Finance

Stewardship Campaign News

“Invest in Hope”

As we deal with the turmoil and chaos that has almost become the new norm we can hope in the Lord and remember; “It’s always darkest before the dawn.”  In these dark days many people are without hope. This year, the theme the Stewardship Committee has chosen is, “Invest in Hope”.  Hope, within the biblical context is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness.  There has not been a better time here of late to make investments of hope not only in the Church but in your fellow man.

As we near the time to make our commitments for giving, we all must reflect on what the Lord is calling us to do.  Some of us are financially hurting due to illness, unemployment, a decline in business, or other circumstances.   Yet for many of us, our situation has not changed, or maybe has even improved.  Now is the time we all need to reflect and do what we can to strengthen the Church, to invest in opportunities to spread the word of God when people need to hear God’s message of hope the most.

While things look bleak at the moment, remember that hard times can provide great opportunities for those that have the faith to act.  By way of example, Disney went through the great depression early in its creation and seems to have flourished since.  While we are not investing in a business, we are faced with investing in something much more monumental…will you heed God’s calling to help his Church, brothers and sisters?  Will you continue to support the spreading of his message during this time where it could have a profound effect on many who most desperately need it?

In the coming weeks, the Stewardship Committee, which is a subcommittee of the finance committee, will be leading our Church forward to Commitment Sunday when we prayerfully submit our “Faith Promise Commitment Card” for January 2021 to December 2021.  This is a six-week period beginning October 11th and ending November 15th - - Commitment Sunday.

May God Bless You through this Journey,

The Stewardship Committee

Adam Slivka, Chairman

Kyle Bryan, Alan Painter, Pastor Bruce Judy

Isaiah 40:31:  “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not grow faint.”

2 Corinthians 9:6:  “Remember this: whoever serves sparingly will also reap sparingly and who ever sows generously will also reap generously.”

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 

Finance Committee Ways Of Giving

GIVING TO OUR CHURCH THROUGH UNITED WAY!  Many of you are already contributing to United Way from your paycheck.  You can give that portion to First UM of Irwin!  The campaigns for United Way are usually held in September at your place of employment.  Please tell them that you would like your portion of giving to go to your church!  You will need our church code to do this donation online. 

If you work in Westmoreland County the church code is: 416719.

If you work in Allegheny County the church code is: 11850302.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

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DO YOU LIKE TO PAY YOUR BILLS ONLINE?  If so, you can designate First United Methodist Church as a bill payee.  The address is 310 Oak Street, Irwin, PA.  15642.  You can elect the amount you would like the church to receive and the number of times to “pay” the church.  Use your envelope number as the requested account number.  The bank will then send a check to the church.  The office will process the check the same as we do for Sunday envelopes. 

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The General Council on Finance and Administration is proud to be in partnership with Tribute to present UMCmarket.org -- the online portal designed for United Methodists to shop online at a variety of retailers who will donate to your local church or other United Methodist entity, to help you raise funds for ministry. 

Visit umcmarket.org, establish your free, online account and support our FUMC ministry by creating donations.

1. Enter your email address

2. Type a nickname for you account

3. Create a password

4. Select a state (PA) and a city (Irwin.) A list of the UM churches and related organizations in the Irwin area will appear.

5. Select “Irwin First United Methodist Church”

6. Click “Signup”

7. At this point you may click on any of the available categories that may interest you or simply click “Skip” to continue.

8. Watch the short video clip which demonstrates how to shop using UMC Market.

9. Shop from among thousands of retailers.  Each retailer will show what percentage of your donation will be given to our church.  When you are finished shopping follow the procedure each store has to “Checkout” your items and make the necessary payment.

UMC Market will automatically receive notification of your sale and will place the funds in their “FUMC” account.  When their “FUMC” account reaches $100.00, UMC Market will send a check for that amount to our church.

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AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.  Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

Start your shopping by going to smile.amazon.com

1. If you already have an Amazon account you may log into it at this time.

2. If you don’t have an Amazon account, it is easy to create one following the instructions on the screen.

    a. Enter the name you want on the account

    b. Enter your email address. Re-type your email address

    c. Create a password. Re-type your password

    d. Click on the “Create an Account” button

3. Select a charitable organization

    a. Type First United Methodist Church Irwin, PA

    b. When the listing organizations appears on the screen, select “First United Methodist Church” Irwin, PA.

    c. Click in the box that reads “I understand that I must always start at smile.amazon.com to support “First United Methodist Church” Irwin, PA.

4. Click on the “Start Shopping” button

5. Shop any of the thousands of stores available on Amazon.  When you have completed your shopping click on “Proceed to Checkout.”

6. Follow the instructions for shipping and payment.

7. Place your order.  You will notice near your order number is a notation that you are supporting “First United Methodist Church.”

It’s that simple!  You have your Amazon shopping done and, you have helped to support our church.

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• using an on-line banking service such as http:/tithe.ly   With Tithe.ly you can track your giving, be assured that your giving is secured using SSL with 256-bit encryption, and give using all major credit cards.  Just download the app on your phone or PC and you can set up your giving. Look for FUMC Irwin after you download the app and the app will help you to set up one time giving, or you can set it up for automatic giving as I did and have it set to give the 1st and 15th of the month. It is easy and safe and allows you to track your giving.

The General Council on Finance and Administration is proud to be in partnership with Tribute to present UMCmarket.org -- the online portal designed for United Methodists to shop online at a variety of retailers who will donate to your local church or other United Methodist entity, to help you raise funds for ministry. 

Visit umcmarket.org, establish your free, online account and support our FUMC ministry by creating donations.

10. Enter your email address

11. Type a nickname for you account

12. Create a password

13. Select a state (PA) and a city (Irwin.) A list of the UM churches and related organizations in the Irwin area will appear.

14. Select “Irwin First United Methodist Church”

15. Click “Signup”

16. At this point you may click on any of the available categories that may interest you or simply click “Skip” to continue.

17. Watch the short video clip which demonstrates how to shop using UMC Market.

18. Shop from among thousands of retailers.  Each retailer will show what percentage of your donation will be given to our church.  When you are finished shopping follow the procedure each store has to “Checkout” your items and make the necessary payment.

UMC Market will automatically receive notification of your sale and will place the funds in their “FUMC” account.  When their “FUMC” account reaches $100.00, UMC Market will send a check for that amount to our church.



Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Start your shopping by going to smile.amazon.com

8. If you already have an Amazon account you may log into it at this time.

9. If you don’t have an Amazon account, it is easy to create one following the instructions on the screen.

    a. Enter the name you want on the account

    b. Enter your email address. Re-type your email address

    c. Create a password. Re-type your password

    d. Click on the “Create an Account” button

10. Select a charitable organization

    a. Type First United Methodist Church Irwin, PA

    b. When the listing organizations appears on the screen, select “First United Methodist Church” Irwin, PA.

    c. Click in the box that reads “I understand that I must always start at smile.amazon.com to support “First United Methodist Church” Irwin, PA.

11. Click on the “Start Shopping” button

12. Shop any of the thousands of stores available on Amazon.  When you have completed your shopping click on “Proceed to Checkout.”

13. Follow the instructions for shipping and payment.

14. Place your order.  You will notice near your order number is a notation that you are supporting “First United Methodist Church.”

It’s that simple!  You have your Amazon shopping done and, you have helped to support our church.

 

Finance Committee Responsibilities

The primary task of the Committee on Finance is to propose, raise, manage, and distribute the resources of the congregation to support and strengthen the mission and ministry of the congregation.

Responsibilities

1. To build an annual budget to support the mission and ministry of the congregation and to submit it to the Church Council for approval.

2. To develop and carry out plans to raise enough income to support the budget that has been approved.

3. To carry out instructions about allocations from the Church Council.

4. To guide the work of the Treasurer and the Financial Secretary.

5. To arrange for an annual audit of the records of financial officers and to report to the Charge Conference.

6. To be accountable to the Charge Conference through the Church Council