Stewardship 2016

Make Your Pledge
Take an additional step of faith and make your financial commitment to partner with God and with Blawenburg in the ministry entrusted to us. It is never too late to make a prayerful pledge of financial giving. Feel free to download a pledge card and return it in the offering plate or send it to the church office.

Read the 2016 Stewardship Letter

Give Your Support
Make a donation in worship on Sundays or send a donation via check to the church office, payable to Blawenburg Reformed Church:

Blawenburg Reformed Church
PO Box 266
Blawenburg NJ 08504

Friends and Members of BRC have been assigned offering envelopes that can be used on Sunday mornings or put in the mail. If you did not receive envelopes but would like them please contact Sarah in the church office.

PayPal
You can also make a donation online at PayPal.

AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Blawenburg Reformed Church every time you shop, at no cost to you. If you use Amazon.com on a regular basis, shopping through AmazonSmile is just as convenient and easy, but with just one extra step.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping.

Every time you make an eligible AmazonSmile purchase The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Blawenburg. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every purchase you make through it will result in a donation. You can manage your purchases and other account information on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile using a single account, or create a new account if you don’t have one.

There is no cost to Blawenburg or to you. You will have access to the same products, features, and services, and the shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that Marble will receive 0.5% of the purchase price. The purchase price for each item is the sale price, excluding shipping, handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, and service charges, and less any rebates, returns, and bad debt. Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

Search for “Blawenburg Reformed Church” then shop as usual, but Amazon donates .5% of purchase.  Click here for complete AmazonSmile program details.

You shop. Amazon gives. This is just another easy way YOU can help support Blawenburg Reformed Church!

Planned Giving

Endowments Support Church Programs
Blawenburg Church is blessed with four endowment funds to support specific aspects of our programs.  These funds have been bequests to the church by named donors and supplemented by additional contributions in memory of the departed.

  • The Skillman Fund combines a donation by Beatrice and Tom Skillman with the Preservation Fund to help preserve our church properties.
  • The Johanna Naumann Fund supports mission activities.
  • The Anne Thompson Fund was intended to pay the cost of mailings, but it has changed with the times to support contemporary means of communication such as the web site and other electronic  media.
  • The Memorial Fund combines undesignated gifts in memory of a variety of people for special needs .

Using the Funds
These funds are managed with the help of Rick White, our investment advisor from Raymond James.   By policy, an industry standard of only 5% is spent each year from each fund.  In that way, the funds are assured of continuing, and of not being used in ways that were not intended.

During 2015, here is how the money was used:
EndowmentFunds2015

Only Part of the Picture
While these funds help us with specific projects and Marble Collegiate helps with a part of the pastor’s salary and benefits, the church depends on our regular weekly and monthly giving to pay most of the on-going operating costs of the church (payroll, electric and fuel, snow removal, etc.).

In the coming months, we will offer some gatherings to help each of us manage our giving and to help those of us who may be interested in estate planning.  We want these sessions to be personally helpful as well as encouraging of your support for the church through planned giving.

We have a long legacy, and thanks to the generosity of our previous members, we can support our programs today.  We want this support  to continue in the future, not to satisfy our own needs, but for the glory of God.