FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 2019. This offering is not because we are behind on budget, but rather is to position us to make a greater Impact in our community, in our church in 2019.
What’s the Difference Between the Regular Offering and this Special Offering?
The regular Blue Ash Community Church 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 $56,000, 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. Many in our church can give a $500, $5,000 or even a $10,000 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 is the Goal So Large?
Since the beginning of Blue Ash Community Church in 2013, we have been a church that has dared to dream big dreams for God. As a brand new church plant we raised over $15,000 for the trailer and tools for Haiti. The initiatives for this offering are BIG – Big dreams require big faith. 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 packet. Please pray about making your best gift on that day. However, you can continue to give until January 31, 2019.
Please write “IMPACT OFFERING” in the blank are of the offering envelopes or include a note designating that your gift is for the Special Offering. Remember, consistent gifts over time add up – a person giving $50 per week over a ten-week period will give $500 to the Special Offering.
Can I Give Online, Via Bank Check, Through My Auto-Debit or Credit Card?
Yes to all. When you give at www.blueashcc.comvia online giving, simply select ”Impact Offering” under the drop-down menu.
Likewise, you can use your bank’s online payment option to send a check directly to the church office. Again, simply mark in the memo area that your gift is for the Impact Offering.
Can I Give In-Kind Gifts of Stocks or Bonds?
Of course! Since Blue Ash Community Church is a 501c3 organization there can be tremendous tax benefits for you by giving in-kind gifts. To donate call us at 513-549-0565. For information on this type of giving head to https://www.fidelitycharitable.org/giving-account/what-you-can-donate/donating-stock-to-charity.shtml?immid=PCD&engine=GOOGLE&campaign=WYCD+-+Donate+Stock&adgroup=WYCD+Stocks&keyword=donate+stocks&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuLiLrLjA3gIVl42zCh2HTQV5EAAYASAAEgKUZ_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds.
Are My Gifts Tax-Deductible?
All gifts to Blue Ash Community Church, 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 2018 will be deductible on your 2018 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 gifts.
How Did We Arrive at a $56,000 Goal?
The $56,000 goal for our Impact Offering was set up by our Pastoral Advisory Counsel and our Staff. It is a God-sized goal that can only be accomplished through 100% participation and sacrificial giving by the generosity of those that call Blue Ash Community Church home. Since we are expecting God to bless this Special Offering, it has been determined that any amount over and above our goal will go to our general budget for future project and initiatives.
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 @ Blue Ash Community Churchduring 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.
Have additional questions? Please contact Andy Rainey at firstname.lastname@example.org call the church line at 513-549-0565.