Give instead of get during UMC's Giving Tuesday

11/4/2013

As the Christmas season approaches, shoppers and retailers look forward to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.

All three marketing efforts are geared to entice buyers to spend more and buy more.

But what if, after all of the frantic shopping and spending, United Methodists focused on giving rather than getting?

With its Giving Tuesday initiative, The United Methodist Church is inviting everyone to begin their Advent season by giving monetary gifts to any project through The Advance. Every gift up to $10,000 made online on Tuesday, Dec. 3 through The Advance will be matched dollar for dollar by the General Board of Global Ministries.

“The connection of The United Methodist Church becomes so tangibly evident with initiatives such as this,” said Allison Lindsey, associate director of Connectional Ministries. “Collectively, we can accomplish more together than we can alone. There are many great projects in countries all over the world and here in our own backyard from which to choose. So search for a cause you are passionate about, such as children, education or clean, accessible water – projects in a country you love or from our missionaries.”

On this one day, every gift will be matched, doubling its impact. And, as always, 100 percent of each donation made through The Advance (including the match) will be used to support the project designated by the donor.

A donation made in honor of a friend or family member is a great alternative Christmas gift, too.

Several missionaries supported by South Georgia UM churches are among the more than 850 United Methodist-related Advance project and 300 missionaries that have been reviewed and approved by Global Ministries. To learn more about them and to give on Tuesday, Dec. 3, visit umcmission.org/give.

“Resources to spread the word in your local churches are available, including videos, social media banners and releases for newsletters and bulletin inserts,” Lindsey said. “Help spread the word!”