Regularly at First
8:30 AM – Classic Worship Service
On Campus by Reservation
11:00 AM – Modern Worship Service streamed online
9:00AM-11:00AM – First Hope Benevolence Ministry
6:30 PM –Doors open for Modern Service
7:00 PM – Modern Worship Service
Link to First Fairhope's Calendar
First Fairhope Calendar Clicking in this link will take you to our google calendar for First Fairhope
Family Supper on Wednesdays
This is not happening right now in the midst of COVID-19, but this is the general information on our Family Supper on Wednesdays.
Cancelled until further notice
Supper Prices: (pay at the door)
Adults 12 & older $5
Children, 4-11 years $4
Children under 4 Free
Family Maximum, $18
Year End Giving
2020 Year End Contribution News
Thank you for your faithful giving! In spite of what has been a very challenging year, we have seen God use your gifts in many ways and we have still been able to impact our community for Jesus.
We hope that the following information will help you as you consider your year-end gifts:
Gifts by Check or Cash are the most popular ways to make charitable donations. IRS regulations permit all contributions received by First Fairhope to be acknowledged in 2020 in the following ways:
- In person, by dropping off your gift by no later than 4:30 PM on Thursday, December 31, 2020.
- Received by mail postmarked on or before midnight, Thursday, December 31, 2020 to be acknowledged for 2020. Please be aware that just because you drop it in the mail on December 31, it will not necessarily be postmarked on that date.
- You may give online on our website at firstfairhope.org or on our church app, and this must be received by midnight on Thursday, December 31, 2020.
Gift of Stock is another method of charitable giving. Generally, if you own appreciated stock that you have held for more than 18 months, it makes more tax sense to contribute the stock rather than cash for the following reasons:
- You avoid paying capital gains taxes on the increase in value of the stock sold, AND
- You gain an income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock.
These stock gifts must NOT go through you in order for you to receive maximum credit, so check with your financial advisor, or your CPA, for advice. These must be received by our broker, Morgan Stanley, before midnight, December 31, 2020.
Gifts from Retirement and Estate Plans such as life insurance, charitable remainder trusts, annuities, charitable lead trusts, etc. can often offer significant tax advantages to the donor and can usually be handled with minimal effort through you tax professional.
Acknowledgment of Your Cash Contributions will be mailed to you in late January, 2021 and will include a detailed statement of your 2020 cash contributions. We urge you to retain your year-end contribution statement for use in preparing your income tax return because current IRS regulations require a written acknowledgement from your church for any contributions of $250 or more.
Current Needs to Consider: As you plan your year-end giving, please give special consideration to giving to the following as you pray about your gifts:
- General Fund (funds that support the many ministries and day-to-day operations of First Fairhope)
- “For Such a Time as This” Capital Fund (funds to support the payment of our monthly building note for the new and renovated facilities completed in 2019)
- World Missions Offering (this supports the Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions (75%) and our Missions Scholarship Fund (25%)
- Building Capital Replacement Fund (helps us with major capital repairs and purchases).
Important Notice: To ensure the deductibility of your First Fairhope contributions, please do not file your 2020 income tax return until you have received the written acknowledgement (contribution statement) of your contributions from First Fairhope. You could lose the deductibility of your contributions if you file your income tax return before receiving the contribution statement issued by First Fairhope. Please keep in mind that the information in this update is general in nature and that you should consult with your tax professional to determine the best way for you to maximize your charitable tax deductions.
NOTE: The Church Office will be open from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM on December 29, 30 and 31 for those of you wishing to personally deliver your year-end contributions. The Church Office will be closed on December 25 and 28.
If you have any questions on how to make your gift or if we can be of further assistance, please contact Kay Gaddy in the Financial Office at 928-8685 or email her at: email@example.com.
First Hope Benevolence Ministry meets on Mondays 9:00-11:00am in the Social Hall to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people in our church and community. First Hope directs our Food Pantry, conducts an annual School Uniform Drive in August and also helps with other year-round and seasonal needs. If you would like to get involved, contact our director, Connie Hardman at the First Hope Number which is 251.586.5889
Counseling at First
Sometimes talking with someone is what you need in life. First Fairhope is honored to have Angie Lewis as our Campus Counselor. She is a practicing Licensed professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. To make an appointment with Angie, you may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her office at 251.928.2983.
Paperwork you will need to complete upon your visit may be done so ahead of time and brought with you.
To look through online videos and resources, check out the mental health channel on RightNowMedia.org. Click this link to get there: (You may have to sign up for Right Now Media to view these. You may do that thru the pull down menu “media center / Right Now Media“.
LIVING THE D-LIFE AT FIRST
The purpose of D-Life is to equip believers with a biblical disciple-making process and to empower them with a simple disciple-making tool for a lifestyle of making and multiplying disciples--anytime and anywhere. We have new groups forming all the time. If you are interested in being involved in a D-Life group please contact Shawn Trotter at email@example.com or call the church at 251-928-8685
Bible Study Classes
Classes are slowly returning to on campus meetings. Some are meeting at other times during the week. To find out if your class is meeting on campus or online, email Rev. Shawn Trotter, Discipleship Pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Budget Adoption Dates
Watch your mail this coming week for a copy of the Proposed 2021 Ministry Budget. Here are some key dates to note for the 2021 Budget process:
• Sunday, November 8, 5:00PM in MPR1 Open Budget Committee Meeting
This is your opportunity to ask the Budget Committee any questions you may have.
• Wednesday, November 11, 5:45PM in Fellowship Hall2021 Proposed Budget Presentation / Discussion
• Wednesday November 18, 6:30PM in Fellowship Hall Special Business Meeting to vote on the Proposed 2021 Budget.