2021 Christmas Offering


The All Is Bright Christmas Offering is a call to sacrificial giving with a goal of $85,000 for three ministry initiatives:

  • Local Missions, Evangelism, and Outreach
  • Two Family-Focused Community Events (Spring/Fall 2022)
  • Benevolence, Biblical Counseling, and Other Ministry Initiatives

The 2020 Christmas Offering will be received through January 31, 2022.

Exciting News! A generous donor has offered matching funds up to $42,500. That's half of our Christmas Offering!!! Every dollar you give is doubled, so give generously to take advantage of this special gift.

When you give toward this Christmas Offering, please use the special giving envelope (or) mark your checks with “Christmas Offering.” You may also give online at southbaychurchli.org or use your mobile device to give through the Tithe.ly app. You may also give by texting GIVE to (315) 847-3097.

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Why is All is Bright the Initiative for the Christmas Offering?

Over this next year, God is calling our church to bring people to Jesus by bringing Jesus to people.

Keeping in mind the power of God to change the world, remembering the awesome work of the Holy Spirit in reaching thousands at the start of the church, and knowing our calling to be fishers of men, we can, through Christ, accomplish this vision.

For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness,"
has made this light shine in our hearts so
we could know the glory of God that
is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

-- 2 Corinthians 4:6

All is Bright reminds us that Jesus shines his light on us, in us, and through us. Jesus is inviting and calling us to shine light in a dark world. This is for the church, but more than that, this is for YOU! This bold initiative requires the investment of your time, talent, and treasure. We want to see every dark space lit up with the life and light of Christ. Specifically, we want to see his love, joy, peace, and goodness throughout the greater Moriches community.

We have been designed and created with the capacity for impact. Go back and read that again. We are not consumers. We are contributors. We give. We participate. We share. We bring. We show up and show out with the love of Jesus. We shine and we shine bright.

The Purpose 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 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.

A $1,000 gift will touch 10,000 people with some sort of Gospel invitation.

Friend-Sunday-1920x1080Part of the Christmas Offering pays for five attractive postcard mailings to every household within five miles of South Bay. It provides invitations, social media advertising, posters, and banners with consistent messaging all pointing people to the Light God has provided for salvation: Jesus.

A New 33-Touch Community Outreach Strategy

God consistently uses life to draw people to Himself. The top seven reasons people come to church include family problems, illness, lack of purpose, temptation, financial stress, career challenges, and the death of a loved one. When life happens to individuals in our community, our prayer is South Bay Bible Church will be there to help them discover God’s fresh hope in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

aKAS-2411The All is Bright Christmas Offering will completely fund two large community events designed for the entire family next year. The first event will take place in the Spring, filled with blow-ups, carnival games, and plenty of cotton candy. The second event will take place in the Fall and involves everything from face-painting to a petting zoo – oh, and don’t forget the apple cider to drink!

Each of these events provides an opportunity to connect with local businesses and with the families in our community. These fun-packed events make way for our church to touch the lives of many and for them to remember South Bay Bible Church for its love and joy.

Bring Encouragement through Biblical Counseling

CO-WP-4Many lives have been changed through the work of our Biblical Counseling ministry. Person after person, story after story… changed through the knowledge of God’s Word and power of God’s Spirit. Your giving creates the space for this.

We have started planning for two in-person and online Biblical Counseling conferences where we will invite unique speakers to address and discuss important topics that will make a direct impact on the people inside and outside of our local church. More than anything, our goal is to offer hope and peace.

Show Love through Benevolence

South Bay Bible Church has served hundreds of people at their time of greatest need. This is because of your faithful generosity in the past.

The Benevolence Ministry has allowed us to come alongside people in distress due to financial difficulties, a death in the family, or the need for Biblical Counseling.

Your Opportunity to Make a Difference

We want to continue offering the best opportunities possible for the people of the greater Moriches area and beyond in growing 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 God presents to us in the coming year, so please give and give generously to this year’s All is Bright Christmas Offering.

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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 our faith and prepare us for what God wants to do through South Bay Bible Church in 2021. 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%) we set apart on a systematic basis and give throughout the year. From time to time, there are opportunities to give sacrificially. This Christmas Offering is one of those sacrificial occasions that stretches us and grows our faith. This special offering should be over and above what you regularly give, or it really does not accomplish what God is doing in the church or your life.

How Much Should I Give?

Since the goal is $85,000, this Christmas Offering must 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. 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, 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; a new 33-touch community outreach strategy; and local benevolence, Biblical counseling, and other ministry initiatives. Big dreams require big faith and big funding. The accomplishment of this God-sized vision will be determined by your faith and gifts to this special All is Bright Christmas 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, 2022.                                                                                                                                                                                       

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 $100 per week over a ten-week period will give $1,000 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 “Christmas Offering” to designate the funds.

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 admin@sbbcli.org – it’s that easy.

You may also give by texting GIVE to (315) 847-3097.

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 Matt or email pastormatt@sbbcli.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 2020 will be deductible on your 2020 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 an $85,000 Goal?

The $85,000 goal was prayerfully set. It is a God-sized goal to accomplish big things in local missions, evangelism, and outreach; community outreach; and 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 attendees 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 Matt at pastormatt@sbbcli.org or call (631) 909-8241.

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