Our Money Story
We give out of a desire to participate.
We give because we belong to one another.
We give to build a more just and equitable world.
We give because we love, and that’s what love does.
At Emmanuel UMC, we have a fierce conviction that everyone is gifted by God and so everyone can be a giver.
Your giving changes people’s lives. It helps Emmanuel UMC reach out in bold, inclusive, and relevant ways. This is why we exist: to create a Jesus-loving, inclusive community that shares the Good News and collaborates with God to transform the world.
Your giving also changes you. It slowly ignites a new way of life in which you realize that everything you have is from God, that you have been gifted and are therefore called to pass on the gift to someone else: to use your resources wisely and generously.
Your annual Giving Pledge reflects your financial commitment to support your church’s ministry throughout the year. We ask that everyone return a Commitment to Giving Pledge, even if you can only make a limited financial commitment at this time.
For a more in-depth look at giving, stewardship, and financial matters at Emmanuel, we encourage you to check out our Stewardship Booklet from November 2020, which can be downloaded here.
Also, here is a pledge form [pdf] you can print out and either mail to us, bring on Sunday, or drop by the Church office. You can also fill out an electronic version here.
At Emmanuel, we’re not embarrassed to talk about money, because we know that what we do with our money is one of the ways we express our deepest values – the things that are most important to us.
The language we use in the church for giving often refers to “stewardship”, which means to serve as one who manages another’s property, finances, or other affairs. Stewardship is a way of life that recognizes that the earth, and everything we have, is God’s, and we are simply managing those resources while they are ours to hold.
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, 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, both as a grateful response to God’s generous gifts, and as part of our responsibility to share with others. Today, we United Methodists join others to help all of God’s children…whenever and wherever we can. We try to live out our congregation’s calling to be the heart, spirit and hands of God’s outreaching love.
All members and friends of Emmanuel UM Church are invited to “pledge” at the beginning of each calendar year, which means to estimate how much you will give to the church’s work over the course of the year. This is the information from which we build the church’s annual budget. You can give on a weekly, monthly, or annual basis.
The money that the church receives goes both toward our ministries in our local church and toward the ministries that we undertake in connection with other United Methodist churches in Maryland and throughout the world. For quarterly updates on exactly how your pledge helps the ministries of Emmanuel, check out the four most recent quarterly Giving Matters newsletters here:
The Emmanuel Endowment Fund supports the future needs of our church through planned giving opportunities. The Fund is intended for Church purposes that are not funded through the annual operating budget; however, gifts which intend to supplement programs and ministries are appropriate. The primary account is the Undesignated account. Gifts may be designated to specific purposes by a donor and the Committee will determine the specific sub-account, for example: Cemetery, Flower, Missions, Education, Youth, etc.
We also take a number of special offerings during the year that go directly to other organizations whose work is also part of God’s work in the world — including: Laurel Advocacy and Referral Service, Elizabeth House and Grassroots, Youth Missions, United Methodist Committee on Relief, Youth Scholarship Fund for Nicaraguan College Students and more.
Donations are accepted electronically through checking and savings accounts, as well as by credit card. All donations are tax deductible.
Click here to learn more about and donate to the Emmanuel UMC Endowment Fund.
Want to know more about how to leave a part of your estate to Emmanuel UMC? Click here to find out about available options offered by the Emmanuel Endowment ministry in its partnership with the Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation.