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December 2014 United Church Philanthropy News
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Thank You!

Thank you for all you are doing to connect more people to Mission and Service. Giving has been strong and generous. If you haven’t contributed yet, please give through your own congregation or donate directly online.

And a reminder.... Remember to give thanks! Everyone here in the Philanthropy Unit loves to call to say thank you for every $100 or more donation that we receive. Why not try it in your congregation this January. Just say thank you – nothing more! Or you could include a thank you note, preferably hand signed, with every tax receipt.   



Wrapping up M&S 2014


M&S treasurers, thank you for ensuring that the 2014 gifts for M&S from the people in your church are received as soon as possible and no later than January 30, 2015You may forward your 2014 congregational gifts for Mission and Service in one of three ways:

1. By mail: Send before January 16: The United Church of Canada, 3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300, Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4, to the attention of Nicole Chicote.

2. By bank transfer: Contact us via email or telephone (1-800-268-3781 or 416-231-7680, ext. 3072) for bank account and transfer information. Please write your pastoral charge’s M&S number on the deposit slip and inform Nicole Chicote of your deposit and its designation for tracking purposes  

3. By Pre-authorized Remittance (PAR): To set up your PAR account for your congregation’s transfer, please contact Cathy Guo via email or telephone (1-800-268-3781 or 416-231-7680, ext. 3050). If you are already on PAR, you may contact Cathy Guo or Nicole Chicote to authorise a debit from your church bank account through your PAR. 

[Photo: Asenat29, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)]




Generosity with Benefits

If you are an investor there is an easy way to share your generosity now with significant additional tax savings.  If you have investments with large capital gains you can instruct your broker to transfer these investments to The United Church of Canada Foundation (or your favourite charity). For more information, see the Stewardship Toolkit or contact The United Church of Canada Foundation by email or telephone: 1-866-340-8223 (toll free).


 
Minutes for Mission 2015

The 2015 Minutes for Mission book has been mailed to your church. In this edition of Minutes for Mission, we explore the “call” section of A New Creed. Enrich your worship, church program, and devotional time with inspirational stories that tell how we are living God’s call in the world. These 52 stories with photos, 13 videos, Lenten and Advent prayers, and other snippets are available online. Take a look at UCRDstore.ca.


Philanthropy Newsletter


The Winter 2015 Philanthropy Newsletter includes ideas for year-round stewardship education and links to great stewardship sites. It's now available and is included in the January Infopac mailing.  
Your generosity enables the United Church to love, serve, and minister in the world. Make an online donation here or learn more about your options to support the work of the church. 
The Stewardship Toolkit offers resources developed for and by congregational and community leaders of The United Church of Canada and other denominations. 
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