2013 Annual Report of the Congregational Foundation

The CONGREGATIONAL FOUNDATION Our 2013 Annual Report
The CONGREGATIONAL         FOUNDATION Our 2013 Annual Report
Cover photo of Burrage Library at Olivet College courtesy of Bruce Snyder
Cover photo of Burrage Library at Olivet College courtesy of Bruce Snyder
A Letter from Congregational Foundation President Jim Hopkins Dear Friends of the Congregational Way, As the outgoing President of the Congregational Foundation, it is my honor to be a part of bringing you this, the first Annual Report, on behalf of the partnership between the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and the Foundation. We hope that you find this Annual Report not only informational, but you also enjoy seeing how the work of the Association and the role of the Foundation assist in building and sustaining our Congregational Way. Since its founding ten years ago, the Congregational Foundation has worked quietly to begin building a plan for the financial stability of the Association and all the works it performs. 2014 is our year to emerge as the major fundraising arm for the Association, and we look forward to new and creative ways to engage our membership and the people that they serve. We are proud that 2013’s Christmastide Shared Ministries Appeal experienced a nearly 30% growth over the previous year. This means that our donors understand the value of the Shared Ministries Fund, and unrestricted giving, in the delivery of the Association’s services. In addition to the annual appeal, we are proud to offer numerous opportunities for our donors to help in their desire to advance the Congregational Way through planned giving opportunities, including the 1620 Society, annuities and pooled income. As the Foundation carries out its robust development plans, we look forward to working with you in completing our mission of long-term financial stability for the Association. Sincerely, James A. Hopkins Jim Hopkins is the outgoing President of The Congregational Foundation, which aims to manage assets in accordance to donor wishes and seek new opportunities to raise funds for the vital work of the NACCC. A lifelong member of Riverpoint Congregational Church in West Warwick, Rhode Island, Jim has thirty-five years of experience in manufacturing operations and is a veteran board member and trustee of numerous nonprofit organizations.
A Letter from Congregational Foundation President Jim Hopkins  Dear Friends of the Congregational Way, As the outgoing Pre...
From Our Interim Executive Secretary Casey vanderBent What an exciting time to be a part of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and Congregational Foundation leadership team! 2013 helped clear the way for 2014 to be a significant year of growth and change for both of our organizations. The Association will be busy completing our organizational restructuring. With continued expansion of our services through the task teams of our new ministry councils, we are striving to improve and strengthen our communication with member churches. The summer will also bring the launch of our new website design, as well as our 60th Annual Meeting & Conference, held June 28-July 1 in Omaha, Nebraska. Capitalizing on growing interest and clearer communication, a renewed NACCC paves the way for the Congregational Foundation to build on the energy and enthusiasm of a revitalized Association, so 2014 will be a year of intense learning and activity. We are constructing the framework for a development and marketing plan that will help us move toward greater financial stability. We are also employing more robust fundraising strategies to complement the spirit of our "new" organization. United by a common mission, both organizations look forward to consolidating efforts and focusing on creating a shared message, a brand identity if you will, for our particular enactment of the Congregational Way. Thank you for sharing with me in this great new day and time in our Association’s history! Yours in Christ, Rev. Casey vanderBent Interim Executive Secretary National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Interim Executive Director Congregational Foundation Rev. Casey vanderBent has served as the NACCC’s Interim Executive Secretary since April 2013. Rev. vanderBent received his Bachelor’s at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls and his Masters of Divinity in 2000 from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Rev. vanderBent is a graduate of the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies and served NACCC churches in Minnesota prior to his appointment to the NACCC position.
From Our Interim Executive Secretary Casey vanderBent  What an exciting time to be a part of the National Association of C...
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES ADVANCING THE CONGREGATIONAL WAY MISSION & OUTREACH SHARED MINISTRIES FUND The Shared Ministries Fund serves as the Annual Fund for the Association and it helps pay for operations, staffing and facilities. $313K $412K 1. Member Churches contributed $306,032 toward NACCC's operations in 2013 2. Individual donors contributed $30,203 toward Shared Ministries in 2013 3. The average giving church contributed $7.90 per member  Every Dollar Given to Missions…Goes to Missions! The Missions and Outreach Council strives to select projects that are distinctively Christian and Congregational. 1. Donors gave more than $27,000 in disaster relief 2. NACCC collected more than $24,000 in General Mission Aid 3. 42 different missions received aid from NACCC and its member churches and volunteers in 2013 NACCC'S 2013 MEMBER CHURCHES For nearly 60 years, the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches has been helping light the Congregational Way. Here is 2013 by the numbers. Member Churches States Individual Donors  365 35 524 Scholarships Annual Meeting Placed Ministers Attendees 10 237 Volunteers  474 14
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES ADVANCING THE CONGREGATIONAL WAY  MISSION   OUTREACH  SHARED MIN...
Center for Congregational Leadership A testimonial by Rev. Mary Biedron It is out of passion to explore my personal faith and professional desire to seek ways to engage those whom I am privileged to minister, that I sought out the Center for Congregational Leadership (CCL). This ministry of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, administers educational programming for seminarians and all of us who serve our churches as lay ministers or leaders. My congregation and I have found the Center for Congregational Leadership to be an effective and unique resource in the following ways: Seminars and Webinars: Members of North Church have attended CCL seminars on stewardship and developing an online presence for the church. The participants found the events and the follow-up resources outstanding. Congregational History and Polity: Our Confirmands, as well as a group of interested adults, are studying Congregationalism using the Online Polity Curriculum. This resource promotes understanding of the tradition and its expression in the local church. Research Resources: As a Doctor of Ministry student, I have used the materials that the Center has catalogued and made available online. Additionally, the library contains a treasure of rare books on Congregationalism that are unavailable elsewhere. Special Programs: The CCL Director and support staff have been responsive to requests for information and networking and put together an excellent seminar on church government and organization for churches in our regional Association. Drawing upon the strong historic Congregational value of "an educated clergy and a literate laity" I wholeheartedly encourage member churches of the Association and their congregations to support, and utilize, this important repository of knowledge and learning. Rev. Mary E. Biedron has been the Senior Minister at North Congregational Church in Farmington Hills, MI since 2011. She is a CFTS graduate currently working on her Doctorate of Ministry. Mary is married to Glenn Biedron; they have three daughters. CENTER FOR CONGREGATIONAL LEADERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS By REV. DR. D. ELIZABETH MAURO 2013 marks the fifth year anniversary of the Center for Congregational Leadership. Focused on initiatives for leadership development for clergy and laity and service to member churches, 2013 has been a banner year. Our new Church Member Handbook helps churches better engage their relationship with the NACCC and its benefits. An online Congregational History and Polity class has been launched and is enrolling students. Work continues on the digital library, giving access to documents of Congregational interest. We continue to hold seminars and webcast them for coast-to-coast participation; we coordinate advising services for churches, including strategic planning, conflict management, and pastoral searches. Located on the campus of and in partnership with Olivet College, the Center represents the college’s founding heritage and is a resource to the college. Praying for God’s continued blessing, I look forward to the next five years as we grow and thrive on behalf of our member churches. Rev. Dr. Betsey Mauro is the Dean of the Center for Congregational Leadership at Olivet College. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Earlham School of Religion and her Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Throughout her ministry, Betsey has been active in Hospice, as both a chaplain and advisor. Dr. Mauro is married to Paul Smith; they have one daughter.
Center for Congregational Leadership A testimonial by Rev. Mary Biedron  It is out of passion to explore my personal faith...
The Congregationalist Magazine of the Congregational Way Six years from now, in 2020, we will celebrate 400 years of Congregationalism in America. I’m pleased that The Congregationalist is part of the effort to help us “Build on a Rock” as we share our way of church life in the future. To appreciate the impact of our ageless magazine, you need look no further than sample contents of recent issues: • A pictorial essay on the amazing 40-year project of the Minneapolis “Needlers” who developed a cycle of four huge seasonal tapestries to hang in their church’s guild hall ( March 2013 ). • A practical summary of how, and why, churches should do employee evaluations, by Barry Szymanski ( June 2013 ). • Comprehensive coverage of the NACCC’s Annual Meeting and Conference at Orlando and the Quadrennial International Congregational Fellowship meeting in London ( September 2013 ). • A ground-breaking article by Richard J. Boles on membership by African-Americans of the Colonial period— Phillis Wheatley, Newport Gardner, and many others— in predominantly white Congregational churches; and a thoughtful account of the Congregational Library’s work preserving the “hidden histories” of our churches, by Peggy Bendroth ( December 2013 ). • Three perspectives on pastoral retirement and church transitions, from Randy Hase, David Kaiser-Cross, and Mark Jensen ( March 2014 ). • Plus the latest news from our fellowship of churches and NACCC missions, and a wealth of other useful information. The Congregationalist is your magazine, the “kitchen table” of the Congregational Way—the kind of magazine that could be published only by Christians who care deeply about Faith, Freedom, and Fellowship. Thank you for your support. Blessings, Larry Sommers Editor Larry Sommers is a member of Heritage Congregational Church in Madison, WI since 1980. A retired communications specialist, he has been editor of The Congregationalist since 2009. His wife, Joelle Nelson Sommers, is a lifelong Congregationalist.
The Congregationalist  Magazine of the Congregational Way  Six years from now, in 2020, we will celebrate 400 years of Con...
Donor Highlight A Congregationalist since 1958, Ms. Sherry Glab has been affiliated with the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches for more than 40 years. A loyal contributor to the Shared Ministries Fund, the Association’s Annual Fund, she also sits on the Editor’s Round Table, a leadership giving society for The Congregationalist, and she is member of the 1620 Society – a planned giving society within the Congregational Foundation. First inspired to become more active within regional and national organizations while a member of St. Paul’s Congregational Church in Claremont, California, Sherry Glab has been active within the CAL-WEST regional association, serving currently as the Parliamentarian, and nationally she has been the Moderator and an Executive Committee member for the NACCC. Currently, Ms. Glab attends Pilgrim Congregational Church in Pomona, CA. Why are the works of the Association important to you? Sherry: Without it we (my church) would seem so isolated. Even though many of our members will not serve, or even attend meetings, I believe they still want us to be a part of something larger than the local church. What, in your opinion, is the most important work of the Association? Sherry : The relationship with other churches in the different regions of the country. As a member of the 1620 Society, what message would you share with others regarding the importance of planned giving? Sherry: I am still pretty new at this, but it is a real feeling of satisfaction to give back to an organization which has done many good things for me. I do hope we can financially get set on the right path and I hope this is one way to help. The Association and Foundation are most grateful to Ms. Glab for her generosity of time, talent, spirit and treasure to help sustain our organization and mission to help advance and illuminate the Congregational Way.
Donor Highlight A Congregationalist since 1958, Ms. Sherry Glab has been affiliated with the National Association of Congr...
Congregational Foundation Highlights Celebrating 2013 • The Foundation’s investment balance is at $3.5 million, up from $2.5 million at the end of March 2013. (Unaudited number provided as of March 31, 2014) • For the second year in a row, contributions to the Shared Ministries Fund from member churches exceed the $300,000 level; this is first time since the 2006-07 fiscal year that has happened! • Individual giving in 2013 exceeded budgeted expectations by more than 14%. • There was a $3,000 increase in the annual Christmas appeal for unrestricted funds. 2014 to date... The Foundation is honored to be able to manage and administer the planned gifts of its generous donors in accordance with their wishes. The Grants and Awards Committee recently awarded scholarships and grants on behalf of two of our long standing funds - the Providence Fund and the John Calvin Richard Fund. Congratulations to this year’s recipients. Providence Fund The Providence Fund exists to help Active Member Churches of the NACCC in sending a delegate to the Annual Meeting and Conference. Atkinson Congregational Church—Atkinson, IL $500 Bear Creek Congregational Church—Robbins, NC $500 First Congregational Church—Elkader, IA $500 Gahanna Community Congregational Church—Gahanna, OH $500 St. John’s Congregational Church—Garber, IA $300 John Calvin Richard Fund The John Calvin Richard Fund was established by his family as a loving and living memorial. Since his love for music and theater performance was a large part of his life, this annual grant is given to a NACCC Active Member Church of 200 members, or less, that is planning a fine or performing arts event in their church. Sebago Lake Congregational Church—Standish, ME $500 (First Annual Sebago Lake Art and Music Spectacular – June 28, 2014)
Congregational Foundation Highlights Celebrating 2013      The Foundation   s investment balance is at  3.5 million, up fr...
THE CONGREGATIONAL FOUNDATION YOUR GIFT A gift to the Congregational Foundation will ensure the ongoing programming and future financial stability of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches for their members. Planned giving options, like the ones listed below, could allow you to make a generous gift to the Foundation while improving your tax position. GIFTS OF CASH Your cash donation can have an immediate impact on the ability of the Foundation to aid in the Association’s works. GIFTS OF REMEMBRANCE A legacy gift will ensure that a significant event, or person, will live on through the works of the Association. BEQUESTS You can remember the Foundation in your will by simply incorporating a simple statement of intent to gift a portion of your estate to the Foundation for either unrestricted or restricted use. ANNUITIES An annuity is a popular option to make a significant gift to the Foundation through the exchange of a security for a guaranteed fixed income for the remainder of your life. GIFTS OF INSURANCE Make the Foundation a beneficiary of one of your policies and help the organization. We can’t all leave treasure, but we can leave a LEGACY. U
THE CONGREGATIONAL FOUNDATION YOUR GIFT A gift to the Congregational Foundation will ensure the ongoing programming and fu...
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