WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING
'You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”' 2 Corinthians 9:7
What are tithes and offerings?
God's design for providing for the needs and ministries of the church is through the faithful followers of Jesus giving back a portion of what God has given them. Technically a "tithe" is traditionally the first 10% of one's income, the "first fruits" that God desires us to regularly offer back to Him as a thank you. It is a very important form of worship. An "offering" is anything above and beyond that. While we usually think of these terms in the sense of money, they can be used to describe anything including food, something we might make such as a piece of art and especially our time. They are indicators of our acknowledgment of God as the Provider and a thankful heart.
What are they used for?
Anything related to the life of the church. From a facilities perspective there are costs associated with the utilities such as heat and air conditioning, electricity, cleaning supplies, fuel for the lawn mower, etc. From an operational perspective there are things such as furniture and sound equipment and liability insurance. There are several rarely thought of costs such as the church website subscription so that you can be reading this. Then of course there are the ministry costs such as benevolence for people in the community, providing Bibles for people, the subscription to the Christian video library we use for small groups, etc. If there's a cost for what we do as a church, then God needs to provide it through His people giving tithes and offerings.
How can I make my tithes and offerings to God through Faith Community Church?
On Sunday mornings we have a box on a stand by the entrance to our worship room. Financial gifts made by check or cash can be placed in an envelope which we provide right there and placed in the box. Electronic one-time or on-going tithes and offerings may be made by following the instructions below. Gifts can also be made by Venmo (@fccwestshore) or texting the amount you would like to give to 717-896-1733.
Can I make donations electronically?
Yes! Please follow this link to EasyTithe where you will be asked to create an account and set up the specifics of how you would like to do that by making either a one-time or recurring donation via credit card or your bank account. You can even make a donation with a text message if you'd like by texting the amount of your gift to 717-896-1733.
Are these donations tax-deductible?
Yes. We are officially incorporated as a church and will be issuing a giving summary in January for the previous calendar year that you can file with your taxes.