inherent blessings. Giving of our resources acknowledges God as the owner
of all things (1 Chronicles 29:11), including the resources He has entrusted
into our responsibility. As such we do not take casually the matter of giving.
In fact, in Matthew 6:21 Jesus teaches that “where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also”. So giving is indeed more than just writing a
check or using an online tool, rather it is a reflection of a greater understanding
of who Jesus is in our lives.
|Systematic||Give on a regular basis, that is,
weekly, bi-monthly, monthly, etc.
|1 Cor 16:1, 2|
|Proportional||Give as you have been prospered; according to your ability||1 Cor 16:2; 2 Cor 8:2–3|
|Sacrificial, Generous||Give generously, even sacrificially, but not to the point of personal affliction||2 Cor 8:2–3; Phil 4:17–18|
|Intentional||Give deliberately in order to meet a genuine need, not out of guilt merely to soothe a pressing request||2 Cor 8:4; Phil 4:16|
|Motivation||Our motivation for giving should be love for others, a desire for reciprocity, and an eye to the reward from God|
|a. Love||As Jesus died for the sins of others, believers should give of themselves out of love||2 Cor 8:9|
|b. Equality||Believers are to give so that all needs are met||1 Cor 9:14–15; 2 Cor 8:12–14; cf.
|c. Blessing||Give in order to receive more from God so that you can continue to bless others generously||2 Cor 9:6|
|Cheerful||God loves a cheerful giver||2 Cor 9:7|
|Voluntary||Giving ought to be done out of one’s free volition||2 Cor 8:2–3, 8; 9:7; Phil 4:18|
Malachi 3:10,11 (ESV) Bring the full tithe into the storehouse,that there may be food
in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not
open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is
no more need. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the
fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts.
Luke 12:34 (ESV) Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Hebrews 11:6 (ESV) And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever
would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Living Water is all about reaching people for Jesus and Building Solid Lives.
It’s our passion to make a positive difference in the lives of people both
locally and globally. Check out some of the ways we are doing this.
At Lakefair, it’s all about caring for our community. This year 350 volunteers
served in several areas from the parade to trash pickup and Kids Day along with
several other areas. We continue to be known as the “Green Team”
around the city.
Holiday Food Baskets:
Every year the church facilitates two incredible food basket give-a-ways
in November and December. In our last distribution we gave away over 26
tons of food to 1896 families. That is 18,960 meals. It was so incredible
to see how extra blessed these families were especially in light of
the difficult economy.
Family Support Center:
This is a ministry located on the Boulevard Campus where people in need
can come throughout the week to get food and other items for free.
In 2011 we were able to assist 15,797 people with approximately 39,493 meals.
So far in 2012 we are on a trajectory to surpass last years numbers.
Living Water loves Cambodia and we presently work with Foursquare Children of
Promise to invest in this nation. At this time we are fully supporting four
orphan homes and churches that have 97+ Orphans. We provide for their food,
education, clothing, home maintenance, transportation, medical, dental, English
Instruction, blankets, mosquito nets, and a whole lot more.
Easter Egg Trek:
Capital Mall every year is filled with families from all over the community
for this event. Over 1500 adults and children were served and influenced by
150 volunteers. Families enjoyed face painting, Easter egg hunts, and various
other fun activities.
Pumpkin Patch Bash:
Every year Living Water hosts the Pumpkin Patch Bash. Last year over
5,000 people came to two different locations to participate in this safe Halloween
alternative. 450 volunteers from the church facilitated numerous games, activities,
and various other roles.
Vacation Bible School:
This year 501 children came to the church and were blessed by this
free week long event. This year 213 children were saved and 173 volunteers
came out to serve.
We believe in supporting our military families. We are doing this through
our Military Support Network. We consistently look for opportunities to meet
their needs during deployments, transitions, biblical help, and various
350+ kids participate from our community in a basketball league where
basketball skills can be refined along with character and sportsmanship.
Hundreds of families are impacted by the love of Jesus as they watch their
child have a ton of fun with other basketball stars.
Credit card and bank account processing is accomplished
using "The City" Technologies' most current encryption systems.
Your information is encrypted when transmitted.
Living Water will not sell or rent your personal information
to third parties. Your information is stored in your file in our
secure database called "The City".
WHEN ARE THE GIFTS PROCESSED?
You are able to choose the date your gifts are to be processed.
WHAT IF I WANT TO CANCEL OR CHANGE MY ONLINE GIVING?
You may cancel or make changes to contributions before processing
is complete. Once your contribution has processed, you cannot make
any changes to it through your giving account unless you change the
schedule or amount of future transactions.
WILL MY ONLINE GIFTS BE INCLUDED ON MY STATEMENT
Yes, they will be included.
CAN I VIEW MY PAST GIVING HISTORY ONLINE?
Once your gift has been processed, you can view your giving history
online immediately if you have an account that has been already set up.
HOW CAN I GET A RECEIPT OF MY ONLINE GIFT?
You should receive an email confirmation after your transaction has
been processed. In addition, you will receive a quarterly paper giving
statement and cumulative giving statement at the end of the year.
HOW LATE IN THE YEAR CAN I MAKE A DONATION AND RECEIVE A
CREDIT FOR THIS YEAR’S TAXES?
Per IRS regulations, contributions for 2012 must be received or postmarked
by December 31, 2012 in order to receive donation credit for 2012 tax purposes.
Please submit your online, mailed, or in-person donation accordingly.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- IT KEEPS FIRST THINGS FIRST
The Bible says giving is to be a “first” and not a last or leftover matter
in our lives. Read Proverbs 3:9-10. It is easy to let our intentions be
compromised by the pressure of expenses and billing cycles.
- IT’S CONSISTENT
Have you ever forgotten your gift, left it at home, or pledged to double it
in the future? Have you had times where you have fallen behind because
you travel or other schedule interruptions? Online giving provides a way
to stay up to date with your budget.
- IT’S CONVENIENT
Through online giving, you expedite your gift, simplify our accounting,
and strengthen our base of regular support.
Cash (to us, that means currency and checks, as well as online giving by
credit cards and bank account payments) is the easiest method and provides
the most immediate benefit.
In addition, you can give to the church through these other methods:
Transfer ownership of your stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares.
Other Non-Cash Gifts:
Donate items like cars, boats, jewelery, homes, and land.
Name Living Water as a beneficiary of your policy.
Give via retirement assets, bequests, trusts, etc. as a part of your
overall personal financial strategy.
One Gift - Twice the Impact
Did you know some employers will match your contributions?
Charitable Gift Matching doubles your giving impact! Corporations
like Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney and Bank of America are already
participating, and your employer might be able to also if you ask.
If you have questions regarding these special methods, please contact us.
(360) 754.5830 or email us.
throughout the year different classes and workshops to assist you
where you are. Below are some options for you to consider:
Dave Ramsey - Financial Peace University
This is a 9 week class where you will have the opportunity to study
along with others several practical steps to becoming financially free.
This class is for the beginner and for those that just need to get a tune up.
Cost is $100 - this is what the church pays to FPU to cover the costs.
Check out this link for more information.
Solid Life Seminars - Coming Soon!
1) Financial Basics in Today’s Economy
Do you need help walking through the basics of what the Bible says about
your finances, setting up a budget, initial steps to reduce debt, and learning
to live within your means then this is the class for you to consider.
2) Life Planning (Wills, Investments, and Retirement Planning)
If you want to find out about setting up a will, learning how to invest
your money, and maybe even plan for retirement, this is the workshop
you should attend.
3) How to get hired in today’s world
Have you found that you are trying everything, but still cannot get hired?
Check out this workshop where you can learn some additional methods and tools
to create a resume, get that first interview, succeed in the interview,
and finally GET HIRED!
Planned Giving Assistance (Trusts, Giving Funds, Land, Businesses, etc)
Are you at a place where you have accumulated some assets, but you are
trying to figure out your next steps long term? Maybe you are burdened by
taxes on your assets and want help looking at potential methods to reduce
this burden and save on your taxes? Living Water has partnered with Foursquare
Financial Solutions, a ministry of our denomination, who will with no pressure
or financial obligation assist you with these needs.
Biblical Financial Coaching
Are you at a spot where you need some individual support or assistance?
This could be the place where you could get some one on one time after
you have gone through Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University or
another Solid Life Seminar.
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