Giving as Worship
One of the delicate issues to discuss in the church is giving. When we join the church, we pledge to “faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness.” Pastors, therefore, need not be shy about asking folks to pray, to be present, to serve, or to share their testimony. Nor should pastors be shy about asking folks to share their gifts – time, talents, and money. Yet, often we are.
Enrollment is simple. You may begin your enrollment by clicking the "Online Giving" button below, or contact the church office. We have chosen Vanco Services as our e-giving partner. Vanco is endorsed by the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of the United Methodist Church.
Our Finance Team has made the decision to offer this service for several reasons: First, the way money is handled in today’s society has changed dramatically. Many families – especially young families – write very few checks these days. For them, electronic giving fits in perfectly with the way they manage their finances. Most younger families are already familiar with the way electronic payment works because it’s the method they use to make their mortgage payments or pay their utility bills. You may not be aware that most of our church’s bills are paid electronically; our banking is primarily online.
Secondly, some young people feel that passing the plate puts people on the spot. One pastor tells the story of a member of his weekly Counting Team straightening a stack of dollar bills asking if people thought the church was a “dollar movie theater.” The pastor sensed that many folks, feeling pressured, put in a dollar in the offering plate. To many people, passing the offering plate is an awkward time.
Third, e-giving provides a means for the church’s income to become more stable. As people travel, they may continue to offer consistent support to the ministries of the church.
A final thought: Offerings will continue to be received via the traditional means of cash and checks. A time of celebrating our Tithes and Offerings will continue to be a part of our time of worship. And those who participate in e-giving will receive cards that read, “I Contribute Electronically, which may be placed in the offering plate as an act of worship and giving.
Let me assure you that this is a safe and confidential means of supporting the ministries of Unionville United Methodist Church. I encourage you to give it prayerful consideration.
I can also assure you that the church can count on the Myers household’s enrollment. If you have any questions, please contact the church office or Pastor Doug.Click the Online Giving button to enroll in online giving, or log into your account.