Giving at Sugar Creek
Sugar Creek is committed to reaching those who are far from God, unleashing unprecedented levels of compassion into a broken world, and helping each of us become more fully devoted to Jesus Christ. We have the privilege of partnering with God’s work in the community and the world by using our gifts and resources through the local church. Listen to the sermon series Biblical Economics
- Sunday services: Simply place cash or checks in the offering tray during the collection during the worship service. Be sure to include your name and address on the check or envelope, so that donation credit may be provided for tax purposes.
- Online giving: Online giving allows for a specific dollar amount to be deducted automatically from a checking or savings account. You can set up online giving either as a one-time donation or a recurring gift. Online giving is not only easy, it’s also safe and secure. This option helps individuals and families remain faithful in their giving even when they are out of town or unable to attend a weekend service. Sugar Creek prefers debit card usage, but allows giving via credit cards like Visa, MasterCard and Discover. However, we strongly caution you not to use this option unless you plan to pay off your card in full each month. Learn about Recurring Giving
- By mail: Mail your donation to Sugar Creek at 3932 Sofley Road, Charlotte NC 28206. Be sure to include your name and address on the check or envelope so that donation credit may be provided for tax purposes.
- Text message: Text the amount to (704) 626-2403 Learn more
Frequently Asked Questions[expand title=”Why do we give?”]
These are two fundamental questions behind the act of giving. If God is wise, then you should listen to what he says about financial stewardship. If you trust him, then you should trust him with all aspects of your life, including your finances. Start giving faithfully and watch what he does in and through your life.
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It’s because he influences the world through his people. God gives to you so he can give through you. The Bible tells us that everything we have is a gift from God (1 Chronicles 29:14). As you give both faithfully and faith-fully, the lives are changed for the glory of God: the gospel is preached, families are enriched, people are fed, children are nurtured, churches are built; and you, in turn, are blessed by God so that you can give again.
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The word, “tithe” literally means tenth or 10%. A tithe is the first 10% of your income. An offering is anything you give above and beyond the 10%.
The Bible says, the purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB) Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God’s personal invitation to an outpouring of his blessing in your life.
In Malachi 3:10 (NLT), God says this: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put him to the test. In other words, he’s saying, “Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me.”
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General Operating Fund: Donations to Sugar Creek Church of Christ support its General Operating Fund. This fund makes possible the day-to-day ministries and services of the church.
Special funds: Periodically, opportunities to designate a donation to a specific ministry initiative become available. To designate your contribution to a specific fund, simply indicate the name of the initiative on the memo line of your check or on your envelope.
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Contribution statements are emailed upon request through the Contribution Statement Request Form. Statements will be mailed to those who do not have an email address but only by request through the statement request form.
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We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of others. All financial records are publicly available upon request to members of the Sugar Creek family.
—2 CORINTHIANS 8:20–21 (TNIV)
Sugar Creek is committed to honoring God’s provision by exercising wise and faithful stewardship, ethical business practices, and full accountability to ensure the financial integrity of Sugar Creek remains above reproach. We accomplish this through a system of internal controls and an internal budgeting and reporting process.[/expand] [expand title=”Can I make non-cash contributions?”]
Many people have inquired about creative ways to make contributions to Sugar Creek’s ministries through non-cash gifts. Here are a few options to consider:
- Gift of Stock
- Gifts of Mutual Fund
- Vehicle Donations
- Other: Other giving options include life insurance, retirement assets, bequests, and charitable gift fund donations.
For additional information, contact Sugar Creek’s Accounts Receivable by calling (704) 598-5331.
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Sugar Creek is currently developing a way for you to consider “legacy giving” through the Stewardship Estate-Planning ministry. Designed to help you think through how to provide for your family through your estate, this ministry helps you avoid probate, minimize taxes, and support causes close to your heart. More importantly, it provides a biblical understanding of stewardship and how biblical principles can influence your estate-planning decisions.
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Per IRS regulations, contributions for each year must be received or postmarked by December 31 of that year in order to receive donation credit for that year’s tax purposes.
Please submit your online, text, mailed, or in-person donation accordingly.
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