Planning Center Giving

Planning Center Giving

Did you notice there’s a new way to do your tithes and donations? We’ve launched new relationship software to make staying connected easier! Just click the heart, or this link – to use the secure form to give.

We encourage you to make decisions about your gifts to the church when you make your budget, not right before the time of offering. Consider setting a recurring donation to simplify the process.

You can also download the Church Center App for iPhones or Android here:

App Store

Google Play

Look for Westview UMC of Fairview.

A Church For Everyone

Hi, I’m Jill. I am the current Lay Leader of Westview United Methodist Church, and I welcome everyone to our congregation.

However, I need to make a few things clear before you come.

We are a church for everyone. If that makes you uncomfortable, you might want to seek fellowship elsewhere.

What does it mean that we are a church for everyone? It means that we don’t believe in drawing up battle lines and picking sides. We believe the body of Christ is strongest when we are together in all our beautiful, messy diversity, loving each other even when we disagree.

What does it mean that we are a church for everyone? It means that if you need an accommodation that we don’t currently have in order to fully participate in our services and ministries, we will do everything in our power to understand your needs and make our church accessible to you.

What does it mean that we are a church for everyone? It means if you are LGBTQ+ you are welcomed fully into our fellowship, as brothers and sisters in Christ. You may participate in ministries and in all levels of local leadership, but you must understand that the United Methodist Church is still wrestling with your full inclusion. That means we as a denomination do not currently ordain individuals that are openly gay, nor do we marry same sex couples. Individual congregations take different stances on these issues, and things are changing fast, but as a denomination, these are the current policies and we understand you need this clarity upfront.

What does it mean that we are a church for everyone? It means that we respect your right to follow your own deeply held convictions on matters that divide us, and trust that we can hold our beliefs while behaving in a loving and grace-filled way. We believe that God is the only judge of our sin, and we encourage each other to live holy lives within our own personal understanding of what God has called us to. We ask that people on both sides of any issue use their differences to show the world the power of Christ’s love, rather than conflict and hatred.

What does it mean that we are a church for everyone? It means that you don’t have to figure out how to be “like” us to fellowship, worship and grow with us. We want you to come, and bring everything you have, your strengths, your weaknesses, your flaws and your complications, your openness and your bias, and lay everything at the foot of the cross so we can grow together into the diverse body of Christ we are meant to be.

Online Giving

At Westview, we want to encourage you to give intentionally, with prayerful consideration of what God is asking of you, in line with your planned family budget. (We have many resources from Dave Ramsey in our library, that you are more than welcome to check out!)

To make intentional giving a little easier, we’ve added online tithing, via secure website portal or app. You can even set up your giving as a recurring debit so it will always be the priority it should be.

If you are getting receipts emailed to you, we are transitioning to this new system as the old application is no longer supported. You can always opt out of these emails by clicking the button in the email. Send questions directly to me! Thanks!

Keep it Positive!

Our Staff Parish Relations Committee recently

At Westview UMC we believe that gossip is detrimental to our church family and the world around us. We ask everyone involved at Westview to refrain from bringing negative issues to anyone who isn’t directly involved or who can’t solve the problem. We expect our staff and leaders to refrain from gossip.

How do you deal with the negativity in your life?

Our Way Forward

Recently a special session of the General Conference passed the Traditional Plan. this means our current statements about homosexuality, same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ persons have not fundamentally changed. The 2016 Book of Discipline statements are available here: Homosexuality: Full Book of Discipline statements.

We wish to be clear about the position of the United Methodist Church, while acknowledging that we are a church, and a congregation, divided on this issue. We believe this is going to continue to be debated within the UMC, and agree with the following statement of Bishop Bill McAlilly:

I want to say to our LGBTQ members and friends, you are beloved children of God. Many of you were baptized as infants in our churches, nurtured in Sunday school, and participated in our Youth Ministry. You were confirmed in our Churches. You are living out the tenets of your faith—in new and transformative ways that have never existed. You have given your life to Christ and His Church. Communities in the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences celebrate the gifts God has given you. I am looking for the churches who will be sanctuary for our LGBTQ sisters and brothers. We are the Church—and it is up us to demonstrate our love for God and our love for those God loves.

We believe God’s grace is available for all, and we welcome all believers into our fellowship. We are actively seeking ways that we can become a true sanctuary for those who have been hurt by the world or even the church itself, and ask for grace as we try to find our own way forward as a congregation.

To learn more about the recent vote, visit the following link:

or watch our district’s LiveStream discussion:

For more information, please reach out to Pastor Tom Pierce.

You Are Welcome

It can be hard to know if you’re truly welcomed in church. So, just to be clear – here are some examples of who is welcome in our church!

We welcome those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich,

comfortable, or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to crying babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Carrie Underwood or just mutter under your breath. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just visiting,’ just woken up, or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than Billy Graham, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We welcome those who are over 60 but still haven’t grown up, and teenagers who are growing up too fast.

We welcome cross-fit moms, football dads, starving artists, corporate lawyers, vegetarians, and junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems,

are down in the dumps,

or don’t like ‘organized religion.’

(We’ve got some problems with it too!)

We welcome those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because grandma is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, have had religion shoved down their throat as kids or got lost on the highway looking for Denny’s and wound up here by mistake.

We welcome the pious, the outcast, the misfit, the skeptic…and YOU!