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Online Giving

Lane Memorial now has the convenience of online giving through PayPal. You can now give a one time gift or a recurring gift. Click on the donate button to be taken to the PayPal page.

Please keep that in mind that Lane Memorial will be charged a 2.2% plus $.30 credit card fee for online gifts.

Weekly Offering – Giving “Connectionally”

Connectional Giving FAQ From

What is connectional giving?
Connectional giving is built upon our desire to meet the needs of God’s family in our neighborhoods and around the world and our need to give in order to be spiritually healthy, complete children of God.

John Wesley urged those in connection with him to “Earn all you can and save all you can, so that you can give all you can.” He modeled modest living and sacrificial giving. Wesley made sure those early classes of “methodists” took weekly offerings for outreach.

Today, we United Methodists join across our connected congregations to help all of God’s children…whenever and wherever we can. Just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes when the crowd grew hungry. Through our congregations, we are the heart, spirit and hands of God’s outreaching love.

What is the connectional covenant?
The connectional covenant is the pledge to financially support in full the general funds of The United Methodist Church, established by the General Conference to underwrite the minimum needs of denominational ministries, which are the first benevolent responsibility of the Church.

What are benevolences?
Benevolences is a term used in The United Methodist Church to describe monetary gifts to causes carrying out the mission and program of the denomination. These funds are distinguished from those which provide for the administration of the church organization, such as administrative expenditures and salaries at the local church, the Annual Conference, and denominational levels. In the Annual Conference they are called Conference Benevolences. In the general church they are called World Service Benevolences.

What is designated giving?
In addition to supporting conference and general church apportionments, each of us has the opportunity to make gifts to specific ministries. Three opportunities for designated giving are:
• Churchwide Special Sundays with offering
• The Advance for Christ and His Church
• World Service Special Gifts

Why do we have apportionments?
Apportioned funds enable United Methodists to do together what no church, district or annual conference could do alone. We believe giving is an act of worship. We believe giving is, as 2 Corinthians 9:15, NRSV, teaches, our way of saying “Thanks be to God” for the most generous gift of all…our Lord Jesus Christ. John Wesley and his followers saw our work in the simplest terms. To paraphrase his inspiring words:

“Do all the good you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can.”

We United Methodists follow in Wesley’s footsteps, supporting one another and helping God’s children whenever and wherever we can.

How is the money I give divided up?

For each $1,000 of Local Church Giving, a very small amount is apportioned, while most of the funds remain in the local church.  The graphic below is a representation of what United Methodist Connectional Giving looks like:


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