What is a love offering?
This practice is common in many churches, where a second offering is taken for a visiting pastor or missionary to support their ministry. A love offering can also be used as a blessing to retiring pastors, as a way to say thank you and express gratitude for their years of faithful service. This offering is in addition to your regular offering. The Church Board wants to give the Living Word congregation this opportunity to be a blessing to Pastor Steve.
How do I give to this offering?
You can give either cash or a check in the Sunday offering or give online. Please use the special envelopes that are available at the Information Desk in the Main Lobby and at the receptionist's desk in the Church Office (8:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday).To give online, click HERE. Select either Login & Give OR Give as a Guest. You will then be able to select "Love Offering: Pastor Steve" from the drop-down menu.
Is this tax-deductible?
Yes, but ONLY if you make the check payable to LWCC so the appropriate accounting procedures can take place. If you make a check out to Pastor Steve, we will give it directly to him. It will not go through our church books, and there will be no tax deduction. The online giving is also tax-deductible.
How will the gifts be disbursed to Pastor Steve?
All of the gifts are anonymous. Pastor Steve will not know who gave or how much each person contributed. The Church Board will work with Pastor Steve to determine the best final form of payment. Also, because the nature of this gift is personal, we will not be announcing how much was contributed.
I couldn’t be there on January 22! Can I drop off a card or make a contribution now?
Yes, the church will collect cards and contributions for some time after January 22, especially for those who are out of town over the winter. Please drop off cards or letters at the Information Desk. If you would like to give toward the love offering, we will have the special envelopes there as well.Questions about giving? Please contact Scott Naylor.
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