Memorial Fund Policy

First Church in Marlborough (“First Church”) is an active and ongoing faith community worshipping God.  Through your memorial gifts, we would hope that you would honor a higher authority with your focus on the funds being used for the various ministries of the church or church operations so that we can continue to spiritually grow as the church family that your loved one was once a part of.  
First Church is always grateful to receive donations in memory of a loved one, family member, or cherished friend.  While we understand that the deceased person or family members may have specific plans in mind for a memorial donation, the Trustees of First Church respectfully request that you speak with the Pastor prior to implementing any plans that you may have.  
First Church often receives tangible items that may be better utilized by a different organization.  We also receive restricted use monetary donations that can quickly become outdated, may actually be so restrictive in their definition that they sit unused for years in an account, or may cost the church additional funds that we do not have to implement the donor’s planned use.  The First Church Board of Trustees will honor any planned donations received via a personal will or estate directive as required by law.  
Donations should be made out to First Church in Marlborough, not First Church Memorial Fund, as we do not have a memorial fund banking entity set up with a separate tax I.D. as some larger churches do.  The person's name and the words "memorial fund" should be in the check memo field of any donation (ex. John Doe Memorial Fund).  The church address for dropping off or mailing donations is 37 High Street, Marlborough, MA 01752.
Memorial Fund donation acknowledgements to the surviving family will be sent out by the First Church Collector.  Any person who makes a donation in memory of someone will receive a statement from the Collector by the end of January for the preceding calendar year, with all their itemized donations to the church listed.  
May you feel the grace of God and His loving arms around you as you move forward to celebrate the life of your loved one.

Effective 12-1-14

Respectfully,
Trustees, First Church in Marlborough (Congregational)