In our ministry as church, we make things happen through our gifts.
Giving is part of our human DNA, and most especially part of our Christian DNA. We give because God gave first the most precious gift of all, Jesus Christ. God gave each of us different gifts and talent to use for God’s glory. They are our spiritual gifts: praying, teaching, healing, preaching, listening, creating crafts, carpentry, and many more.
Each member is encouraged to covenant with God through monetary pledge, an estimated giving for the year, so that the church can responsibly act on God’s call through Salem’s ministries. The pledge does not only respond to the local church’s needs, but also to the “connection.”
Apportion is another Methodist word that links our local gifts to the worldwide ministry of the United Methodist Church. Apportionment is the connectional giving. It’s as simple as people coming together, combining their money to accomplish something bigger than themselves. United Methodists support apportioned and designated funds through their connectional gifts. By combining several smaller gifts into a larger amount, we can effect change across the world. Individual churches can minister to a small area; however, as a connectional church, we can do big things, all in the name of Jesus Christ.
Scrip is another way that Salem raises income to fund our ministries. Through Scrip cards, percentages of everyday purchases for food, gas, drugstore items and much more go toward income to benefit the church. Total for 2017: $545.00.
Pennies for Mission is our ongoing project where all of the coins dropped in the collection plate are sent to various missions. Each month a special mission is designated to receive that month’s offering. Begun in 1989, we have measured our pennies in miles with $844.80 in a mile. We have reached our 40th mile and are now “traveling” toward our 41st mile of pennies! That means that since we started Pennies for Mission we have sent over $36,000 to missions all over the world.
August Pennies: Sharing Center – School Supplies ($112.97)
September Pennies: Kenosha Literacy Council
October Pennies: Operation Smile Train
The second Sunday of each month the children of the congregation collect a special Noisy Offering with a lively run through the aisles gathering change (and paper money, too!) in tin cans for a loud, boisterous and fun giving experience. Collected coins go to that month’s Pennies for Mission designation.
Impact Community – The challenge is to do 8,000 hours of community service by the end of 2018. Be sure to fill out your Impact Community slip and drop it in the collection plate or return to the church office. We are edging toward our 4,000 hour mark – as of 9/16/18 we have done 3,630 ½ hours of community service!