How to donate

How to make donations to River East Church:

  • send a cheque to River East Church at 755 McLeod Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2K 0B8.
  • hand-deliver a cheque to the church mail-box, located beside the main entrance doors from McLeod Ave.
  • call Alvin Suderman to pick up your donation from your mail-box.
  • send an e-transfer from your bank account to REC’s account. To do so, send your transfer to donate2rec@rivereastchurch.ca. You will have the option of adding a short (40 character) comment. You may use that field to designate your gift (e.g., to MCC, CMU, etc.). If you have never donated to REC before, write your address in the comment box so that we can send a tax receipt. You do not need a security question and answer because the deposit goes directly to REC’s account.
  • arrange for a regular pre-authorized transfer of funds from your account to REC’s account. If you choose this option, please contact Wesley Toews (witoews@gmail.com) to request the form to complete.

When you make an undesignated gift to REC, we will assume that you intend it for the general fund, which supports REC’s various regular ministries. However, we invite you also to contribute to various other REC funds by designating your gift or part of your gift for them. (Use the memo line of the cheque to indicate your designation.)

  • Care Links—a team of REC folks who facilitate emotional, spiritual, and practical care for us and for persons in our surrounding community. Examples: bringing groceries to hungry homes and to local agencies; visiting and gifting lonely, ill, or grieving people with flowers; serving and helping with costs for funerals; helping community members with bus tickets, money for medication or for fresh food. The amount of funding needed varies from year to year. In 2019, Care Links spent about $3,000 while in 2018 it spent about $6,500.
  • The SeEd Fund is River East's bursary for Service and Education. The fund supports youth and young adults as they offer voluntary summer ministry, and/or study at a Mennonite post-secondary institution. In 2019 the fund provided about $4500 in support.
  • Refugee resettlement—This fund enables REC to welcome refugees to our city. We sponsored a family from September 2018 to August of 2019. We have no current plans for another sponsorship, but we have about $13,000 available in the fund for our next family.
  • Carbon Offset—People contribute to this fund as a way of ameliorating the harm caused by their consumption of fossil-fuels (for travel, heating, etc.) or by any actions contributing to our carbon footprint. We send at least 66% of the funds we collect to projects overseas (e.g., for 2019, we supported Canadian Food Grains Bank, which is helps farmers in Africa to adapt to hotter, drier climates; and A Rocha International’s sand filter program in Uganda, which gives people clean water without boiling) while the remainder is available for strategies to reduce our carbon foot print locally. In 2019 we contributed $3750.
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry—A group of people from REC meet on the second Wednesday of each month to knit and pray for people who are experiencing some emotional change in their lives. They give the shawls they create to people as tangible reminders of their support in their lives. In 2019 they spent $300 for material and gave away thirty-eight shawls.

River East Church belongs within provincial, national and global structures of the Mennonite Brethren Church. It also belongs within the Mennonite World Conference. The ministry of REC spreads out into our near community and into our global community through these structures and through various agencies created within these structures. We invite your designated support to the following:

  • Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
  • Canadian Mennonite University (CMU)
  • Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Canada (MBBS)
  • Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute (MBCI)
  • École de théologie évangélique de Montréal (ETEM)
  • Donwood
  • Eden Foundation
  • Simonhouse Bible Camp
  • Square One Media
  • Mennonite Brethren Mission (MBM)
  • Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS)
  • International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB)
  • Mennonite World Conference (MWC)

Giving

How much should I give?

  • At REC, all giving is voluntary.
  • Last year, 92% or REC’s income came through voluntary donations.   The remaining  amounts came from facility rentals, GST rebate, interest, and government grants for Day Camp. 
  • Last year, 191 persons contributed to REC.  The average donation was $2,266
  • Persons have varying abilities to give.  Some have limited resources and can give little.  Others have ample resources and give generously, well above the average donation, as much as $5000, 10,000 or even $15,000.
  • Last year, REC used about $475,000 for its ministries and to support agencies through which it works (e.g., MCC, CMU, MDS—see list below).