Giving

Why is giving important?

The Bible has much to say about managing our finances with 2,300 verses that tell us to be generous and good stewards of our resources.   Jesus taught generosity and sacrifice.  He demanded that his followers serve not wealth, but God.  In the parable of the talents, he taught that God will hold us each accountable for what we do with all our earthly possessions.

What is Stewardship?

We are called to give because God first gave to us.  The basic premise of stewardship is that all we have and all that we are comes from God.   As a way to thank God for all the ways we have been blessed, we return a portion of what He has given to us.  We give because Christ gave his life so that we might have life abundant and eternal.

What is expected of me?

The Bible teaches us to plan our giving and to give systematically.  Notice the use of the words “set aside” that indicate we are to pledge and plan to give.

  • Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. (Deuteronomy 14:22)  By setting aside a regular tithe, we keep God at the top of our priority list and keep a proper perspective on everything else we have.
  • Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops. (Proverbs 3:9)  We are called to give the first 10 percent of our income, not the leftovers.  God has first place in our lives, not our possessions.  By first giving to God, we conquer greed and properly manage God’s resources to receive God’s blessing.

How does my tithe help?

When you make a contribution to the general operating budget of Main Street UMC, your gift supports both local and global mission and ministries including all the day-to-day operations of Aldersgate Mission, global ministries apportioned through the United Methodist denomination, local church administration and personnel including leadership for worship and music, missionaries near and far, and local discipleship ministries with children, youth, and senior adults.   The most effective way to increase the overall ministry outreach through Main Street UMC is to increase annual contributions to the operating budget.

A portion of every undesignated dollar you give to Main Street UMC goes to support Aldersgate Mission and other local community missions as well as funding the global ministries supported by the United Methodist Church statewide and internationally.

In addition your pledged or undesignated gifts to the Main Street UMC budget,  interested persons are invited to designate financial contributions to a particular mission of our church.

Why should I pledge?

Your Estimate of Giving card  allows those who guide our church finances to better plan for funding outreach and congregational care ministries.

The process of prayerfully asking God to guide your decision and then making a commitment with your financial gifts is an act of worship, an expression of gratitude and praise to God.

Pledging is a real way to put your faith in God’s provision and to practice Christian giving as a spiritual discipline which can increase the sense of joy, abundance, and peace in your life.

Main Street UMC has a Special Commitment to Feeding Hungry People

Sharing food with those who are hungry is a core practice in our life together at Main Street UMC.  Each month we highlight a particular hunger ministry and receive designated second-mile contributions each Sunday that month.   You can participate in these offerings by simply marking your check or offering envelope: “Hunger”.

Many of these monthly offerings are designated to feed hungry people in our own community through Edward’s Street Food Pantry, Christian Services, Extra Table, or the Aldersgate Backpack feeding ministry.  Twice each year  we sponsor a packing event for Stop Hunger Now—an organization with a mission to end hunger in our lifetime. To learn more, click here: Stop Hunger Now!

One dollar and fifty cents will provide a packet of rice, soy protein, dried vegetables, and vitamins to feed six people. $10 will feed over 25 school children. Join the mission to end hunger in our lifetime! Watch the website for more information about our next packing event.