Giving

2017 Annual Giving Commitment

Through our generosity as a church, complex, powerful things have happened simply.  Children have been engaged, through games and stories and prayer and worship, with the wonder of the faith and their identity as people of God. Teens have been invited into faith-based fellowship: sent into the world to repair homes and build relationships, to sing God’s praise to people far away and to our own congregation in worship. Adults have met for life-impacting learning and sharing groups, for opening the church to be shelter for the homeless, for meeting to prepare the ministries through which we help each other grow in living our faith and serving the world. All this, and so much more, is made possible because you give.

How does all this happen?  In some ways, it’s simple. We are simply responding in thankfulness to God. God is the source of all we have – life itself, and the abilities we have to use our talents and dreams and energy to multiply the gifts of God into gifts to share with others.

And our giving as God’s people is, at its heart, simple, too. We simply give a portion of all we have received back to God for God’s work in the world. We do that through committed, ongoing financial gifts to the church’s work. For so many of us, this simple, regular pattern of “pledged” giving is a joy – we notice more deeply all that we have received from God; we experience more fully a sense of abundance as we prioritize our resources so that we are free to give; and we are awed by the power of the combined gifts of our congregation to make a difference.

We look forward to sharing in this commitment with you in the coming year.

Check Free Giving

Cancelled checkIf you don’t like to write checks or keep forgetting to bring your envelopes to church on Sunday, there is another way to maintain your giving to the church. 

You can make your tithe/pledge/offering directly to the church through a direct debit to your checking/savings account. The advantages to you are that you won’t have to write checks, you will never get behind on your pledge due to vacations, etc. The advantages to the church are an improved cash flow especially during the summer!

If you are interested in this program, please download the ACH Debit form from the link below and fill it out with your banking information (most of which comes from the bottom of one of your checks). Fill out the necessary dollar information and include a voided check.

Direct debits will only be made MONTHLY to your account. (Sorry can’t do weekly!)

If you have any questions, regarding this program, please contact Carolyn Donnelly (630-968-7120 x 208).

Fundraising Coordination

In an effort to coordinate the various work areas, committees, and activity groups’ fund raising efforts in the spirit of FUMC’s Mission, Vision and Values statement, the Finance Committee requests that all groups considering fundraising complete the form below and submit to the Finance Committee. All fundraising monies should be processed through FUMC’s accounting system. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for approval process.

Endowments

With your help, the Board of Gifts and Bequests will seek to ensure the church's endowed funds remain a vital force for the church and its congregation for generations to come. A well-funded endowment will not only provide security, but help to fund programs and outreach that would otherwise not be possible. We encourage you to consider how your special gift can allow our congregation to reach beyond what is possible in our general operating budget.

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