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Giving FAQ's - First United Methodist Church of Gilbert
Church Finances Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Why should I give money to the church? God has provided us with everything that we need for abundant life. As a token of our appreciation, we should offer a gift back. As Jesus taught on the mount, “give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you receive (Luke 6:38).” We give to the church as the embodiment of our Lord here on earth, to support its good works. Giving is a form of spiritual discipline—akin to prayer, church attendance, and doing charitable works—and helps you to grow in your faith. How are my financial contributions put to use by the church? The church budget–a public document–describes how funds donated to the church are used. The major expenses are: staff salaries and benefits (primarily the pastor, administrative support, custodian, and music director); upkeep of the church building (utilities, insurance, and maintenance); and the ministries of the church (such as our local missions, education, small groups, service projects, worship opportunities, etc.). If you’re interested in seeing our church’s budget document, please ask Deanna Helland, Church Accountant. The document is a public document. What happens to the money that is collected in church on Sundays? The offerings are taken from the altar by two counters who immediately tally the donations. They record the contributions and immediately deposit the funds in the bank. These volunteer counters are recruited and trained by the Finance Ministry Team and serve on a rotating basis. Who knows how much I give to the church? Your giving is a private matter of conscience between you and God. At First United Methodist Church of Gilbert, the Financial Secretary has knowledge of each individual’s annual giving, in order to record these contributions for tax purposes. On an “as needed basis” the Senior Pastor and Church Accountant has access to this information. You will be provided a quarterly record of your donations, which you can use when preparing your taxes. Since our volunteer counters serve on a rotating basis, they only see your donation amount on a few Sundays out of the year. What is a pledge? Your pledge is the amount of money you promise to donate to the church during the upcoming year. Each fall, we run a stewardship campaign which culminates in the collection of financial pledges. It is a purely voluntary commitment and you are free to change it as circumstances dictate. The Finance Committee is provided with an aggregate total of pledges by the Financial Secretary in order to facilitate the budget planning process. How do I go about making a pledge? Pledge cards are available in the church office at all times. Simply complete the pledge card, enclose it in an envelope addressed to the Financial Secretary, and either drop it in the Sunday collection plate or send it in to the Church office. I want to make a pledge this year, but am unsure of the right amount. I’d like to talk further with …