It is so important to remember that doing what might appear to be a “small thing” to help someone can make a significant difference for them. Whether you are donating your time, your talent or your treasures your help is needed.
A Bridge to Our Future
This pledge season marks an important transition in our church and a time of great personal reflection for all of us. We hope that over the past several weeks, many of you have heard your fellow members share meaningful insights about their faith journey. We invite you to reflect on your faith journey, too; here are some helpful questions:
· How has God impacted your life?
· How has the Holy Spirit guided you and your loved ones?
· How has our church, The United Church of Christ, Southbury provided you with comfort, support and clarity in time of crisis or need?
· How has your faith inspired and equipped you to give back and make a positive difference in your church and local community?
As you reflect and pray, trust that God’s Spirit is guiding you. And trust God’s word to us in Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you, declared the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Pledge Your Time, Talent and Treasures
Every person's pledge of their time, talent and treasures is an individual decision. Every pledge is important, and everyone’s participation is needed. We promise to honor your gifts with faithful stewardship, ethical business practices, and full accountability. This is the commitment we make to you. Pledge now and take the first step on this exciting journey.
Fulfilling Your Financial Pledge
The most effective and convenient way to give is by regular standing order. Decide how much you want to give, set up automatic withdrawals from your checking account using your bank's online bill pay system, and let your giving take care of itself each month.
Questions about setting up a standing order?
Email the Stewardship Chairperson
At Sunday Worship
You can continue to give in person while attending any worship service. Just place your check or cash in the offering during any Sunday service. For your convenience, offering envelopes are available from our financial secretary for tithing. You can place cash or checks (payable to The United Church of Christ, Southbury) in one of these envelopes and put it in the offering during any Sunday service, or mail it to The United Church of Christ, Southbury and we will apply your gift.
Request Offering Envelopes
If you would prefer to send your contribution by mail, you may do so by making your check out to "The United Church of Christ, Southbury" and mailing it to:
The United Church of Christ, Southbury
283 Main Street North
Southbury, CT 06488
Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD)
If you have a required minimum distribution from an inherited IRA OR you or your spouse are over age 70½ and have a retirement plan that requires a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), you may be eligible to make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to UCC, Southbury and potentially receive federal and state tax benefits even if you do not itemize your taxes! Using a QCD can reduce income on your federal or state tax return. (It can also potentially reduce the taxable portion of your Social Security.)
Gifts of appreciated stock, mutual funds, land, etc.
Gifting certain assets can be done to benefit UCC, Southbury while avoiding income and tax liabilities to you.
Stock Donation Form
Legacy and Estate Planning Strategies
Does your family need 100% of your assets when die? Would you like to donate some of your assets to your UCC, Southbury Church family to help continue God’s work? Ideas could include naming UCC, Southbury as a partial beneficiary on your retirement account, annuity or life insurance plan. There are many opportunities to continue supporting UCC, Southbury, please call us to discuss your thoughts, so we can develop a strategy to help you fulfill your charitable goals.
Any questions about giving at the United Church of Christ, Southbury?
Email the Stewardship Chairperson
Please note: The United Church of Christ, Southbury or the Board of Stewardship cannot provide specific tax or legal advice, so please speak with competent financial, tax and legal professionals.