St. Luke's United Methodist Church

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8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. - Traditional
9:30 and 11:00 a.m. - Contemporary

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4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819
407.876.4991

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You can make a recurring or one-time donation on our Giving Page.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Lisa Lietz at llietz@st.lukes.org or 407.876.4991 ext. 227.

2020 Stewardship Guide

To belong to our congregation is to be a steward. Some may say that “stewardship” is just a polite way of referring to financial giving to the church. But it’s far more than that.

  • Receiving: We receive with joyful thanksgiving the many gifts that God showers upon us — time, talent, treasure, our bodies, our friendships, natural resources, and the beauty around us.
  • Managing: We take good care of what we have received. We manage these resources wisely — for our own good and the good of others.
  • Giving: Out of our gratitude in receiving so abundantly, we want to share with others.

St. Luke’s Endowment Fund

Click the button below to learn more about St. Luke’s Endowment Funds

What can I do?

  1. Pledge: Let us know that we can count on your support this year. Your pledge is used to set the annual operating budget. Download a pledge card, pick one up from the church office,or email your pledge to contributions@st.lukes.org.
  2. Do something: Click here to log in to the “My St. Luke’s” secure giving site and make your one time or recurring gift. Every gift is important no matter the size.
  3. Give online: This benefits the ministries of St. Luke’s by establishing consistent giving patterns. Your gifts are received even when you have to miss worship.

QuickGive Online Giving FAQs

Q. How do I get to QuickGive, St. Luke’s online giving site?

A. Click here or text SLUMC to 77977 to receive a link to “QuickGive.”


Q. Is St. Luke’s QuickGive system secure?

A. St. Luke’s online giving system is powered by Pushpay, a PCI compliant vendor that works closely with auditors to ensure security standards exceed compliance standards. Protecting your personally identifiable information matters and Pushpay strictly controls data storage to ensure that it is protected and your privacy is preserved.

This platform actively monitors and checks for potentially fraudulent or malicious activity and our partners at Pushpay are prepared to respond. Extensive monitoring and attention to system activity lets Pushpay proactively address issues, monitor for change, and remain vigilant. Additional checks and identity validation are built into our application, protecting your payment methods and challenging unusual giving behavior.

From background checks to continuous training for all our staff as well as the Pushpay staff, our teams are well equipped to help us keep our data safe and our systems secure.

Have a security question? Email us here.


Q. Who do I contact for help with using the QuickGive platform?

A. For assistance, please call 407.876.4991 ext. 227 or email St. Luke’s Finance Manager, Lisa Lietz.


Q. What are the benefits of online or electronic giving?

A. The following are some of the benefits for you and St. Luke’s:

  • It gives you an opportunity to determine what you would like to give in advance to the ministries of St. Luke’s and include these tithes and offerings in your financial planning.
  • Online giving is fast, secure, mobile-friendly, and convenient.
  • You don’t have to remember to bring your check book or cash to church on Sunday.
  • You can give just once or set up a regular, automated schedule for giving, e.g., weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.
  • It helps simplify life . . . no more trying to remember whether or not you have supported St. Luke’s ministries this week or
    month.
  • When you give using a credit card, you will continue to earn credit card rewards, such as air miles, points, and cash back
    if your credit card includes such a benefit.
  • You can reduce the number of paper checks you write.
  • Giving can occur even when you are out of town or unable to attend a service.
  • Regular online giving stabilizes giving patterns which, in turn, will help St. Luke’s better forecast and manage our resources.
  • As more people give online, the administrative processes for receiving, counting, storing, and depositing funds and preparing detailed financial reports are streamlined. This frees up church personnel and volunteers to focus on other ministry opportunities.

Q. Is there a cost to set up and maintain an account on St. Luke’s QuickGive platform?

A. No. There is no charge to the donor for setting up or keeping an account open.


Q. What payment options are available through QuickGive?

A. With St. Luke’s QuickGive site, you can give through the following means:

  • Credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express)
  • Debit card
  • Transfer from your bank account

Q. What are the fees for online-giving transactions?

A. No fees are incurred by you (the donor) for any contributions made using the online-giving system. However, St. Luke’s incurs a fee for contributions made via debit and credit cards.


Q. What if I change bank accounts or the credit/debit card I use for online giving?

A. You can change your payment method at any time by accessing your QuickGive account. Click here to learn more about changing your payment method.


Q. What if I want to adjust the date or amount or cancel a recurring donation?

A. You can log into your QuickGive account and change the recurring payment schedule, or cancel the donation, at any point. Click here to find out how to modify or cancel a recurring gift.


Q. Will I still receive an annual contribution statement for the funds I give electronically?

A. Yes. St. Luke’s will email or mail your year-end giving statement.


Q. Will I be provided a receipt for a one-time gift that I give electronically?

A. Yes. As soon as the one-time gift transaction goes through, you will see a link allowing you to print out a detailed receipt for your gift. You will also receive an e-mail notification with a confirmation number, the amount, and recipient information.


Q. Can St. Luke’s or the QuickGive system take money out of my account without my authorization?

A. Absolutely not! You control when and how much money is transferred either through initiating the one-time-giving option or recurring-gift option.


Q. Who can I contact if I still have questions?

A. For assistance, please call 407.876.4991 ext. 227 or email St. Luke’s Finance Manager, Lisa Lietz.

How to Commit

Prayers

Do you seek God’s blessing on His church, St. Luke’s in your prayers? Do you ask for guidance in your daily walk and seek God’s direction for your life? Do you pray for those you know as well as those who have yet to enter your life?

Presence

Do you attend worship on a weekly basis unless you are sick or out of town? Are you plugged into a small group where you can be present and grow in your spiritual formation with Christ?

Gifts

Do you tithe (10%) or working towards the tithe in giving to St. Luke’s? Are you striving to reach beyond the tithe in your other gifts and offerings?

Service

Do you use your spiritual gifts and your life experience to serve others in the church, community and world? Does your personal use of time reflect this commitment?

Witness

Do you share your personal witness with others? Do you invite them to worship and other activities to expose them to the life changing experience of Jesus Christ?

Year End Giving

A gift of stocks and/or mutual funds is the most common way to make an additional gift to the church. These gifts are tax-deductible at the full fair market value subject to some limitations. Also, the gain is not subject to taxation to the donor or the church. Example: a donor paid $2,000 to purchase stock now worth $10,000. If the donor sells the stock, he/she pays capital gains taxes on the $8,000 gain. If the donor gives the stock to the church, neither the donor nor the church pays taxes and the donor receives a $10,000 tax deduction.  Contact Lisa Lietz, llietz@st.lukes.org or 407-955-4796 for more information about non-cash contributions and always consult your legal, financial and tax advisor about the tax deductibility of your gifts.

If you are 70 ½ or older and planning your IRA withdrawal strategy, you may want to consider making charitable donations to the church through a Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD).

A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA payable to a qualified charity. QCDs can be counted toward satisfying your required minimum distributions (RMDs) for the year, if certain rules are met.  In addition to the benefits of giving to charity, a QCD excludes the amount donated from taxable income, which is unlike regular withdrawals from an IRA. Keeping your taxable income lower may reduce the impact to certain tax credits and deductions, including Social Security and Medicare.  Also, QCDs don’t require that you itemize, which due to the recent tax law changes, means you may decide to take advantage of the higher standard deduction, but still use a QCD for charitable giving.

Qualified charitable contributions must be made by December 31 each year in order to exclude that amount from taxable income.

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