What do you do with your tithe and offering if you happen to miss a Sabbath service? Bring it the following week? There aren’t any official studies to prove it, but many authors believe that you're likely to "forget" to make that contribution. There are ways that you can avoid this happening to you, especially as we're in the middle of summer and people are enjoying vacations.
1. Set up automatic bill pay for your tithe with your bank
Tithe isn't a bill, but we should think of it as something we need to take care of every month or two weeks - just like our mortgage/rent, cell phone bill, water bill, etc. Most banks today have an online bill pay option where the bank will send a check to the vendor of your choice on a regular basis, so you don't forget to make a payment. There's no reason why your vendor can't be Metropolitan.
- List the church's name (Metropolitan SDA Church) as the payee
- Have the check mailed to the church's address: 6307 Riggs Rd, Hyattsville, MD
- For the memo, indicate whether the funds are for tithe or offering, or include the breakdown, e.g. $100-tithe; $50-offering
- Select the date you want the check to arrive
- Relax, knowing you'll never again "forget" to return your tithe or give offering
The next two options we’ll discuss are available to you on our website.
2. Return your tithe online via Adventist Giving
This is a really simple process, even though it asks you to set up an account the first time you use it (but we're all accustomed to this, right? We do it for Amazon, Netflix, Groupon, etc. Why not for God?) Go to to giving page on our website: metrosda.org/give, click the Adventist Giving link and follow the prompts. If you're unsure about it, there's a video you can watch that can give you more details. But trust us - it's really easy. Why - just last night, we returned our tithe at 11:40 p.m.! We're pretty sure Deacon Rubin would not be interested in collecting anybody's offering at that time!! You can also give offerings via Adventist Giving. There's a little link down at the bottom of the main page where you input your tithe that allows you to see the rest of the items on our tithe envelope (like Sarah Peters fund, etc.)
3. Give offerings via PayPal
You also probably use PayPal to make lots of online purchases. Our online giving page allows you to use your debit card (we never advocate using credit cards for tithe or offering) to give your offering. There are specific ministries you can donate to on the page, and you can also write in a specific ministry that you would like to support - like school supplies for Ridgecrest, or backpacks for GE Peters. The Treasury is obligated to put your donations in the account of the department you specify, if you do so.