Mt. Nittany UMC
Giving is an act of worship.
Matthew 6:21 – For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Giving changes lives, transforms communities.
Malachi 3:10 – Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, “ says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
WE GIVE because GOD GAVE FIRST
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son
Stewardship And Generosity
Paul encouraged generosity at all times: "Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity."
II Corinthians 8:2
Stewardship – to serve as one who manages another's property, finances or other affairs – is not just means for the church to raise money. It is a way of life that recognizes that everything we have is God’s, and we are simply managing those resources while here on earth.
Methodist approach to Stewardship
John Wesley urged those in connection with him to "Earn all you can and save all you can, so that you can give all you can." He modeled modest living and sacrificial giving. Wesley made sure those early classes of "methodists" took weekly offerings to help others in need.
Today, we United Methodists join others to help all of God's childrenwhenever and wherever we can. Just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes when the crowd grew hungry. Through our congregation, we are the heart, spirit and hands of God's outreaching love. Life grows here through the joy of generosity.
Practicing good stewardship
•Pray about your regular giving to God's ministry and mission.
•Model the humility and generosity God calls you to do.
•Set up a schedule to eventually reach full tithing, or begin by tithing one week of every month.
•Make a gift in memory of or in honor of someone.
•Remember Mt. Nittany in your will or estate plan.
Leave a Legacy – Charitable Giving:
The term “bequest” usually refers to a statement in your will or living trust describing your wishes to make a charitable gift after your death. It is also common to provide similar charitable designations through a retirement plan or IRA, life insurance, and/or revocable and irrevocable trusts. Retirement plans and IRAs can be among the most highly taxed assets in your estate. Factoring in the income tax on distributions, possible estate taxes, and generation-skipping taxes, the total tax bill for your heirs could exceed 70%. Consider a charitable estate designation to Mt. Nittany UMC.
• I/We have remembered Mt. Nittany in our will or planned gift.
• I/We would like information on how to provide for Mt. Nittany in my/our will.
Sample Bequest Language:
A Specific Bequest -
“I give to the Mount Nittany United Methodist Church, State College, Pennsylvania, the sum of $___________ to be used by the church for its general purposes or greatest need.”
Residuary Bequest –
“I give to the Mount Nittany United Methodist Church, State College, Pennsylvania, __________ present of the residue of my estate to be used by the church for its general purposes or greatest need.”
Contingent Bequest –
“In the event that _____________ predeceases me, I give to the Mount Nittany United Methodist Church, State College, Pennsylvania the sum of __________ OR _______ percent of the residue of my estate to be used by the church for its general purposes or greatest need.”