The gift card program started in the fall of 2010. In 2016, it became the shopping card program to encourage the use of cards for everyday budget purchases. We became a Missions outreach program in 2018. The first $3,000 goes to the ministry of Dr. Mark and Deirdre Zimmerman in Nepal; any additional funds will support MUMC Outreach locally.
How does the program work?
MUMC purchases cards at a discount and sells them at face value. The difference between face value and the discounted card’s cost becomes the proceeds for the Missons and Outreach programs of MUMC. We currently buy shopping cards from four sources: Hannaford’s (grocery & pharmacy), E.M. Heath Inc. (grocery & hardware), The Common Man (all venues) and UnitedScrip. UnitedScrip is a national organization that buys and sells gift/shopping cards at a discount only to non-profit organizations. UnitedScrip has over 400 gift/shopping cards from a large variety of nationwide retailers. The complete list can be viewed on-line at www.scripzone.com/certificatelist.aspx. We order on Sundays and receive most cards the same week. All orders must be prepaid. The Shopping card team is willing and able to help with your orders on Sundays– after 9:30 Sunday Worship, and Michelle Couris can help during church office hours Tuesday, Thursday Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
Most people order and pay for cards on Sunday and pick them up at the church the following Sunday; alternatively, we will send orders to you if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope ($1 for up to 6 cards). Order forms are available at church or you can download one here. If your desired purchases are not listed on the order form, add the names of the retailers on page 2 of the order form in the blank spaces in column D.
Thank you for your support,
The Shopping Card Team – Mary Jo Bailey, Betsy Merkle, and Sue Scudder.
Here are examples of some of the cards that we can order. Remember, you will always receive 100% value of the cards.
|Retailer||Denominations||% to Ministry|
|iTunes||$10 & $25||5%|
|Barnes & Noble BookSellers||$5, $10, & $25||8%|
|Bath & Body Works||$10 & $25||13%|
|Cabellas||$25 & $50||8%|
|Chili’s||$10 & $25||10%|
|Gap Tri-Card||$25 & $100||14%|
|L.L. Bean||$25 & $100||13%|
|Macy’s||$25 & $100||8%|
|T.J. Maxx||$25 & $100||7%|
|UNO Chicago Grill||$25 & $50||12.50%|