Giving

The United Methodist Committee on Relief

The United Methodist Committee on Relief  is the humanitarian relief and development agency of The United Methodist Church.  UMCOR has active projects around the world in the areas of disaster response; water, sanitation and hygiene; sustainable agriculture; and development. When there is a crisis or natural disaster, your generous support helps UMCOR arrive on site and provide immediate help to people in need.  Donate to UMCOR here.

SCRIP order form

St. Paul’s participates in a fundraising program through Great Lakes Scrip.  You can support the ministries and programs of our church by purchasing gift cards or vouchers to 600+ gas stations, grocery markets, restaurants, and stores.  Go online to place your order, or purchase gift cards directly from a church volunteer  on Sunday morning!

Hurting World Offering schedule

On the fourth Sunday of every month, there is a special offering in worship for “The Hurting World”.  Funds are collected for a specific project within six lanes of giving through the United Methodist Advance.

Ministry Shares

As United Methodists,  believe that that every person is of sacred worth, and that every person has valuable gifts and graces that make a difference in the world. We also know that by working together, we can accomplish much more than we can alone.  That is part of the reason we participate in what we call a “connectional church” structure. When people contribute to a local United Methodist Church, they support the ministries of that church in that community.  Their financial contributions help provide spiritual programs and services for that community, including staff costs, materials, and building maintenance. About 83.2% of United Methodist offering stay in the local church. But we also work together, beyond our own churches and communities, to share God’s gifts with the world. The “first mile” of this sharing takes place through “apportioned funds,” or what we in West Michigan call “ministry shares.” There are Conference and District Ministry Shares, which support ministries regionally, and General Church Ministry Shares, which support ministries throughout the world. Together, through our connected congregations and those who support them, we accomplish what no single church, district or annual conference ever could hope to do. In this way, each individual, each family, each congregation gives a fair share for the church’s work. We combine our prayers, presence, gifts and service to make a significant difference in the lives of God’s people…in every place we can…as often as we can.