Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Cor 9:7
Giving, or offering as it is often called in churches, is an act of worship whether you give at church or online. It’s about giving back to God a portion of all he has given us and asking him to help us bless others with it. Some give 10%, others more or less. Most importantly, we give cheerfully as part of our overall stewardship of God’s gifts.
View your giving and create/manage your recurring gifts:
Things You Should Know About Giving at Grace
- Our pastors do not know the amounts that people give, only who gives in order to thank them
- We publish financials (giving totals in relation to budget) each week in the bulletin.
When we talk about stewardship, we’re talking about the fact that all that we are, all that we have belongs to God and we want to make sure we’re using all of that for Him. Our time, our talents, our treasures—all of it.
Stewardship includes our time—our days are numbered and how we use our time matters. God is interested in how we spend our time working, how we spend our time playing, how we spend our time serving. It is something God has given us to steward well.
Stewardship includes our talents—He’s given us all skills, abilities, and knowledge, and wants us to use them to participate in his mission. They weren’t things given to us to use solely for our own personal purposes, satisfaction, or fulfillment. They were given to be used for the body of Christ and for the world.
Stewardship includes our treasures—this is our money. Even this belongs to God. It is so easy in our culture to be convinced that the money we have is ours because of what we’ve done to earn it. And yet, God wants us to steward our resources through our generosity. Generosity is so important. And it’s important because it’s a reflection of Jesus. His generosity towards us is unmatched and we want to be like Him in that.
Why do we need to be thinking about stewardship?
Because it’s deeply connected to our discipleship, as we grow more into the image of Christ.
Generosity is the natural outflow of a person who understands all that Jesus has given them and all that he has done for them.
We need to talk about stewardship because it is an indicator of where our hearts are. And that’s what we care about. We care about the hearts of people. We want to be people whose hearts are sold out for the gospel.
What options are available for giving?
You can give online via ACH from a checking or savings account (credit cards are not accepted for donations). You also have the option of setting up recurring gifts on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, semi-monthly, or quarterly schedule. To create and manage recurring gifts, click on the links above. It’s easy to sign up, it saves the church processing time and money, and your information is kept confidential and secure.
As a part of worship during each of our weekend gatherings, we receive an offering in which you can put checks and cash in the basket that comes around. If you’d like your cash contribution recorded, be sure to put it in an envelope with your name and address or use one of the envelopes available at the Connecting Place in the lobby.
You may mail a check yourself or via your online bill payment through your bank. Checks can be mailed to: Grace Community Church, 8200 Old Columbia Road, Fulton, MD 20759.
Stock or Mutual Fund Contributions
For gifts of stock or mutual funds, please contact Amita Mackin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I want to give online to a missions trip, but I don’t see that option when I click Give Now.
Online giving to short-term missions trips are done through Managed Missions, instead of Realm.
I created a Realm account, but I don’t see my gifts. What should I do?
It’s likely that we have you in our system twice, especially if you started giving before you created your Realm account. Simply send Amita Mackin (email@example.com) an email so she can be sure all your contributions are merged under one account and you have access to them.
How do I acquire my annual giving statement for my regular giving?
You may access and print your giving record at any time by logging into your account in Realm (Giving – Printer Icon). If you do not have a Realm account, CLICK HERE to set one up. If you do not see your donations once you’ve set your account up, please contact Amita Mackin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For everyone who has an email address in Realm, giving statements will be emailed mid-January. For those without an email address in Realm and who gave $250 or more during the year, a paper statement will be mailed at the end of January.
If you did not receive a giving statement and would like one, please contact Amita Mackin (email@example.com).
Note: this does not include donations given to missions trips. See FAQ below.
How do I acquire my annual giving statement for donations I made to missions trips?
Donations made for missions trips are being recorded and receipted separately through Managed Missions and will not appear in Realm. Receipts will be emailed and mailed (if no email was on file) by the end of January.
If you donated electronically for a missions trip (i.e. there’s an email address on file), you may login to Managed Missions to view/print your giving statement.
- If you have a Managed Missions account, you may click HERE to login.
- If you do not, click HERE to create one with the email address that was used to make your donation.
- If you did not give electronically but would still like online access to Managed Missions to view your missions donations, please email Amita Mackin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have not received your giving statement(s) via email or mail and would like one OR all of your donations are not on your statement as expected, please email Amita Mackin (email@example.com).
I’m not sure if I have a Realm account or not. What should I do?
If you’re not sure if you have an account in Realm, click HERE, enter your email address and click “Send Email.”
If it says “Please check your mail,” that means you do have an account in Realm and you should get an email with a link to recover your Realm password. Follow the link and instructions in the email to create a password and login to Realm.
If it says “Account does not exist,” you do not have an account with that email address. Click HERE to create an account. Once you’ve created an account, please email Amita Mackin (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can connect your giving to your newly created Realm account.
Who do I get in touch with if I have more questions?
You can contact our Finance Director, Amita Mackin, via email (email@example.com) or by calling the church office at 240-553-1090.