What is Tithing?
Tithing is simply giving a tenth (10%) of your income to your church, mission, or to charity. While it may seem straightforward, only an estimated 5% of Americans actually tithe. Yes, giving 10% is hard, but so is anything worthwhile in life.
Don’t think you can give 10%?
Start smaller and put a plan together on how you will increase your giving until you reach that tithe level. Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance in the process. And be ready for the blessings, joy, and peace that come with obeying God’s commands.
There are several ways you can give to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, in addition to the offering plate during services. Everyone has different preferences when giving, so we offer a variety of ways you can give.
"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 there will not be room enough to store it."
-- Malachi 3:10
Simply Giving and Choice Dollars (through Thrivent)
Click here for the Simply Giving form
Simply Giving is a way to tithe a reoccurring amount of your choice and frequency. Simply download, fill out and turn in the form to the church and we’ll get it all set up.
Click the link above to visit Holy Cross' Choice Dollars page. For more info on Thrivent Choice Dollars, click here
"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." -- 2 Corinthians 9:7
At Holy Cross, we have an Endowment Fund designed to preserve the principal of the fund and use only the earnings to fulfill our mission. Because only the annual earnings on our Fund get used each year, the Fund should continue to grow and provide a permanent source of support to our mission and provides monies to many wonderful outreach projects. Prayerfully consider a gift to the Endowment Fund at Holy Cross as a part of your planned giving, to be paid either now, or as part of your estate plan.
"But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?" -- 1 John 3:17
“Planned Giving” means creating a specific plan for future gifts to benefit our church and other charities important to us. These gifts may be made during our lifetime or at death. Many people first consider planned giving when preparing a will or along with other estate planning, but planned giving can be made in a number of ways, some of which include cash, annuities, appreciated stocks or life insurance. Planned gifts allow us to acknowledge our gratefulness to God for all that He has given us.
"Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops."
"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”-- Acts 20:35
"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." -- Luke 6:38
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