Transforming the Church for the healing of the world
As Christians, we recognize everything we have comes from God. Through our tithes and offerings, we demonstrate in a tangible way our love for God and our neighbors. Each year, we ask our members to commit to their tithes and offerings for the coming year in support of our church's ministry and mission. We do this for three reasons:
- All we have is a gift from God, so we believe that giving to God's work is an act of worship.
- At United Methodist Church of Palm Springs, giving is an expectation of membership. The church does not specify how much an individual should give, but we hope each person will commit a percentage of their income and increase that amount as they are able.
- Annual giving makes possible: worship, programs for children and youth, small groups and book studies, pastoral care and support, feeding the hungry, and building and operational needs.
Special Gifts for Special Causes
Easter is the celebration of the truth of God’s promise that death never has the last word. New life — surprisingly stronger, deeper, and fearlessly hopeful — awaits on the other side of every dreadful chasm on our journey. We can even discover hints of it when walking through the really tough stuﬀ.
This Easter we want to especially celebrate this amazing promise. It’s been an especially trying Lent because, in addition to the tough personal journeys many of you — and your loved ones — have been on of late, there was the denominational earthquake in the United Methodist Church that threw many of us into the ditch. The Special General Conference that voted in late February to not extend full inclusivity of LGBTQI+ persons left many not only wholly broken-hearted but wondering what could possibly be found on the other side of the death of the UMC as we know it.
This Easter, we have a special opportunity to say thank you to God for God’s ever-resurrecting ways. Our special Easter oﬀering this year will be devoted to UMCPS’ PRIDE ministries AND a tithe will go to helping rebuild the three African-American churches recently burned in hate in Louisiana’s St. Landry Parish. Let’s keep the Resurrection ball rolling across the land!
Our exciting new PRIDE plans include:
And really, this is just for starters. We have the chance to go really big right now, we have the chance to show a wondering world just what we think about that St. Louis decision and how independent (and compassionately just) Methodism can be — is!