Giving

Giving at Church

We encourage all of those who are part of our Church family to give—not out of obligation but out of a spirit of worship. Your gifts allow God's work to be done in our midst, in our community, and in the world around us.

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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 worship services. See below for more information.

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Your gift helps us love God & people and live into the dreams and hopes God has for us as a family of faith. 

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For more information on giving,
contact Mary Lobban,
Business and Finance Administrator.

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

ways to give

Other giving opportunities

  • Youth Stock Sales: Your support and investment in our youth ministry enable our youth go on three trips during the summer to share the love of God - the Junior High Mission Trip, Senior High Mission Trip, and the annual Testament Choir Tour. To help raise funds for these trips, the youth sell stocks every year. Stocks are $25 each - you can purchase one or as many as you'd like! Thank you for your support of our fantastic youth!
  • Prayer Garden Brick Pavers: Would you like to remember or honor someone with a marker at FUMCA? Consider funding an engraved brick paver for the prayer garden. All net proceeds go to the FUMC Church Facilities Endowment Fund. Contact Mary Lobban for more information.

from our senior pastor:

We live in the reality that things are not exactly the way we, or God, would want them to be. Often, we find ourselves focusing on that truth and can get quite frustrated wishing that things were different. Scripture invites us to spend less time frustrated by the way things are, and more time trying to be a bridge that moves us in the way forward that God desires for us all.

As we gather together for worship, we gather to remind ourselves that gratitude is the foundational building component that can get us from where we are to God’s intended and hopeful future. Using our gifts, our experiences, and our worship we strive to offer everything we have and everything we are to God so that we can help the world better experience God’s love.

I am so thankful that even in this year of abnormality and new realities, you as a congregation have been so faithful in helping us bridge that gap by your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. We have had an amazing 2020 of reaching new people with the love of Christ, even though so much of that has had to happen on line only.

As we move into a hope filled 2021, we know things will still be a bit different, but we are also encouraged by the ability to return to some things that feel more familiar. One thing that never changes is God’s call in our life to bridge the gap with gratitude and thanksgiving between where we find ourselves now, and where God desires for us to be. We need your continued generosity and support to make that happen as we do our best to plan for ministry in 2021.

Over the next couple of weeks, please pray with us about how you can use your financial resources and other gifts to help us build a bridge of gratitude to God’s hopeful future. We are so excited about what God is doing in and through First UMC Arlington, and we are so grateful for the important part that you play in making us the church that God wants us to be in our community and world. We know there are many things we cannot count on or plan for, but we can count on God’s love being there for each of us, and using our gifts to share God’s love with our world!

May God bless and keep,
Rev. Dr. Chris J. Hayes
Senior Pastor, First UMC Arlington

where our giving goes

Below are just a few examples of how our generosity impacts both our congregation and local community throughout 2019.

An increase in giving will allow us to not only continue serving our congregation and community through our various ministries and outreach programs, but will allow our FUMC of Arlington to be the hands and feet of Christ in even more ways, to more people. 

  • 10,000 books given away at the tenth annual Book Carnival 
  • 800 dozen cookies were baked for Kairos prison ministries, which serves two prisons 
  • 350+ children attended VBS and other children’s camps throughout the year
  • 200 people celebrated our 141st anniversary in July at the Tabernacle Festival with hymns, a circuit rider, and cobbler contest
  • Renovations have been made across the building including new HVAC systems, updates  to the playground, rebuilt appliances in the kitchen, new light fixtures, and more
  • 10 new families added to our First Friday special needs respite program
  • 400+ students and their  families served at Webb through Trunk or Treat
  • 600 people in attendance at the annual children’s musical
  • Generous giving allows our evangelism team to reach out to the community and welcome them to FUMCA
  • 13 college students sang with us through the scholarship singer ministry
  • A wheelchair ramp and new porch were built for a local 12-year-old student. Many other mission and outreach projects were funded as well
  • new high density Wi-Fi access points were installed, in addition to  upgraded internet services, for easier staff, congregation, and guest communications
  • Giving allows us to purchase new music, curriculum, and more for our children & family ministries which helps to grow this vital area of our church.