As we travel the discipleship highway to become better disciples of Christ, we must also realize that faithful stewardship (management of the resources we have been given by God) as well as heartfelt and sacrificial giving are a part of true discipleship. It is our responsibility to grow in discipleship with Christ by showing our faith in Him through our tithes and offerings. Church giving includes three areas: Capital, Operational and Endowment.
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2013 Operating Budget Campaign, Extravagant Generosity
It is a personal challenge is to find ways to grow deeper in our faith. One way to do this is to return a portion of our financial blessings to God through our tithes and offerings. Our giving recognizes God as the source of our blessings.
Your gifts help to create and implement ministries that change lives, transform communities and spread the good news of Christ. This commitment represents a tangible opportunity to worship and serve God through generosity.
We hope everyone in our church family returns an Estimate of Giving Card, even if the can only make a limited estimate of giving a this time. Your estimate of giving can be changed at anytime by contacting our financial advisor, Wendy Dugall, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Estimate of Giving Brochure
Capital Campaign (Debt Reduction), "God's House, Our Home"
Capital funds are raised to support new facilities construction, current facilities rennovations, or debt reduction for existing facilities. The 2011 Capital Campaign "God's House, Our Home" will run from May 2011 - May 2014. Through the campaign, we raise funds to reduce our current facilities debt of $5.7 million. Here are links to helpful information about the campaign.
The Endowment Fund is a permanent fund, which is invested to further the church’s ministries. The donor, often in consultation with Fund Directors, decides how he or she wishes to designate a legacy for the future, and thus provides a permanent resource to witness for Christ. The interest earned on the fund is reinvested back into the church to help further the ministries of Stonebridge UMC.
How Can I give?
Gifts of Cash
Simplicity and ease of giving are the reasons that cash is the most popular type of endowment gifting. A gift of cash is considered given on the date it is made to the fund.
Gifts of Securities
A gift of long-term securities generally results in several federal tax benefits. You are entitled to an income tax deduction for the full market value of the securities as of the date of your gift. You are not liable for the capital gains tax you would incur if you sold the securities.
A Gift of Property
Real property in any location may be given to the Endowment Fund. If the property is owned one year or longer, the fair market value is deductible, no capital-gains taxes are payable on appreciation, and the property is removed from your taxable estate. Donations of a personal residence, ranch or farm, are welcome and you can retain use of them for life.
A Personal Will
In your will you may decide to bequeath a percentage of your estate, or a specific amount, or the remainder after bequests to other beneficiaries are made. Bequests can be of cash, securities, real property, or other personal property.
Below are the funds for which you may designate your gift:
Eagle's Wings Fund
This fund isused to support Eagle's Wings, the Center for Christian Fellowship and Study, through the purchase of books and resource materials.
Program and Education Fund
Income from this fund is used to support and enhance the ministries that our church celebrates, including the Celebration Service, small group ministries, and special events.
Income from this fund supports mission and outreach projects outside our local church in the communities of McKinney, the United States, and the world.
Income from this fund is used for major maintenance and improvements of present and future facilities.
Income from this fund may be disbursed into any of the funds named above or may, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, be disbursed toward some presently unknown project.
For more information on the Endowment Fund, please contact Cindy Moreland.