Each year at our annual meeting, we select a list of charitable or social justice causes with which we share our Sunday collection plate. Information on some of these causes can be found on the social justice page. In most cases, we share the Sunday plates for an entire month with a selected charity or cause, but in some cases we split the month between two recipients.
Fifty percent of undesignated cash, undesignated checks, or checks with “share” or “share the plate” on the memo line is provided to the charity or cause. The remaining fifty percent goes toward MVUC operating expenses. Identifiable contributions (checks or money in a marked envelope) are recorded in our church management database and shown as “share” contributions on statements periodically provided by the church.
If preferred, members may earmark an entire cash or check donation to the designated charity. If that is the intent, please clearly indicate it on the memo line of the check or on an enclosing envelope. The automatic payment form that can be reached from this web site, Realm, or the Realm Connect mobile app can also be used for this purpose (see automatic payment information). In the FUND box, choose “Share the Plate.” You may also choose “Monthly Charities Only” if you prefer NOT to share the amount with MVUC.
You can also make a share-the-plate contribution using text-to-give from your mobile device.