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.

The most obvious is to make an donation by cash or check on a Sunday in church when we collect our offering. Please be sure to 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) or one from the pew so we can properly credit your contribution. All offerings go toward our unified budget unless they are specifically directed somewhere.

Some people choose to give electronically either online by credit card or debit card (the latter is better for the church if you have a choice) OR by setting up payments through your bank or credit union’s bill pay service. 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!

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.

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 Chris Chandler, our Finance Chair. Thanks!