Giving at Community Church of Vero Beach
Our church appreciates your generosity as we seek to continue the work of God in Vero Beach. Please click on the link below which will take you to PayPal and will provide a secure way to support the ministries of this church.
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I'm Shawna Stout, Community Church's Director of Development. Please feel free to contact me at (772) 469-2330 or . I am here to help!
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Text to Give
For the convenience of our members, you can text to give. All you need to do is text an amount to (772)222-3393 and you will be asked to set up an account. From then on, you will be able to text an amount any time you'd like, just by sending the amount to the number!
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“It is possible to give away and become richer! It’s also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Generous people shall be rich. By showering others, they shower themselves.” Proverbs 11:24-25
WHAT IS PLANNED GIVING?
We are all familiar with the money we give to the church through our weekly offering or some other special appeal (i.e. emergency relief appeals). These contributions usually come from our current income and are intended to fund the immediate needs and programs supported
We are less familiar with the many ways that we can support our church and its various ministries with donations from our accumulated assets for “planned giving”. Planned Giving is a ministry that is vital to our congregation, not only because it can help to ensure the future of our church, but because it offers an opportunity to make a final statement about the importance of Christian faith.
Planned Giving encompasses a variety of ways that gifts can be made to the church from accumulated resources. It usually involves financial or estate planning; however, it is not reserved for the wealthy. Planned Giving is a means by which anyone concerned with the meaningful use of his or her personal resources makes a considered choice
WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF PLANNED GIFTS?
There are many ways to give – a few of those are:
- Bequest by Will
- IRA Designation
- Charitable Gift Annuity
- Life Insurance
WHAT IS THE 1924 SOCIETY?
The 1924 Society acknowledges the year of the founding of Community Church and the legacy of those who have gone before us. This society recognizes donors who have made planned gifts to Community Church in their estate plans through a bequest, trust, life insurance, or gift annuity. If you have already established a planned gift for Community Church, please let us know! As a member of this group, you will be invited to special recognition events and to be a part of other exciting opportunities.
HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PLANNED GIVING?
For more information, please contact Shawna Stout, Director of Development, at (772) 469-2330, or click HERE for the brochure.
A Long Standing Tradition and Responsibility
What is a pledge?
Your pledge is a statement of your personal commitment for annual giving to the church. When we give in fulfillment of our pledge, we demonstrate our spiritual discipline that honors our church and its missions.
“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion…your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” 2 Corinthians 9:11
Each of us is blessed in many ways. Our health, happiness and well being are truly gifts from God. As disciples, we have an obligation to show our appreciation by returning this love through our daily lives. Sharing our resources is our Christian privilege. Please consider the importance of Community Church in the lives of you and your family.
- Your pledge solidifies your commitment to God and your church.
- Our pledges preserve the education, worship, pastoral and community programs which depend on this financial support to continue and flourish.
- Pledging makes it easy for you to track your donations, receive quarterly statements for tax purposes and donate in the ways most convenient for you.
“In reply he said to them, “whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise”. Luke 3:11
What is a reasonable amount to pledge?
Everyone’s pledge is personal and confidential. It is a prayerful decision between you and God and it should be done with faithful consideration. While some of us may have the ability to give more than others, what is important is that we make a pledge and honor that commitment. We suggest setting a goal of a percentage of your income that is comfortable and challenging yourself to increase that percentage 1-3% each year. Remember, growing in Christian faithfulness includes growing in generosity.
“For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has – not according to what one doesn’t have.” 2 Corinthians 8:12
What options are available for pledging:
There are several ways to fulfill your pledge, such as:
- Cash or check
- Credit Card
- Stocks (click here for details)
Please contact Shawna Stout (469-2330) for more details about pledging opportunities.
As I reflect on this past year, we have much to be thankful for and celebrate here at Community Church. We have dedicated staff, working long hours to provide ministry to our community of faith, the community in which we live, and the wider global community. We have volunteers serving on numerous boards and committees, in Sunday School and preschool classrooms, as choir members, ushers, greeters, parking attendants, mentors, chaperones on mission trips, decorators at Christmas time, rummage sale sorters, and those that represent us in various mission activities. There are so many of you who serve in other capacities and some, in ways we will never know. We have a congregation that financially supports the ministries and mission activities of our church. We are a blessed people!
We are blessed to have a congregation that understands and appreciates our financial stewardship. Our various committees that have financial responsibilities for the spending of our pledges have been cognizant of their charge and at the same time generous and understanding of their mission. They take very seriously their fiduciary responsibility. We have had a very active year of pledges and bequests. As members leave us they have very generously left a legacy that will surely supplement our church mission for many years to come. The 1924 Society continues to grow and thrive. One milestone in our financial picture is the continued emphasis by the Trustees to eliminate our debt. The church debt from a high several years ago of over $5,000,000, to today being only $107,000, will disappear totally very shortly. Our financial picture keeps getting brighter. The campus improvements have been many this year, including, the improved sanctuary sound system, the improved C2 facilities, improved campus security, the chapel renovations, including the new organ and many others that you might not have even noticed.
Our ministerial and senior staff continues to attract quality people. With the addition of Andrew Galuska, David Johnson and Elizabeth Hipp we are poised for a very exciting year ahead.
I would like to express my gratitude to the entire staff here at Community Church. Every position is an important cog in our wheel and our church leadership appreciates and has your individual wellbeing at heart in every decision. I have seen firsthand your dedication and commitment to our church. On behalf of the congregation, thank you for a job well done!
I would finally like to thank the congregation for giving me the honor and privilege of serving as your Moderator the last 3 years. We are one of the largest United Church of Christ churches and until you see it first-hand you cannot appreciate the immense time and effort that is put into administering your church. Please thank a church employee and warmly welcome Allison Matsik as your new Moderator. This church is a blessing in all of our lives.
Gene Waddell, Moderator