Jesus spoke of exhibiting the behavior we ask from God, even when that action is between one another (Luke 6:38). While some people ask, “What will God give me if I share from what I have?” the question is really, “What will I give in response to what God has given me?”
You can make one-time gifts, set up recurring gifts, give to particular Zion funds for ministry, give to special projects, or fulfill your commitments to annual or capital appeals. This is all done through our church management software called Realm.
Zion's Wish List is a way for us together to provide resources for special requests, facility upgrades, and long-term projects so that Zion can be a safe, welcoming, inviting place to be equipped to serve our Lord and our neighbor.
Our technology upgrades, including new equipment and wireless setup in the sanctuary and Katie Luther Chapel, have allowed us to livestream worship, classes, Bible studies, and more all around the country (and the world). Over the last year, our social media engagement on our website, Facebook, and Instagram has tripled.
In 2020, we gave over $1,000 in financial donations to the ministry of HOPE South Florida, as well as $250 in supplies. Our mission support to the Florida-Bahamas Synod COVID-19 Relief Fund has gone to support food pantries and distribution programs across the state of Florida.
Gifts to and for the church go beyond birthdays and Christmas. Tangible gifts help to meet a need or demonstrate care and concern, such as donations of food and clothing to our partner ministries or particular items needed for Zion's ongoing ministry. Non-tangible gifts include the offering of time, talents, and abilities to the people around you.
Volunteering is another way to be generous, giving of your time, physical and mental energy, and talents or abilities to a particular ministry or cause. At Zion, we intentionally offer volunteer opportunities that are one-time and others that require a short-term or long-term commitment.
Monetary support has traditionally been the most frequently discussed form of generosity in the church. This is not an accident, though. So much of what we do requires some kind of financial support, from paying the electricity bill to supporting the ministries of the national and global church. Those who commit to giving financially do so because they believe money is a means to greater change and transformation in the world around us.
The Bible teaches over and over that the best thing a person can do for someone in need is to show up and listen. Compassionate listening, encouragement, and being present for people in their need are some of the most powerful ways to give of your time.
At Zion, we consider it essential to our DNA that people feel welcome, accepted, and connected. Creating a hospitable atmosphere involves dedication of time, talent, and treasure in a variety of ways, but the return on the investment is truly extraordinary.
One of the greatest blessings of a generous life is to know that your generous spirit outlives you. Whether it's bequeathing assets or financial support, this particular kind of generosity ensures that the mission of Jesus Christ through the Church continues into the next generation and beyond.
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