But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.
1 Chronicles 29:14
John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.”
As Christians we believe that all things we are, and have, are from God. That doesn’t mean that things fall into our lap, but that through God-given gifts, and our use of them, we are able to accomplish God’s purposes for us while we live on this earth. One such purpose is to bring people to Jesus Christ.
Our church has been in existence for over 180 years, making passionate disciples for Christ. Everything you see: bricks, doors, windows, parking lots, are here for that reason. The clergy and staff are here for that reason. It is all for this mission outpost. It is not a monument to men or an asset of some corporate entity.
All churches require funding to continue to perform their mission. We are on earth and it is the way of things. If this church has brought you to Christ, and helped you grow in your faith, and provided you with opportunities to bring others to Christ, then we ask you to consider supporting this mission with your gifts.
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7
When choosing to give, you should only give what is in your heart. Do not think that any gift is too small. If your heart is right, then what you feel you should give is right. Most people who tithe say it is life changing.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
The Bible has many references to giving and why. Jesus talked about money many times. It is a very emotional subject for most people. As you decide if and how much you will give, think of your relationship with God.
Gifts to the church are either to the general fund (Tithes & Offerings) from which we pay our bills and staff, or to a designated purpose or ministry. You can indicate either via the memo line on your check or a specific purpose selection if using online giving. Contributions are usually tax deductible.
You will receive your giving statements quarterly and prior to the end of January each year. They are also available on the RUMC portal. Click here for portal
Giving is part of worship for many people who prefer to participate in the act of offering. Checks and cash are collected during the worship services during the offering or a place for donating will be indicated.
This option allows you to give via credit or debit card or bank draft. You can also set up recurring gifts and control the amount and timing of your gifts. Click here to give online.
Text to Give
In your phone messaging app, enter 678-515-9902 as the number, and the dollar amount you want to give in the message area, then send. Your donation will be sent to the church and you will receive a confirmation. If this is your first time using text, you will get a reply message that will take you to a web site to input your credit card information.
This option can be used if you want your bank account drafted periodically for your gifts. This requires you to contact us to set up or change your gift amount. As such, the Online Giving option is preferred where you can administer your gifts yourself. Bank accounts can be drafted on the 2nd and/or 16th of the month. Contact Nancy Erwin at 770-261-1726 or email@example.com for assistance.
Stock or Securities
Stock or security donations have a key tax element that makes them attractive for donors. If you have purchased a stock, and it has appreciated in value, when donating it you get a tax deduction for the stock value on the donation date. The church wins with your generous donation and you win with a tax deduction which is greater than your out of pocket cost of the stock. Contact Suzanne Denton at 770-261-1763 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get details and transfer information.
Required Minimum Distributions
If you are over 70 and a half years old, and have an IRA, you probably know about these. The IRS forces you to withdraw a certain amount each year from your account and pay tax on it. However, if you specify the amount to be directly sent to the church instead, you essentially get a tax deduction for the donation because it is not included in your income. It does not matter if you itemize deductions or not. The maximum amount per year is $100,000 per person. Contact Suzanne Denton at 770-261-1763 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
Property (except vehicles)
Property may be donated to the church, but you, as the donor, have to assign the value for your donation. The church is required to complete IRS forms for claimed value and what we actually received for it. In some cases, the cost of disposal or sale of the item is greater than the value. As such, we generally do not accept property items if not for a garage sale or consignment sale type event. Contact Suzanne Denton at 770-261-1763 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
We have a program where we can accept vehicles, running or not, as donations. The vehicle will be auctioned and the proceeds given to the church. Clear title to the vehicle is required. If you have a vehicle to dispose of just let us know and we can painlessly take care of it for you. Contact Suzanne Denton at 770-261-1763 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
Donor Advised Funds
Your brokerage firm can set up a Charitable Donor Advised Fund for you. When you move assets like stocks, bonds or cash to this fund you get a tax deduction immediately. You can then instruct the brokerage firm to disburse your gifts from it to the charities you support. Contact Suzanne Denton at 770-261-1763 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
2018 FEDERAL TAX CHANGES
As you may be aware, new federal tax legislation has increased the amounts for standard deductions. It has also lowered tax rates for most people. The effect of these changes is that most people will pay less tax and have more money in their pocket. Yay!
It is also estimated that 95% of people who previously itemized will no longer have to do so. (Another Yay!) However, since charitable contributions are part of itemized deductions, they will no longer lower the tax liability for many people.
All of us have different financial situations and those situations change over a lifetime. What really matters is what is in your heart to give. We hope you will continue to support our mission which still has much work to do. The new tax law did not change our needs or what we hope to accomplish.
Thank you for your support and prayers.