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If we were able to take a second to let the noise of life around us subside, we might then be able to hear the call of how we can make a difference in the lives of those around us.

How might we be able to:

  • Help a child grow closer to God?
  • Feed the hungry?
  • Comfort those in sorrow?
  • Invite someone to worship?

In that quiet moment we might be able to hear how we are being called. We are blessed to be a part of a worshiping community that continues to answer the call and minister to the needs of our community and our world around us. The ministry of First United Methodist Church is funded by God’s provision through the tithes and offerings of faithful members, friends, and attenders of First United Methodist Church.

If you would like to honor the Lord by contributing to this ministry, you can do so in three main ways:

Offerings

Our Church Offering Plate

You can give an offering simply by placing your gift in the offering plate at a Sunday worship service.

Online Offerings

Online giving from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Now you can easily give online from your home or mobile device using our secure donation service. This allows you to give a one-time donation or to set up a regular donation schedule that best suits you. Click here to give a one-time offering or to create your own account with automatic recurring gifts.

Direct Deposit

If you would like to set up a direct deposit from your checking account to ours, we offer this option. At this time, we offer this once a month, and the transfer occurs at the beginning of the month. If you would like to set this up, please contact our church office at 414-774-5500 with any questions regarding the direct deposit option.

Checks/Money Orders

Checks or money orders can be mailed in to our church address:

First United Methodist Church
7520 W. Lapham Street
West Allis, WI 53214

Stocks/Bonds/Securities

Appreciated Marketable Securities are a great way to maximize your giving, because you receive an immediate income tax deduction for the full fair market value of your securities . In addition, you pay no capital gains tax on the difference between your cost and the fair market value. For more information on giving stocks/bonds/securities to the church please call the church office and one of our church officers will return your call. The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation will facilitate your gifts to our church with no fees or charges.

Our Online Giving Privacy Policies

Your information is held securely by the VANCO system. This information will remain private and will never be given to third parties, other than to process your scheduled contributions. You can schedule new contributions at any time and can modify or cancel those contributions at any time prior to the date they are scheduled. Once the contribution has been processed, however, it cannot be canceled.

Click here to give a one-time offering or to create your own account with automatic recurring gifts.

Legacy Giving

If you would like to make a gift that creates a lasting legacy you may through our Scholarship and Endowment Fund.

The Scholarship and Endowment Fund board is entrusted to carry on the mission of Jesus Christ with the funds that are given to the fund with an emphasis to provide support for scholarships, and additional mission and church needs beyond and outside of the annual budget.

The money given may become a living memorial in which the principal is invested and the interest becomes available to promote the religious, charitable and benevolent functions of the church. Because only the interest is disbursed, gifts  renew themselves approximately every ten years, perpetually. Grants are made upon request after review by the directors. Unrestricted gifts may also be given.

Some of the ways generously donated funds have benefited the church include:

  • funding staff continuing education
  • support of new church programs
  • scholarships for students in our community

Please contact the Pastor with any questions or for more information.

Special Gifts

Special gifts are our response to appeals for a one time gift to support a special project. These projects are not included in the church’s annual budget. Three examples of special gifts are:

  • Gifts for natural disaster relief such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes
  • Gifts to support an unfunded ministry such as The Greater Milwaukee Free Clinic or our Thanksgiving Baskets
  • Gifts to a special project at church such as a new boiler

Gifts to any special requests like the above are best made by check with the designation written in the memo field. These may be mailed to the church or placed in the offering plate during worship. In some cases you may be able to give online through our online giving page. This is possible if a special account has been created on our online giving page for the request.

Another kind of special gift is a donation in memory of a loved one, often at a funeral. The family often designates these gifts for a special purpose. They are held in our Memorial Fund until used.