Doing God’s Work…
Thank you for prioritizing Floris UMC in your generous giving. Your consistency provides stability, strength and support to our ministry. Lives are being changed because of you!
Online giving is now easier, faster and more secure than ever. Many of us don’t carry cash or a checkbook, but we always have our smartphones. You can donate online in less than a minute. The first time you give, you can set up your secure account. After that, you will be all set. Have questions? Read our FAQs.
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Your Generosity at Work
Christmas Eve Giving: we gave it all away–$395,958!
Floris UMC/Restoration continued its annual Christmas Eve Giving in 2020. All funds went to ministries and partner organizations to transform lives. Over the years, your generosity has allowed us to give away more than $3.7 million.
During 2020, Floris UMC/Restoration supported our neighbors and communities across the globe through our partner organizations and their efforts to help families affected by COVID-19. This year’s recipients are Cornerstones, Helping Children Worldwide, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and Community and World Impact Fund.
We distributed all donated funds to our three ministry partners and reserved funds for local needs during the year. Your support will transform lives and build a better future for families, individuals and communities locally and globally.
Christmas Eve Giving is our church’s gift to others so that they can rediscover joy, peace, hope and love this season and throughout the year. Every cent you gave enables our church and organizations in our community and world to do life-transforming work. Thank you for your generosity!
Live Into the Dream
Floris United Methodist Church has a vibrant history dating back 126 years. Today, we continue to live out our mission: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our rich history was created by people who could never have imagined how they would bless all who now call Floris UMC their church home.
The Church Council believes that we can take bold steps to reach new people in our community with a message of hope and love. After months of focus groups, listening sessions and surveys, we launched the Dream Campaign in 2018. We want to help you become the person you want to be by reaching out to the community and growing God’s kingdom.
Floris UMC has successfully built a campus valued at $31,250,000. Since the time of construction, we have worked to secure the financial future of the church while paying off debt. Through contributions to capital campaigns, such as Dream, we have reduced our debt from its peak of $13,800,000 in 2010 to $4,450,000 today.
The campus building has continued to serve others throughout the community, especially during COVID. Give today to help Floris UMC become a debt-free church.
The Dream campaign allowed Student and Family Ministry to work with Ministry Architects. Together, they created an engaging environment designed around best practices and a ministry model that focuses on relationships and family-based discipleship.
This initiative renovated the Hangar, which is our primary student space. Now, it’s an inviting modern environment that demonstrates our commitment to our students.
Our goal is to create a place where non-physical barriers are removed. We want all people to feel comfortable participating and growing in their faith. The new sensory room helps children develop coping skills and act as a respite from external stimuli.
This initiative also created Access Ministries, a lay-led ministry group. They will work with the Access Ministries Coordinator, as well as other arms of the church, to ensure access for all abilities.
Children thrive in a visually and intellectually stimulating space. Because of Dream contributions, guests and families will enjoy up-to-date, modern rooms whether in-person or online. This ministry space equips leaders to create interactive experiences and shared memories.
Since our launch, we continue to seek ways to impact our local community. About 25% of the families that call Restoration their church home are from families we have met since we launched. Some of our successes include the following:
- Developed relationships with organizations such as Dulles South Food Pantry, Adler Center for Caring and A Place to Be
- Celebrated one year anniversary in February 2020
- Donated $50,000 to help expand A Place to Be services
- Pivoted to online services on March 15, 2020
- Connected with families and engaged in listening sessions
- Created engaging weekly worship experiences and resources
What Will Your Legacy Be?
The four great human needs, according to Dr. Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, are to live, to learn, to love, and to leave a legacy. Each of us wants to be remembered for something special – an untarnished reputation, a life filled with good deeds, a monumental and lasting achievement. We want our accomplishments in this life to be remembered and have meaning beyond our lifetimes.
Some of us want to be remembered as a close and loving family member. Most of us want our life’s work to have a positive and lasting impact on society. All of us want to leave something of ourselves to posterity that will be beneficial for many years to come. What would you like your legacy to be? Have you made arrangements for a lasting gift – have you firmly established your legacy to future generations?
Your Legacy, Your Church
All gifts are from God, the Bible tells us. We are blessed with living in an affluent country with untold opportunities. Most of us have never known poverty or despair. Yet, problems like those exist in our community and in the world. Our church has served the spiritual and physical needs of our community for many years. Our Outreach has touched the lives of people locally in Herndon and Northern Virginia, in other states such as Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Mississippi and Tennessee, and internationally in Haiti, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Nicaragua. With our help, it will continue to do so for many, many years into the future. This will be our legacy.
Floris UMC Legacy Fund
When you provide a gift or bequest to the Legacy Fund, it will be invested to provide a legacy of support for Floris in perpetuity. The disbursement of funds is done annually via a nomination and review process defined by church policies. These disbursements are used to expand the missions of the church which enables your legacy to grow with that of Floris UMC. Prior disbursements have supported diverse areas such as new mission and ministry development, scholarships, and more.
Leaving a Bequest
One way to give is with a bequest. Your will or trust can designate that a specific amount is given to Floris UMC’s Legacy Fund. Such a gift can take the form of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other types of assets. A bequest allows you to pass your gift to Floris UMC free of estate tax.
When you give a gift now, you have the joy of seeing your donation put to good use. If you itemize on your tax return, you will also receive an income tax deduction. If you give appreciated stock or real estate, you may be able to avoid capital gains tax on the transfer.
Other Ways to Give
By designating the Floris UMC Legacy Fund as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, you may give life insurance to the Legacy Fund. This can be a creative way of making a significant donation.
If you wish to discuss any of the ways to leave a legacy, please call the Floris UMC office and ask for more information or contact one of our Legacy Fund Committee members to discuss it in person.
Seeing Your Legacy in Action
The Legacy Fund Committee will be making disbursements annually to support various ministries at Floris UMC. Thus, you will be able to see your gift in action year after year in support of the current needs of Floris UMC and the ministries it supports.
Frequently Asked Questions
Read our FAQs about the Floris Legacy Fund.