Due to recent COVID-19 precautions and the current situation, we are asking that you mail in your weekly givings or consider signing up for automatic online giving. Your offerings are appreciated and help us provide you with online worship, staffing and more during this current shut-down period. Worshiping together hasn’t disappeared! As we prepare to worship and give (online), we encourage you to reflect on this scripture and what it means to commit your heart and faith to the Kingdom.
EVEN WHEN WE CAN’T GIVE MUCH…
GOD CAN DO MUCH WITH IT
Giving our tithes and offerings reflects a grateful heart that wants to give back to God a portion of what He has given us. Consider giving through one or more of our tithe and offering options listed below.
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” – 2 Corinthians 9:11
Want to learn more about online giving? Few people write checks today. Many people are now using bill pay or other online options for charitable giving and for paying regular bills. Salem church provides two options for electronic giving. See our options below:
Setup Automatic Bill Pay with Your Own Bank
The first option is to check with your own bank about electronic bill pay and setup an automatic payment through your bank that will be sent to the church on a regular basis.
Setup Online Giving with Vanco Payment Solutions
The second option is to setup your giving through Vanco Services. Vanco is a third party vendor who works with local churches across the country. They automate the process and send your giving to the church. Using this option requires filling in a form with your bank account and giving information and returning it to the church. We then process your form with Vanco to setup your automatic giving. You can download the form below. Two versions are available, Microsoft Word and Adobe pdf.
Why Give Back to God?
Giving our tithes and offerings reflects a grateful heart that wants to give back to God a portion of what He has given us; in reality, what is already His. This is our opportunity to show God that He is first in our lives. The Bible says, The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB). Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God’s personal invitation to an outpouring of his blessing in your life.
FOUR REASONS TO GIVE BACK TO GOD
Giving is a Reflection of the Heart:
Matthew 6:20-21 “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
What’s the most important thing to you? We see the way our culture encourages us to store up treasures on earth and exalts materialism to the point where debt has become acceptable. We can probably even recognize that truth by looking at our own checkbooks. As Christ-followers, however, we are called to free ourselves from the bondage of debt so that our resources are available for His purposes.
Giving is a Privilege:
The 1st Century church modeled for us what it means to give generously and joyfully so that more and more people could find their way back to God. It is important for us to realize that our giving impacts not only the church, but surrounding families and friends who one day may be less fortunate and need our help.
2 Corinthians 8:2-4 “Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.” (NIV)
Giving is a Way to Give Back:
Many times we will hold special donations and offerings for our Mission Ministry, or other special funds. We try to extend help into our church family and community when it is needed most. We support many families in need thanks to your generosity.
Deuteronomy 26:1-2 “When you have entered the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land and present them to the LORD your God.” (NIV)
Giving is a Blessing:
God uses the tithe as an investment where everyone involved gets a return. If we are blessed beyond our needs, it is not for the purpose of living more lavishly but to bless others. The church and the kingdom are blessed, and yet God’s nature is to also bless the giver.
Malachi 3:10 “‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.’” (NIV)