Author: 
Jon Grano
Date Given: 
April 22, 2016

 

Financial contributions to Bethlehem can occur in many different ways, including: 

 

1. Placing gifts in offering baskets during each worship service 

2. Establishing monthly automatic withdrawals from checking or savings account 

3. Mailing contribution to the church office 

4. Giving online via eCheck or credit card 

5. Donating assets (like stock) 

 

We encourage you to give cheerfully, generously, and faithfully to the many ministries and mission of the church. Further details for each giving option are provided below. 

 

1) Placing gifts in offering baskets during each worship service: offering envelopes 

We invite you to regularly participate in giving as an important part of our worship services, as we honor God with the first portions of all our wealth (Proverbs. 3:9). To that end, we provide offering envelopes to any regular contributor who chooses to use them. Envelopes provide a valuable tool for managing regular, faithful giving, and allow you to quickly and easily specify how you want each gift allocated among various accounts (e.g., "Church and Missions," "Funding the Filling," and "Helping Hand"). Envelope information also helps our Financial Secretary and his team to quickly and accurately allocate given amounts between various funds when counting collected offerings each week.

Contact our Financial Secretary, Steve Walmsley, at 612-338-7653 x463, for more details or to request your own box of offering envelopes. 

 

2) Establishing monthly automatic withdrawals from checking or savings account 

Since many people choose to conveniently pay their mortgage or utility payments each month through automatic withdrawals from their checking or savings accounts, Bethlehem also provides regular givers the opportunity to have a portion of their tithes and offerings deducted automatically from a pre-arranged account using the ACH system. If you would like to arrange for automated monthly contribution withdrawals: 

Download, print, and complete Bethlehem's Automatic Withdrawal Authorization form 

Attach a voided check or savings deposit ticket of the account that will be debited monthly  

Mail both to Bethlehem's Financial Secretary (Steve Walmsley) at ...

 

Steve Walmsley, Financial Secretary 

Bethlehem Baptist Church 

720 13th Ave. S. 

Minneapolis, MN 55415  

 

3) Mailing contributions to the church office 

If mailing your contribution is more convenient, send it to the Downtown Campus in care of our Financial Secretary (Steve Walmsley) at the address specified above. 

 

4) Giving online via eCheck or credit card 

Bethlehem encourages online giving via the “eCheck” payment option from a checking or savings account.  We also allow giving via credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. However, we encourage you not to use credit cards unless you plan to pay off your card in full each month—we are debt-averse at Bethlehem, and do not want to contribute to anyone else going further into debt. 

 

Use our online giving page to set up recurring or one-time giving via eCheck or credit card. This requires you to log into Bethlehem's Fellowship One system with your own user account. If you have not yet set up your user account on our site, you will be asked to create one before you cangive online. Once you set up your user account, it will take our staff a day or two to verify your information and give you access to your household's contribution history. You can, however, begin giving immediately without waiting for verification of your account. 

 

5) Stock and Asset Donations 

Donating stock or other assets that have appreciated in value may provide potential tax benefits. When you give appreciated assets like stock—rather than just cash—to 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations like Bethlehem, you are generally exempt from paying capital gains tax. It's a good way to store up treasure in heaven, while also maximizing the resources entrusted to us while on the earth. If you'd like to donate stock to Bethlehem, please contact Steve Walmsley, Bethlehem's Financial Secretary, at 612-338-7653 x463.  

 

Consult with your financial planner or tax adviser before making a stock donation to Bethlehem, to determine how/if the potential tax advantages described here apply to your specific situation.

 

Instructions for Donating Securities

  1. Talk to your broker about the securities you’d like to give to the Bethlehem or discuss the value of the securities you’d like to donate. Work with your broker to identify what securities or set of securities that approximates that value.

  2. Provide to your broker the following information on transferring securities electronically to Bethlehem’s broker.
    Broker name: Stifel Financial Corp.
    Account registration: Bethlehem Baptist Church
    Account number: 8189-4881
    DTC number: 0793
    Account contact: Joseph Buska (763-542-3733)

  3. Alert Bethlehem of your plans to transfer securities by emailing Steve Walmsley.
    Provide the following information:

    Your name and address
    The stock or other securities you plan to transfer and the number of shares
    The approximate value of this gift
    The ministry(s) into which you’d like this gift given. If you don’t indicate a ministry, the gift will be credited toward Bethlehem’s general Church and Missions account.

For additional questions about transferring securities, please contact Bethlehem’s Financial Secretary, Steve Walmsley, at 612-338-7653 x463 or steve.walmsley@hopeinGod.org.

 

 

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