Stewardship involves so much more than just the annual pledge drive. When we join a United Methodist Church, we promise to support it with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.
Outside of the offering plate, you can support the work of God through this church by:
– Joining the grounds team to help with gardening and snow
– Sharing your musical talents during worship
– Inviting friends to church services and events
– Talking to people about God when they’re curious
– Standing up for justice in the wider Victor community
– Praying for a few minutes every day
– Or even just coming to worship as often as you can!
You can read more about financial gifts below.
It’s no fun to talk about money at church, we know. But, for better or worse, churches need money to function. We have to pay heating bills, buy communion supplies, pay staff, advertise events, support our ministries, and more.
The Church has run on the generosity of its members since the earliest days. Did you know? The early church survived mainly on the generosity of wealthy Roman women who became Christians.
If you’re a member or regularly attend worship at Victor UMC, please consider making a regular financial offering to support the work of our church.
Some Types of Giving
Every year, we do a Stewardship Campaign to gather the pledges for the upcoming year. Your pledges help our finance committee to create a realistic budget for the next year and to plan church programs and events.
If, during the year, your income changes and you need to increase or decrease your pledge, no problem. Simply let our finance committee know, and they will update the budget as needed.
We recommend that everyone work toward a tithe if possible.
The practice of tithing goes back to Israelite tradition. Shepherds and farmers brought the first fruits of each harvest to the Temple as an offering to God, in thanksgiving for God’s role in creation, sustaining us and providing for us.
In the Church, tithing means giving 10% of your income to the church. We recognize that this isn’t feasible for everyone at every income level. But we encourage you to prayerfully consider whether it’s a goal you can work toward over time. It might seem strange, but many people find tithing a rewarding practice!
Oh, and you can always give more than 10%. If you’re Jeff Bezos’ cousin or something, we’d be more than happy to take your 12 or 15% or more ;).
If you’d like to consider including Victor UMC in your will, you can contact the church office to discuss options and work out details.