Electronic Donations

Why We Give

Give anytime. Online. Text. Envelopes.

The following story illustrates the concept of tithing, the practice of giving back to God what really belongs to him anyway.

Once upon a time there was a man who had nothing, so God gave him 10 apples. The first three apples were for the man to eat, the second three were to trade for shelter, and the last three were to trade for clothing. God gave the man the 10th apple so he might have something to give back to God in gratitude for the other nine.

So the man did just that, he ate the first three and traded the others for shelter and clothes. Then he looked really hard at the 10th apple, knowing that God wanted him to give it back with a grateful heart.

But this last apple seemed so much bigger and juicer than the others, and the man reasoned that God already had all the apples in the world anyway. Why would God need his apple? So, the man ate the 10th apple and gave the core to God.

We should not give because we think God needs our gifts in order to be God, or that the church needs our money to be the church.

As the people of God — you and me — we give to the church and to God because of our gratitude to him. We give back to God what is God’s so that through our gifts the love of God can become a tangible reality in our world. Our giving is a reminder of the blessings God gives us and gave to us through Jesus Christ.

There Are Several Ways To Give Electronically

By giving electronically you can setup secure automatic monthly payments. Gone are the frustrations of forgetting your checkbook or giving envelope. You can also rest easy if you are unable to attend Sunday services. Your tithe is automatic.

Bill Pay

Our recommendation is to use the "Bill Pay" option on your bank's checking account. Typically, there are no fees involved and you can establish reoccurring payments.

IRA or 401K

If you are currently drawing against your IRA or 401K, check with your financial adviser. You can often set up recurring donations to the church and the entire transaction becomes tax free.

GivePlus+ by Vanco

GivePlus+ by Vanco offers similar capability but fees are deducted from the donation.


You may continue to use the secure PayPal site. Just enter the amount you wish to donate. The donation will be applied to our General Fund only.


Gulf Cove UMC can accept electronic donations from our website, a smart phone app, or by texting. Each method supports Credit/Debit cards and ACH bank transactions.

Recurring transactions (optional) are also supported, so you can set it and forget it. Additionally, you are now able to target one or more funds in a single transaction!

Click to make an immediate website donation or to complete the one-time sign-up.

Thank you for your generosity!