EDMOND'S FIRST

ADVANCE THE GOSPEL

We invite you to partner with God by getting involved to advance the gospel and advance your faith.

With your help we can burn the note at the 2022 Gathering in November!

ADVANCING THE GOSPEL TOGETHER

The purpose of this campaign is to retire the debt on our new building so we can Advance the Gospel together by continuing to support church plants in the 32 SEND Cities through the NAMB (North American Mission Board).

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ADVANCE BROCHURE

Download the Advancing the Gospel Brochure which includes information on SEND Cities, the 10/40 Window, how to get involved, and 5 by2025.

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CREATIVE GIVING

For questions about Creative Giving, call the Church Office which is available Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM at 405-341-0253.

Whether it's from excess income, discretionary spending, or re-prioritizing the budget, giving from income is typically the most common sources of gifts.

  • CASH FLOW GIFTS:
    A person can give significantly by giving smaller amounts at higher frequencies. Weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly giving allows large gifts to be reached in smaller steps.
  • DIVERTED FUNDS GIFTS:
    Freeing up funds which are currently going to other areas of spending allows a person to increase giving to God's work. Diverting funds from entertainment, dining out, dues, subscriptions, gifts, allowances, utilities, or transportation offers lifestyle adjustments which impact one's giving.
  • DELAYED EXPENDITIRES:
    The delaying of purchases allows a person to significantly increase giving. The acquisition of major items such as automobiles, clothing, or trips, when postponed, allows substantial giving opportunities.
  • RAISES / BONUSES:
    Dedicating one's forthcoming raises and bonuses is a creative method people have used to increase giving.
  • FREEDOM FROM DEBT:
    As a person looks ahead, you may discover that debt obligations will be fulfilled. This frees up revenue for additional giving.
  • UNIQUE SKILLS INCOME:
    Some people have marketable hobbies or skills which enable them to give from those new profits.
  • CORPORATE GIFTS:
    Those who have used their business as a source for giving have made significant donations.

Did you know you could give that asset directly to your church and avoid paying any capital gains tax, but still get a fair market value deduction based on its current value?

  • INCOME PRODUCING ASSETS:
    Interest income, payments from rental properties or monies from other income producing assets provide a source for increased giving.
  • SALE OF ASSETS:
    Sale of major assets, such as a house, car, land, or business provides available income for giving.
  • CHARITABLE GIVINGS RESOURCES:
    Reviewing all of one's charitable donations in light of their impact on the kingdom of God affords a resource for significant giving.
  • SAVINGS AND ANNUITIES:
    Savings for special projects, retirement or a "rainy day" may offer a resource for increased giving. Often, we realize that a portion of our savings may safely be given to the work of God's Kingdom through our church.
  • REAL ESTATE:
    Any unencumbered piece of real estate that is readily sellable can be a valuable gift with tax benefits.
  • STOCKS AND BONDS:
    Giving appreciated stocks, bonds, or other securities toward the project can be an advantageous tax-efficient gift. The donor may avoid paying capital gains taxes and receive a charitable deduction for the full value of the securities are donated the the church's account rather than selling them yourself, then donating the proceeds.
  • IRA GIFTS:
    Individuals who are 70 1/2 or older may choose to make qualifying charitable distributions of up to $100,000 per year from their IRA without paying personal income tax on the gift. The amount does apply toward annual Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). The gift must be made from the IRA custodian directly to the church.

Rcognizing that you may own personal property with significant value, a donation of such property could provide funding for your contribution.

  • COLLECTIBLES:
    Stamps, baseball cards, sports memorabilia, coins, etc. and valuable heirlooms or antiques like; jewelry, furniture, musical instruments, etc. may be contributed to the church for sale.
  • AUTOMOBILES:
    In most cases, individuals will sell the vehicle and donate the proceeds to the church. If a tax write-off is critical, the vehicle will need to be donated to the church.
  • LIFE INSURANCE:
    Some individuals have accumulated cash value in their insurance policies that can also be contributed. The cash value of the life insurance may also qualify for a current income tax deduction.

 
"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
- Ephesians 3:20-21

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The purpose of this campaign is to retire the debt on our new building so we can be good stewards and focus our resources on Advancing the Gospel Together by continuing to support church plants in the 32 SEND cities.

  • Why Send Cities?
    We can reach the nations by starting right here in North America - one person, one neighborhood, one community at a time. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) Send Network has identified four areas of focus with great kingdom potential: major cities with high population density and diversity, college communities filled with students preparing to disperse throughout the world, military communities where the culture is unique, and the congregations are transient, and strategic areas. Each presents distinct challenges and unique opportunities.
     
  • Why are we in debt?
    In May 2016 the church voted to borrow up to $4 million to complete the new building construction and remodel.
     
  • What was total cost of the building?
    Approximately $6,200,000.
     
  • How much was borrowed?
    $2,900,000.
     
  • What is the current balance on the debt?
    About $362,200.
     
  • How much is the monthly note costing the church?
    $16,000 per month. HOWEVER, this expense is not part of the church budget. All building fund or Advance Campaign gifts are received to a designated account and then paid to the building loan.
     
  • How long is the current note? When does it mature?September 1, 2038
     
  • How much interest can we save by paying the debt off in the next 3 years?
    $942,601 (This number does not include scheduled rate changes every 5th year).
     
  • How will this affect our church if we pay off the debt early?
    Free us to focus on our vision of multiplying church plants.
     
  • What ministry plans can we undertake with the debt removed?
    Mercy Ministry and Church Planting
     
  • How can I help?
    Pray, Give, be positive and communicate with excitement.