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2018 Christmas Offering

The CHRISTMAS OFFERING is an opportunity to give sacrificially with a goal of $30,000 for three ministry initiatives:

• To meet the urgent needs of single mothers in our church this Christmas

• To provide a generous year-end gift to 4 local non-profits

• To resurface our parking lot and remodel our worship center stage

This CHRISTMAS OFFERING will be received now through December 31st, 2018. 

Mark you giving envelope, your checks, or your online gifts as “CHRISTMAS OFFERING.”

Why a Christmas Offering?

As part of God’s plan to grow the faith of the people in His church, He calls us to give sacrificially from time to time.  This CHRISTMAS OFFERING is an opportunity for us to grow in our faith, meet urgent needs and prepare us for what God wants to do through our church in 2019 and beyond.  We have the opportunity through this offering to impact the lives of single mothers, partner with 4 local non-profits and fund two major upgrades to our church campus – parking and stage.

What are the Differences Between the Regular Offering and this Christmas Offering?

Your regular offering (Commitments / Tithes) is the proportional amount (the full tithe of 10%) that you should 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.  The special offering should be over and above what you regularly give.

How Much Should I Give?

Since the goal is $30,000, this CHRISTMAS OFFERING requires all of us.  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 a $1,000, $5,000 or even a $10,000 gift.  Others will be able to give $100, $250 or $500.  The issue is not equal giving, but equal sacrifice.  Prayerfully consider giving an amount that will stretch your faith.

Why is the Goal So Large?

Since the beginning of The Quest in 2006, we have been a church that has dared to dream big dreams.  The ministries supported by this offering are BIG – meeting the urgent needs of single mothers, supporting our community, and maximizing our parking along with providing a more modern, fresher look to our 12 year old stage! Big dreams require big faith and big funding.  The accomplishment of these big dreams will be determined by your gifts to this CHRISTMAS OFFERING.

When Should I Give?

The best time to give will be the first Sunday of the 2018 Christmas Offering – December 2nd.  Please pray about making your first and best gift on that day.  However, you can continue to give throughout the month of December. 

Please mark your gift CHRISTMAS OFFERING in the regular giving envelopes or include a note designating that your gift is for the CHRISTMAS OFFERING.  Remember, consistent gifts over time add up – a person giving $100 per week over a five-week period can give $500 to this CHRISTMAS OFFERING.

Can I Give Online Via Bank Check or Through a Debit/Credit Card?

Yes.  When you give at via online giving, simply select CHRISTMAS OFFERING under the “Fund” drop-down menu.

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.

 Are My Gifts Tax-Deductible?

All gifts to The Quest, whether via the regular offering or this CHRISTMAS OFFERING, are completely tax-deductible.  Your gift will be deductible in the tax year given (i.e., gifts given in 2018 will be deductible on your 2018 taxes).  Please be sure to include your name and address when you give so that a contribution receipt can be sent to you in January 2019 for your tax preparations.  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 $30,000 Goal?

The $30,000 goal was prayerfully set by The Quest Leadership Team.  It is a God-sized goal that can only be accomplished through 100% participation and sacrificial giving by our Quest attenders and partners. 

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 through the worship guides at our worship gatherings each Sunday and via email.  Reaching this goal will be a celebration of what we can do together as we stretch our faith under God’s leadership.  We will announce the total dollar amount raised on January 13, 2019.