WAYS TO GIVE

"A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great."

Proverbs 18:16

All things we are and have are from God. Through these God-given gifts, and our use of them, we are able to accomplish His purpose for us. One such purpose is to bring people to Jesus Christ. If this church has brought you to Christ, 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.

Ways to Give

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


 

Sunday Offering

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.

Online Giving

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.

Bank Draft

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 nerwin@rumc.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 sdenton@rumc.com 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 don’t have to pay tax because that amount is deducted on the front page of your tax return. 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 sdenton@rumc.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 sdenton@rumc.com if you have any questions.

Create a Legacy

The RUMC Foundation, Inc. is funded through direct donations, planned charitable gifts such as bequests and trusts, and investment appreciation. Foundation donations are the gifts that keep on giving. Since 1991, The RUMC Foundation, Inc. has invested donations like yours to support religious, charitable and humanitarian efforts. Your gift can have an impact on your favorite ministry area now and in the years to come. For more information on creating your Christian Legacy in Action, contact Bill Barbour at 770-261-1707 or bbarbour@rumc.com or visit www.rumc.com/foundation.


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.