The purpose of this offering
Support Local, National, Global Missions
We believe we should all be “serving, giving, going, and growing.” We serve the church and other people with our whole hearts and the entirety of our lives, we give financially with generosity and joy, we go and make disciples wherever the Lord leads, and in turn we know the kingdom of God will grow and so will we.
We are and will continue to be a socially responsible church. In the first 6 years of REACH we contributed close to $97,000 to local, national, and global missions and organizations that assist the poor and needy. However, last year alone we contributed $45,000 to bring our grand total to $142,000! That is “GREATER REACH,” and our community and global partners are grateful for your generosity!
Here are some of the local missions that benefit from this offering: Golden Harvest Food Bank, Augusta Care Pregnancy Center, Family Promise (helps homeless and low income families achieve sustainable independence), iCare (ministers to sexually exploited women and children), Augusta Rescue Mission (helps homeless men in Augusta), and Uniting Hope for Children (Foster Care).
Globally, we support Samaritan’s Purse, Mission of Hope Haiti, Ten Days Missions, and Thembalitsha Foundation in South Africa. We have partnered with Thembalitsha for 10 years, which supports 9 different projects including Village of Hope, Graceland Pre-School, Themba Care (Grabouw), Themba Training, Themba Connect, Mama Themba, School of Hope, Agape Educare, and Educare Grabouw. To read more about all of these incredible ministries, check out www.thembalitsha.org.za. Our REACH offering has singlehandedly helped fund some of these projects when they needed it the most!
Your gifts help implement justice, meet the needs of the poor, hungry and sick, and reach the lost here and all over the world!
Not only do we support mission organizations, but we have individuals whom we support on a monthly basis as well. We are grateful to partner with these people as they have answered the call to full time missions here and abroad. We partner with individuals in Honduras, South Africa, Latvia, as well as campus missionaries in the U.S.
Support New Church Plants
We are a church that believes planting churches is still the greatest way to evangelize communities and cities. Our worldwide family of churches, Every Nation, also has this same core value. In keeping with this Biblical mandate, we continue to support The 2020 North American Church-Planting Initiative. One of the greatest tools to spread the Gospel and ensure Biblical social justice all over our nation and world is through the planting of new churches. Supporting this initiative gives us the greatest opportunity to plant healthy, sustainable, gospel-centered churches in North America, and specifically in our own region.
Be a fully resourced church facility, better equip our church to reach the lost and hurting people of our community, continue to develop generations of passionate Christ followers
In the life cycle of a growing church there will always be times where a faith-filled big step is the next step. We want to have every advantage possible to encourage the life of Jesus in every man, woman, youth, and child who steps foot in our facility. In order to do that, we need a bigger facility.
Our Greater Building Campaign was a great start, but we need more people who call In Focus home to join with us. We are looking for 50 more people to make a 3-year commitment to give above and beyond their normal tithes and offerings to Greater. We believe 50 more commitments and 1 million more committed dollars will get us to the minimal foundation we need to start and complete this project.
fREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why do we have an annual offering?
This annual offering, REACH, is an opportunity for us to grow in our faith and to prepare us for what God wants to do through our church in 2018. As part of God’s plan to grow the faith of people in His church, He calls us to sacrificial giving or giving beyond our ability from time to time. This offering is not because we are behind on budget but is to position us to make an even greater impact in our city, in our church, and around the world in 2018. It also teaches all of us to listen to God and obey what He shows us to do when it comes to giving and radical generosity.
What’s the difference between the regular tithe & offering and this annual offering?
The regular tithe to In Focus is at least the proportional amount (10% of our income) that we set apart on a systematic basis and give consistently throughout the year. From time to time there are opportunities to give above our tithe in a sacrificial way. Biblically, this is known as an offering. This Annual REACH Offering is one of those sacrificial occasions that stretches us and grows our faith. The annual offering should be over and above what you regularly give. The only way we increase our current reach is to go above and beyond what we currently give. We do so and trust God to provide.
How can I make a commitment to the Greater Building Campaign?
We will provide commitment cards to do this on Sunday, December 10. Also, you can go online to our Greater website (found on the Greater tab at our In Focus Church website). Follow the instructions there and make a 3-year commitment along with the 201 people who have done so thus far. We would like to add 50 more commitments and $1 million more in commitments. If everyone does his or her part, by God’s grace this project is more than possible.
How much should I give?
Please prayerfully consider a sacrificial gift that will stretch your faith. As C.S. Lewis states, “No one can settle how much we ought to give. The only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.” My only addition to that would be, “and do it with a joyful heart!”
When should I give?
On one day, with one goal, we are going to give our best one gift and see how far we can extend our reach for the kingdom of God. Our GREATER REACH offering is December 10, 2017. However, you can give at any point from now through the end of this calendar year. Please use the Greater REACH offering envelopes or include a note in any regular giving envelope designating that your gift is for the Annual REACH Offering. If you give online you can also give directly to GREATER REACH.
How can I give?
We have many ways to give. You can give online at www.infocuschurch.org by simply selecting the Giving tab and following the instructions. Our online giving is easy and actually quite fun and interactive. You can also use the mobile app SecureGive, our In Focus Church app, or our giving kiosks in the main foyer areas. You can also use your own bank’s online payment option to send a check directly to the church office. Again, simply mark in the memo area that your gift is for the Annual GREATER REACH Offering. If you would like to make an annual, one-time auto-debit over and above your regular giving, simply call 706.868.7788 and speak with Becky Kridner or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are my gifts tax-deductible?
All gifts to In Focus Church, whether via the regular offering or this annual offering, are completely tax-deductible. Please be sure to include your name and address when you give so a receipt can be sent to you for your tax preparation. You are not required to utilize a tax deduction for your gift, but it is available for all gifts.
Have additional questions? Please contact the church office at email@example.com, or call 706.868.7788.