What is the Christmas Offering?
The Christmas Offering is an opportunity for FWC to make a tangible impact in the lives of many both within our community and also outside of it. The Christmas Offering targets specific needs and opportunities where we as a church can be a blessing to those in need.
Smithville Schools CarePortal
Smithville Schools CarePortal: CarePortal allows the school to communicate to local churches about the needs that families within the school have in a confidential way. These needs would likely go unmet without the CarePortal. But there is a fee associated for the school to have access to CarePortal. This offering will cover most of that need.
Smithville Benevolence Ministries
On a monthly basis individuals and families contact the church in need of assistance. Some we can help, others we must refer somewhere else. Some of you already give to help this area of ministry but we would like to expand the funds that we have to offer. These funds will help meet CarePortal needs, temporary lodging, meals, gas, utility bills and other needs.
FWC Office Copier
We know it doesn’t sound like a big deal but we must outsource many projects because our copier is just not reliable. A new office copier will allow us to print more materials in house and provide better quality print jobs.
Christmas Offering FAQ
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 2021. This offering is not because we are behind on budget, but rather is to position us to make a greater impact in our city, in our church and around the world in 2021.
How much should I give?
Since the goal is $6,000, this Special Offering will involve everyone. We encourage everyone to give their biggest and best gift this Christmas to the Lord. Basically, determine the amount you are going to spend on the most expensive gift you want to give to someone and at least match that amount for the Christmas Offering. The precise amount you give is between you and God. The issue is not equal giving, but equal sacrifice. What amount can you give that’ll stretch your faith?
Can I give online?
Yes. When you give at fwcsmithville.com or via the FWC App, simply select “2020 Christmas Offering” under the “Fund” drop-down menu.
When should I give?
Are my gifts tax deductible?
All gifts to FWC, 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 2020 will be deductible on your 2020 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.
How will I know when we reach our goal?
We will be giving periodic updates on our progress as we approach and surpass our goal via the Sunday service and also electronic communication (email and the FWC App). Reaching this goal will be a celebration of what God can do through us as we stretch our faith under His direction.