Giving GRACE “Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.” – Deuteronomy 16:17   FIRST FRUITS and TITHING: First fruits is the act of donating the first portion of an individual’s earnings.  Tithing is the act of donating a percentage of your income.

 
OFFERING: An offering may be any amount given in addition to tithing.  Offerings may come in the form of memorials, special gifts, bequests, or scholarships.
 
TYPES OF SPECIAL GIFTS
 

Memorials:  Contributions given directly to the church or via the family.  Acknowledgment cards are sent from the church to the family and/or donor. Commemorative Gifts:  Monetary gifts to commemorate special occasions such as birthdays, graduations, and wedding anniversaries. Endowment Fund:  To establish a fund where only the interest is used. Grace Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund:  Originally established in memory of Gary Baumgartner and Carrie Pinnow, provides for students attending Lutheran colleges or seminaries.  This fund is open to anyone to contribute to as a memorial or gift to encourage someone to attend college. Bequests:  Carefully planned gifts designed to be received by the church following the donor’s death.  The church hopes each individual will consider making a Christian will and tithe a percentage of his or her estate to the church. Permanent Life Insurance Bequests:  This type of gift should be seen by the giver as a second form of giving to the work of the Church, not as a sole form of a stewardship of finances.  The congregation of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Monroe will be named as OWNER (of said policy) and beneficiary.    For more information contact the church office: (608) 325-9172