Growing in Generosity: Ways to Give
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son” (John 3:16).
Generosity is not an incidental part of the Christian life, but at the very heart of God and at the heart of our life in Christ.
As Christians, we worship a generous God, whose very nature is self-giving love – a love manifested most clearly in the offering of God’s own son on the cross for the sake of the world.
It follows, then, that as we grow in Christ and become more like him, we, too, will become more generous and giving. Indeed, one of the nine fruits of the Spirit that the Apostle Paul lists in his letter to the Galatians – fruits that demonstrate that God is at work among us and within us – is generosity (c.f. Galatians 5:22).
Weekly Offering Guide
Lenten/Easter Offering 2017
Update -- May 7
Thanks to everyone who contributed. We exceeded our goal by $2,000. The total amount contributed was $5,000.
Each year during Lent and concluding with the Easter service, the members and friends of Knox Church have the opportunity to contribute to mission outreach projects chosen by the church leadership. In 2017 the offering was designated for the following projects apportioned on a percentage basis:
40% for PWS&D’s Maternal and Child Health programs in Malawi ($2,000). Malawi has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. Working through partners in Malawi, PWS&D is providing pre and postnatal care, equipping health facilities with updated equipment, training birth attendants and educating families and communities in order to ensure that women receive the care they need throughout their pregnancy. Gifts are matched 4 to 1 by the federal government. http://presbyterian.ca/pwsd/malawi/ The contributed amount was $2,000, Since that will be matched by the federal government ($8,000.) therefore the total amount raised was $10,000.
25% for the Life Centre’s meal program ($1250.) hosted at nearby Royal City Church. Kitchen crews and volunteers serve 600 meals each week at no charge in a safe and friendly environment. http://www.thelifecentre.ca/
25% for prescription drugs ($1250.) for those unable to afford them as Knox’s contribution to the Churches’ OutREach (CORE) Emergency Assistance program in Guelph.
10% for the Drop-In Centre ($500.)under the direction of Christine Leyser (“Sister Christine”). Located at 23 Gordon Street, the Drop-In Centre’s 80 community volunteers provide meals, emergency shelter, and links to needed social services for the homeless and Guelph’s most vulnerable.
The PAR program offers a convenient way to give regularly to the church.
When you sign up for PAR, you decide what your monthly offering will be. Your gift will be automatically debited each month from your bank or trust account. You may change or cancel your offering amount at any time.
Giving through PAR is a simple way to practice the habits of the heart of faithful and generous stewards (i.e. giving regularly, intentionally and proportionally) as well as ensuring that Knox Church has a consistent cash flow to cover the costs of our various ministries.
To participate in PAR, please print the Pre-Authorizepplication form and mail or give your completed form to the church office.
You can still make offerings for special appeals, seasonal offerings and projects via offering envelopes and/or cheques. Simply indicate where you would like your gift to be designated.
The project may be an emergency appeal of Presbyterian World Service & Development, such as the wildfires in Alberta, or a special project here at Knox Church, such as the chancel renovations.
Recurring Seasonal Offerings:
- Lenten/Easter Offering – each year during Lent and concluding with the Easter service, the members and friends of Knox have the opportunity to contribute to special outreach projects chosen by the church leadership.
- Thanksgiving Offering – members and friends of Knox Church are invited to “Give a Day of Pay or Pension Income” over and above their regular weekly offering as a tangible way to say thank you to God for God’s many blessings throughout the year. Money raised goes to the annual operating budget of the church.
- Christmas Offering – During the Christmas Eve service, the loose offering goes to special ministry projects chosen by the session. Those who use the special Christmas Offering envelopes will receive a tax receipt for their gift.
We can support the church with donations from our accumulated assets (e.g. stocks and bonds, RRSPs and RRIFs, real estate, etc.). Such gifts may be deferred (e.g. a charitable bequest though a will), or they may be an immediate gift available for current use (e.g. a gift of stock). There are many ways to make a planned gift, including:
- bequests in your will – charitable gifts made through your will can substantially reduce the taxes owed by your estate, benefitting both the charities you have supported during your lifetime and your heirs.
- charitable gift annuities – a simple way to earn guaranteed, tax-free income for the rest of your life while leaving a legacy gift to the church after you pass away.
- assignment of life insurance -- if you make the church the owner and beneficiary of an active life insurance policy, all your annual premiums are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.
- gifts of real estate – have you ever thought of giving a portion of the proceeds from the sale of your home to the church as a one-time gift?
- gifts of publicly traded securities – by donating stocks, bonds or mutual funds directly to charity, all capital gains taxes are eliminated. Gifts of stock donated to Knox Church can be donated through The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Knox Church has established the Knox Endowment Fund to channel bequests and other memorial and planned gifts given to the church. The Knox Endowment Fund is an enduring fund in which the money is permanently invested with 5% of the total value of the fund available each year for special projects approved by the congregation. Through your gifts to the Endowment Fund, you are leaving an enduring legacy that will help ensure that Knox Church will continue to have a vital ministry for generations to come.
To learn more about how you can leave an enduring legacy for Knox Church, contact Rev. Herb Gale, Minister of Generosity and Stewardship, or any member of the Endowment Fund Committee.
“The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” (2nd Corinthians 9:6-8)
The Knox Church Endowment Fund – a simple way to leave an
Background and Purpose of the Endowment Fund
The Knox Endowment Fund was created as an enduring fund for the purpose of expanding and enriching the life and
mission of Knox Church both currently and far into the future. The bulk of the capital is permanently invested in The
Presbyterian Church in Canada’s Consolidated Fund, a professionally managed portfolio of bonds and dividend paying
stocks under the oversight of the Trustee Board of the PCC. Knox Church established the Endowment Fund in 2004 with
seed money of $150,000. Twelve years later, it had grown to over $950,000 through generous bequests and other legacy
gifts to the church as well as through investment earnings within the fund.
Administrative Oversight of the Endowment Fund
The administrative oversight of the Knox Endowment Fund has been placed in the hands of the Endowment Fund
Committee, who make recommendations for the financial support of capital and ministry projects to the Annual Meeting for
congregational approval. The members of the Endowment Fund Committee are pictured below:
Front row (l-r): Howard Simpson (Convener), Don Perry, Karl McDougall
Back row (l-r): David Hough, Herb Gale (Minister of Generosity & Stewardship)
Not Pictured: Scott Taylor
Requests for Financial Support from the Endowment
Committees and ministry groups within the church are invited to submit requests for financial support from the Endowment
Fund’s annual disbursements. Requests should be submitted to the Endowment Fund Committee by December of each
year with the money available the following year for projects and programs approved by the congregation at the Annual
Partnership with the Canadian National Christian Foundation
Knox Church has partnered with the Canadian National Christian Foundation (CNCF), giving our congregation access to
their educational resources (e.g. the Stewarding Your Stuff Bible study series) and CNCF’s pool of professional estate planners, Advisors with Purpose (AwP). The AwP estate planners are available for free, confidential consultations with Knox
Church members, providing guidance and advice for the most tax efficient way to set up your estate and offering free, written
estate plans to take to your own lawyer or financial planner for implementation. It is important to emphasize that the AwP
advisors sell no products. They simply share their expertise and guidance. Click on the logos below to find out more about
CNCF and Advisors with Purpose:
Knox is a member of The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s ProVisionaries® Network, a network of Presbyterian
congregations, who have covenanted to make planned giving an integral part of their theology of stewardship and vision of
ministry. For additional information about how to make a planned gift and the services offered through The Presbyterian
Church in Canada, click on the ProVisionaries® logo below:
“As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of
riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good
works, generous and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that
they may take hold of the life that really is life.” (1 Timothy st 6:17-19, NRSV)