"Now is the time to give generously because there is tremendous need," said Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. "Giving to your local church, to our United Methodist-related agencies, and to Camp and Retreat Ministries, is as important as ever."
It is for precisely that reason that the #IGiveUMC movement was launched this week by United Methodist Communications, in partnership with the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA). #IGiveUMC is a social media campaign designed to invite the faithful to engage in online community while continuing to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The campaign invites people to make financial donations to local United Methodist churches in honor/memory of a loved one and their legacy of faith. Donors can choose to support the church their honoree attends, their own church, or a church with family ties. An #IGiveUMC Facebook profile picture frame is also available to help members share their involvement in this special giving campaign.
The campaign will continue through the months ahead with various seasonal themes such as Father’s Day and Grandparent’s Day. It also provides the opportunity to recognize any special event—including birthdays, graduations, retirements and church anniversaries—by making a donation to help celebrate the important people in our lives.
A special webpage, https://bit.ly/IGiveUMC, has been created that offers information, shareable images, and graphics, scripts, ideas and examples to help churches and their members to participate to the fullest.