Your financial support helps bring First-Plymouth’s mission to life. First-Plymouth is focused on the mission to increase (as in, ‘MORE’) the LOVE of God and neighbor. This fall, we celebrate the mission as we grow our resources to love more--do more—for more in our congregation and community.
Our voice as a church is a strong message to the world about the importance of a faith community that is caring, spiritual, inclusive and diverse. In the coming year, we can make our ‘voice’ even louder.
We have momentum, thanks to your past gifts of time, talent and treasure.
We are asking you to make a pledge, (A "pledge" is an estimate of what you plan to give over the total year), this fall in support of the 2018 budget, and we are asking you to consider increasing your pledge for the coming year.
“Wouldn’t it be great if we all learned to love so much that everyone who passed through our doors felt held in the arms of God’s love? Mission accomplished.“
First-Plymouth accomplishes a lot every day, day in, day out, all year long, and your financial support is very important.
Follow the progress in our 2018 Pledge Drive.
New to Pledging?
If you've never made a financial pledge before to First-Plymouth, but are thinking about it, now's the time. As a part of our annual pledge campaign, LOVE MORE, we've set a goal of 100 first-time pledges—no matter how big or small. The amount isn't the question. The question is, can First-Plymouth achieve 100 new first-time pledges?
Any first-time pledge received on or before Nov. 19 will leverage matching funds that will also go to support the annual budget. In other words, for every dollar you pledge, two will go to First-Plymouth.
If you are new to pledging or want to learn more about being a steward and caretaker of all of Gods’ gifts visit our Thoughts on Giving section.
Easy Ways to Love More at First-Plymouth
Use auto pay (e-check) to deduct from your bank account, or online Bill Pay.
Mail Your Gift
Mail a check to the Church office:
Attn: Kristin Buntemeyer,
2000 D St, Lincoln NE 68502
Gift Online with PayPal
Make an offering during a worship service, event, or give in the office.
Text Your Gift
Text “First Plymouth + Giving Amount" to 73256.
Other Ways To Gift to First-Plymouth
Contact the Church office to discuss stock transfers, endowments and estate planning.
Have A Question?
If you have any questions about your pledge or need any assistance, please contact Kristin in the main office. Kristin@firstplymouth.org or 402-476-7565 ext.207.
Some Thoughts on Giving
Stewardship is a lifestyle of accountability and responsibility. Stewards see themselves as the caretakers of all Gods' gifts. It is a way of thanking God for our blessings by returning to God a portion of the many gifts that we have been given. Stewardship is the commitment of one’s self and possessions to God’s service.
Demonstrating your stewardship at First-Plymouth
God has given us gifts of time, talents, and treasures, which are a means to grow our faith through service and sharing in the joyful and loving community of First-Plymouth. More specifically, stewardship is giving of your time and talents by participating in one of the many ministries of First-Plymouth and contributing financially to First-Plymouth.
Starting your stewardship journey
There are many ways to support First-Plymouth's mission of increasing the love of God and neighbor.
Identify an activity at First-Plymouth that interests you, determine how you can contribute your time and talents, and get involved. The many ministries of First-Plymouth are available on the church’s website (www.firstplymouth.org), in the monthly “Herald” newsletter, and the “Weekly Word” included as part of the worship service bulletin.
You can also make a financial pledge to First-Plymouth, which is a commitment to give a specific dollar amount of your financial resources to the operating budget of First-Plymouth over the course of a calendar year. Your pledge is your indication to the church of your financial stewardship.
Why make a pledge
Your pledge of financial support for the coming year is an important spiritual exercise, which allows you to reflect on the gifts God has given you and express your thanks for those gifts by giving back to First-Plymouth. It also models the importance of your spiritual life and your commitment to a growing relationship with God and First-Plymouth, a true expression of your faith.
Consider the variety of financial commitments you have in your life – mortgage payment or rent, utilities, insurance, savings, etc. Your pledge to First-Plymouth will help you to be systematic in your giving and not just be a part of what is left over after all other commitments are met.
Your pledge is important
Each year First-Plymouth creates an operating budget based on the total amount of income expected to be received from all pledges. The budget is the foundation for the next year’s planning and to continue to expand First-Plymouth’s ministries as a growing and vibrant church.
Making a pledge to First-Plymouth
Anyone who loves God and First-Plymouth – members and non-members – are asked to make a pledge to the extent they are able. Parents are encouraged to involve their children in making a pledge and teach them to be faithful givers.
How to make my pledge
You may make your pledge from the “Give Back” option or contact the church’s Financial Administrator (402-476-7565 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to have a pledge card mailed to you. Return your completed pledge card to First-Plymouth at 2000 D Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68502.
How much to pledge
Your financial pledge to First-Plymouth should be made out of love for God and First-Plymouth; it should come from your heart. Prayerfully consider and explore what you feel God is calling you to commit to First-Plymouth.
A starting point to determine your pledge is to understand your financial resources and personal budget, which includes regular giving to First-Plymouth. Consider a percentage of your income to determine your pledge amount using the annual, monthly, or weekly giving options.
If you are pledging for the first time, consider 3 to 5% of your income. If you have pledged in the past, reflect on your current level of giving and consider increasing your pledge by 1% of your income, e.g. if you give 5% of your income today, take a step of faith and pledge 6% of your income.
Your pledge is confidential
Only First-Plymouth’s Financial Administrator will know your specific pledge.
Changing your pledge
There are life circumstances that may result in an adjustment to your pledge, upward as well as down. Contact First-Plymouth’s Financial Administrator (402-476-7565 or email@example.com) to adjust your pledge.
An update of your pledged giving will be sent to you three times a year.
Every pledge is important and is an expression of your relationship to God and First-Plymouth, regardless of individual capacity to give. And each pledge is gratefully received. Through faithful financial stewardship, you will truly receive much more than you give and grow closer to God.
Helpful Information in Considering How Much to Pledge