Get Involved with Financial Oversight

The First Parish By-Laws describe several committees that are required in order to address the financial needs of the church. These committees are made up of church members and are responsible for acquiring pledges and endowments from parishioners, and for overseeing the use and investment of funds needed to keep the church solvent and functioning smoothly.  They only open to members of the congregation.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is a Standing Committee that is responsible for managing how funds are spent at First Parish. They prepare the annual budget for presentation and acceptance at the Annual Meeting, are responsible for maintaining the church building and infrastructure, approve and schedule contractors, and oversee any projects that require spending money.

Such projects can range from purchasing yard equipment to installing solar panels on the church roof. Most projects that require funding are approved at the Annual Meeting. When necessary, the Trustees will present a project that represents a change to the approved budget at a Special Meeting for church member approval. The chair of the Board of Trustees is an officer of the church.

The Board of Trustees has nine members, three of which are replaced yearly by election at the Annual Meeting.

If you are interested in a future position as a Trustee, contact any Trustee or the Moderator through the church office at 846-3773.

Stewardship

The Stewardship Committee organizes two annual campaigns: the pledge campaign that asks parishioners to help fund the church’s financial goals by pledging a regular, fixed amount, and the fall drive requesting gifts to the Endowment Fund.

Starting in the spring, the committee plans a series of informational presentations that acquaint parishioners with the stewardship goals for the coming year, often through personal stories of what giving means individually and to the church. We also use the opportunity to remind parishioners that stewardship comes in many forms: in addition to financial support, stewardship takes place whenever a person donates their time or talents.

The Stewardship Committee is coordinated by the Council and there is no set number of members or term limits.

If you are interested in a future position on the Stewardship Committee, contact the Moderator through the church office at 846-3773.

Trust Fund Investment Committee

The Trust Fund Investment Committee is a Standing Committee that oversees and manages the church’s endowment and dedicated long term funds and investments. With the approval of the Council and the Board of Trustees, the committee establishes specifically designated funds for defined purposes, and ensures that each fund is managed consistent with the terms adopted at the time the fund was established.

The committee has seven members, two of whom are appointed by the Board of Trustees, and five who are elected at the Annual Meeting. Approximately one third of these committee members are rotated yearly for a term of three years.

If you are interested in a future position on the Trust Fund Investment Committee, contact any member of the Trust Fund Investment Committee or the Moderator through the church office at 846-3773.

Collector

The Collector collects, counts, and reports pledge payments and plate or other collections received by the church during worship services. The Collector is bonded and can appoint others to assist in these duties.

The Collector is elected at the Annual Meeting for a term of two years and is an officer of the church.

If you are interested in a future position as the Collector, contact the Moderator through the church office at 846-3773.

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