Giving is Worship
Giving is not a budget question but a heart question. Scripture is clear that we are to give within our means 2 Corinthians 8:12, and also to give in response to God's immeasurable gift to us of His Son 2 Corinthians 8:9. We are called, then, to be sacrificial in our giving, as God has been to us. Often this is not easy, and requires us to continually seek God's will for our finances.
In your own walk with God, as you determine your giving, we want you to know that we continually pursue transparency, accountability, integrity, and excellence in stewarding the resources entrusted to us.
Each year, with the input of our ministry leaders, metrics from present and past performance, and much prayer, we present a budget to the congregation for review, questions, and approval. The budget is a reflection of our mission to develop followers of Jesus Christ, and the plans we prepare to enact that mission.
Scripture on Giving
The Bible abounds with verses on giving. Here are two that we offer for you to contemplate and pray about:
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
"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
Ways to Give
In the Service:
You can make your gifts in person using cash or check at either the 8:00 or 10:45 service on Sunday mornings.
You can make checks payable to "Grace Church of Harmony" or "Grace Church", and mail them to 538 Main Street, Harmony, PA, 16037.
Electronically online via computer or smartphone (all with recurring option):
Online: Click the "Give" button at the top or bottom of this page. Credit card or ACH (your bank account to ours).
Text-to-Give: From your smartphone, send a text message to 84321 with your dollar amount and fund designation (if any) in the message. Choose Grace Church of Harmony (first time only) and complete your transaction. Note: If you would like to designate to a specific fund, enter the dollar amount and the fund after it, e.g., 10 missions. Allowable funds and abbreviations are listed below. Apple Pay is also accepted. * Electronic giving and text-to-give, using credit or debit cards, incur costs of 2.3% + .30 per transaction which is deducted from Grace Church total amount. ACH (your bank account to ours) only incurs a cost to Grace Church of .30 per transaction.* You will be given the option to cover the small fee on the giving page.
Funds to Which You Can Give
As an independent Christian church, Grace Church of Harmony does not receive financial support from a governing entity. Your generosity is vital to maintaining and improving our standard of excellence in service to Jesus Christ. We are thankful to you.
We have various funds to which you can give. You may choose to designate your gift to a particular fund or project. Electronic giving is limited to these funds below, even though other funds or special projects may arise during the year.
This discretionary money can be used where it is needed most.
The Current Expense fund is critical in the day-to-day operations and management of Grace Church of Harmony. Your gift to this fund directly impacts the monthly budget expenses and enables us to minister to our members and attendees.
At Grace Church, we believe sharing Christ with the world involves more than just words…it involves taking action. We provide prayer and financial support for missionaries and organizations that serve others locally, nationally and globally.
Our building fund is used primarily to pay for the various expenses associated with our church, youth center, office & parsonage buildings, as well as any capital improvements.
Used for special building projects.
Sunday School (ss):
This fund pays for Sunday school curriculum, classroom supplies and VBS.