Welcoming. Nurturing. Serving.
Just as there are many ways you can be a part of sharing God’s love in our community and around the globe through our ministries at FUMC, there are many ways you can provide your financial support in order to make those ministries possible.
FUMC’s financial resources come solely from the generosity of our faith community. Making commitments to employ our talented staff, maintain our building as a place of worship and community engagement, and support humanitarian missions at home and abroad requires us to step out on faith that we will have the financial resources to fulfill these commitments. Pledging allows each of us to make our personal commitment to do our part. With a strong base of pledges, FUMC can build its budget and plan its program with confidence that those plans will become reality. By pledging, you indicate your faithful intention to support the work of the church. While not a legal commitment in any sense, it is your promise upon which FUMC becomes the hands and feet of Christ in our world.
Pass the Plate!
Every Sunday, you have the opportunity to contribute as you feel moved to the work of the church, whether you are contributing toward your pledge or making a free will offering. Come join us on Sunday and pass the plate.
Do you still prefer to write out checks and put them in the mail? We welcome your contributions by mail anytime. Just make your check out to “FUMC” and mail it to FUMC Church Office, 3900 King Street, Alexandria, VA, 22302. If you want to designate your gift to a special program, just note it in the memo line.
I’m all Digital!
Do you like to “set it and forget it” with autopay or want an electronic option for your individual gifts? We offer electronic giving for both recurring gifts and one-time contributions. CLICK HERE to get started or Click Here for step-by-step instructions.
How Much Should I Give?
Giving to the ministries of your church is an intensely personal decision. Unlike the 15 percent guideline for tipping that we are all familiar with, there is no “rule of thumb” for giving to your church. It is a matter of the heart. In Old Testament days, believers gave the “first fruits” of the harvest to God, offering the first and best of what they had in thanks and in faith that God would provide. Translating that to today, by pledging to support FUMC, we treat our support of God’s work through FUMC as a commitment and priority we honor. For some, proportional giving, or “tithing,” provides a means of determining what is “right” for them—for example, traditionally, a tithe means giving 10 percent of what one earns to support the work of the church. While there is no right or wrong amount to give or to commit through your pledge, prayerfully consider how you can contribute to the work of the church and be generous, as God is generous with grace and love. If you are trying to decide what to give or pledge, or have questions, Pastoral staff and members of the Stewardship Committee can help answer those questions or direct you to more resources. Giving should free us to be more generous and focus on helping others.
Questions to Think About
What would I like to see my church do?
How can my gifts or pledges help or enhance this?
Do I have a budget and is there room for giving more to support others?
Are there things we can do without, or time I have to give to others?
How am I called to serve God and my community?
You are invited to participate in E-Giving
an electronic way to make your gifts to the church. The gifts can be recurring or one-time donations and can be drawn from a bank account or a credit card. Click the button above to get started OR Click Here for step-by-step instructions.