Loving our neighbors as ourselves means we are sent out to participate in the mission of God. This mission requires us to give generously of our time, our talents, and our resources for the sake of God's Kingdom. Giving with regularity is an opportunity to live out our mission and to respond to the grace we've received.
Typically, giving in the church takes the form of tithing and service.
"Tithe" is a word derived from an Old English word meaning tenth. So, while people often throw the term around loosely to describe gifts to the church, tithing is the practice of giving a tenth (10%) of one's income back to God, mainly through the local congregation but also to the poor directly.
Tithing is not mandatory for membership at FPC, nor is it a means of Christian salvation, yet it is a part of our discipleship. Jesus spoke frequently about radical financial generosity, and we at FPC believe that financial giving reminds us of our dependence on God and reorients us to the values and the vision of his Kingdom.
Should you give financially to FPC, your finances will be used for current church operating expenses as well as community benevolences. Please contact our treasurer for more information by calling the church office, or feel free to mail a contribution (made payable to First Presbyterian Church) to:
First Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 2152
Sylva, NC 28779
You can also set up online giving or a recurring bankdraft through your bank.
In addition to financial giving, it is also important for followers of Jesus devote themselves to works of service and mercy. Jesus, after all, didn't write checks but he shared life with the hurting, the broken, and the needy. We encourage you to visit our Local & Global Missions page to learn more about our community partners, all of whom are looking for volunteer support!
Another great opportunity for giving is to serve on a committee at FPC. Committees are an integral part of the church, made up of dedicated church members who serve in leadership roles that contribute to the success of the church's ministry and mission. FPC is comprised of the following committees:
- Christian Education
- Stone House
Please call the church office or speak with our pastor to learn more about serving on one of these committees.