How to Give St. Andrew's UMC
St. Andrew's is a generous congregation. We've assembled these thoughts on the mechanics of giving so that you can be generous too.
Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor. 9:7 nrsv)
Giving may be made to St. Andrew's by a variety of means. personal checks can be made out to St. Andrew's UMC.
We also have electronic giving. The details are on our web page. There should be a button on the front page that leads you to details and registration. There are also paper instructions at church for electronic giving.
If the check is not designated, or if it's marked for budget, the funds will go into our general fund. Our general fund pays for church operations such as programs, utilities, salaries, maintenance, denominational mission giving, and other sorts of everyday spending.
We also have designated funds that are held for specific purposes.
- Building Fund, to pay off our mortgage;
- Clancy Dowless Scholarship Fund; to pay for scholarships to, and gifts for Camp Tekoa;
- Julie Thomas Scholarship Fund, pays scholarships for qualifying high school graduates;
- Memorial Fund, administered by a small committee for permanent gifts;
- Mayme Jones Memorial Fund, to pay for bereavement meals;
- Helping Hands Fund, to pay for basic human needs, rent, food, etc.;
- Endowment Fund, growing and managing undesignated giving for the long-term;
- Music Fund, for special costs supportive of worship and the arts.
Sometimes we hold specific fundraisers for organizations such as youth missions, United Methodist Women or men, Freedom School,habitat for humanity, etc.
At these events, (dinners, special offerings) the check may still be made out to St. Andrew's, but the event or specific intent should be written in the memo line of the check so that our Financial Secretary will know how to account for it. For example one might write "youth mission fund raiser," or "UMM Shrimp Boil" or "Freedom School dinner" on the check.
Gifts for specific intents which are new or novel in nature need to be approved by our Finance Cmte. This way we're not obligated to receive a gift that can only be spent on a ferris wheel in the parking lot.
There are a couple of less frequently used ways of giving that occur for tax advantages. We can accept gifts of appreciated stock, and bequests or estate giving. These types of gifts usually take some pre-arrangement with our Financial Secretary or our Trustees. Appreciated stock may be transferred to the church's Investment Services account. The stock is immediately sold at current market value and the proceeds posted to benefit the donor's wishes.
Our Financial Secretary keeps records of giving so that givers might have documentation required For tax purposes.
Quarterly statements are sent by mail. Cash is always welcome, but if a giver wants a record of such a gift, they will need to see that it is given in an envelope containing information such as name, date, amount, and the intent of the donation. Pre-printed donation envelopes, with an assigned giver number, can be requested from the church office.