Finance

2021 Stewardship Campaign – Where is God Calling You?

We have an exciting church wide study for this year’s Stewardship Campaign entitled “Where is God Calling You?”   We will be following the Right Now Media series “Living Generously” by Jack Alexander during each service over the five weekends of the program. https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/215723

Each week, a Stewardship Committee representative will present a short Right Now media TEACHING moment video and mention a few wrap up items for that week.  We are asking everyone to view a full video from the Living Generously series prior to each service.  During our first weekend, we will also show the full video during the service to launch the program.  For those unable to access to Right Now Media, we will also show each full video 10 minutes before each subsequent service at Saturday evening and Sundays in October. You can post this page on your fridge or computer or wherever it will remind you to take this time each week to review the session before worship. 

o October 2/3 – “First”– This week we kick off our Stewardship Campaign.  We have 3 goals – our spiritual growth, our time and talent growth, and our finances.  This week’s video is First.  We are talking about Your love for God and His love for You.    During worship each of the five Sunday’s, we will show a brief summary/teaching video.  This week we will be showing both videos in worship.  If you are not signed up for Right Now Media, please contact Pastor Bruce at preacherptl@gmail.com or Pastor Ron at ronaldslavin@comcast.net and they will sign you up.  If you are unable to access Right Now Media, please come to worship 10 minutes early each week to view the video at the church.  WHERE IS GOD CALLING YOU TODAY?  Next week’s video in the Living Generously study is called Defense at https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/215723?episode=3.  Please watch this before you attend service next week.  

o October 9/10 – “Defense” – Years ago Kenny Rogers and Dolly Pardon had a song” Let’s Take the Long Way Around the World”.  In short, the song talked about setting a priority for each other and taking the time to enjoy companionship.  In today’s world we often get caught up in the daily rush of things and sometimes forget what is the main purpose and priority that God has for us.  Stewardship this week asks you to reflect on how you set your priorities.  WHERE IS GOD CALLING YOU TODAY?  Next week’s video in the Living Generously study is called Poor https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/215723?episode=5 .  Please watch this before you attend service next week.  

o October 16/17 – “Poor” – Whether you are 18, 28, 58, or 88 have you changed from where you were 10 years ago.  Are you able to do more than you could before or are you more challenged in trying to accomplish things? God’s message is clear – he needs you to help bring people to him.  Some things you can do will take a lot of time and effort, others are quick and simple and only needed once in a blue moon.  All tasks are valued equally in God’s eyes – it is not the size or amount of time each offers – it is the amount of sacrifice it takes for each person to offer that time and talent.  This week we have included in the bulletin a list of many of the ministries here at First United Methodist Church.  WHERE IS GOD CALLING YOU TODAY?  Next week’s video in the Living Generously study is called Tower - please view at https://youtu.be/LBjnIbWYQ_o  or https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/215723?episode=7.  Please watch this before you attend service next week.

o October 23/24 – “Tower”– Does time drag on for you or did you blink and it is 10 years later?  Time is something we can never get back.  What are the most important priorities in your life and how you spend your time?  Most of us spend it with those we love the most.  Sometime we tend to forget that includes all God’s children even those that are hurting and need to see God’s love the most.  It may be as simple as noticing the cashier that is hurting and could use a word of encouragement.  This doesn’t really take much time but can be a gift beyond measure to that cashier.  What are some other ways you can spend your time in God’s work?  WHERE IS GOD CALLING YOU TODAY?  Next week’s video in the Living Generously study is called Seedtime at https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/215723?episode=9.  Please watch this before you attend service next week. 

o October 30/31 – “Seedtime” – This is our final week of the 2021 Stewardship campaign.  We hope you have enjoyed the church wide study Living Generously as much as we have.  Today we ask you to answer the question we have been asking all month.  WHERE IS GOD CALLING YOU TODAY?  You will find in the bulletin today 3 commitment cards.  There is the financial commitment card that you most likely have seen and used before.  But new this year is the faith growth commitment card and the time/talent/service commitment card.  We will use the faith growth cards to try to implement various bible studies or meetings to help you grow in your faith.  We will use the time/talent/service commitment card to help you find ways to ministry to those in need.  Please prayerfully complete these cards and return to the ushers, or the offering box, or to the church office!  Thank you for your prayers and support!

 

FINANCIAL COMMITMENT CARD – 2022

Galatians 6:7 – “A man reaps what he sows.”

I covenant with God to financially support my church and its ministries through the giving of my first fruits to:

_____ Commit to $ ______ per (circle one) weekly/ monthly/ annually for the ministries and missions and administrative (general budget code 200) 

_____Commit to $ ______ per (circle one) weekly/ monthly/ annually for the $2 Buck campaign (connectional apportionments)

_____Commit to $______ per (circle one) weekly/ monthly/ annually for designated offering (insert code from reverse side) ____________

TOTAL Commit to $ ______ per (circle one) weekly/ monthly/ annually

I/We will provide this either through the worship offering, a mailed envelope to the church, or through Tithely.com online giving

Sign Name ____________________________________________ Envelope # ___________

Please turn over for the Codes to designated offerings 

 

Contribution Key Codes for Designated Offerings

200 General Fund

514  $2 Fund

701 Utilities

500 Connectional  Apportionment

80 Memorial 

215 Love Offering

361 Food Bank

45 PDF

226 Communion

232 Thanksgiving

324 Brown Bag/CommDinner

217 Easter

211 Palm Sunday

212 Maunday Thursday

213 Good Friday

216 Lent

87 Wendells  Vision

40 Youth 

13 VBS

Cafe

Boiler Repair

Write In     

     

 

 

 

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