We believe in the scriptural teaching of the tithe, giving at least 10% to God’s glory. Our church works hard to make sure our spending is in line with our mission and that God is glorified through it. We also realize that some people are not at the point of being able to tithe while others may be able to do more. Therefore, we teach sacrificial giving, based on II Samuel 24:24 when David said, “I will not give to God that which costs me nothing.” God has given us His Son, Jesus Christ, and we have the privilege giving back to God’s glory! We encourage folks to give beyond themselves in sacrificial ways so that our shared ministry can provide the hope of Christ for our community and world!
“Extra Mile Giving” has been a way for folks to intentionally give extra on fifth Sundays that fall throughout the calendar year. There are five fifth Sundays in 2023: January 29, April 30, July 30, October 29, and December 30. You may place your Extra Mile contribution in the offering plate on those special Sundays, and mark it “Extra Mile Giving.” You can also make an online contribution to Extra Mile using the form at the top of this page.
We are excited for our first international youth mission trip. A group of youth and adults will embark to San Pedro Sula, Honduras in July 2023. The cost of the trip is $2,100 per person. If you would like to contribute to any or all of the participants in the mission trip, please click on the link below. All funds will go through the FUMC Gastonia finance office. If you prefer to donate by check, please write checks to “First UMC Gastonia” and in the memo line write “CCC Honduras – (Insert the participant's name)” so the church will know whose trip to apply the funds. If you would like to donate to the entirety of the trip, please just write "CCC Honduras" in the memo line. Thank you so much for your support!.
This is our capital campaign begun in 2017. Our vision is to provide deep roots for our community by expanding our facilities in a $5 Million+ building/renovation program. We have used as our key verse for this project Ecclesiastes 4:12, “A
three-fold cord is not easily broken”. We believe that three-fold cord to be CHRIST-CHURCH-COMMUNITY. This aggressive project deepens our commitment to all three. We are not providing building to showcase our church, we are doing this project to deepen God’s impact here and in this community! This campaign weaves together the mission of the church to be an outpost for God in our community.