Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 1 Corinthians 9:7
Each of us is called to worship God with our entire life, including our time, talents and resources. Giving back to God is a dynamic demonstration of our faith and an expression of our gratitude for all He has done for us. It is an act of worship. It is one of the best ways to say “Thank you” for His abundant goodness to us. Giving online is easy and free. There is no charge for you to use this service; however, the Church does incur a small fee. See the Giving Guide below. Thank you for your gracious, thoughtful support of Harvest Fellowship. To give a Routine Tithe, click the button below.
The purpose of the Benevolence Fund is to draw people closer to Christ by helping to meet their basic financial needs in times of crisis or transition, according to biblical directives and fiscal constraints. We have a clear command from Scripture to take care of the poor within our circle of influence. These funds are dispersed at the prayerful discretion of our Benevolence Committee. To give to Benevolence, click the button below.
Giving at Harvest Fellowship
Look around you at Harvest Fellowship. What do you see? People talking and enjoying a cup of coffee; the Harvest Worship Band leading energetic worship music; someone diligently listening to the message and taking notes; children learning about the Bible in our Children’s Ministry classes. There are many other ministries beyond the Sunday service such as Life Groups, Missions, Evangelism, Divorce Care and DivorceCare for Kids to name a few.
Each of these ministries is possible because Harvest Fellowship is a member supported church. Without the tithes and offerings of our members and attendees it would be impossible to offer ministries that help people to become fully developing followers of Jesus.
Give Him Your Best
“And on going into the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then opening their treasure, they offered Him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11 ESV).
Can you imagine what it must have been like for the Wise Men when they saw Jesus? Here He was just a child in a stable surrounded by animals, but these Wise Men recognized that He was the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords; the Savior of the world. Immediately, they fell on their faces to worship Him; but notice what they did next—they presented Him gifts as part of their worship. And they didn’t just give any old thing they had; they gave Him their absolute best—costly gold, frankincense and myrrh.
When we give Jesus our absolute best, our time, our talent, our resources, it is an act of worship. We are saying with our actions, “God, You mean more to me than anything. Because You are so awesome, I want to give You everything that I am.” It pleases Him when we come to Him with an open and humble heart that is willing to give.
A Prayer for Today
Father in heaven, I humbly come to You, giving You all that I am. I honor You as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I bless You today for You alone are worthy of my absolute best. I love You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Imagine what would happen if 100% of Harvest’s regular members took the step to become regular givers. These are just a few things that would be possible.
Expansion of current ministries
More ministry to the poor
Greater giving to missions
Creation of new ministries
More lives radically changed
Deeper personal relationships with God
Greater impact on our city
What does the Bible say about giving?
The Bible says more about giving than Heaven, prayer, or even, faith! Here’s just a sample of what God says about giving:
Faithful giving can draw me closer to God. “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will be also” – Matthew 6:21
Faithful giving is a key to a full life. “Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give generously…By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may take hold of real life.” – 1 Timothy 6:18-19
Faithful giving blesses me in return. “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 you will not have room enough for it.” – Malachi 3:10
Faithful giving can make me happy. “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving” – Acts 20:35
Faithful giving reminds me that everything belongs to God. “But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth” – Deuteronomy 8:18
Why Should I Give?
Giving helps me to grow in my faith.
Giving supports the ministries of Harvest Fellowship
Giving allows me to be a part of God’s impact on the world.
One of the greatest measures of spiritual maturity is how we handle the resources that God has given us. Stewardship, honoring God with our finances, is a form of discipline that will help us to become a mature disciple of Jesus.
How Much Should I Give?
The Old Testament standard of 10% is still a good guideline for giving to the local church. Anything over 10% is called an offering and is a way to honor God through giving sacrificially.
Benevolence:The purpose of the Benevolence Fund is to draw people closer to Christ by helping to meet their basic financial needs in times of crisis or transition, according to biblical directives and fiscal constraints. We have a clear command from Scripture to take care of the poor within our circle of influence. These funds are dispersed at the prayerful discretion of our Benevolence Committee.
If you would like to donate to Harvest’s Benevolence Fund you are welcome to do so either by donating via this web site or dropping your gift in the donation boxes in the sanctuary. However, we do not encourage you to give to the Benevolence Fund in lieu of giving to the general fund of the church.
Per IRS regulations, you may designate your offering to the Benevolence Fund but may not restrict the gift to a specific individual or family, as this constitutes a person-to-person gift, for which there is no tax deduction. You may “recommend” or “suggest” that funds be used to assist a particular person or family but this decision is to be left to the discretion of the Benevolence Committee.
Is My Gift Tax-Deductible?
All contributions are tax-deductible. If you choose to give cash, a giving envelope must be completed in order for your gift to be tax-deductible. Giving statements are mailed at the end of each year to help you keep track of your giving.
Per IRS regulations, contributions for each year must be received or postmarked by December 31 of that year in order to receive donation credit for that year’s tax purposes.
Easy Ways To Give
1.Give on Sunday. Our offering boxes are at the front of both entrances to the sanctuary, so you can just drop it in as you are coming in or leaving the service on Sunday.
2. Give by mailing your gift during the week. You can mail your Sunday Giving Envelope to the Church Office.
3. At Harvest Fellowship, our preferred way of receiving electronic contributions is through online banking. The online bill pay service through your bank typically has no transaction fee for you or for the church. That assures that every penny you give goes to ministry.
4. Give online now!