Why a Special Offering?
As part of God’s plan to grow the faith of the people in His church, He calls us to sacrificial giving from time to time. This Special Offering is an opportunity for us to grow in our faith and to prepare us for what God wants to do through our church in 2014. This offering is not because we are behind on budget, but rather is meant to position us to make a greater impact in our community, in our church and around the world in 2014.
What’s the difference between the regular offering and this special offering?
The regular Lake Hills offering is the proportional amount (the full tithe of 10%) that we set apart on a systematic basis and give throughout the year. From time to time there are opportunities to give in a sacrificial way. This Special Offering is one of those sacrificial occasions that stretch us to grow in our faith, and should be over and above what you regularly give.
How much should I give?
Since the goal is $15,000. this Special Offering will involve everyone. Please prayerfully consider a sacrificial gift that will stretch your faith. The precise amount you give is between you and God. Some in our church can give a $1,000, $5,000 or even more. Others will be able to give between $100 and $500. The issue is not equal giving, but equal sacrifice. What amount can you give that will stretch your faith?
Why is the goal so large?
Since Lake Hills began in 2009, we’ve been a church that dares to dream big dreams for God. The ministries supported by this offering are BIG: supporting local missions, expanding our kids & student ministries, finishing up the new building projects, supporting local organizations that assist the poor and needy, funding these ministry initiatives won’t happen until each of us are challenged to do more. Big dreams require big faith and big funding. The accomplishment of these big dreams will be determined by your gifts to this Special Offering.
When should I give?
The best time to give will be the first Sunday after you receive this information. Please pray about making your best gift on that day. However, you can continue to give until January 31, 2014. Please write “STEP UP” on the regular offering envelopes or include a note designating that your gift is for the Special Offering or on the memo of your check. Remember, consistent gifts over time add up: a person giving $50 per week over a ten-week period will give $500 to this Special Offering!
Can I give online via bank check or through auto-debit?
Yes. When you give at myLakeHillsChurch.com via online giving, simply select the “STEP UP” Special Offering under the “Fund” drop-down menu. Likewise, you can send a check directly to the church office 5350 North 23rd Street; Ozark, Missouri 65721 or drop it in the offering basket. Again, simply mark in the memo area that your gift is for the “STEP UP” Special Offering. If you would like to make a special, one-time gift over and above your regular giving, give at Church or online— it’s simple, safe, and easy.
Can I give in-kind gifts of stocks or bonds?
Of course! Since Lake Hills is a 501c3 organization, there can be tremendous tax benefits for you by giving in-kind gifts. For information on this type of giving, to Pastor Jack and he will put you in touch with the company who handles our church funds. You can also email us at myLakeHillsChurch@gmail.com .
Are my gifts tax-deductible?
All gifts to Lake Hills, whether via the regular offering or this Special Offering, are completely tax-deductible. Your gift will be deductible in the tax year given (i.e., gifts given in 2013 will be deductible on your 2013 taxes). Please be sure to include your name and address when you give so that a receipt can be sent to you for your taxpreparations. You’re not required to utilize a tax deduction for your gift, but it’s available for all gifts.
How will I know if we reach our goal?
Please pray for God’s guidance as we all give sacrificially. You’ll be updated on our giving progress through This Sunday @ LHC weekly email updates and during the Sunday services. Reaching this goal will be a celebration of what we can do together as we stretch our faith under God’s leadership.