Giving to the church

Charitable contributions

“Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” II Corinthians 9:7

The work of our church is supported by contributions from the congregation.

Our church serves the Lord and our community in many ways. Your support is key to this mission. Every gift matters, no matter its size. Your gift, in the form and for the purpose you choose, will play a crucial role in the progress and continuing mission of First United Methodist Church of Bastrop.

There are many ways to support First United Methodist Church of Bastrop. There are ways in which your church, you and your loved ones all benefit at the same time.  Such giving techniques are called “planned gifts,” because with thoughtful planning, you create win-win solutions for you and your church. For example:

  • You can make a gift that costs nothing during your lifetime.
  • You can give stock and realize larger tax savings.
  • You can get a monthly paycheck for life in return for your gift.
  • You can donate your house, continue to live there, and get a tax break all at the same time.

You may consider a Charitable Gift Annuity. This provides an income for life and possible tax benefits.  

Gift giving planning process:

  • Identify your goals
  • Discover gifts anyone can make
  • See how gifts can pay you income

Contact Cary Bauer (979) 877-8576 if you are interested in learning about these giving programs to help your church.

Electronic Giving: We have made some improvements in methods of giving to our church. The internet has presented opportunities to make your pledges and gift giving fast and easy. Contributions can now be done online by “e-giving”. This e-giving is accomplished by going online and having funds debited from your credit or debit card or your checking or saving account and put our church account.

New: We have added a capability for you to donate to the church using PayPal.  Click here to donate.PayPal logo



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Simply follow these easy steps:

1. Access the Vanco site by clicking here,

2. Click on the [Give Now] button,

3. Click on the Create Profile button, then

4. Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions.

For those of you that prefer mobile e-giving we now have a QR code (square bar code) show above that can be scanned with a cell phone. This scan will take you to the mobile version of our e-giving site where you will create a profile and enter pledges or gifts.

Another giving option is using bank ACH (automated clearing house). For ACH giving please visit our church office and complete an ACH Authorization form. Your pledge amount will be automatically debited from your bank account at the time you select…weekly or monthly.

And then there is the offering plate…seems “old school” nowadays…but it works fine too!