Frequently Asked Questions about Giving

Q: How does my giving support the church?
Your giving supports Our Redeemer’s ongoing ministry and mission in many ways:

  • Worship opportunities for over hundreds of people every week
  • Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Youth Programs for hundreds of children and youth
  • Food for the hungry, shelter for those who are homeless, and resources for those in need
  • Support for those facing health problems, struggling with life issues, and seeking hope
  • Operating costs for staff and building maintenance

Q: Can I give through setting up an online electronic transfer from my checking or savings accounts to Our Redeemer’s?
Yes. This is a giving method used by many people. It’s a convenient, safe and simple way for individuals to make automatic payments to non-profit organizations through electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly from checking or savings accounts. Please contact the church office (406.442.7842) to set up this giving method.

Q: How should I tithe if my income varies from pay period to pay period?
Some people choose to give exactly one‐tenth of their earnings for each individual pay‐period. Others estimate their total earnings for the year and give a portion of the total tithe each week or month throughout the year.

Q: Should I tithe off my gross earnings or the net amount of my paycheck?
Scripture doesn’t use the terms “net” or “gross”. What is clear in scripture is that God places a high value on the spirit in which we give—“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7 ).

Q: How can I keep a record of the amount I have contributed?
Our Redeemer’s sends quarterly statements of giving to all who contribute to the church by either email or US mail.

Q: I give an offering every week. Why should I make an annual pledge?
Making an annual pledge is a step of faith….deciding in advance to give faithfully. It helps you to be intentional about your giving as a way to grow in your faith. Annual pledges also provide the church with a tool for forecasting, planning, and budgeting resources. As a partner in our ministry, you make Our Redeemer’s ministry most effective when you take seriously God’s call to give and make a commitment to answer the call.

Q: Do I have to use offering envelopes?
Our Redeemer’s provides offering envelopes for those who would like to use them. Offering envelopes are mailed out on a monthly basis. However, it is not necessary for you to use offering envelopes. For instance, if you give your offering electronically, you may not wish to receive envelopes. Also, if you use checks for your contributions, the check itself will provide the information needed to ensure that your offering is posted correctly to your contribution statement. However, if you give cash, and would like to have your contributions posted to your statement, you will need to use offering envelopes in order for us to properly record your giving.

Q: Does Our Redeemer’s accept gifts for specific items?
Our Redeemer’s does accept gifts for specific items, provided that the Church Council has approved those gifts. For example, we accept gifts for Helena Food Share, the Unleashed Capital Campaign which is helping to pay for our building, Our Redeemer’s Preschool, and many others. If you have a question about gifting for a specific item, please contact the church office (406.442.7842).

Q: If I date a check 12/31/2012, but I don’t deliver it to the church until 1/1/2013, can I deduct it on my 2012 tax return?
No. Charitable contributions must be claimed in the year in which they are delivered. One exception is a check that is mailed – it is deductible in the year the check is mailed and postmarked, even if it is received after the first of the year.