WORSHIP. CONNECT. GROW. SERVE.
Your pledge helps us to make it happen.
Did you know that the Congregational Church in Exeter is a fully self-supporting church? Without your generosity, we can’t gather for inspiring worship, connect for sustaining fellowship, provide the faith formation activities that help us to grow, or continue our generous service to our community and world. But with your generosity? We can plant the seeds for an amazing future.
How do I pledge?
A few FAQs about pledging
Question: How much should I give?
Answer: That is a question that only you and your family can answer. We have no expectations about an amount or percentage of income to give. We simply ask that you make a decision based on your own financial situation that feels good and faithful to you. Some people do find the adjacent chart helpful, and use it to locate a giving level that feels comfortable to them.
Q: How do I make my pledge?
A: There are two options. In order to pledge, please only complete one:
– Return a physical pledge card to the church by mailing it to this address:
The Congregational Church in Exeter
21 Front Street
Exeter, NH 03833
– This year we also have an online pledge card option, which also gives you the option to set up automatic payments through Tithely, if you so wish. Simply click here to pledge.
Q. How do I fulfill my pledge?
A: You can always give on Sundays during the offering once we are back to in-person worship, but that is not the only way! You may also send your payment to the church office, or set up automatic giving through your bank. If you pledge you also have the option to use weekly envelopes to keep track of your giving. Finally, an easy way to give online is through the church’s Tithely link. Simply visit www.exeterucc.org/give
Q. Are financial gifts to the church tax deductible?
A: Yes! We are a 501c3 non-profit organization under the umbrella of the UCC. Additionally, some work places offer matching donations to non-profits. If yours does, please contact the church office at (603) 772-4216 to make arrangements.
Q. Who will see my pledge card?
A. The treasurer will see your card in order to compile and enter pledge information, as will our financial services manager in order to keep accurate giving records. Other church leaders will not. Pastor Emily has a firm policy of not knowing who pledges, or how much anyone gives to the church.
What will it take to run our church in 2022?
Our anticipated income = $391,678
$37,000: Contributions (non-pledged offerings)
$20,616: Building usage and cell tower
$24,000: Investment transfer and income
Our anticipated expenses = $391,678
Worship and Music – $84,823: Covers the portion of our pastor’s time dedicated to writing sermons as well as worship preparation and leadership. Pays our music director’s compensation. Compensates our office staff for their time spent preparing worship materials. Ensures our instruments and sheet music are well-maintained. Allows for guest musicians and vocalists.
Pastoral Care – $26,836: Compensates our pastoral staff for time spent with individuals and families in need, including those who are hospitalized or facing crises, and other care needs.
Mission and Wider Church – $51,153: Covers the portion of our pastor’s time dedicated to working in mission and the wider church. Ensures we are able to give to a variety of local and community missions. Covers our per capita membership payments to the Rockingham Association and the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ, and the denomination’s Our Church’s Wider Mission fund.
Christian Growth and Formation – $42,390: Funds our Christian education program for all ages, including our children and youth. Compensates the Church School Director and Youth Directors for their service. Allows for youth programming. Provides for the portion of the pastor’s salary spent on Christian education. Covers nursery care for our smallest children. Ensures background checks are completed on all volunteers.
Communications, Outreach, and Membership – $36,192: Provides for the pastor’s time spent reaching out to new members and our wider community. Funds our outreach to new visitors. Allows for the Weekly Steeple and other church mailings to be produced and sent. Maintains our website and active social media outreach.
Buildings and Grounds – $91,365: Cares for and insures our over 215 year old church building and our church office building. Ensures our grounds and memorial garden are safe and well maintained.
Administration – $58,919: Maintains an office. Ensures bills are paid and books are balanced.