Online Giving is NOW available with FUMC!

End of Year Giving: Many of us consider giving more during the Christmas season, partly out of strong desires to be generous and maybe slightly out of a desire to pay less income tax. In either case, First is grateful for your investment in the mission & ministries here at our church and in our community!

If you are planning a stock gift or direct gift from an annuity, please be sure to contact Jill Warner in the Business Office for assistance. 

The deadline to make contributions for the year 2020 to First UMC is Thursday, December 31, at Noon. Thank you!Image may contain: text that says 'Eaa Giving LANCASTER FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH'


A Note From the Business Office:

Want to feel better in 2020? Be Generous!

Feeling a bit down with all that has happened this year? Well, there is research of how generosity affects our health, and as it turns out, being generous comes with a lot of perks. God designed us to be generous people, not only to help others but also to benefit us when we are generous. Here are a few of the benefits generous people can experience.
  1. Generosity is good for your brain. Have you ever done something nice for someone else? It gives you a great feeling, it lights you up! That reaction is called “giver’s glow.” According to researchers at Stony Brook University, when we’re generous our brains release several chemicals that give us a sense of joy and peace. So, it really is better to give than to receive.
  2. Generosity makes you, and those around you, happier. Generous people are fun to be around. They aren’t just generous with their money—they’re also generous with their time, talents, and words. They encourage others and inspire them to be better and their generosity is contagious. Generosity makes us feel good; and when we feel good, we’re better at making those around us feel good, too.
  3. Generosity can help you live longer. Did you know that generous people live longer than people who don’t give? And research shows that generosity lowers your stress levels. A study from Carnegie Mellon University,found that people who volunteer around four hours per week were 40% less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who didn’t volunteer. Giving of yourself can give you a longer and happier life!

Generosity comes with so many advantages, not only to those on the receiving end, but to those doing the giving too. If we give, we benefit others, which circles back around and benefits us. So, you want to feel better in the year 2020? Be Generous!

 The following are ways that you can generously help support our church financially:

  • Online giving on our website,
  • E-Offering (ACH) is a safe way to give by directly deducting from your checking or savings account – contact the Business Office for an authorization form.
  • Direct bill payment through your own bank
  • Mail in gifts to 163 E. Wheeling St., Lancaster, OH 43130

We are here to help! If you have any questions on any of the ways to generously give to our church please call Sarah or Jill in the Business Office.

Support Lancaster First United Methodist Church and our mission projects by shopping at Kroger! Just register your Kroger card here. Link your card to our church, with the organization code NX126. Kroger will donate a portion of all that is spent with Kroger cards associated with our church. Reminder: You must reconnect your card to our church every April.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Lancaster First United Methodist Church every time you shop, at no cost to you. Visit every time you shop to help raise money for First. Learn more about AmazonSmile here.

Thrivent Choice Program: If you are a Thrivent Benefit member you have the opportunity to give to our church through their Thrivent Choice program. The Thrivent Choice program encourages their members to recommend where Thrivent Financial distributes an amount of it’s charitable grant funds. Members make this recommendation by directing Choice dollars to enrolled nonprofit organization such as First United Methodist Church. To find out if you are able to give to the church in this way, talk to your Thrivent Financial advisor.