Who pays for Cedar Park United’s ministry?
Cedar Park United is self- supporting. That is, the resources, both time and commitment and financial means to support the facility, staff and operation of the organization are provided by the participants. We do not charge a membership fee, but depend on freewill offerings. This is based on our wish that everyone feel welcome to participate fully in the life of the community regardless of their financial situation, and on the belief that the Spirit will inspire the generosity necessary for its ministry to thrive. Therefore, this page has been prepared in order to give participants some direction in deciding what is an appropriate amount for their financial and non-financial contributions.
What financial resources are required?
Our funding requirements for our ministry are approximately $400,000 annually, supporting Worship, Christian Development, Social Justice and Congregational Care. The primary inputs to those ministries are salaries, premises, program expenses and contributions to other organizations (Social Justice and Mission and Service M&S Fund). From time to time there are additional projects that need financial support.
As with any building more than 50 years old, elements require renewal or updating. We have various projects planned or under way to protect the investment in God’s Dream by our community those 65+ years ago and to leave a legacy, a building properly equipped and maintained for ministry and mission.
How much should I give?
Not all individuals or families can contribute equally. For some, $2,400 or more annually reflects their commitment; for others, it might be less. Recognizing that not all can contribute at this level, some of our leading contributors provide over $6,000 annually. Please consider prayerfully how you might ensure that Cedar Park United’s ministry continues to thrive and give what you can, when you can. We will use your gifts wisely and prayerfully.
What is that Mission & Service Fund?
Contributions to the Mission and Service (M&S) Fund are forwarded directly to the National Office of the United Church. Cedar Park United’s M&S contributions are generally about 8% of total financial contributions, with 92% being for our local church operating expenses.
What if I can’t afford to give much?
We have people at all stages of life and of varying means, who play a full and active role in our community. Many who cannot make a large financial contribution find other ways to support our ministry in significant ways and the time and talents that they contribute are essential to our living out of the God’s Dream.
I am new to the community “ what is expected of me?
We believe that is it important that you have your needs met as part of our community and we are glad that you are with us on this journey. As one would expect, people tend to contribute modestly when they are new to the community and gradually increase to a higher level of giving as they develop their understanding and appreciation for the our shared mission “ God’s Dream. Please let the Church Administrator or the Minister know in what ways you might like to become involved.
What methods of giving are available?
We receive some contributions on an annual basis, some as special one-time donations and some in response to special appeals. Regular contributions may be made through weekly offering envelopes, post-dated cheques, etransfers or the pre-authorized remittance system.
Our Church Administrator would be happy to offer you a set of small envelopes, which you could use each Sunday of the year or monthly. You’ll be given an “envelope number” to mark on your envelope; this allows your offering to be credited to you while maintaining a degree of confidentiality. Offering envelopes may be requested at any time.
Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR)
This is a system whereby you may authorize payments to be made by electronic transfer from your bank account (or your Visa or MasterCard) to the church’s account monthly, in whatever amount you specify. The above alternatives may be used in combination. For example, you might give a basic amount by Pre-Authorized Remittance, and make supplementary contributions as your finances allow through Offering Envelopes. PAR is our preferred method as it provides a stable inflow of funds, even through the summer months when bills are still required to be paid. PAR may be cancelled or amended at any time for any reason.
You can make a donation from the comfort of your home using E Transfer/ online banking. Make the transfer to email@example.com . Contact our Church Administrator to give the answer to the security question via email. The Church’s bank account is at RBC so there is no transaction fee if you also bank at RBC. If you bank elsewhere you may be charged a small transaction fee by your bank ($1.50 =/-). Another way of donating online is to go to CanadaHelps.org where Cedar park United is setup as a charitable organization.
We use the organization Square One for accepting donations via credit card. It’s safe and secure as card information is encrypted at the moment of the swipe. Credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, AMEX and Discover. To make a donation, contact our Church Administrator Elizabeth Chown Lafreniere any weekday morning.
Many of those who value and support the ministry of Cedar Park United wish to see it thrive into the future and leave a bequest in their last will and testament that provides a legacy for future generations. If you are interested, please talk to the Treasurer, Pascal Ricard.
Donations of investments
There are very favorable tax rules that exempt any gains realized on gifting of investments (for example shares) to a registered charity as well as providing a donation tax receipt for the value of the investment. If you have shares with significant capital gains (perhaps you have held them a long time) this may be very beneficial. Talk to our Church Administrator or Treasurer for more information.
Do I get a donation receipt?
All amounts received in support of our ministry are receipted. A confidential record of identifiable contributions is kept and at the end of the year you will receive a tax receipt. If you have charitable donations in excess of $200 in a year, the tax credit is calculated at the top tax rate of close to 50% of your contribution.The % tax credit is less for total annual contributions less than $200.
How do I get involved in non-financial ways?
Everyone is an important part of our community and God’s gift to us. As you get to know us you may see an area in which you have gifts to contribute, in time, expertise, caring, ideas. As you get to know us we hope that you will be fed spiritually, fulfill your purpose and feel at home. Our Time and Talent form is a good way of letting us know about your gifts and areas of interest or just talk to our Church Administrator or the Minister.