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Give the “First Fruits” of Our Harvest

Everything we have comes from God and these gifts are not ours alone but ours to share. The Bible teaches us to give the “first fruits” of our harvest to the Lord and this spiritual discipline helps us to keep God first in our lives.

God, the greatest Giver of all, gave and keeps on giving. Our Christian giving should be a heartfelt response to God’s selfless and magnificent gift — the gift of Himself in the person of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

 

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“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 

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The Virginia Beach United Methodist Foundation

The Virginia Beach United Methodist Church Foundation was established as a Charitable Trust Fund in 1994. Gifts received by the Foundation are received in perpetuity. The purpose is to encourage, acknowledge, administer, and invest endowment gifts to the Foundation. The Foundation Board is a good steward of donations as it furthers the ministries of the church. Gifts have a lasting impact and benefit the church in many ways. Those gifts will provide additional support for the church’s ministries, beyond budgetary needs, such as:

  • Scholarships
  • Missions
  • Facilities
  • Seminars
  • Special Events
  • Music
  • Youth Programs
  • Senior Programs
  • Other Approved Ministry Opportunities

Giving is an act of faith. There are many ways for you to make a gift that continues to give. As tax laws change, new ideas continue to be developed. Suggestions many include:

  • Cash contributions
  • Bequest in your will (Include VBUMC Foundation as a residual beneficiary to your will)
  • Real Estate Gifts (Donate real estate such as land, houses, or buildings)
  • Stocks, Bonds, or other Securities
  • Life Insurance (You may name the Foundation as a whole beneficiary or partial of a policy without probate or other administrative delay.)

For information, please contact the church office. Pastors or members of the Foundation Committee are available to discuss the opportunities to contribute. 757-428-7727

Stocks and Bonds

We will gladly accept gifts of stocks and bonds. Donations of this type are sold as soon as practicable after receiving them, without regard to what the market may be doing at that time. You will need to contact us when you plan to initiate a stock transfer so that we can provide you with the account and transfer numbers.

The Federal Tax Code allows individuals who have reached age 70-1/2 to make charitable contributions up to $100,000 directly from their Individual Retirement Account to a qualified charity. This transfer is neither included in the donor’s taxable income, nor is it deducted as an itemized deduction, but it will be counted toward satisfaction of the individual’s Required Minimum Distribution for the year. For detailed information, go to www.irs.gov and search for “Charitable Donations from IRAs”.

To give a gift of stocks or bonds, please contact Randy Gillan Assistant Business Manager at 757.428.7727 ext. 223.

 

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