Year-End Giving 2016

Year-End Giving

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SustainAbility is the theme for our year-end giving campaign. At this challenging time we are asking everyone to help sustain the ministries of First Pres. It is critical that we finish the year strongly. Our 2016 target is to raise $1.65 million during November and December.

In worship on December 4, Beth Streeter from the Stewardship Department, challenged us by encouraging us. She said, “Put your weight down and invest in what God is doing in our midst today at First Pres. Let’s not hold back to ‘see what happens’ and instead participate in the ministries of the Holy Spirit on this corner in Berkeley where we serve.”

Your gifts will also help us create sustainable budgets into the future. We continue to trust that God will provide through the generosity of First Pres family and friends. Check the displays at the Reception area and coffee stations on Sundays for our current progress:

Giving needed for November & December: $1,650,000 
Received through December 28: $1,204,000
Needed for SustainAbility by December 31:  $446,000

We are so thankful for your faithful contributions thus far this year in support of our many ministries. We invite you to pray about how God is calling you to help us finish the year well, whether through continued regular giving or a special year-end gift. It will take many gifts of every amount to reach our goal—each one counts!

Click here to make an online gift, or mail your contribution so it is postmarked no later than December 31. You may drop off your contribution at Reception in Geneva Hall before 5pm on December 31. Stock donations can be made through December 20 (stock transfers after that date cannot be guaranteed to be sold and credited in 2016). If you have questions, please contact Stewardship Chair Paul Davis at or Sue Burger at (510) 848-6252 ext. 224 or