Your giving helps those in need who are hungry and who are hurting.  Your giving changes lives in our community and beyond.

GIVE NOW - You can give your gift safely and securely by using one of the methods below. Thank you for your generosity!


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Through our online giving platform, you have the ability to make a one-time donation or set up recurring giving. Whether you want to give weekly, monthly, bi-monthly or even yearly, you can set up a recurring donation so you will never forget.

If you need assistance establishing your online access, please call our Finance Director at 352-394-2412 or email

If you need to update your records you can log onto your ACS Account HERE.


Three Truths to Guide Our Financial Lives

Three truths lay the foundation for how we approach this area of discipleship called stewardship:

  1. God created everything. 
  2. God owns everything. 
  3. As disciples of Jesus, we are not owners of our stuff, but trustees. 

God entrusted us with financial and physical resources to meet our needs and to help carry out his redemptive work in the world. Once we are able to offer God control of our finances, we can offer God our entire lives, and experience the spiritual freedom and joy that God intends for us. 

The Lord loves a cheerful giver, and the Bible has a great deal to say about our financial lives. Read more in Matthew 25:14-30 and 2 Corinthians 8:9. 

For many of us, becoming faithful trustees of these resources can be hindered by the pull of our materialistic culture, a lack of knowledge about wise financial practices, and the need for effective tools to implement. Financial Peace University provides practical help for people who want to order their financial lives around their commitment to Christ. 

To see when the next Financial Peace University class is scheduled to begin, TBA (Click HERE to view other locations in the area) 

Non - Cash Gifts: 

Stocks and Mutual Funds: You will receive a tax deduction for the fair market value of your securities at the time of donation and will pay no capital gains tax on the difference between your cost and the fair market value.*

IRA Contributions: Individuals 70.5 years old or older and who are required to take distributions from their IRA or other qualified plan are urged to consider making a gift to their church from those proceeds. The IRS allows the RMD to be directed to a charitable organization without tax liability for amounts up to $100k per year.* 


Other: Other giving options include life insurance, retirement assets, bequests, personal property, appreciated Real Estate, and charitable lead trusts.* *Individuals should check with their financial adviser.


How to Leave a Legacy

To God With the realization lately that I might not be immortal, I have a concern about my life having been worthwhile. Was I a productive member of society? Was I a good steward of my time, talents and resources? 

This concern was alleviated when I realized this is one purpose of the Endowment Fund at FUMC. Already in the Fund’s 20 plus years of existence, it has assisted hundreds of people* in many mission programs. 

I have made provisions in my will that a portion of my estate be contributed to this Endowment Fund. I actually feel elated knowing that after I am gone a portion of me will still be helping the Kingdom of God advance. 

-Gene Cantwell 70-year member

 *More than $1.3 million has been used for Mission Outreach and to expand the ministries of this Church since 1986. For more information regarding the FUMC Endowment Fund, please contact Tracy Horgeshimer at the Church Office 352-394-2412. 

Permanent or Special Endowment Fund

Gifts to the Permanent Endowment Fund or Special Endowment Fund insure that the ministries of First United Methodist Church will go on for many years to come. Endowed giving is a good way to say that you believe in the future of the church, that you want to build a sense of permanence in your gifts, and that you want to create a heritage for future generations. Call the Church Accountant for more information at 352-394-2412. 

For more information regarding the FUMC Endowment Fund, please contact our Church Accountant at 352-394-2412.