Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is my informations safe and confidential?
A. PayPal is the largest processor of credit/debit card, and bank account transactions on the internet. All information is secure and encrypted to protect you and your information.When you give through PayPal, the church does NOT see private information such as your debit card or bank account number.
Q. Are there any fees or costs to donate online?
A. Not to you. The full amount that you choose to donate goes to the First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti and is considered a tax-deductible gift. The church pays a fee of 2.2% + $.30 for each transaction which is why we suggest that PayPal be used only for occasional donations.
Q. How will I know my donation made it to the church?
A. You will receive a confirmation email from PayPal immediately after you complete your donation. You can keep the email as a receipt for tax purposes. Your donation will be reported on your yearly Contribution Statement. The First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti provides an annual giving statement to donors prior to January 31 of the next year.
Q. Still not sure about giving online?
A. You can always give during worship or mail a check to the church office. If you should have any questions or concerns we will be happy to address those. Feel free to call the church office at (734) 482-8374 or email Church Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
"Each person should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." – 2 Corinthians 9:7
We are greatful for your support. We know some people are not able to give and understand you must first take care of yourself. Please pray for those who are sick, caregivers and all critical workers. If you are able, we are thankful you can support the Church in the following ways.
You provide financial support to the church during the pandemic in any of three ways:
- Give online by clicking a Donate button below on this page.
- For recurring donations, we have secure, automatic electronic giving. You can set this up by mailing a VOID check to the Church. You will be contacted by the Church Treasurer to select the amount and frequency of your donations (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly). Call or email the Church Administrator at 734-482-8374. OR
- Send a check to First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti, 209 Washtenaw Ave., Ypsilanti, MI 48197.
Online Secure Giving
Click one of the below Donate buttons. You will be redirected to PayPal to make a donation to Ypsilanti First United Methodist Church. Paypal is a secure website. You don’t have to have a PayPal account to do this. With this option, you can donate by credit or debit card.
You may also send in a check to First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti, 209 Washtenaw Ave., Ypsilanti, MI 48197.
For recurring donations, we have an electronic giving option. Call or email the Church Administrator at 734-482-8374.
Please select one of the three donating options below.
Special Giving Donate to help in situations like disaster relief, to local charities or to honor or in memory of a person. You will be taken to a secure Paypal webpage. Enter the amount of the donation on the first Paypal page. On the second Paypal webpage, click on the pencil symbol near the top of the second Paypal page and enter a description of what you are donating to (e.g., Hurricane Relief in USA or abroad, Flint Water Crisis to help with recovery ministry, name of person you are giving in memory of, etc..). Donations received without a description of what is being donated to will be deposited to the Operating Fund.
Operating Fund Help fund the many ministries of the church. Operating expenses pay for the maintenance of the buildings, utilities, and staff salaries. Program funding and administrative costs support the daily operations of First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti.
Building Fund First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti is over 100 years old and to help insure that we continue our mission to serve the community we must make our house functional. We are looking to renovate portions of the building like the restrooms which will allow us to fully utilize the rooms in the educational wing and update our nursery. We host community groups like Overeaters Anonymous, ESL classes, Girl Scouts and Justice For Our Neighbors-Southeast Michigan. We are upgrading our building security to help increase the safety of children and adults. We upgrade our parking, access and signage to better help attendees.
If you would split all or part of your contribution to another fund, please explain: (Example: $50 to missions; $20 to building fund). Donations will be credited to the general operating fund unless designated otherwise.