Giving Update from the Church Finance Committee

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, ksmith@liverpoolfirstumc.comemengel@liverpoolfirstumc.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