Now Through January 31, 2020
Today I'm excited to introduce to you Church Alive's GENEROSITY - SHOWING WE CARE Annual Special Offering that continues through January 31, 2020.
I'm always amazed when I look around and see how God is using our church. We are almost to our goal of 52 salvations for the calendar year during a Church Alive service... just 15 more to go. Also, we have prayed the prayer of salvation for over 65 people right where they are in the community. We have baptized 16 people this year, planted a church in Thailand, and impacted our community through a multitude of initiatives.
Now – as we look forward to 2020 – your generous giving to the GENEROUS - SHOWING WE CARE Special Offering will allow us to deepen our impact for Jesus in ABQ and beyond!
Here's how your giving to SHOWING WE CARE will make an eternal difference:
Showing We Care for the WORLD
• Supporting global and U.S missions
• Helping start and build new churches
Showing We Care for Our CITY
• Reaching the people of ABQ in creative ways with the life-changing love of Jesus
• Meeting the needs of the less fortunate in our city through inner-city ministries
Showing We Care for Our CHURCH
• Funding the 2020 Benevolence & Counseling Ministry to help those facing a crisis
• Investing in the spiritual growth of our children, teens, and families
Will you begin praying now about what God would have you give (over and above your regular tithes and offerings) to this Special Offering? Allow God to stretch your faith!
Together as a church family – let's SHOW WE CARE in 2020!
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 2020. This offering is not because we are behind on budget, but rather is to position us to make a more significant impact in our community, in our Church, and around the world in the coming year.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE REGULAR OFFERING AND THIS SPECIAL OFFERING?
The regular Church Alive 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. The special offering should be over and above what you regularly give.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?
Since the goal is $25,000, 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. 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 the beginning of Church Alive in 1994, we have been a church that has dared to dream big dreams for God. The ministries supported by this offering are BIG – supporting global and U.S. missions, supporting local organizations that assist the poor and needy, funding the 2020 Benevolence and Counseling ministry, and other new ministry initiatives. Big dreams require big faith and significant funding. Your gifts will determine the accomplishment of these big dreams to this Special Offering.
WHEN SHOULD I GIVE?
The best time to give will be the first Sunday of the holiday season. Please pray about making your best gift on that day. However, you can continue to give until January 31, 2020.
Please use the “SHOWING WE CARE” area on the offering envelopes or include a note designating that your gift is for the Special Offering. Remember, consistent contributions over time add up – a person giving $50 per week over ten weeks will provide $500 to the Special Offering.
CAN I GIVE ONLINE OR BY TEXT?
Yes. When you give at churchaliveabq.com via online giving, simply select “SHOWING WE CARE” Special Offering under the “Fund” drop-down menu.
CAN I GIVE VIA BANK CHECK OR THROUGH AUTO-DEBIT?
Yes. When you give at churchaliveabq.com via online giving, select “SHOWING WE CARE” Special Offering under the “Fund” drop-down menu.
ARE MY GIFTS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?
All gifts to Church Alive, 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 2019 will be deductible on your 2019 taxes). Please be sure to include your name and address when you give so that a receipt can be sent to you for your tax preparations. You are not required to utilize a tax-deduction for your gift, but it is available for all donations.
HOW DID WE ARRIVE AT A $25,000 GOAL?
The Church Alive Pastoral Team prayerfully set the $25,000 goal. It is approximately five times our regular weekly giving. It is a God-sized goal that can only be accomplished through 100% participation and sacrificial giving by our Church Alive attendees and members. Since we are expecting God to bless this Special Offering, it has been determined that any amount over and above, our goal will be divided equally between Missions and Ministry Advancement.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF WE REACH OUR GOAL?
Please pray for God’s guidance as we all give sacrificially. You will be updated on our giving progress through the This Sunday @ Church Alive 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.