Stewardship is the faithful giving of time, talent, treasure, and witness by our members and regular attenders, making possible the ministries of our church. It is the careful and responsible management of everything entrusted to our care — not just a means for the church to raise money. It is a way of life that recognizes that everything we have is God’s, and we are simply managing those resources to the best of our ability while here on earth.
How can you learn and practice good Christian stewardship?
- Pray about your giving to God’s ministries.
- Model the humility and generosity God calls you to exhibit.
- Set up a schedule to eventually reach full tithing, or tithe one week of every month.
- Give your time, talents, and financial aid to Missions and ministries of the church.
- Join the Stewardship Team.
We offer various classes, seminars, and workshops seeking to build your skills in responsibly managing your resources. These have included Financial Peace University, estate planning, and others. One of these resources, Financial Peace University, is now available online for a fee if classroom sessions do not fit your schedule. If you do not find what you are looking for, please ask the office or one of our Stewardship Team members.
Our Get Involved page lists several ways for you to give your time, talents, and witness; check it out here. You may make your financial gifts in a variety of forms. Our church uses an envelope numbering system to properly account for your giving. You may request envelopes from the church office. You will receive a receipt of your tax-deductible gifts in accordance with IRS requirements. Please let us know if you have any specific needs regarding the timing of these notifications; otherwise, you should receive quarterly and annual statements of your gifts as required to meet government standards.
There are several ways to support our ministries using electronic giving:
Web Bill Pay – use your bank web bill pay service to have a recurring and/or one-time gifts sent directly to the church.
Through our website – You can use our website to either personally manage or have the church manage your giving using the Giving Ribbon (located at the top right of our website). You can learn how our online giving service works by viewing a demo first (desktop) (mobile)
You Manage: You can use the secure online giving service on our website: Giving Ribbon. You are encouraged to establish an online profile and personally manage your giving, or provide a one-time contribution online. You will be presented with the following options:
- Make a one-time Online Contribution
- Create Your Online Profile to personally manage your regular and one-time giving
- Log In to your existing profile and manage your contributions
Church Manages: If you are unable to manage online giving securely from home, you may have the church manage your online giving account, here’s how:
- fill out the appropriate form available for download here, or in the church office.
- choose monthly or twice-monthly transfers from your bank account, credit card, or debit card directly to the church account. Please note that we do not currently accept American Express credit cards.
- increase, decrease, change the transaction date, or discontinue the debits at any time.
- Return your signed form to the office.
Online Shopping – you can also setup an account on UMCmarket.org and your donations will go to Christ UMC.
This program enables you to purchase eScrip gift cards and have a portion of the card value returned to support the ministries of the church. Card possibilities include grocery stores, restaurants, and appliance stores. You can download an order form here.
You can purchase eScrip cards before or after the first Sunday of the month worship service. Your cards will be available for pickup the second Sunday. You can also register and place an order online at www.shopwithscrip.com. Once you have established your account, you can:
- register to pay online using their PrestoPay™ option.
- refill cards you have purchased online which have the reload option.
- create a report showing how your purchases have resulted in benefit to the church. Check with your tax adviser to see how to treat this.
Contact Amy and Brian Stevens for details.
This type of planning involves wills, trusts, annuities, federal gift taxes, executors (personal representatives), guardianship, living wills and durable powers of attorney. Estate planning expresses what we believe, assures the proper disbursement of property and minimizes taxes payable at death.
One of the hardest concepts to convey is that wills and estate planning aren’t just for older or wealthy people, and everybody has an estate. Everything you have worked hard for your entire life constitutes your estate. Directing how your estate will be distributed after your death is just as important as how you care for it during your lifetime. In fact, it’s part of your Christian responsibility.
Discuss your options with your family and your legal and financial advisors as you create and review your life plan.
Giving for missions and ministries beyond your normal tithes and offering is always an option for those so blessed. For example, in 2014 we gave over $3,300 in aid through our church General Board of Global Ministries.
- When you make your gifts on your envelope to missions, please note any specific requests.
- When you give on our eGiving page, select Mission-Special Gifts, fill-in the amount of your gift, and specify the recipient of your gift.
- When you give online using United Methodist online giving sites, it is helpful to provide your church name along with your one-time and recurring gifts. CUMC’s church number is 91212 for UM giving sites.
Two recommended UM giving sites are:
- The Advance – The General Board of Global Ministry site supporting missionaries and mission projects world-wide.
- UMCOR – UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own.
You can learn more about the role and impact of giving at the We Give website.
In addition to our regular tithes and offering, we support the following General Church Special Sundays:
Human Relations Day
The 1972 General Conference established Human Relations Day to promote support for Community Developers, United Methodist Voluntary Services and Police-Community Relations programs. In 1989, the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program replaced the Police-Community Relations Program. More than 30 church-based Community Developers work in racial- and ethnic-minority communities in the United States and Puerto Rico (57 percent of the offering). A multiracial network of grassroots social-justice organizations related to United Methodist Voluntary Services provides vital outreach (33 percent). Christ-centered Youth Offender Rehabilitation projects give teenagers a chance to succeed (10 percent).
One Great Hour of Sharing
In 1946, One Great Hour of Sharing began as a special effort of the Episcopal Church. In 1949, the observance became ecumenical. Originally, congregations reserved one special worship hour during the year for people of faith to contribute over and above their regular offerings. Today different denominations celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing on various dates, but the cooperative spirit remains.
Peace with Justice Sunday
The 1980 General Conference created a church-wide Peace with Justice program assigned to the General Board of Church and Society. The 1984 General Conference voted to support the program with an annual Special Sunday offering on World Order Sunday, established more than half a century ago to build recognition and support for the work of the United Nations. While World Order Sunday was set traditionally in October, churches were encouraged to observe it any time during the season of Pentecost. The 1988 General Conference established Peace with Justice Sunday as the first Sunday after Pentecost to give churches a single, more convenient date for the offering and a name that clearly identifies the ministries it supports.
Native American Ministries Sunday
In a petition to the 1988 General Conference, the Native American International Caucus proposed and delegates approved Native American Awareness Sunday. The 2000 General Conference changed the name of the observance to Native American Ministries Sunday.
World Communion Sunday
In 1940, the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America established Worldwide Communion Sunday as a global, interdenominational event. Prompted by the impact of World War II, the Methodist Church received an offering on this Sunday for the Fellowship of Suffering and Service. In 1971, The United Methodist Church changed the name of the observance to World Communion Sunday and redistributed the offering to support the Crusade Scholarship Program (begun in 1944), the Ethnic Minority Scholarship Program and the Division of Chaplains and Related Ministries. In 1980, Chaplains and Related Ministries was moved to World Service funding, but the World Communion Sunday offering continued to assist ethnic minority persons pursuing various avenues of ministry. In 2008, “Crusade Scholars” became “World Communion Scholars.” United Methodist Student Day In 1866, a special fund was established for the advanced education of Sunday-school children and the educational preparation of persons for the ministry and missionary service. The 1940 General Conference established Methodist Student Day with a churchwide offering. The 1968 Uniting Conference continued this connectional student-aid program to be funded by the United Methodist Student Day offering. Dates for taking the offering have changed through the years.
The Stewardship Team meets monthly to identify needs and opportunities for commitment of our time, talent, gifts and service in support of the ministries of our church. To find out more information, contact:
Dan Moseler, Stewardship Team Leader or any member of the Stewardship Team