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The Christmas Offering

Church Alive’s Special Offering. Now through January 31st, 2021!

Dear Church Alive Family,

I am excited to share information regarding the Christmas Offering that begins now and continues through January 31, 2021.

Over the last year, we have worked extremely hard to partner with essential ministries and thrive in our outreach here in Northwest Albuquerque. We have done all we can to "give the people of Albuquerque the best opportunity to become fully- developing followers of Jesus." 

Now, with this Special Offering, we have the opportunity to deepen our impact in our community, enlarge our ministry, and engage others outside the church.

The offering will be designated for:

  • Global and U.S. Missions

  • City Ministry and Helping the Vulnerable

  • Community Outreach and Benevolence

  • Kids Alive Experience on Sunday

  • Support New Ministry Initiatives in our Church
     

I hope you will carefully read over the enclosed documents to learn about this exciting opportunity for us to give sacrificially.

Will you begin praying now about what God would have you give, over and above your regular giving, to this Special Offering? Allow God to stretch your faith!
 

Let’s move forward in faith together,
 

Mike Schaefer

Founding Pastor

Goal: $30,000

Now Through January 31, 2021

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” - Hebrews 11:1

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This Special Christmas Offering is a call to sacrificial giving with a goal of $30,000 for five ministry initiatives:
 

  • Sharing the Gospel with over 400 people through drive-through outreaches

  • Supporting missionaries in the U.S. and around the world who are taking the Gospel to those in greatest need 

  • Meeting the spiritual and physical needs of our area through Community Ministry

  • Investing in the spiritual growth of our children through necessary upgrades to equipment and Bible learning tools in Kids Alive 

  • Funding new ministry initiatives to help us continue to reach our community for Christ 
     

We will receive this offering through January 31, 2021. 
 

To give to the Special Christmas Offering, use the enclosed offering envelope. Write the amount of your gift on the line designated "Christmas Offering" and either mail the envelope to the Church Alive office or drop it in the offering on Sunday. You can also use the Church Alive app or the "give" tab @ churchaliveabq.com
 

The enclosed documents will give you an overview of the Special Offering and answer many common questions. However, if you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Pastor Jason Kimberly at 505.896.2800 or jason@churchaliveabq.com.
 

THE PURPOSES OF THIS OFFERING

Global and U.S. Missions

We believe that we are a "church that starts churches" and a church supporting missions. This focus will continue as we have an excellent opportunity to assist missionaries worldwide who are reaching out to every identified people group, especially those in highly unchurched countries. We will designate a portion of the Special Offering to support North American Missionaries and International Missionaries through cooperative efforts with other mission-minded ministries.

City Ministry and Helping the Vulnerable

Through the Special Christmas Offering, we have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those in our community, both spiritually and physically. We want to continue to be active in reaching our community through outreach efforts. We believe that together we can continue to show God's love in a practical way when we make it a priority across our church.

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:19-20

Community Outreach and Benevolence

God has entrusted us with the unique opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with over 400 people through our drive-through outreaches. In 2020, we were blown away by the overwhelming response to our Thanksgiving Turkey Drive.

This year, we are planning to invest $10,000 from the Special Christmas Offering to allow us to increase our outreach into the community to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to hear the story of God's love for them.

Kids Alive Experience on Sunday

We are a church that loves to invest in children and families. We consider it an honor to be in a great position to help a family make the best impact on their child's life, help them raise a child that will choose to follow Jesus, and have a healthy home. To do this, we have designed a fantastic experience for children on Sunday called Kids Alive. We are looking to make welcome improvements to Kids Alive in 2021! We have planned improvements over the next year that will help you ensure that this is the best hour of your child's week, and that will put us in the best place to invest in your family spiritually.

To Support New Ministry Initiatives in our Church

In 2021, new ministry initiatives and capital improvements are needed to meet our growing church's demands from beginning new works to replace outdated equipment in our worship services. We are also initiating CAU - a school of ministry. Some infrastructure costs and scholarship opportunities will be necessary. Through the Christmas Special Offering, we have the chance to meet the spiritual needs of those in our church and more clearly communicate God's word to everyone who attends on Sundays and throughout the week.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why a Special Offering?

As part of God's plan to grow the people's faith 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 prepare us for what God wants to do through our church in 2021. This offering is not because we are behind on budget, but rather to position us to make a more significant impact in our community, our church, and around the world in 2021.

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 systematically 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 Christmas Offering should be over and above what you regularly give.

How Much Should I Give?

Since the goal is $30,000, 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 $5,000, $10,000 or even a $15,000 gift. 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 the Goal?

We are a church that dares to dream big dreams for God. The ministries supported by this offering are BIG – supporting global and U.S. missions, sharing God's love with our area through Servant Evangelism and Community Ministry, becoming self-sufficient, and enhancing Kids Alive's experience on Sunday. Big dreams require big faith and big funding. Your gifts assist in the accomplishment of these big dreams to this Special Offering.

 

When Should I Give?

 

The best time to give will be the first Sunday after you receive this packet. Please pray about making your best gift on that day. However, you can continue to give until January 31, 2021. Please use the "Christmas Offering" area on the regular offering envelopes or include a note designating your gift for the Special Offering. Remember, consistent contributions over time add up – a person giving $50 per week over ten weeks will provide $500 to this Special Offering.

 

Can I Give Online Via Bank Check or Through Auto-Debit?

 

Yes. When you give at churchaliveabq.com via online giving, select the "Christmas Offering" under the "Fund" drop-down menu. Likewise, you can use your online bank payment option to send a check to the church office directly. Again, mark in the memo area that your gift is for the "Christmas offering." 

 

Are My Gifts Tax-Deductible?

 

All gifts to Church Alive, whether via the regular offering or this Special Offering, are completely tax-deductible. Your contribution will be deductible in the tax year given (i.e., gifts given in 2020 will be deductible on your 2020 taxes).

Please be sure to include your name and address when you give to receive a receipt 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 $30,000 Goal?

 

The Church Alive Pastors prayerfully set the $30,000 goal. It is approximately six 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 family members. Since we expect God to bless this Special Offering, we've 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. We will update you on our giving progress through our 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.

REFLECTION ON LAST YEAR

 

As a church family throughout 2020, we greatly impacted our community! It was such a pleasure to spend time with ministries in the city and partner with them in their cause. It was my heart to include the church family in the journey as well. We did so by recording many of our partners in the studio. You can find these interviews on our homepage @ churchaliveabq.com. Just go to the community section and look for the community connections button.

It was one of the more rewarding moments of the year to interact with them, hear the fantastic stories, and feel the emotion. In the studio, I thought through questions in advance, yet often I would feel wiped out from the conversations - they were that impacting. I thought it was important to share with Church Alive what these ministries do, how they affect the community, and why it was vital for us to partner with them. I hope they blessed you as they impacted me. 

Last year we raised $27,000, which when added with the previous two years, puts us just under $75,000 impacting our city and globe! From homeless shelters downtown to villages in Thailand, if you have been a part in any way over the last three years, I want to say thank you! You've stored up treasures in heaven, and a time will come when you will have realized the impact it has made. 

As a side note, Church Alive assisted New Beginnings Church on the east side of town with $5,000 out of the general fund. They do phenomenal work, and we thought it was essential to help our brothers and sisters expand on the east side. We are also only a few years removed from one of the most significant offerings Church Alive has ever made, $100,000 toward expanding the gospel in eastern Europe!

There was a tiny and poor church in the New Testament that the Apostle Paul frequently acknowledged because of their gracious giving. It was the church in Philippi. The Apostle Paul said, "they gave above their means." I believe we are known here at Church Alive the same way and will expand even more in 2021! Let's continue the journey.

I filmed a video in an email highlighting the details of last years offering, but in case you missed it, here is a small snapshot of what we accomplished:

  • God's Warehouse (homeless soup kitchen) - $2400, a turkey fryer, and three knife sets• Teen Challenge of NM (underprivileged youth) - $1800

  • NM Dreamcenter (human trafficking locally) - $3600

  • Follow the Sun Bible Club (after school APS Bible program) - $1000

  • Living Word Ministries International (an orphanage in Thailand) - $600

  • Kids Alive interactive projector - $2700

  • Steelbridge (homeless rehabilitation) - $2400

  • Feed NM Kids (food program for hungry APS students) - $600

  • Faith Comes By Hearing (global Bible translation)- $600 

  • A21 (global human trafficking) - $1200

  • Carenet (unplanned pregnancy assistance) - $1200

  • Haven House (domestic violence shelter and rehabilitation) - $1200

  • Thanksgiving Turkey Drive - $9000
     

Blessings-

Pastor Jason

P.S. Your offering was a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. The same God who takes care of us, will also supply all our needs from His glorious riches, which have been given in Christ Jesus.