Financial Giving at Redeemer
Our challenge is to find ways to grow deeper in our faith. One way to do this is to offer our financial blessings to God through our tithes and offerings. Through these gifts, we invest in God's vision and purpose and create an opportunity for God to work through us. Our gifts to God each week are an act of worship; and our offerings are vitally necessary to change lives, transform communities, and renew mainline churches.
Why is giving important?
The Bible has much to say about wisdom and finances, with 2,300 verses that tell us to be generous and good stewards of our resources. Jesus taught generosity and sacrifice. He demanded that his followers serve not wealth but God, and in the parable of the talents he taught that God will hold us each accountable for what we do with all our earthly possessions.
What should I give?
The Bible teaches us to give a tithe, or the first 10 percent of what we earn, to God and the church's work. For some, giving one tenth is a very difficult goal. For others, it is the starting point, and their giving far exceeds 10 percent. The important thing is that you start somewhere, that your giving be in proportion to your income, that your giving reflects an appropriate offering to God given your means, and that your offerings express both your desire to serve the Lord and your investment in God's work.
Begin by determining what percentage of your income you are giving to God. If you are not yet tithing, consider taking a step toward tithing this year. For example, if you now give 3 percent of your income, consider increasing your gift to 4 percent, and add 1 percent each year until you reach the tithing goal. Our prayer is that everyone will grow in his or her faith through giving financially to the ministries of the church and experience the joy and blessings that come from financial generosity.
How can I give?
Giving to Church of the Redeemer United Methodist is easy. There are currently three ways to give. First, we collect an offering at every worship service and you may simply place your tithe or offering in the collection plate as it passes you by. Contact the Church office is would like offering envelopes. Second, checks may be sent to Church of the Redeemer United Methodist, (attention Judy Davison) 235 McNaughten Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43213. Finally, your tithes and offerings can be taken automatically from your bank account using EFT or a Debit Card. Visit our online giving page for more information.
Should I use Electronic Funds Transfer?
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is the easiest, most cost-effective giving option for both you and the church. With EFT, you can reinforce your commitment to give your tithes and offerings to God first, before anything else. One easy step each year guarantees that the church will receive your gifts on a regular basis, even if you are out of town or you forget one week.
And on a practical note, EFT reduces the need for additional staff to process offerings. If you choose this option, you must either return an Electronic Giving Authorization Form or set up your giving through our online giving page. For more information contact us at (614) 861-7160.
Your gifts are an act of worship and an investment in opportunities for God to work through us. Our prayer is that you will find greater contentment and simplicity in your life as you put God first in your giving and living, and that you will experience the joy that comes from knowing our gifts honor God and change lives.