The corona virus crisis has confronted us all with unprecedented challenges, constant and often confusing changes in our daily lives, and scary threats to the health of ourselves, our family, friends and neighbors. One thing that has not changed, and will never change, is the steadfast love and grace of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, and for many of us that provides great comfort and hope. Our church is a wonderful institution for providing important social interaction, care services and spiritual support, at a time when these things are more important than ever. Our staff, working from home, and volunteers are engaged in keeping the work of our church alive.
With traditional Sunday worship services not being available, we have received requests regarding how our members can continue to provide their offerings and honor their pledges. Fortunately there are several ways to do this.
(1) You can simply mail your offering to the church; LFUMC, 604 Oswego Street, Liverpool NY, 13088. If you do this we recommend you enclose a check, not cash, and if you do not enclose your filled in offering envelope please indicate how you want your offering directed; e.g. general operating budget, building fund, etc.
(2) If you go to our church’s website ( www.liverpoolfirstumc.org ) you will see a tab in the upper right of our home page for “Online Giving”. Clicking on that will allow you to make a one-time offering, or make recurring donations.
— If this is your first visit please create your online giving profile. For subsequent visits just go to the Log-In box.
— You will see that you can donate using a credit card, debit card, checking account or savings bank account. We prefer the bank accounts since we won’t lose the three to four percent merchant fee on your credit card donation.
(3) You can enroll in our Electronic Fund Transfer giving program. This is perhaps the easiest and most convenient of the three options, and has been in place for seven years, performing flawlessly. Like the online giving program (#2 above) it is transacted through a third party that is recommended by the national United Methodist Church, and is certified to the highest level of financial security. With this program you set up a monthly automated withdrawal from your checking account on the 15th day of each month. You select the amount of the withdrawal and how it is to be directed (budget, building). It occurs automatically each month, without any action on your part, until you tell us to stop. You can also change the amount withdrawn whenever you want. Call or email the church (315–457-5180, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) if you wish to enroll. A registration form will be sent to you.
For clarification about these options contact our Financial Secretary, Rich Ertinger, or the church staff at 315–457-5180.
Posted March 26, 2020