Everything we have is given to us by God: Time, talents, our health, the environment, property, relationships. We believe a Christian steward serves God out of love and gratitude for these gifts. We share our time, talents, and property, knowing that it's not how much we have, but what we do with what we have, that is important.
Strongsville United Methodist Church is supported by its members and attendees in many ways according to their gifts. Upon becoming members of the church, each person is not asked for a specific monetary commitment. The church simply asks that each member prayerfully consider the gifts that God has given to them, and how they may share those varied gifts with the church and greater world.
Gifts of Time and Talents
SUMC is grateful for those who share their time and talents within the congregation. Many opportunities exist for volunteering and ministering. In fact, almost all of the programs listed in other sections of this website are dependent on volunteers. Please review this site's other pages to find out more about how you may offer your gifts in this way.
Gifts of Financial Support
The operations of SUMC are dependent on financial gifts as well as those of time and talents. There are several ways for members to offer financial support to the church:
- The traditional mechanism for providing funds to the church is to place a check or cash in a "giving envelope" and deposit in the offering plate on Sunday morning, or deliver it to the church office. Your envelope number provides an easy way for the Finance Team to track and record gifts made. You may use the blanks on the outside of the envelope to designate how you would like the money to be used. Gifts left undesignated will be used for the Operating Budget Expenses such as utilities and salaries.
- The Vanco Payment system is also available for setting up one-time or recurring funds transfers to the church, directly from your bank account. To use this method, you need to access the site, set up a profile, and establish a desired giving pattern. The pattern can be recurring or manually controlled according to your preferences. To go to the Vanco system, use the link provided: SUMC Vanco Payment System.
- Finally, many banks provide a Bill Pay functionality as a part of checking or savings accounts, which can be set up to directly transfer funds to the church. When setting up your giving to the church using this method, we ask that you use your envelope number when the setup process asks for your account number. If you do not know your envelope number, you may contact the FInancial Secretary to obtain it. If you wish to make gifts on a regular basis to multiple purposes (e.g. Operating Budget and Mortgage), we suggest that you set up multiple account numbers using your envelope number in combination with the designated use.
For any questions, the Financial Secretary can be contacted at RalphB@StrongsvilleUMC.org
or by leaving a message at the church office. Gifts to SUMC are considered charitable donations for tax purposes.