Responsible Giving – you don’t have to do it all

The way we spend our time and money shows who we are and what we really value.  Just as there are many different types of people, there are many different ways to give, and different organizations to give to.  Right now it seems everyone is asking for food, or clothing, or money, or time – and you do not need to answer every request.  At church, we hope you view these as opportunities, rather than obligations.
 
If you make gingerbread for the Figgy Pudding celebration, that’s a great contribution!  If you donate non-perishable food items to the Food Bank, you’ve helped others.  If you give money to the Angola Pastors Fund, you support Methodists who work in one of the poorest countries in Africa.  If you pray for the sick, that’s just as important.
 
Bozeman United Methodist Church is home to an extremely generous group of people. BUMC supports a wide variety of organizations and causes.  You are invited to learn more about them and decide which ones you’d like to support.  Some are described in older Mission blog posts, and you can scroll down to find them.  Others are listed on the back page of the “How to Belong” booklet that was mailed out with the November Chimes.  You can ask your friends and other church members about what they support.  Or you can send our Mission Coordinator an email at cathy@bozemanumc.org.
 
There are also two reputable websites that may help you make decisions regarding charitable giving.  Charity Navigator and Charity Watch have tips on effective giving, alphabetical and topical lists of thousands of charities, and ratings of their financial health, accountability and transparency to help donors make informed decisions.  
 
Thank you for your support!
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