Gifts and Bequests

Two separate Endowment funds help to ensure the perpetuation of the ministry of First Lutheran Church by providing financial support. Both funds permit existing ministries to be expanded and new ministries to be developed. Both also can be used to support capital expenditures.

The Bequest and Memorial Fund provides current income to the parish. No amount of the principal of the Fund can be expended without approval of the congregation.

The Growth in Ministry Fund can also provide income for the general purposes of the parish.

As Christians, we need to respond to God’s love in Christ. Your gift to either endowment fund fills the need to respond through personal giving and provides for the growth of First Church’s ministry.

Your gift to either fund is a gift to the future of the Church. Gifts can be present gifts of money, securities, real or personal property, insurance policies or annuities, or deferred gifts through wills and estate planning.

The Need
First Lutheran Church needs endowment funds:

  • To provide a way for you to continue your Christian stewardship beyond your lifetime.
  • To enter into new ministries for Christ in downtown Pittsburgh.
  • To assist you in perpetuating financial support for First Church.
  • To receive gifts from those who wish to remember loved ones in special way and lasting way.
  • To provide strong financial support for First Church to meet the challenges of the years to come.

The Blessings
By giving to either endowment fund:

  • We will satisfy our desire and our need to exercise responsible stewardship by giving beyond our own lifetimes.
  • We will help to secure a solid financial footing for the future of First Church.
  • We will keep our ministry alive so that God’s work through First Church will faithfully continue to be done.
  • We will demonstrate our love for Christ and for our brothers and sisters in the family of God.
  • We will give witness to our commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to the work of the Holy Spirit among God’s people.

Ways to Give

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Life Insurance
  • Lifetime Gifts
  • Gift Annuities

For more information, please contact The Rev. Brian A. Evans, Senior Pastor, or Ms. Suanne O’Dell, Financial Secretary, at 412-471-8125, or

Founded January 15, 1837