We are grateful for your tithes, offerings and special gifts, and we believe giving is an act of worship. In addition to pledges for our operations which are always most needed, St. Andrew has special restricted funds to which you may also give, such as the Endowment Fund, Scholarship Fund, the Haley Borton Children’s fund, Memorial Fund, Library Memorial Fund, for our mission projects or to special advances of the United Methodist Church. These include: Peace with Justice Sunday, One Great Hour of Sharing, and others. For these gifts, we suggest that you contact the church office so that we know of your intentions.
St. Andrew’s finance & stewardship committees appreciates those who set up the church in their own on-line banking system or especially through our InFellowship system. By giving through InFellowship, your gift is received and is automatically credited to your account, saving time for our contribution counters and our financial staff. It is a great help that we receive pledges or gifts even when you are away as our expenses to operate the ministries continue! That means setting up a recurring donation certainly helps our cash flow and saves you the time of writing a check. (It is not necessary for you to mail or provide a notice unless you have special concerns.)
If giving by credit card, please note that our transaction fee is approximately 2.5%, and any small amount that you give over and above will help us with these fees. A drop down box will allow you to pick the proper operating or mission fund.
Stock, Mutual Funds & Investment Securities:
We also are happy to accept stock contributions and ask that you first contact us so that we may provide you with the information to have the security directly transferred to our stock professional.
Giving Unneeded Life Insurance:
Do you own an old life insurance policy that is no longer needed? Perhaps the purpose for the policy no longer exists (your children are grown or your mortgage is paid off) or your financial situation has changed and mitigates the need for insurance. Consider giving the policy to the church and receive a charitable income tax deduction for the lesser of your cost basis or the replacement value. This is a great way to benefit the church without reducing your checking account. If the value is more than you wish to donate, consider cashing in your policy and giving a lesser portion. Your gift may sufficiently reduce or eliminate any potential taxes from the sale. (From the General Board of Discipleship)
Of course, you will want to consult with your legal and/or tax advisor. Please advise the church office of your plans to be sure you are properly credited. We have had others who have donated their life insurance in the past and it has been a blessing for both the individual and also for the church!