2018 Annual Christmas Offering
The 2018 Christmas Offering is a call to sacrificial giving with a goal of $75,000 for three ministry initiatives:
- Local Missions, Evangelism, and Outreach
- Servant Evangelism Projects
- Benevolence, Biblical Counseling, and Other Ministry Initiatives.
This Christmas Offering will be received through January 31, 2019.
This year, two donors have offered matching funds up to $25,000. This means when you give $1, it turns into $3. When you give $5,000, it becomes $15,000. God is so amazingly good to us at South Bay.
When you give toward this Christmas Offering, please use the special giving envelope (or) mark your checks with “Christmas Offering” to take advantage of these matching funds. You may also give online right now by clicking on the button below:
You can give right now by clicking on the link below:
You may also use your mobile device to give through the Tithe.ly app.
You may also give by texting GIVE to (315) 847-3097.
2018 Christmas Offering
The Purposes of This Offering
To Support Local Missions, Evangelism, and Outreach
The mission of our church is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and Jesus has commanded us to reach out to lost people everywhere and share the Good News of the Kingdom of God. Part of this Christmas Offering will be used to support local missions, evangelism, and major outreach events.
Last year, we touched more than 600,000 people with some sort of Gospel touch. Do you realize a $1,000 gift with the matching funds will touch over 30,000 people with some sort of Gospel invitation? That’s the best return you’ll ever get on any investment! This return lasts forever.
Last year's Easter Block Party was totally funded with the 2017 Christmas Offering.
Expanded Servant Evangelism Projects
Servant Evangelism is one of the most impactful ways to tangibly show God’s love to our community. This year, God is calling us to expand our relational evangelism outreach. Our goal in 2019 is to reach 200 people every month with some sort of high-impact, hands-on, personal Gospel touch. As a result, we are taking our monthly Servant Evangelism Projects to a new level by increasing the magnitude of each event. This Christmas Offering allows us to share God’s Love with our community in practical, tangible ways with no strings attached. CLICK HERE for more on Servant Evangelism.
To Help the Poor through Benevolence and Counseling
Since 2006, South Bay Bible Church has served hundreds of people at their time of greatest need, and in 2012, we began helping people with Biblical Counseling. To date, we have been able to approve all valid requests for benevolence due to your generous giving. The Benevolence Ministry has allowed us to come alongside of people in distress due to difficult financial times, a death in the family, or in some need of Biblical Counseling. We are anticipating and preparing for a continued increase in benevolence requests in 2019.
Your Opportunity to Make a Difference
We want to continue offering the best opportunities possible for the people of the greater Moriches area to grow in their relationships with Jesus Christ! To do this, we want to use the best resources, offer the greatest opportunities to grow spiritually, and continue to create unique, welcoming environments (online and in person) to facilitate and maximize the most important relationship lost people will ever know – reconciliation with God through His Son Jesus.
We must be prepared to respond to any new ministry opportunity that God presents to us in the coming year, so give and give generously in this Sharing God’s Love Christmas Offering.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why a Special Offering?
As part of God’s plan to grow the faith of the people in His church, God calls us to sacrificial giving from time to time. This special Christmas Offering is an opportunity for us to grow in our faith and prepare us for what God wants to do through South Bay Bible Church in 2019. This offering is not because we are behind in our budget; instead, it is to position us to make an even greater impact in our community and church in the coming year.
What’s the Difference between the Regular Offering and this Special Offering?
The regular South Bay Bible 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 Christmas Offering is one of those sacrificial occasions that stretch us to grow in our faith. This special offering should be over and above what you regularly give.
How Much Should I Give?
Since the goal is $75,000, this Christmas 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 substantial gifts. Others will be able to give small amounts. This issue is not equal giving but equal sacrifice. What amount can you give that will stretch your faith. Several people are praying about giving the largest gift they have ever given to South Bay Bible Church. Will you join us in praying that prayer?
Why is the Goal so Large?
To whom much is given, much is expected. God has done many wonderful things through South Bay Bible Church, and He has given us big dreams and plans for the coming year. The ministries supported by this offering are BIG – local missions, evangelism, and outreach; servant evangelism projects; local benevolence, Biblical counseling, and other ministry initiatives. Big dreams require big faith and big funding. The accomplishment of these big dreams will be determined by your faith and gifts to this special Sharing God’s Love Christmas Offering.
When Should I Give?
The best time to give will be the first Sunday after you receive the packet. Please pray about making your best gift on that day. However, you can continue to give until January 31, 2019.
Please use the “Christmas Offering” area on the giving envelopes or include a note designating your gift for this special offering. Remember, consistent gifts over time add up – a person giving $50 per week over a ten-week period will give $500 to this special offering.
Can I Give Online Via Bank Check or Though Auto-Debit?
Yes. When you give at www.southbaychurchli.org/give via online giving, simply select “Christmas Offering” under the “Fund” drop-down menu. You may also use your mobile device to give through the Tithe.ly app.
Likewise, you can use your bank 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 “Christmas Offering.”
You may also give by texting GIVE to (315) 847-3097.
If you would like to make a special, one-time auto-debit over and above your regular giving, simply call (631) 909-8241. Ask to speak with Gerry or email email@example.com – it’s that easy.
Can I Give In-Kind Gifts of Stocks, Bonds, or Property?
Of course! Since South Bay Bible Church is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization, there can be a tremendous tax benefit for you by giving in-kind gifts. For information on this type of giving, simply call (631) 909-8241. Ask to speak with Pastor Hawley or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are My Gifts Tax-Deductible?
All gifts to South Bay Bible Church are completely tax-deductible. Your gift will be deductible in the tax year given (i.e. gifts given in 2017 will be deductible on your 2017 taxes). Please be sure to include your name and address when you give so a receipt can be sent to you for tax purposes. 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 $75,000 Goal?
The $75,000 goal was prayerfully set. It is a God-sized goal that is estimated to accomplish big things in local missions, evangelism, and outreach; servant evangelism projects; local benevolence, Biblical counseling, and other ministry initiatives. This goal can only be accomplished through 100% participation and sacrificial giving by South Bay Bible Church attenders and members. Since we are expecting God to bless this special Christmas 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 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.
What if I Have Additional Questions?
Please contact Pastor Hawley at email@example.com or call (631) 909-8241.