To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing so you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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", "Treasuring Christ Together", 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, Paul Johnson, at 612.455.3471 or by email, 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 (Paul Johnson) at:
Paul Johnson, 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 (Paul Johnson) 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 Paul Johnson, Bethlehem's Financial Secretary, at 612.455.3471or by email.
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.