Generosity & Giving

For your convenience you may make your financial contributions/payments to Bethany online.
  • You can Donate, or set up recurring donations.
    For recurring donations you will need to create an account

  • Select the desired option from the drop down.
  • IMPORTANT:  For the Other Donations option, you must designate where the funds are to go in the "Memo" box.

  • If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Finance Office at 512-258-6017

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Finance Office Staff

Estimate of Giving (General Budget)
Why do I need to return a Estimate of Giving card?

There are two reasons why it is important that every member of the Bethany family return an Estimate of Giving card. First, the process of prayerfully asking God to guide your decision and then making a commitment with your financial gifts is an act of worship, an expression of gratitude and praise to God. Secondly, on a more practical note, your commitment allows our church to budget and better plan for our ministries in the coming year.

Why do I need to turn in a Estimate of Giving card each year?

Financial situations change from year to year, and if we are growing in our faith, our annual commitment should likewise reflect that growth. Our church budgets for ministry each year based upon the commitments of our congregation.

2019 Estimate of Giving Cards
2018 Estimate of Giving Cards
Guide to Giving
gen·er·os·i·ty

Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. Generosity can involve offering of time, assets or talents. Generosity is often equated with charity as a virtue. Generosity is not solely based on one's economic status, but instead, includes the individual's pure intentions and giving from the heart. Generosity reflects the individual's passion to help others. [excerpted from Wikipedia]

Generosity, returning a portion of our financial blessings to God, is an important part of our spiritual journey. Through our financial commitments, we engage in an act of worship, thanking God for our blessings and acknowledging that everything we have is a gift from God. We confidently commit to "growing forward" both as individuals and as a church by faithfully investing in God's work through our church and our ministries. Even in times of uncertainty, we stand firm on the promise that God's grace will surround us. (2 Corinthians 8:12) And, we approach the coming year with hope and joy, living the promise of Acts 20:35- "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

Methodist Approach To Stewardship

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 that those early classes of "methodists" took weekly offerings to help others in need.

Today, we, as United Methodists, join others 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 congregation, we are the heart, spirit and hands of God's outreaching love. Life grows here through the joy of generosity.

What is expected of me

We believe that God has richly blessed us, and we celebrate the joy of giving our time, talents, gifts and service. The Bible teaches us to give a tithe or the first ten percent of what we earn to God and God's work. For some, the giving of the tenth is a goal you are growing toward each year. For others, it is the starting point, and you will give far in excess of this. As you approach your commitment to generosity, begin with prayer, thanking God for blessing you and asking God for guidance and discernment. Recognize that your offerings express both your desire to serve the Lord and your investment in God's work. If you are not yet tithing, consider taking a step toward the tithe this year. Determine your giving in proportion to your income, and then set a percentage that you can increase each year until you reach the tithing goal.

Practicing Good Stewardship

How can you learn and practice good Christian stewardship?

  • Pray about your regular giving to God's ministry and mission through University.
  • Model the humility and generosity God calls you to do.
  • Take the Financial Peace University class.
  • Set up a schedule to reach full tithing or begin by tithing one week of every month.
  • Give your time and talents to Missions.
  • Remember Bethany in your will or estate planning.
Why do I need to return an Estimate of Giving card?

There are two reasons why it is important that every member of the Bethany family return an Estimate of Giving card. First, the process of prayerfully asking God to guide your decision and then making a commitment with your financial gifts is an act of worship, an expression of gratitude and praise to God. Secondly, on a more practical note, your commitment allows our church to budget and better plan for our ministries in the coming year.

Why do I need to turn in an Estimate of Giving card each year?

Financial situations change from year to year, and if we are growing in our faith, our annual commitment should likewise reflect that growth. Our church budgets for ministry each year, based upon the commitments of our congregation.

Should I use Electronic Funds Transfer?

Electronic Funds Transfer is the easiest, most cost-effective giving option for both you and the church. With EFT, you can reinforce your commitment to give your tithes and offerings to God first, before anything else. One easy step each year guarantees that the church will receive your gifts on a regular basis, even if you are out of town or forget one week. On a practical note, EFT reduces the need for additional staff to process offerings.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you choose this option, you will need a commitment card each year authorizing the electronic funds transfer. Complete the EFT information and attach a voided check for the account you will use. If you used EFT this past year, you can select to use your bank account information already on file.

What if financial hardship prohibits me from making a commitment this year?

Don't let your inability to give at this time keep you from church. Remember that God honors your faithfulness and that your acceptance is not based upon your capacity to give. We ask that everyone return a commitment card even if it is a limited financial commitment at this time. You can always increase or decrease your commitment if your situation changes by calling our Finance Department. If you are experiencing financial hardship, be sure to let our pastoral staff know of your situation so that they can pray for and support you.

For information, call the Finance Office at 512-258-6017

Forms & Documents
Electronic Funds Transfer
Should I use Electronic Funds Transfer?

Electronic Funds Transfer is the easiest, most cost-effective giving option for both you and the church. With EFT, you can reinforce your commitment to give your tithes and offerings to God first, before anything else. One easy step each year guarantees that the church will receive your gifts on a regular basis, even if you are out of town or forget one week. On a practical note, EFT reduces the need for additional staff to process offerings.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you choose this option, you will need a commitment card each year authorizing the electronic funds transfer. Complete the EFT information and attach a voided check for the account you will use. If you used EFT this past year, you can select to use your bank account information already on file.

Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization Form

For more information contact the Finance Manager at 512-258-6017


Other Giving Opportunities:
Our Giving App for Android™ is available on Google Play™

You can make contributions to the General Fund, Benevolence Fund, or Beyond Walls Building Program from your compatible smart phone or mobile device.

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