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Everyday generosity

Members of the Marvin Church family generously give their time, service, talents and treasures through many acts of worship. Your gifts and service are acts of worship that enable our church to minister to our community and to reach around the world, sharing the Gospel.

Whether it' s worshiping with the Core Team, donating goods for Habits of the Heart, serving with volunteer teams, rocking babies in the nursery or dropping your gifts into the offering plate, each and every act of generosity matters and helps change lives. 

Thank you for giving to Marvin Church!

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed
(Proverbs 11:25).

Giving Info

Ways to Give

  • Drop your donation in the offering plate.
  • Donate online. It’s easy and secure.
  • Mail your gifts to the church (Marvin Church, 300 W. Erwin Street, Tyler, TX 75702) or drop them in the drop box under the Erwin Street portico.
  • Give automatically. Set up automatic gifts by credit card or automatic debits. You can give once or twice each month automatically. Just contact the finance office to set it up.

Planned Giving

Consider naming Marvin Church as a beneficiary in your will or trust.

What gifts, in addition to cash and pledges, does Marvin Church accept? The Board of Trustees has guidelines specific to many of the ways to give outlined below. Before making a gift, consult with your financial advisor and the Marvin Church director of finance to ensure you receive the best personal value for your donation. Creative ways to give include:

Stewardship checklist

  • Update your will. If you do not have a will, take steps to have one prepared. 
  • Make a stewardship pledge to support Marvin ministries.
  • Volunteer for one or more mission projects.
  • Give an unexpected gift of time or service.
  • Give a memorial or honorarium gift to Marvin Church for a business associate, friend or family member.
  • Learn more about designated giving funds at Marvin Church

Give a gift from your IRA

Consider a Gift from your IRA to Marvin Church. If you’re 70½ years or older, you may want to take your required minimum distribution (RMD) and give a gift to Marvin Church. The IRA Rollover allows individuals 70½ years or older to distribute anywhere from $100 up to $100,000 from their IRA to Marvin Church or other charitable organization. To consider a gift to Marvin Church:

  1. Contact your financial advisor to discuss options.
  2. Let the finance office know you plan to send a gift.

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logo: Annual Fund

Thank you for your faithful support of Marvin Church. Our vision statement, “growing disciples to share the love and hope of Christ” is more than just words in a document, it’s being fulfilled in our community life and mission work. The vision makes our God-directed path clear and creates exciting opportunities for growth. Your investment is needed to make it happen.

Our annual stewardship campaign invites church members to complete an estimate of giving for the next calendar year, to support the annual operating budget. Your gifts support ministries, missions, staff salaries, facility security and utilities, Christian education, worship, communications and so much more!

logo: foundations

Gifts to the Marvin Methodist Church Foundation are legacy gifts, with the interest being used to bless the church forever. Each gift is important, laying a foundation for our church for years to come.

Please write a separate check and make your check payable to the Marvin Methodist Church Foundation when making a gift.

Gifts to the Foundation are held in trust, and only the interest will be used to meet church needs that fall outside of the regular operating budget. Our Foundation’s bylaws specify that 50 percent of income shall be used for the physical building, 20 percent for missions and 30 percent for discretionary purposes as approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Invest in the future

Foundation gifts show gratitude for Marvin Church. You can invest in the church’s future with a gift that will outlive you.

About the Foundation

Ben Sutton was a great ambassador for Christianity, a great witness whose heart was with his local church, according to his wife, Elizabeth. Mrs. Sutton wanted to memorialize her husband in a meaningful way, a way that would last through the years and benefit others. She found the perfect way to memorialize Ben: She encouraged church leadership to establish the Marvin Methodist Church Foundation and she furnished seed money. The Foundation was established in 2017.

logo: Eternal Flame

Gifts to the Eternal Flame Fund are used for projects on our campus not covered by the annual operating budget. One hundred percent of every Eternal Flame Fund gift is utilized as directed by the Church Council for critical maintenance not covered by the annual operating budget.

  • In 2018 and 2019, your gifts of $1.2 million supported the restoration of the sanctuary stained glass windows.
  • In 2017, your gifts replaced our 35-year-old HVAC system.
  • In 2016, your gifts replaced or repaired flat roofs, installed security cameras in the third-floor student area, provided money-saving LED lighting where fixtures had failed and provided needed asbestos abatement.

Eternal Flame Fund members who give $75 or more during the year are members of Flame Alive, a giving group of the Eternal Flame Fund which impacts the lives of our members and the community who come in and out of our doors for worship, for education, for service and for community.