Generosity Statement

Generosity Statement

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Why should I give?

Created in God’s Image

We give generously because we are created in God’s image. God is a generous and abundant God who provides abounding life.

[Jesus said,] “For God so loved the world that he gave. . . .”  John 3:16

We reflect God’s image best when we are living generously.

“Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift is from above. . . .” James 1:17

God is Generous

We give generously in grateful response for all that God has given to us. God invites our generosity by giving generously to us.

[Jesus said,] “Freely you have received; freely give.” Matthew 10:8

Living generously honors God.

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”  Hebrews 13:16

We give generously so that the world might be transformed. Lives and communities are transformed when we give. Our gifts put love into action and make God’s love real in the lives of others through the ministries of our church.

[Jesus said,] “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations. . . .” Matthew 28:19

Transformation of the World

Our lives are transformed as we grow and live generously as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

“You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity. . . .” 2 Corinthians 9:11

We invite you to prayerfully reflect on what it means to be born in God’s image, consider how you will respond from a position of gratitude, and discern how God is calling you to give generously for the transformation of the world.

Therefore, we invite one another to grow in the Discipleship Journey of creating community, transforming lives, and sharing the love of Christ through our financial giving. Together we are committed to maturing in Christ by giving regularly (not just when in worship), intentionally (calculated as a percent of income) and generously (tithing 10% or beyond) that the world might be transformed through the ministries of Birmingham and Berkley First.

“Lord, where would you have me be in my giving?”

WAYS TO GIVE

In Worship

Make giving a part of your worship experience by placing a check or cash in the offering plate.

Text

TEXT TO 248-368-0033

  1. Get a list of available funds by texting the word “keyword” to 248-368-0033.
  2. Text any dollar amount (no dollar sign) and fund name.

Examples:  50 Berkley, 20 Hunger, 30 UMCOR

Automatically

We encourage those who give regularly to set up a payment through your bank’s online bill paying service. This is a great option because it is low cost, and it is an easy way to make giving a regular practice in your life. 

Online

You can give securely online.

Mail

You can mail your gift to the church. Mail to: 1589 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI 48009

Non-cash gifts

Non-cash gifts of stocks, bonds, or other gift planning can provide you with some great tax benefits. Please contact Holly Pisano for stock giving instructions and other questions.

Email Holly Pisano

Planned Giving

Planned gifts create opportunities for our donors, our congregation and, most importantly, the numerous beneficiaries of our generous giving. Determining what gift is right for you is just as important as making the gift. There are many options from which you can choose.

More Information

We would love to answer your questions!

Director of Finance

Holly Pisano

Phone248-646-6407 Ext. 3133