“The Stewardship Committee focuses on three primary objectives: The Annual Giving Campaign, the management of the church solicitation calendar for congregational appeals and the church endowment ministry.”

Committee Purpose To develop, educate and nurture all aspects of Christian stewardship within the FPC family.

 

2019 Stewardship Campaign Articles and Information
 
October 2018 Article:

II Corinthians 1-7 When this year’s Stewardship theme was selected, none of us realized what a fortuitous decision we were making. We selected it because the scripture spoke to us, and we liked the images that the words of the theme evoke. Our church, in some ways, is like the church that Paul was writing about in his letter to the Corinthians. When we chose this theme I don’t think we realized how perfectly it describes the life and work of First Presbyterian Church over the last decade, as well as encouraging us to think about the opportunities that this moment in time bring to each of us as members of the Body of Christ.  We do have inarguably the best church campus on Hilton Head Island. We have a robust and wide-ranging outreach, both locally and globally. We have a deeply committed congregation filled with members who have valuable experience and discretionary resources. We have top-notch pastors and staff, all of whom use their talents daily for the good of our church. We have the best music program with the most dedicated choirs and the most melodious organ. We celebrated last year the 60th Anniversary of our church…… sixty years of doing good work in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Yes, like the church at Corinth, we have reasons for more than joy, Abundant Joy. Also, like the church at Corinth, we are at a milestone intersection. We have embarked on the WAY forward to prepare FPCHHI in the best possible way for the future. And we are working with Ministry Architects to redesign the way we do ministry for children, youth and families.  Our senior pastor is retiring next year. So, we have opportunities that abound in this time of transition. Generosity…. not just giving, but generosity as God defines it, will be critical to a successful stewardship campaign this year. In II Corinthians 1-7, Paul points to the Thessalonians who gave because God’s blessing of Grace gave them a heart that wanted to give regardless of their ability. Too often we give because we feel obligated; we know we should. Yet God wants us to give because our heart responds to His Grace, and to give generously. During this year’s stewardship campaign, we encourage you to reflect on the ways FPC has been and continues to be a blessing in our community. We hope it gives you Abundant Joy! We pray that you join us in looking forward to the wonderful challenges that lie ahead….opportunities to participate in His work locally and around the world. We encourage you to reflect on God’s bountiful and wonderful Grace, to you personally and to First Presbyterian HHI, and we encourage you to give with Overflowing Generosity. For it is through our giving that we truly respond to God’s Grace…… with Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity.

September 2018 Article:

“God loves a cheerful giver.” This is one of the first Bible verses we are taught in Sunday School as young children. Usually, learning this verse is accompanied by a church-shaped collection box that is used for the children to collect change for their portion of the giving experience. We felt joy even as youngsters in giving to God to support and grow the work of His church. God’s gift to the world of His only Son is the greatest act of generosity. So when we are generous, it links us to God like nothing else. Generosity is good for the giver and good for the receiver. It opens our hearts and connects us to something bigger than ourselves. Yes, God wants us to be generous because He knows the joy it will give us in our daily lives. September marks the beginning of First Presbyterian Church’s 2019 Stewardship Campaign. The theme this year is Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity. The scripture basis for this theme is 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 in which Paul tells the story of the churches in Macedonia giving out of their poverty rather than their wealth. Paul makes the point that when we give out of gratitude rather than responsibility, we experience joy.

 
 

IRA Charitable Rollover is Permanent

INDIVIDUALS AGED 70 1/2 OR OLDER ARE ELIGIBLE TO TRANSFER UP TO $100,000 TAX-FREE DIRECTLY FROM AN IRA TO FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.

As we approach the Christmas season, the Stewardship Committee would like to make you aware of this option as you consider your gifts to First Presbyterian Church. If you are 70 ½ or older, you can make a pledge or donation to First Presbyterian Church for up to $100,000 per year directly from you IRA without incurring any adverse federal income tax consequences.  The distribution counts for the purpose of the Required Minimum Distribution from IRAs, but is not included in calculating the individual taxpayer’s limitation on charitable deductions in the year the donation was made.

Please consult your financial adviser regarding IRS regulations on deductibility.