“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.

The Stewardship Committee extends a grateful THANK YOU to all of you who have made your pledge for 2019. This year’s Stewardship Campaign is especially important because of the work of the Pastor Nominating Committee.  If you have not pledged, please join those who have as we work to step into the best possible future for the work of our Lord and Savior through First Presbyterian Church.  

At this time of year when we celebrate God’s greatest gift to the world, it is fitting that we respond with Abundant Joy and Overflowing Generosity to God’s Grace.



Your contribution to FPC could result in tax benefits to you.  Here’s how…

IRA Charitable Rollover is Permanent


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 your 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.

2019 Stewardship Campaign Articles and Information
November 2018 Article:
We have been so blessed this year, and we praise God for every single blessing. Our Stewardship Campaign is a reminder that we worship a God of abundant love and grace who calls us to live with abundant joy and overflowing generosity. When we, as FPC members, make our pledge for the coming year our giving becomes a collective response to God’s grace.
On Sunday, November 11, we will celebrate Commitment Sunday. We are asking every member to step up and support the mission and ministries of First Presbyterian Church through our operating budget. The 2019 asking budget is approximately $75,000 greater than last year.
With monetary gifts, we are able to support First Presbyterian’s mission and facility,  plus over 31 local, global and denominational ministries through the Outreach Ministry and 12 Board of Deacon ministries. See list below.
Your overflowing generosity supports the work of our clergy and staff. Whether teaching a deeper appreciation of a bible passage or walking beside you in a challenging time, the work of our clergy nurtures and strengthens our faith. New directors of ministry with children and youth are bringing renewed energy and creativity to the development of a life-long faith for our children and youth. Our music ministry shines beyond the gifts of Sunday morning with programs enriching our whole community. The support staff ensures we are welcomed, know the weekly church-event schedule and maintain our beautiful facility.
The Personnel Committee has worked to ensure that clergy and staff are fairly compensated.  Full-time staff receive benefits, including medical coverage for themselves and their families. In 2019, personnel costs will increase by $57,808 due to rising healthcare costs and a proposed modest salary increase. Employees continue to contribute toward the cost of healthcare and will pay more in 2019.
First Presbyterian Church truly is the community’s church. Next year’s budget includes a general reserve to reflect the true costs of caring for our facility. The balance of the budget is for ministry areas within our walls, including family ministry, adult discipleship and implementing the first stages of the Way forward strategic plan.
This is a moment for us together, as well as individually, to consider the many ways God has blessed us. Please give prayerful consideration for what you can pledge in support of our 2019 campaign – Abundant Joy, Overwhelming Generosity.
Jane Upshaw                                            Paul Walter
Stewardship Committee Chair               Finance Committee Chair


Local Ministries

Antioch Education Center

BackPack Buddies

Bluffton Self Help

Books ’n a Buck

Born to Read

Brain Gain

Bronson Elementary School

Deep Well
Feed My Sheep

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

First Presbyterian Day School
GED Program
Habitat for Humanity
Impact Mentoring

Memory Matters

Neighborhood Outreach Connection

People in Need

Pockets Full of Sunshine

Local Food Pantries

School Uniform Drive

Thornwell Home

Young Life

Global Ministries 





Operation Christmas Child

Mission worker – Dr. Stephanie Black

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Volunteers in Medicine

Denominational Ministries

Charleston Atlantic Presbytery

Joy Gift

One Great Hour of Sharing

Presbyterian Communities


Community Baking Ministry

Family Pastoral Care

Family Promise

Health/Education Ministry

Kairos Prison Ministry

Lay Visitation Ministry

Love Luncheon

Meals from the Heart

Memorial Receptions

Neighborhood Care Groups

Prayer Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry


*Worship, Christian Education, Youth Ministry, Deacon Ministry, Membership & Evangelism, Kitchen & Food, Officer’ Retreat, Planning & Research and Spiritual Fellowship

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.