Giving

 

 

 “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  Acts 20:35

Experience the joy of giving!

 

GIVING CHOICES

PAR, or Pre-Authorized Remittance, is a direct debit program that allows people to support their church through an automatic monthly withdrawal from their bank account. The United Church administers the program following the giver’s wishes (e.g., X amount for local church expenses,  X amount for the Mission and Service Fund, and X amount for the maintenance fund, etc.). Once a month, all PAR givings are debited from givers’ accounts and then the total is electronically transferred to local church accounts.

PAR was introduced in 1976 as a convenient way for members and adherents to provide consistent, year-round financial support for their local church. It’s now growing at a rate of about 15 percent every year. Increasing numbers of people find that monthly direct debiting allows them to more intentionally plan and honour their financial commitments to their local church.

To sign up for PAR, just ask the stewards or the treasurers for a form.  Please note that PAR can be changed at any time if your circumstances change, and also that there is no charge for this service.

If you have automatic debits from your bank account to pay for insurance, cable TV, taxes, fuel, or a mortgage, then you understand the PAR principle. It means regular contributions throughout the year that make it easy to donate to your church.

 


Envelopes
are provided for weekly cash or cheque givings and may be placed on the collection plate during regular church service.  There are separate envelopes for the designation of funds into separate accounts.

– Pink envelopes are for the Reserve Fund (emergencies).

– White Combined Fund envelopes and the blue Special Occasion envelopes go into the General Fund  (for day-to-day operations of the church)

– Mission & Service envelopes are directed to the Mission & Service Fund of the United Church of Canada.  The Parkview United Church Official Board has committed to making a $350 donation per month to the Mission and Service Fund out of the “General Fund”.  This base amount is “topped up” by the congregation’s individual givings to the Mission and Service Fund throughout the year.

– “White Gift” envelopes are directed 50% to the Stratford House of Blessing and 50% to the Salvation Army.

– If you wish to make a donation to the Parkview  Maintenance Fund (for building repairs and improvements), use any envelope and clearly mark “maintenance fund” on the front along with your name or envelope number.

For bookkeeping purposes, please use separate envelopes for each category – this would be much appreciated!  Receipts are issued at year-end.


In Memoriam donations
honour the memory of a deceased loved one.  They may be made through the funeral home or Church Office.  All donations will be deposited to the Maintenance Fund.  Receipts are issued at year-end.


Recognition Gifts
may be given to acknowledge someone’s special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, graduation, birth, marriage, etc.  They may be made through the Church Office.  Receipts are issued at year-end.


Donations to Parkview U.C.W. – 
The United Church Women have their own Bank Account.  Donations may be made by cash or by cheque payable to “Parkview United Church Women”  and placed in an envelope clearly marked “Parkview U.C.W.”.  Please use a separate envelope and do not combine with your regular church donation.  Receipts are issued at year-end.


Planned Giving
of gifts in the future for various ministries of the church can be made through legacies. You can designate your planned gift to any aspect of The United Church of Canada—the Mission and Service Fund, your local congregation, a local mission unit, a United Church camp, a theological college, The United Church of Canada Archives, or The United Church of Canada Foundation.


Special Church Projects  – 
Parkview establishes and raises funds for several special projects throughout the year.   Some of these projects are:

Food Grains (annual)—in partnership with other churches Parkview donates money to plant crops with the purpose of distributing the yield to the world’s less fortunate;

House of Blessing (annual)—money, food, Christmas gifts are donated throughout the year;

Community Meals (annual)—once a month a hot meal is prepared and served to locals in need ;

Disaster Funds—money is raised to help others in need, eg. Haiti, Japan, Goderich;

Capital Projects—special funds are established when the church is in need of  larger capital items such as new windows, furnace, roof, other upgrades.

 

If you have questions about any of the giving choices, please ask one of your stewards or the church treasurers.

 

“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”   2 Corinthians 9:7

 

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Outreach

 

Our congregation is a regular supporter of the United Church Mission and Service Fund. The United Church Women (U.C.W.) and the congregation set individual goals and raise money for M&S.  The Sunday School has an M&S piggy bank through which they make regular donations.

 

The U.C.W make annual donations through the Gifts of Hope Catalogue as well as funding for at least one child to attend Camp Bimini. The U.C.W. also support a foster child through World Vision.

 

Members of our church serve on the Camp Bimini Board as well as maintain the upkeep of two of the camping cabins.

 

We partner with Varna Goshen Pastoral Charge in raising money for the Canadian Food Grains and this year Parkview’s portion of the total goal was $2,000.00.

 

The House of Blessing is our local food bank and source of clothing for the needy. We have a weekly collection of non-perishable food items, with a suggested shopping need included in our bulletin and at Christmas our White Gift and Angel Tree service provides many additional toys and food donations.

 

Our church takes part in the Community Meals Program where in our lower hall once a month from November to April volunteers prepare and serve an evening meal to those in need. This helps to support those for whom finances are too short to meet monthly commitments.

 

When requested, the U.C.W. also serve bereavement lunches following the funerals of church and community members.

 

If you talk with our church family you will discover that many are also involved in various other community outreach programs.

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You, the people of The United Church of Canada in the Pastoral Charges within your Presbytery are making possible some amazing things, as together you take part in God’s mission to the world. Because you are generous with your hope and with your giving to your local congregation and the Mission & Service of the United Church, people are
· healing,
· drawn into the circle of community,
· strengthened in their work for peace and justice,
· discovering God at work in their lives and in the world around them.

What we do together through Mission & Service, none of us could achieve alone. Thank you for your part in this hope-fulfilling story.
In this season of Advent, as we wait and prepare, let me remind you that the end is NOT here!!! There is much yet to do. Each of us has our part to play as we strive to increase hope, peace, joy and love, all across God’s world.

Please continue to hold the work of Mission & Service before your congregation. The best way to inspire the people of your congregation to participate is to tell the story of what we are accomplishing through Mission & Service.  Feel free to use stories from the Minute for Mission booklet.  Please use one or more of them, or any other story that helps connect people to Mission & Service. Then ask people to support their Mission & Service. Each gift is important, and each gift is appreciated.

Thank-you for all you do to be the church; to participate in God’s mission; to get ready for what God is offering us in the coming Christmas season. Emmanuel – God with us.

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