> ANSWERING GOD’S CALL
The sharing of our time, our talents, our gifts, and our service is important to our growth as Christian disciples. it is critical that we make God’s call to be financially generous to others an integral part of our faith journey. Regularly giving or tithing is a practice of discipleship that builds trust in God and an integral part of our faith journey. It slowly creates the realization that your resources come from God, that you have been gifted, and that you are called to pass along the gift to others. Giving through St John changes people's lives right here in Anchorage, and around the world.
> GIVING OPTIONS
Annual pledges help establish regular, meaningful giving habits. Other gifts can be made throughout the year. You will receive regular statements of your giving, and all gifts are tax-deductible.
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”[a] 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
- 2 CORINTHIANS 9:7-8 (NLT)
> CASH GIFTS
Worship Offerings : You can contribute your tithes and offerings through the offering plate during our Sunday and Wednesday Services.
Online Giving : Make a one-time or recurring contribution with a credit or debit card through our secure EasyTithe website at the link below, or you can text your gift. Simply text (423) 301-5141 and follow the prompts OR you can use the “CLICK HERE TO MAKE AN ONLINE DONATION” link at the top of the page.
* If you are experiencing issues with the “Give” link to EasyTithe - you can try copying and pasting this URL : https://www.easytithe.com/dl/?uid=sain1801105 *
By Mail : Donations may be mailed directly to St John UMC at 1801 O’Malley Rd., Anchorage, AK 99507
> NON - CASH GIFTS
> Stocks and Mutual Funds : You can usually deduct the full fair market value of appreciated long-term assets you've held for more than one year, such as stocks, bonds or mutual funds. In addition, if you donate stocks or other investments, you pay no capital gains tax. Contact us to receive the necessary forms at firstname.lastname@example.org or check with your financial advisor.
> Other : Other giving options include life insurance, retirement assets, bequests, personal property, appreciated Real Estate, and charitable lead trusts.
Giving appreciated assets may be a convenient way to maximize your giving. Individuals should check with their financial advisor.
> WILLS AND BEQUESTS
Naming St. John UMC of Anchorage as a beneficiary in your will is a commendable way to invest in future ministries of the church. Please contact your attorney for more information and estate planning.
> ENDOWMENT FUND
Gifts to the Endowment Fund ensure that the ministries of St. John UMC will go on for many years to come. Endowed giving is a good way to say that you believe in the future of the church, that you want to build a sense of permanence in your gifts, and that you want to create a heritage for future generations. To learn more about leaving a legacy to our church, please contact us at email@example.com
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