Giving at Church
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God- what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12: 1-2
Securely Give Online
Your information is held securely by an SSL encrypted connection. This information will remain private and will never be given away to third parties, other than to process your scheduled contributions.
Ways to Give
There are many easy ways for you to give, including one-time gifts, text-to-give, online recurring giving and, of course, during our weekend worship services.
Why We Give
"In every way, I’ve shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Acts 20:35
Presenting tithes and offerings to God is an important part of Christian living. The Biblical example of tithing is 10% of one’s income. We believe that our tithes and offerings are expressions of praise and gratitude for all that God has done in our life.
Memorial giving is a tradition that dates back to the very beginning of the Church. Early Christians would memorialize those who were pioneers of the faith by erecting monuments, providing furnishings, and sometimes even building entire buildings in memory of the honored saints of the church.
We continue this tradition with the practice of giving monetary memorials in memory of those whose witness has enriched the life of First United Methodist Church. These memorials are placed in a memorial fund and dispersed at the discretion of a Memorial Committee. The fruit of these gifts can be found throughout the church from the Sanctuary where we worship to Sunday School rooms where we learn, and the Church Office where we dream and implement life-changing ministry.
Click Here to give a memorial.
Sometimes there are ministries and specific events in the church where people feel God is calling them to offer an additional gift. First United Methodist Church honors this call upon your life by placing these funds in special “designated accounts” for its expressed purpose.
Click Here to give to a designated account.
Online, Stock, & IRA Giving Information for 2019
Did you know you can Manage Your Giving and Registrations Online?
First United Methodist Church wants you to know that you can manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up recurring contributions or give just once and view your complete online giving history from your online account.
Simply follow these easy steps:
1) Visit the church website at www.longviewfumc.org.
2) Click on the [Giving –Tithes & Offering] button.
3) Click the button to [Give as Guest] or [Create Profile]. A profile can be used to set up recurring giving.
4) Follow the onscreen instructions.
Many people already contribute to our church through online giving. If you already have recurring online giving set up through the Finance Office and would like to take control and manage changes yourself, please contact Ann in the Finance Office at to prevent duplicate withdrawals through online giving.
Stock & IRA Giving
Would you like to Donate some stock and avoid capital gain taxes? Check with your financial advisor to determine if donating stock would be advantageous for you.
To Donate Stock:
Stock may be donated to FUMC Longview by transferring investments to our brokerage account at RBC Wealth Management.
Contact: Bruce Cammack Phone: 903-753-5343
Church Contact: Ann Fogle, Finance Manager 903-753-4463
Did you know the IRA Distribution legislation for donations made directly to qualified Charitable Organizations is now available permanently?
Congress made the law permanent in 2015, so if you’re 70½ or older and have an(RMD), you may transfer your 2017 RMD to charity at any time. The donation counts as your RMD but doesn’t increase your adjusted gross income, which can be particularly helpful if you don’t itemize. Also, keeping some or all of your RMD out of your adjusted gross income could help you avoid the Medicare high-income surcharge or help make less of your Social Security benefits taxable. As always, prior to making any IRA withdrawals, you should consult with a qualified tax consultant or certified financial planner for advice and requirements regarding this legislation and your tax situation.
“I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.” — John Wesley (1703-91)