Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, 
as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
 
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Your contribution to FPC could result in tax benefits to you.  Here’s how…

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.

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.

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Stewardship Campaign
 
 
November 2019 Article (from November First Press)

 

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,

as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  1 Peter 4:10

 
Changing lives…Making disciples.  The mission we have set for ourselves as members of First Presbyterian Church communicates our deep desire to bring Christ’s good news to the world.  We transform our faith into action through our shared values of Joyful Worship, Gracious Invitation, Prayerful Study, Sacrificial Service and Caring Connections.  These values define our congregation, our vision and our work individually and collectively.
 
Over the past several weeks, we have learned how our giving impacts our shared values.  Just as these values define our life together, they also define how we use our resources.  This year, the Finance Committee has  examined how your gifts of time and treasure are allocated to the values we embrace.  Every dollar you give is used to further our mission of changing lives and making disciples as described in the chart to the right.
 
The stewardship goal for the coming year, $2,207,909, reflects the needs of the various committees tasked with implementing our values. Committee chairs and the Finance Committee have worked diligently to develop a budget supporting the many ministries of our church, while at the same time controlling spending. Our dedicated staff and volunteer leaders are energetically working to keep First Presbyterian vibrant, relevant and safe, all the while gradually modernizing to keep pace with the times.  We plan to continue updating technologies used to ensure the care and safety of our children and families and enhancing our digital ability to connect with one another. This underscores the commitment to our values of Gracious Invitation, Prayerful Study and Caring Connections. As we seek to be faithful to our value of Sacrificial Service, we have increased funding for the outreach portion of our budget. Overall, the 2020 ASKing Budget includes an increase of $59,000 over the 2019 Budget, an increase that is critical to meet growing needs as we answer our call to serve.
 
November 10th will be an historical day in the life of our church.  It is the 62nd anniversary of the founding of First Presbyterian on Hilton Head Island, the day we welcome Dr. Will Robinson as our new pastor and Commitment Sunday.  We are at a rich and storied history of deep commitment to the mission, vision and values of our church. Giving is a fiscal reflection of this commitment.
 
This year’s stewardship theme, God’s Gift…Our Hands, comes from I Peter 4:10.  It reminds us that we are all recipients of God’s incredible love and grace, a Gift we receive free and clear, but undeserved.  We are called to steward this gift by serving others with Our Hands, manifested by our time and treasures.
 
When you fill out your pledge card, you will join the church officers – the Elders and Deacons – who have pledged already.  Like them, you are saying with your pledge, “I am all-in” to support our new pastor, our exciting future and our missional values.
 
Transform your faith into action today!
 
              Jane Upshaw                                                        Amy Cross
              Stewardship Committee Chair                            Finance Committee Chair
 
 
 
October 2019 Article (from October First Press)
 
Growing up, we were often told to those whom much is given, much is expected.  We have been blessed to live in a country that provides many opportunities for success.  In comparison to the world, we have more than plenty to live our lives in relative comfort and ease.  Ours is a life of abundance.  Since Easter, members of the Stewardship Committee have thought about the stewardship of time and talents.  We have heard the stories of those among us who freely share their God-given abilities in service to the Lord.  As fall approaches, we now turn our focus to the stewardship of treasures.
 
The stewardship theme this year is God’s Gift…Our Hands.  Stewardship is our grateful response to God’s Gift.  What should our response look like?  We have an endless number of scripture passages to instruct us.  All of them make God’s expectation abundantly clear.  We are to give back in proportion to how we have been blessed.
In the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), Jesus teaches us to take God’s Gift and put it back into the world, causing it to multiply.  Then, this wonderful parable teaches us to return the gift in the same measure as it was earned, in anticipation of hearing, “Well done thou good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will give you dominion over much.”
 
As we continue our stewardship journey now to focus on the stewardship of treasures, we invite you to hear God’s call to give back in proportion to your blessings.  First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island needs your support to continue reaching out into our community and beyond.  How will you be a faithful steward of God’s GiftHow can we use Our Hands to gratefully respond to the abundance of blessings we have received?  Surely, when we invest in the work of the Lord, the reward is priceless.  Join us on the journey.
 
Jane Upshaw
Stewardship Committee Chair
 
OUTREACH MINISTRY

Local Ministries

Antioch Education Center

BackPack Buddies

Books n’ a Buck

Born to Read

Brain Gain

Bronson Elementary School

Deep Well

First Presbyterian Day School

GED

Habitat for Humanity

Memory Matters

Neighborhood Outreach Connection

People in Need

Pockets Full of Sunshine

Local Food Pantries

School Uniform Drive

School Mentoring

Seahawk Support Group

Thornwell Home for Children

Volunteers in Medicine

Women’s United

 

Global Ministries 

Caribbean
Congo
Haiti Kenya
Nicaragua
Operation Christmas Child
Mission Worker – Dr. Stephanie Black
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
 

Denominational Ministries

Charleston Atlantic Presbytery

Joy Gift

One Great Hour of Sharing

Presbyterian Communities

 

DEACON’S MINISTRIES

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