Why We Give
Your financial giving changes people’s lives. It helps St. John UMC reach out to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
Your financial giving also changes you. It slowly creates a total way of life in which you realize that everything you have is from God, that you have been gifted and are therefore called to pass on the gift to someone else: to use your resources wisely and generously.
The Bible is filled with examples of grateful response to God’s abundant gifts. We hope that you might consider responding by contributing to St. John United Methodist Church.
St. John has a tradition of receiving a special Christmas Eve Offering each year to be given away for a missional purpose. After conversations with our Mission and Outreach Team, our Finance Team, and our Church
Council, we had a unanimous feeling that the best gift we could give this year is to use our Christmas Eve offering to help all those still struggling from this year's natural disasters. Every dollar you give to this year's Christmas Eve offering will go to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) where 100% of donations are spent directly on disaster response and long term recovery. Please join us this year in blessing our neighbors in places like Texas, California, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and elsewhere around the world.
Click the button below to download the 2018 pledge card. You can drop off your pledge to the office, or mail to St. John UMC, 1801 O'Malley Rd. Anchorage, AK 99507.
You may also make your pledge online by clicking the "Give" button on this page.
Giving at St. John
What is stewardship?
The practice of stewardship reminds us that all we have is not ultimately ours, but God’s. Our money and material possessions, as well as this good earth, are brimming with God’s grace as each sustains us. We are called to use what we’ve been given: grace is never to be consumed greedily or thoughtlessly, but with great generosity toward others and the work of God’s kingdom. A challenging practice, to be sure, but we come to discover that it actually gives us more than it asks. It’s been said that nothing can make God love us any less, and nothing can make God love us any more. That’s true with financial giving. We don’t give because we have to: we give because we can. We give because our giving helps lives be changed - even our own.
Why do we invite concrete commitments in advance?
As we grow, we want to be responsible stewards for the future. We are developing a comprehensive budget for ministry. This budget is funded by the generosity of attenders and friends, primarily through annual commitments. Commitments (or pledges) are especially important because they help us estimate the resources available and plan accordingly.
What if I’ve never given before?
That's OK. We can walk you through the process as you make your first gift. It takes only a small step to start the journey.
Click the GIVE button to make a secure contribution online or pay for activities.
Ways to Give
1. Give cash or check in the offering plate during worship. Make checks out to St. John UMC.
2. Set up a recurring credit card charge through EasyTithe, click the GIVE button. If you have questions on how to get up and running with EasyTithe, contact our membership manager at
(907) 344-3025 or email.
3. Make a one time or recurring credit card gift online by clicking on the large red 'give' button at the top of this page.
How do I make a commitment?
Anytime during the year, you can click here and set up a recurring gift in the amount you have chosen. Alternatively, you can email Patti or write down your commitment in worship at the end of October.
We encourage starting (or moving to) online giving: it’s green, consistent, and safe. Visit here and you’ll be asked to create a profile and input your information.
How much should I pledge?
Take time to pray and discern. We encourage giving a deliberately-chosen percentage of gross income. We are challenged to set a tithe (the Biblical word for 10% of our income) as the giving goal in our lives. Start where you can and begin the journey. Some fully tithe or give more than a tithe; others take an incremental approach - increasing their gift by 1%, 2%, or 3% per year - to gradually move toward 10%.
What if my financial circumstances change?
If you need to change your commitment at any time, just let us know. This commitment represents your voluntary giving; it’s not a binding contract. For more information, contact Patti Butcher.