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At First Presbyterian Church (FPC) Richmond, our mission is to inspire people to faith in Jesus Christ, nurture disciples of Christ, and serve the world God loves to the glory of God. For over two hundred years, in six different locations, FPC has been a vibrant Christian community living into our vision to follow Jesus Christ, respect one another, and be welcoming to all. We are strengthened and inspired through worship, study, prayer, and service. In so doing, we seek to improve the lives of future generations by supporting families through the milestones of birth, baptism, confirmation, marriage, retirement, and death, and by seeking to improve the lives of our neighbors in Richmond and beyond through meaningful engagement with our brothers and sisters in need. During the past two centuries, FPC has deepened its impact on individuals and the community, seeking to offer the unique grace, love, and fellowship of God we have learned in the story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We are committed to continuing this sacred work well into the future and to making sure this church is here for future generations of Christ’s disciples in the same way it has been here to comfort, challenge, convict, and inspire so many generations past. Join us in ensuring that the legacy of this congregation continues well into God’s future by becoming a contributor to The First Fund.

 
 
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FROM THE PASTOR

Spend some time at First Presbyterian Church and you will soon discover a community deeply rooted in the stories and promises of the gospel and individuals committed to living out their faith in service to one another and to the world…

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Gaylon Layfield introduces The First Fund on June 9, 2019

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THE FIRST FUND—WHAT AND WHY?

The First Fund has been established by the Session as an unrestricted sub-fund of the FPC Endowment Fund. All planned giving commitments will be solicited on behalf of the The First Fund…

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WHAT IS PLANNED GIVING?

Planned giving is a form of stewardship that allows us to create and leave behind a legacy to sustain and strengthen the ministries of First Presbyterian in perpetuity. Planned giving provides a means for each of us to continue our support for the things that are most important to us and do so for generations to come.

 

 

What are popular forms of planned gifts?

BEQUEST: Provides for loved ones, the church and others through a provision inyour will. It can be a specific asset, a dollar amount, or a percentage of your estate.

ENDOWING AN ANNUAL PLEDGE: Allows you to endow your annual pledge to First Presbyterian so that your pledge continues to support vital ministries for generations.

LIFE INSURANCE: Allows you to make a larger gift with the smaller cost of aninsurance policy.

INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT ACCOUNT (IRA): Offers potential tax savings by designating the church as beneficiary.

REVOCABLE LIVING TRUST: Allows you to control the distribution of your assets, including those to the church, without probate.

CHARITABLE REMAINDER TRUST: Allows you as the donor to receive income forlife while making a major gift to the church.

CHARITABLE LEAD TRUST: Allows you to provide income to the church for a period of time, but later have the principal of the trust returned to your heirs.

May I memorialize a loved one?

Of course! Contributors to The First Fund may designate any of the planned giving vehicles in memory of someone else.

May I designate a Planned Gift for a purpose?

Yes, although we encourage you to make planned gifts to The First Fund without restrictions or designations, so that succeeding generations canmake prudent decisions for effective ministry in the future. The corpus of the endowment is protected in perpetuity: the income from the corpus can be used as each generation assesses the church’s most timely and urgent needs.

REWARDS OF CONTRIBUTING TO THE FIRST FUND

When you contribute to The First Fund, you assure future generations will have the opportunity to receive the same spiritual gifts that First Presbyterian Church has nurtured in you.

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THE FUTURE OF FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

The church has grown steadily since its founding by a small group ofpeople dedicated to their faith and to sharing it with the people of Richmond, Virginia. As times have changed, we remain a vibrant, growing community of faith, intent on caring for those both inside and outside of our walls. Planned gifts help strengthen our future, assuring donors that their gifts will bear fruit for generations.

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QUESTIONS?

Contact one of the Planned Giving Committee members listed below:

First Presbyterian Church Planned Giving Committee:

DAVID GRAY
804-721-7101

CLAIBORNE (JAY) JOHNSTON
804-285-2380

GAYLON LAYFIELD
804-402-5832

JIMMY ROSE
804-357-9045

MISSY RYAN
804-338-6836

Let all we do and say give breath
to what our forebears knew:

The living Christ who conquered death
is making all things new!

Through worship, Lord, and sacrament,
our founders grew in grace.

They searched your word for your intent
and found there Christ’s embrace.

Their children’s children year by year
passed on what they were taught.

The faith in you that they held dear now
shapes our life and thought.

We ask your help to speak and act
as they did in their day,

So how we live may then attract
disciples to your way.
— "Let All We Do," stanzas 1 and 2. Commissioned for the 200th anniversary of FPC in 2012. By Thomas Troeger, ©2011, Oxford University Press
 
Christian symbols of faith and practice are an integral part of Scottish Reformed worship. The carvings shown here appear on our Church’s lectern, the chancel rail, and the pulpit, and represent the Apostles and Christ. For more information, visit    fpcrichmond.org/history   .

Christian symbols of faith and practice are an integral part of Scottish Reformed worship. The carvings shown here appear on our Church’s lectern, the chancel rail, and the pulpit, and represent the Apostles and Christ. For more information, visit fpcrichmond.org/history.

ABOUT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ENDOWMENT

The First Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund was organized as a separate corporation in 1969, and had grown to $2.9 million by December 31, 2018. The stated purpose of the Endowment Fund is “to establish and hold in perpetuity a fund, the income and principal of which may be used from time to time as the Board of Directors of the Endowment Fund may determine, either wholly or partially, for the increase of the Fund, for the uses and purposes of First Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Virginia, or for such other purposes as may be appropriate and permitted.”

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