What is Stewardship?
Click to view the Stewardship 2014 letter to friends (PDF)
Click to view the Stewardship 2014 Giving Guide (PDF)
How Is My Money Used?
Click to view the 2014 Budget Summary (PDF)
For more details, click to view the Narrative Budget: Doing God’s Work
Read more…Giving to Hancock UCC
“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Matthew 6:21
Our church community and its good work are sustained by our gifts of time, talent and money –tangible expressions of our faith and love for God, our fellow human beings, and this Creation we share.
The term “stewardship” is often used in churches as a euphemism for fundraising. Stewardship is certainly about fundraising, but it is much more than that. Stewardship has been defined as:
1. What I do, with all that I have, after I say, “I believe.”
2. Using the gifts God has given us to do the work God is calling us to do.
At Hancock we try to be good stewards of God’s gifts in many ways, by using our time, our money, and our talents to further God’s work on earth: by worshiping and learning, caring for each other, helping those less fortunate, and caring for the health of the planet.
One part of that is the financial stewardship of the church. The funds to support Hancock –everything we do, from worship and church school to our service and justice ministries – come from us, Hancock’s members and friends. Unlike churches in other denominations, which may receive support from a central office or institution, Hancock is part of the congregational tradition and carries both the authority and responsibility for its building and finances. Fully eighty-five percent of our budget comes from gifts made each year by Hancock’s members and friends.
What is Faith Promise?
Each year in the fall, we ask members and friends to consider a pledge in support of Hancock for the coming year. We call it Faith Promise because it’s a promise between an individual and God; no one will hold you to it, and what you pledge is known only to the staff and lay leaders responsible for our finances. Our pledge drive is important for two reasons: Practically speaking, we do this so that we can plan next year’s budget responsibly, knowing the resources we’ll have to apply to the ministries we hope to fund. More importantly, it’s a commitment we make together, as a congregation, for this institution we love and share. Though everyone is invited to take part in the tradition of Faith Promise Sunday each year in November, pledges are welcome at any time.
Other Giving at Hancock
Members and friends give financially in many other ways as well. We hold special collections during the year and fundraisers for specific needs. Our work is also sustained by the bequests of departed members and friends, which can be applied to current needs or used to fund an endowment.
We have recently completed a capital campaign to make our church home reflect our calling to be accessible and welcoming to all. We have received sufficient pledges to fund the installation of an elevator, add accessible bathrooms, and make other needed improvements. There are other pressing needs, and if you would like to participate, please speak with one of our staff or lay leaders.
We Welcome Your Financial Support
Click the link Giving to Hancock to learn how you can support our church ministries.