Bethlehem United Methodist Church
Monday, December 10, 2018
Mission Statement: To give of ourselves so others may know Jesus Christ.
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  
 
 
 
  
                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  
 
Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
 
We want people to experience the blessing of having hearts oriented toward God and His mission to build His kingdom here on earth.
There are several ways you can give to further this mission through Bethlehem United Methodist Church.
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 
  
 
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 
   
The stewardship of our finances is a tremendous—and often overlooked—area of our lives where we can faithfully proclaim the gospel.
  
Giving strengthens our devotion to Christ and frees us to live open-handedly with the gifts God gives us.
 
We trust in Him and His provision instead of our perceived self-sufficiency. As people of faith, we give faithfully and generously.
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  
 
 
IN PERSON
 
- Cash & Checks -
At each campus, we receive an offering as part of every worship service.
You can place your tithe/offering in the giving plate at that time.
 
Please make checks payable to:
BETHLEHEM UMC
 
BY MAIL
If you aren’t near a campus or prefer not to give online, feel free to mail your gift to the following address:

Bethlehem UMC
109 East Main Street
Dallastown, PA 17313

Offerings may be dropped off in the offering boxes during any of our worship services or in person at the church offices.

 
Online Giving
Simple and secure.
Give a single gift, or schedule recurring giving using your checking account, debit, or credit card.

Find out more:
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  

OTHER GIFTS
 
If you’d like to donate stock, securities, real property or speak to someone about planned estate giving,
please contact our church office (717) 244-1486
or email office@gotobethlehem.org
 
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  
Giving is a Reflection of the Heart:
What’s the most important thing to you? We see the way our culture encourages us to store up treasures on earth and exalts materialism to the point where debt has become acceptable. We can probably even recognize that truth by looking at our own checkbooks. As Christ-followers, however, we are called to free ourselves from the bondage of debt so that our resources are available for His purposes.
 “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:20-21 (NIV)
 
Giving is a Reflection of Priorities:
Long before tithing was a practice of the Israelite people, Cain and Abel, the 2nd generation of the human race, brought an offering to the Lord.
Abel brought the “firstborn of his flock,” while Cain brought “some of the fruits of the soil.” The Lord blessed Abel’s offering, but rejected Cain’s. God wants to be first in our lives.
“When you have entered the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it,
take some of the first of all that you produce from the soil of the land and present them to the LORD your God.” 
Deuteronomy 26:1-2 (NIV)
 
Giving is a Privilege:
The 1st Century church modeled for us what it means to give generously and joyfully so that more and more people could find their way back to God.
“Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.
For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.
Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.” 
2 Corinthians 8:2-4 (NIV)
 
Giving is a Blessing:
God uses the tithe as an investment where everyone involved gets a return.
If we are blessed beyond our needs, it is not for the purpose of living more lavishly but to bless others.
The church and the kingdom are blessed, and yet God’s nature is to also bless the giver.
 “‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.
Test me in this,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.’” 
Malachi 3:10 (NIV)