, National Alliance on Mental Health – Central Virginia, STEP Richmond, Virginia Supportive Housing. We also support Union Presbyterian Seminary and School of Christian Education, and Westminster Canterbury.

4.jpg

In Our World - How do we reach the parts of God’s Kingdom that we rarely see or touch?

$132,000: We are a part of the Presbyterian Church USA PC(USA) global mission through the Presbytery of the James, Synod of the Mid-Atlantic. We give to four special PC(USA) offerings for our world: Christmas Joy Offering, One Great Hour of Sharing, Peace and Global Witness Offering, and Pentecost Offering. In addition, we support a Feeding Program in Nicaragua and Living Waters of the World.

5.jpg

Our Servant Leaders - How do we support our Ministers and Staff who have dedicated their careers and lives to serving God?

$1,172,082: Including our Preschool, we have 60 full and part-time employees to lead and provide guidance and services at our church. We provide our full-time staff with health insurance, death and disability insurance, and retirement. It is our staff who makes the good work of FPC possible.

6.jpg

A Sacred Special Place - How are we using the blessing that is our building and grounds?

$287,860: Our building and grounds is a place where life’s most important events happen, including weekly worship, fellowship, preschool, baptisms, weddings, funerals, and more. Not only do our facilities provide for our church family, but they are a community hub that provides a home to Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon groups, CARITAS, The Shepherd's Center, and others.


Where can we go in the coming year?

In 2019, we would like to support these strategic initiatives, which support pastoral education, aid victims of natural disasters, and enhance classroom experiences in schools through the following budget enhancements:

$25,000: Leadership Gift to Union Presbyterian Seminary Leadership Institute at Westminster Hall (Richmond)—Continuing education programs for pastors, church educators and other church leaders will be offered in a new state-of-the-art conference facility in a renovated Westminster Hall. The Leadership Institute is critical to the future of the Presbyterian Church in a fast changing social and cultural environment.

$10,000: Classroom Technology for George Mason Elementary School 

(Church Hill, Richmond)—Classroom technology equipment (smart boards and others) are needed to furnish additional classrooms, continuing this year’s initiative into 2019.

$15,000: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance—Last year’s three major hurricanes, along with Florence and Michael in 2018 which affects our neighbors in North Carolina and our own citizens in western Virginia, will benefit directly from a major gift from FPC.

7.jpg

How far will your generosity take us?

The Stewardship Committee asks:

  • members who did not make a pledge last year to please consider making a pledge this year.

  • members who made a pledge last year to please consider increasing your annual gift by 10 percent.

Pledges of $1,600,000, together with revenues from our endowment and other sources, will enable us to finance our 2019 asking budget of $2,038,742.

Read more about stewardship here, and contact us with any questions. Thank you.