FIRST United Methodist Church

Helping you plan a legacy gift for the future of our church’s ministry and mission.

The First United Methodist Church Foundation, a South Dakota nonprofit corporation, was established in 1979 to identify and develop opportunities for planned giving. Our purpose is to endow and support the future needs of our church’s ministry and mission by encouraging our members to remember First Church in their wills, trusts, retirement accounts and life insurance designations.

First Church members give generously of their time and resources to support our vision, and the First United Methodist Church Foundation provides these generous members with the opportunity to further this vision through planned giving.

Leaving Your Legacy

We are all indebted to those who have come before us, our spiritual predecessors whose efforts made it possible for us to know and experience the love of Jesus. At the same time, we are called to plant seeds for the future, to ensure that the gospel news of Christ will be shared for generations to come. We partner in faith with those who have gone before us and offer the best that we have to those who will follow.

A gift to the Foundation is one way of furthering your lifetime commitment and stewardship by remembering the Foundation in your will or trust or as a designated beneficiary of another asset. A legacy gift is a way to provide support to the church's mission and ministries in the future.

The Foundation ensures the long-range financial growth and sustainability of First United Methodist. To do this, the Foundation and past donors have established various types of funds.

Renew our Church

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, has been called the single most influential Protestant leader of the English-speaking world since the Reformation. We believe that, as United Methodists, we are called to continue to renew the church through leadership and generosity.

Our John Wesley Legacy Society honors the dedicated group of members and friends who have chosen to include First United Methodist Church in their estate or planned giving. You can join the John Wesley Legacy Society when you declare a gift to the First UMC Foundation.

If you have additional questions or would like more information about the Foundation, please email Jill Johnson the foundation secretary.

Secure the Future

The existing funds cover a broad spectrum of ministries, missions and future needs. These funds include:

  • Camperships

  • Media/Technology

  • Leadership Education

  • Scholarships

  • Wells Bibles

  • Organ Maintenance

  • Building Maintenance

  • Kids & Youth

  • College & Seminary Scholarships

  • Caring Ministry

  • Church Budget

Many other funds may fit your charitable intent, or we may create new funds that align with your goals and the goals of our church.