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Giving at First Presbyterian Church

At the First Presbyterian Church of Albany, we believe that giving is not just a financial transaction but an act of worship and a year-round spiritual practice. We welcome pledges of time, talent, and treasure from members or friends at any point during the church year. Your contributions support our mission to envision and work toward eradicating systemic poverty, eliminating structural racism, and sharing the experience of the good news of God’s love, peace, and joy.

Time and Talent Giving

We encourage involvement in a wide range of activities, including:

  • Advocating for living wages
  • Tutoring inner-city school children
  • Volunteering at the FOCUS Churches’ food pantry
  • Participating in the choir
  • Carpooling with other members
  • Providing hospitality after services
  • Teaching Sunday School

Stewardship Expectations

Active stewardship of your blessings is one of the five expectations of membership at First Pres. We encourage all members to participate in the annual stewardship campaign and various ministries. Your particular gifts are a matter between you and God, and we urge you to prayerfully consider your contributions.

Financial Support

Over 50% of our funding comes from individual financial commitments made by members each year. These contributions cover staff salaries, denominational mission giving, and our diverse programs.

How to Give

  1. Pledge: The most significant way to give is by pledging a specific amount for the year. Pledges are made on Consecration Sunday each fall.
  2. Legacy Giving: Consider making a legacy gift to support our congregation’s life, ministry, and mission for generations to come.
  3. Direct Contribution: You can donate at any time using cash, check, debit/credit card, or stock transfer.
  4. Endowment: Support our congregation’s sustainability by contributing to First Presbyterian’s Endowment Fund or including us in your estate planning.

Payment Methods

  • Online: Conveniently make payments online.
  • By Check: Mail or place a check in the collection plate on Sundays.
  • By Cash: Enclose cash in an envelope with your name on it and place it in the collection plate.
  • Transfer of Stock: Transfer ownership of stock to First Presbyterian.

For more information on giving options or to discuss legacy giving, please contact our Office Administrator by email. Thank you for your generous support in furthering our mission and serving our community.

 

Legacy Giving

For more than 250 years, First Presbyterian has been a beacon of light in Albany.  By making a legacy gift to support the life, ministry, and mission of our congregation, you can help ensure that we continue to carry the light forward in our community for another 250 years.

Donate

Another way to give to First Pres is to make a direct contribution. Contributions can be given at any time. You can donate in cash, by check, by debit or credit, or through a transfer of stock.

Endow

Your gift or bequest to First Presbyterian’s Endowment Fund will help sustain our congregation. Including First Presbyterian in your estate planning also helps secure our congregation’s mission. Please call the church’s Office Administrator, Jamie Mamone, to arrange an appointment with a Legacy Giving Committee member to discuss.

HOW TO PAY

Regardless of how you give, there are several ways to pay.

Online

 

 

By Check

You can mail a check to First Pres or place a check in the collection plate on Sunday. You can also set up automatic payments through your own bank. Please call the church’s Office Administrator, Jamie Mamone, for more information on this option.

By Cash

If you wish a cash contribution to be recorded in your name, please enclose it in an envelope with your name on it and put it in the collection plate. Blank envelopes are available in the pew racks.

Transfer of Stock

You can pay by transferring ownership of stock to First Presbyterian. Please call the church’s Office Administrator, Jamie Mamone, for more information.