Online Giving is available with FUMC!

We Give Because God Gave First

Christmas Mission Offering

As we prepare for our Christmas celebration, our Global Missions Team has announced the following projects that we will be supporting.

– Our Lithuania Partner Church

– Jane Wise, West OH Conference Missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo

– Good Works Outreach, Athens, Ohio

– West Ohio Conference Apportionments

A special mission’s envelope is provided for your convenience. Checks may be made payable to “First UMC” with “Christmas Missions Offering” on the memo. Thank you for your generous support of our Christmas mission project.

The following are ways that you can give your monetary gifts to our church:

  • On-line giving on our website,
  • E-Offering (ACH) is a safe way to have your giving directly deducted 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 give to our church please call Sarah or Jill in the Business Office at 740-653-3330. Thank you for your generous gifts to our church.

End of Year Giving: 

Many of us consider giving more during the Christmas season, First Church 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 2022 to First UMC is Friday, December 30, at Noon. If you plan to drop off a gift on this day please call the church at 740-653-3330 ext. 1007 so it can be received. 

Also note that gifts given online take several days to process. In order to receive credit for your online gift in 2022, please make it no later than December 27, 2022. 

Merry Christmas and Thank You for your generous gifts to our church!

A note from the Business Office 

Tithing, Offering, Giving……these 3 words are used a lot around the church and especially in the Business office, but do you know the difference? Here is a quick snapshot of each.

Tithing is giving of your first fruits (10% of your income), not what is left over after you have paid all your other bills. This requires faith to know that when you give to Him first you will have enough for everything else and recognize that it is a blessing from God.

Offering is in addition to tithing, it is an extra gift that might be where your passion lies. These gifts could be to the church such as our local relief, Capital Campaign or to the youth but it could also be to some local or global project that you would like to support that is outside of the church.

Giving is service to benefit people around you as you give of your time and resources. Mother Teresa is our greatest example of this in more recent times. Although none of us could come close to the service she displayed, one of her quotes can help us in our day to day giving “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.

Whether you are doing one of these or all three, these acts come from a place of gratitude both from the giver and the receiver, knowing that we have been blessed by an awesome and loving God.

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.