Faith Lutheran Church

Thank you for your desire to support the mission & ministries of Faith through your financial stewardship.

A person’s relationship to God is closely correlated to their money habits, particularly their choices about giving to the church. Money decisions are faith decisions. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

Ways to Give

Online with Simply Giving
Make a recurring or one-time gift using your bank account or credit/debit card.  If you prefer, we can enroll you in Simply Giving. Submit this form to the church office.

While we welcome all donations, the most cost efficient online choice is to give through your bank account. 

Check or Cash
Place your check or cash in the offering during any service. You can also place offerings in the secure drop box outside the church office.

Securities
Appreciated securities (stocks, mutual funds, bonds) donated to Faith may provide significant tax benefits to the donor. Gifts of securities may need additional time to process. Plan ahead to make sure transfers are completed by the end of the tax year. Contact the church office to arrange a gift.

Planned Giving
Making estate and charitable plans for your future can help your family save on taxes and benefit the ministries of Faith. A charitable bequest is a distribution of your estate to a charitable organization through your last will and testament. You can create a bequest of any dollar amount, donate specific property or designate a percentage of your estate in your will or trust plan. If you wish to make a gift from your IRA or 401(k) plan, this can usually be done by filling out a beneficiary designation form with your plan administrator. 

Planned gifts may be made to the general operation of the church or to a designation that matches your interests and circumstances. Gifts to general operation will be designated by the Church Council to a purpose that best honors our church mission with 10% set aside for mission grants to the community. An option for donor designation is our Endowment FundMeet with our pastoral staff to prayerfully plan your gift.

Other 
Programs that supplement Faith income

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Faith every time you shop on Amazon, at no cost to you.

Scrip is an easy fundraiser where all you do is purchase gift cards to earn a rebate for Faith.

Thrivent Choice is a member advised charitable giving program.

 
Ways Faith Gives Back

Synod Benevolence
Faith is one of 113 churches, mission starts and institutions in the St Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Benevolence from Faith and other churches supports the synod mission of growing in faith and trusting in Jesus Christ. Living out our identity as Lutherans, we recognize we are grasped by grace and are free to devote our energy to being church in a way that is rooted in tradition and open to experimentation.

​Children's Ministry and Confirmation Benevolence
We encourage our children and youth to practice financial stewardship by including them in decisions about where to give funds they donate. This may include organizations such as Feed My Starving Children, local pet shelters or World Vision.

Partners in Mission Benevolence
With a mission to serve beyond the walls of our Faith community and identify local, national and worldwide mission efforts, this group guide and distributes financial and human resources on behalf of Faith. Gifts by Faith members designated to missions flow through this group.

Mission Grants
When Faith receives a planned legacy gift to the general operation of the church OR when Faith conducts a capital campaign, we tithe 10% to mission grants. Anyone from the Faith community can apply for grants. Grants are awarded to projects that serve others and are relational in nature.

Endowment Fund Grants
Our Endowment Fund provides grants to outreach that enhances the charitable, educational and religious missions of the church. Grants are awarded to new ministries within Faith, community and state outreach, and missions of the ELCA in the USA and worldwide. 

Special Fundraising
Groups within Faith may choose to raise funds for varied causes. This may include groups such as local food shelves, special needs of the school district, Lakes Center for Youth & Families and more.
 

Faith Lutheran Church, 886 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake, MN 55025, 651-464-3323