“I will not offer to the Lord my God sacrifices
that have cost me nothing.”
— 2 Samuel 24:24
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Why We Give:
We give to fund the mission of the church, which is being carried out both locally and globally. God created and designed the church to be the vehicle for spreading the Good News of Jesus, which happens as we both show (caring for physical needs) and share (caring for spiritual needs) the love of Jesus.
All gifts made to PCBC are used in the support of our church’s mission of helping people follow Jesus. Donations support missionaries, mission trips, and our local outreaches. Your donations are also used to cover ministry expenses, operations, personnel, and the administrative expenses of the church. A copy of our most recent budget report is always available by clicking here.
All general-fund donations to PCBC are fully tax deductible. Giving statements and receipts are distributed annually.
Giving at PCBC
Ways to Give
During each of our worship services we take time to receive an offering. You can give during this time by placing your donation, whether cash or check, in the offering plate. We also offer several other ways to give:
Online: Giving online is the most cost effective and efficient way to give to PCBC. You can give via credit card or from your bank account (Auto-withdrawal). More and more individuals and families are choosing to give electronically. This free and convenient service simplifies the giving process, and allows you to give 24/7. It’s easy to start, change, or stop and you can easily track your giving and get giving statements right online. If you need help setting this up, contact the church office.
PayPal: PayPal allows you to make donations to the church via this app. This method does not cost you anything, but the church is charged a small fee for each use of this service.
Cash or Check: Make checks payable to “Puyallup Community Baptist Church.” If you would like your cash gifts to be reflected on your giving statement, use an offering envelope and be sure to write your name and address clearly. You can donate cash or check during our morning worship services or by mailing it directly to the church office.
Giving Envelopes: For those interested, the church provides giving envelopes to help remind you to give and encourage consistency. If you would like to receive a larger amount of giving envelopes than what is provided in the pew, please contact the church office.
Matching Gifts: Many companies allow their employees to make donations to charitable organizations through payroll deductions, and they often match the gift dollar for dollar. Ask your company’s Human Resources, Matching Gift, or Payroll department if the company has a matching gift program.
Personal Property (Gifts-in-kind): It is common of churches and other organizations to receive donations of automobiles, equipment, office supplies, books, and more. We gratefully accept gifts-in-kind that we can truly use. Gifts-in-kind can be a little more complicated due to I.R.S. regulations, but we will be happy to help you with the process. Please contact Nelson Cook, chairman of our Deacon Board, to discuss any possible gift-in-kind donations. We will then determine if and how we can use the items and if you need assistance in having the items picked up or if you will drop them off yourself. The church will provide a letter stating the nature of the gift but it is the donor’s responsibility to assess and document the value of the gift for tax purposes. Gifts-in-kind are not included on your statement from the church.
Wills and Estate Giving: A charitable gift can be given to the church through your will or other estate plans and these gifts benefit our church in wonderful ways. This type of gift can also be helpful to appropriately avoid estate taxes. If you choose to include the church in your will or estate plan, please let your attorney know the church’s name and address. If you have already included the church in your will, please let us know so that we can say “thank you”. You can contact Nelson Cook, current Deacon Board chairman, to inform the church.
Like many churches and non-profit organizations, PCBC has several accounts set up to fund different portions of our ministry. Donors can select the fund/s to which they give. The following is a list of designated giving funds of the church:
Budget Fund: This is the main fund of the church and is where the vast majority of donations go. This account funds all the main operations of the church; it’s programs, ministries, personnel, and administration. If your gift is not designated elsewhere, it will go here.
Hands of Hope: This fund was established to meet the needs of children in various schools who need help with groceries and meals.
Missions Fund: This fund was established to help missionaries in emergency situations. It is not to fund missionaries on a regular basis, but provide for things that might come up quickly (i.e. boat motor dies, car breaks down, family member dies and there is a need to return to the US).
Deacon Fund: PCBC regularly receives requests for help from people inside the church. Funds from this account are used to do things like purchase groceries or clothing, to help people pay a high heating bill in the winter, or repair their car so they can get to and from work.
Frank Serviss Youth Fund: This fund was established to help meet the special needs of youth ministry.
Growing in Giving
Since you excel in so many ways – in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm and your love from us – I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. 2 Cor 8:7 (NLT)
Each of us can take steps to grow in the area of giving. Below you’ll see descriptions of several different types of givers:
Decides to give something for the first time, trusting God and the leaders of the church with this gift.
Gives on a consistent basis, often making a recurring gift online or writing a check on a specific date each month to grow in the discipline of giving.
Makes intentional choices to give in a way that reflects how they feel about God in relation to other things they spend their money on. Asks questions like: “Why do I give more to AT&T than to God?“ or “Should I be giving to God more than I give to my mortgage?” This may be when a giver begins to tithe, intentionally giving to God a certain amount/percentage of their wealth.
Makes changes that COST something in their lifestyle. Asks, “Am I giving in a way that changes me, offering to God that which costs something of myself? Am I giving in a way that causes my lifestyle to be different, reflecting Christ’s transformation in me?” A Sacrificial Giver’s commitment to giving actually governs the rest of his/her lifestyle. In the same way that someone with a mortgage that is “larger than their current situation” has to adjust the rest of their expenditures to meet that obligation, a Sacrificial Giver has a giving commitment that is “larger than their current situation” so that they have to adjust the rest of their expenditures to meet that sacrificial commitment.
Legacy (or Lifetime) Giver
Thinks about long-term generosity versus month-to-month or year-to-year generosity. Makes decisions in the short-term that have long-term effects as it relates to their generosity capacity. Thinks of what home they buy, what car they purchase, how much money to save, all in relation to their generosity capacity. A Legacy Giver no longer asks, “God, how much are you asking me to give?” Instead, a Legacy Giver asks, “God, how much are you asking me to keep?” so that they can release the rest into Kingdom purposes. A Legacy Giver might be someone who has a lifetime giving goal that will govern their larger-ticket decisions. Much like a Sacrificial Giver makes a commitment that will govern his/her monthly and annual decisions, a Legacy Giver makes a lifetime or longer-term giving commitment that governs their larger-item purchases (e.g. homes, cars, investments).