2018 “My Sacrifice” Christmas Offering
Christmas is the season of giving which leads us to naturally reflect on the gift of Jesus that was given to us. We can never repay Jesus for all that He has given to us, but our response toward Him should be one that overflows with generosity for others. The Grove Church is being challenged this December to pray and seek God’s direction for a sacrificial gift (above what you normally give). We are excited about how God will take and multiply this offering.
How will this offering be used?
We will be using this offering in two different ways.
- 50% of the offering will help us jumpstart our vision for 2019. We are planning in faith that God will lead us further into the community in 2019 to make a greater impact for His Kingdom. We’ll be sharing specifics of this vision as we roll into January 2019.
- The other 50% of the offering will be split evenly among three different ministries/organizations that we support and have partnered with. You’ll be hearing personally from each of these during our Sunday morning services in December.
Adrian Burnett Elementary
Our church adopted Adrian Burnett Elementary back in August of 2017. Over the last year, our partnership and support of this school has really grown. This offering is another way we can be a blessing and source of support to them. For more info about our partnership with Adrian Burnett Elementary you can click HERE.
Western Heights Baptist Ministry Center
At various times throughout this year, we’ve sent teams of people to the Western Heights community to serve and connect with the people. Through our partnership with the Western Heights Baptist Ministry Center, we are excited to offer a portion of our offering to them. They will be able to use this money however they see fit.
Remedy City Church in Portland, OR
The Grove Church began as a new church start/plant back in 2010. Because of this, it’s in our DNA to support other new churches. We’re a part of a church planting network called Ignite. This year, we’re excited to support one of our network churches, Remedy City Church in Portland, Oregon. We’ll also be partnering with them in various ways throughout 2019. Here’s a little more info about Remedy Church.
You can visit their website HERE.
Watch the video we showed during our Sunday gathering by clicking HERE.
- Their founding pastor, Josh Carter, is originally from the East Tennessee area.
- Portland is a post-Christian context in that most people want nothing to do with God or the church. For example, they meet in an elementary school that has about 60 teachers and administrators. Out of the 60, there’s only 1 Christian.
- God is really using this church though, and they are seeing people come to Christ. They’ve grown to over 100 people, which is a fairly large church plant for the Portland context. At the same time, being such a young church in a very non-Christian culture, money and resources are always tight for them.
- Their church is doing a lot of the same things as The Grove to impact their community: partnering with schools, sports camps, serving the city, etc, and they share a commitment to make disciples and see the church as WHO WE ARE rather than simply an event we attend.
When can I give?
You can give at any of the following services using the Christmas Offering envelopes that are available. Please give your Christmas offering on Sunday, December 16, Sunday, December 23, or online through December 31. Just be sure to designate you offering for the “Christmas Offering.”
Should I just give toward this offering instead of the normal offering?
We are urging people to give toward the Christmas offering with a sacrificial gift. In other words, we still count on your faithful and regular giving in the month of December to continue doing our normal ministry plans. We know God will give wisdom and faith about how you make a sacrifice this December to give sacrificially in addition to your regular monthly giving.
Can I give online?
Yes, you can give online using the “Online Giving” tab in the menu, but just be sure you designate your gift for the “Christmas Offering.”