Ways to Give to SPUMC
There are many ways that you can give to support the ministries of our church. With a budget of over $1.4 million, it takes the generosity of our entire congregation to support all of our many ministries here.
Give Online: Some people choose to give electronically either by credit card or debit card (the latter is more cost-efficient for the church if you have a choice) OR by setting up payments through your bank or credit union’s bill pay service (even better in terms of processing charges incurred by SPUMC). Electronic giving can be done on a one-time or recurring basis. More and more people are choosing to give on a regular schedule which is a win-win: the steady stream of donations helps the church out and once you set it up, you can be faithful in your stewardship without having to remember to bring your checkbook to church!
If you want an easy-to-follow guide to setting up automated recurring gifts check out this tutorial. If you currently have auto-giving set up through Vanco, you’ll need to cancel that first. Here’s how to do it.
Try Out Text-2-Give: It’s easy, it’s fast and secure. Just text GIVE on your cell phone to 855-603-8993 and follow the prompts. Once you set up an account and make your first offering, subsequent donations are as easy as typing in a number and hitting send. Or, of course, you can always make a donation by check (or cash in person). You can place your donation in one of the offering plates on a Sunday morning or mail to: Severna Park UMC, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD 21146. You can also drop by and use the secure lock box on the front porch any time of day or night. It really helps if you use your personalized church envelopes (if you have one — contact Beth in the Church Office if you don’t and would like us to get you some). All offerings go toward our unified budget unless they are specifically directed somewhere else.
Stocks, Mutual Funds & Other Assets: Another way you can give is by making a donation of stocks or mutual funds. There are sometimes great tax advantages in doing this as you avoid capital gains and both you and the church benefit from the full redemption amount. If you are interested in knowing more about this option, contact Lynne Chaput, our Church Treasurer.
Estate Planning: Finally, some church members choose to remember our church in their estate planning. There are multiple ways to do this – a specified donation in your will, a living annuity, naming the church in as a beneficiary in a life insurance policy — and we suggest you talk to your accountant, financial planner or lawyer to see what might work best for you.
If you have any questions about your giving or our church finances, please don’t hesitate to contact Lynne Chaput. Thanks!