FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: GIVING

General Questions about Giving

Why is giving important?

Jesus talked more about the subject of giving than He did salvation, heaven, or hell–and for good reason. We are constantly thinking about money: how to use it, how to save it, and how to earn more. In Matthew 6:21 Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also.” Giving paves the path towards devotion.

Why do we give?

In Acts 20:35 Jesus said, “…It is more blessed to give than to receive.” We believe giving is a privilege and that Christians are called to be generous as Jesus is generous and ultimately gave His life.

What is ANCCʼs belief about money?

We believe that God owns everything. “The earth is the Lordʼs and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1). Therefore, as God has richly blessed us in so many ways, it is our desire as stewards to give in the same way.

What is the difference between a tithe and an offering?

A tithe is giving the first 10% of your gross income. An offering is anything you give above and beyond the 10%. An example is a thanks offering where someone gives addition to there tithe because something might have occurred and they are truly thankful toward God such as birthdayʼs, wedding anniversaries or even a promotion.

Do I have to tithe?

As Christ followers, we believe that we are called to follow Godʼs commands in everything. Since giving and finances are private issues, these are areas where individuals can fall into deception and ultimately fall into sin (cf. Malachi 3:8-10). To say we trust Jesus with our salvation, but not with our money would be contradictory to our faith.

Where does ANCC get its income?

God provides for ANCC through the tithes and offerings of members and attendees who support our mission and vision.

Does ANCC have a budget?

Yes. ANCCʼs budget is set every fall for the following year based on our goals and objectives for each ministry department within the church.

Does ANCC give to missions?

Yes. We consider everything we do as missions. We have a heart for the lost both locally and globally. ANCCʼs budget also supports contributions to local and global missions, benevolence and scholarships.

How does ANCC report its finances and giving?

ANCC enlists the help of financial counselors and certified accountants to keep records. An annual report is given yearly to the congregation and is made available upon request by emailing: hello@anccbellevue.org

Will I receive a summary of my gifts/donations at the end of the year?

ANCC thanks everyone for offerings and donations of any amount. As your local church, we would like to encourage you to continue giving so that we can support and expand our services, address areas of need for our neighbors and community, and implement essential programs for youth and children. As a matter of practice, we aggregate your gift amount for the year and provide an offering or donation receipt for purposes of tax return filings. If you would like such receipt after the end of the year for your records, we kindly ask that you (i) provide your personal information for our records, (ii) indicate your identity if it is not obvious, and (iii) expect and look for an email, mail or hand delivered envelope from church when we make an announcement that receipts will be distributed, and (iv) lastly, all offering and donations be made in currency (cash, personal checks, credit card, debit card, money orders, travelers’ checks or cashier’s checks) rather than in personal property or contributions in-kind. Presently, we do not have a system in place to issue receipts for the appropriate value of personal or real property. In the future, we expect to have such process available for and on behalf of those generous enough to offer gifts of personal and real property. For now, we would appreciate it if you could simply donate the monetary market value of such gift instead. Thank you always for your generosity!

Giving Online

Is it safe to give online?

ANCC has enlisted the services of Pushpay to offer the convenience of giving online. Pushpay is PCI compliant, independently tested and reviewed to ensure and maintain a high standard of security at all times. For more information go to: PUSHPAY

Are there any fees associated with giving online?

Not to the giver. You will not pay any fees with your online donations or gifts.

What forms of payment are accepted online?

Linking your checking account through ACH, debit, and credit from Visa or Mastercard are the best methods. Discover and American Express cards usually charge ANCC a higher transaction rate.

If I want to make a one-time or recurring gift or donation what are my options?

Pushpay offers the giver to setup one-time and recurring donations with the option of specifying where those funds go, when you would like them credited, and how often you can give (daily, weekly, monthly, yearly). To start giving, go to: anccbellevue.org/give

Can I change my personal information or the amount or the frequency of my gift once I have set it up?

Yes, you can change or cancel your contribution at any time before the date of your next contribution. Simply log in to system using your user name and password and make the necessary changes.

Can I review my donation/giving history online?

Yes, logging into Pushpay with your username will allow you to view the complete history of your contributions online. Please note, any gifts/donations given in person or mailed in to the church is currently not available online.

How will I know that I set up online giving correctly?

In the first week or two of your first contribution, you will receive an e-mail verifying your contribution.

Will I still receive my giving contribution statement from the church?

Yes, ANCC will continue to send year-end contribution statements in the beginning of the new year. Giving statements can also be requested after February of the new year by emailing us at: hello@anccbellevue.org

Donations & Non-Cash Giving

What kind of goods and services can I donate to the church?

Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, properties are non-cash gifts as well as goods and services that are provided for the sole use of ANCC ministry are examples of non-cash giving.

If you have goods and services that you would like to donate, the best way is to contact that department directly using our general contact form and addressing it to the subject of “Donations.”

Can I get a tax deduction for goods and services that I donate to the church?

For more information on “Fair Market Value” click here.

Presently, we do not have a system in place to issue receipts for the appropriate value of personal or real property. In the future, we expect to have such process available for and on behalf of those generous enough to offer gifts of personal and real property. For now, we would appreciate it if you could simply donate the monetary market value of such gift instead. 

As a matter of practice, we aggregate your gift amount for the year and provide an offering or donation receipt for purposes of tax return filings. If you would like such receipt after the end of the year for your records, we kindly ask that you (i) provide your personal information for our records, (ii) indicate your identity if it is not obvious, and (iii) expect and look for an email, mail or hand delivered envelope from church when we make an announcement that receipts will be distributed, and (iv) lastly, all offering and donations be made in currency (cash, personal checks, credit card, debit card, money orders, travelers’ checks or cashier’s checks) rather than in personal property or contributions in-kind. 

Recurring needs and donation opportunities in Student Ministry?

One are in constant need of specific goods is Student Ministry. Needs are season, so the best way is to write us using this contact form and using the subject “Student Ministry Donations” to see what is needed most. But recurring items of note are:

  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Gift Cards to restaurants or Starbucks for Volunteer Appreciation
  • Snack Bars for Volunteers