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Everyday Generosity

GIVE ONLINE

It's amazing to see God's creativity, love, and generosity on full display each and every day. Our church family generously give their time, service, talents, and treasures through so many acts of worship, and we invite you to join us in our movement of everyday generosity! While our offering plates may be unavailable to us for a while, you can still partner with us in worship and ministry by giving online.  There are two easy options:

CLICK HERE to give a one-time gift with your credit card (no log-in required). Be certain to designate whether your regular worship location is Avon or Simsbury, and whether the gift is for the General Fund or for your Faith Promise pledge.

CLICK HERE to log in and give a one-time or recurring gift with your credit card, debit card, or through your bank account.

Also, don't forget to make a Faith Promise Pledge to support our World Outreach efforts over the coming year.

I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. - Philemon 1:6

Giving as Worship

God doesn’t want something from you; He wants something for you. More than you could ask for or imagine. The stewardship of our finances is a tremendous—and often overlooked—area of our lives where we can faithfully proclaim the gospel.

Giving strengthens our devotion to Christ and frees us to live open-handedly with the gifts God gives us. We trust in Him and His provision instead of our perceived self-sufficiency. As people of faith, we give faithfully and generously. 

Whether it be rocking out with our worship teams, donating and transporting food to our partner organizations, serving in children's classes on the weekend, giving online, or dropping your tithe in the offering plate when we reconvene — each and every act of generosity matters and helps change the lives of others. Your gifts are acts of worship that truly bring us all closer to our Creator!

LIVE GENEROUSLY

God has called us to live generously. We do this when we respond to God by supporting the needs of the church, community and world—when we serve others and share our time, talents and finances. We do this when we pray for people, show love, and live each day with God's wisdom. We do this by celebrating what God is doing—in our church and in the lives of others—and what God is about to do with our generous gifts. Here are two initiatives we feel called to as a church.

Grace & Mercy Campaign

We’re passionate about reaching people for Christ—and we believe God has called us to move into new communities to do this. But we can't do it without you. That's what the Grace & Mercy initiative is all about. Partnering together to reach Hartford and Litchfield Counties for Christ.

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Faith Promise Giving

Generosity will change your life. But it doesn’t just change your life—we see Jesus' transforming power at work around the globe through your generous giving. Rescuing abandoned kids in the Caribbean. Reaching Muslims with Christ’s love in the Middle East. Restoring hope among the poor around the world and in Connecticut. This is what your Faith Promise Giving accomplishes every year.

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Why We Give

We believe the top competitor for our devotion to Jesus is money (Matthew 6:24). Giving allows us to demonstrate that He is more important to us than material things.

We believe you can’t out-give God, so when you’re trusting Him with your tithes and offerings we know that He will bless the rest (Proverbs 3:9-10 and Malachi 3:10-12).

What is tithing?

A tithe – which just means “tenth” – is defined as the first 10% of a person’s income that is to be given back to the local church. Tithing is a principle that is taught throughout the entire Bible. When we tithe, we are expressing worship in a tangible way by putting God first in our lives.

If you would like to read more about what the Bible has to say about tithing, check out these passages: Leviticus 27:30, Proverbs 3:9-10, Malachi 3:6-10, Matthew 6:19-24 and 1 Corinthians 16:1, 2.

Questions About Giving

Q:  May I designate my gift for a particular fund?
Yes.  You may designate giving to any of the following funds. 

  • General Fund — funds most local ministry at Valley
  • World Outreach Fund — funds world outreach efforts 
  • Sharing Grace & Mercy Fund — funds state outreach and multisite efforts
  • Deacon Fund — provides funding to meet short-term financial needs

Other Funds as Available
Q: From what types of bank accounts can I give? 
You may give from either your checking or savings account.
 
Q: Will I pay any fees when I give online?
No. You will not pay any fees with an online gift. 
 
Q: May I make a one-time contribution?
Yes. You have the option of making a one-time contribution. You may also set up recurring contributions which are scheduled on dates specified by you.
 
Q:  Can I change the amount or the frequency of my gift once I have set it up? 
Not directly. If you'd like to change the amount or frequency, you must first stop the existing repeating gift, and then set up a new repeating gift on the Financial tab. Then you can set up a different amount or frequency. Please keep in mind that, per IRS regulations, once a gift has been made to the church it may not be refunded.
 
Q:  May I review my donation history online? 
Yes.  The site allows you to view several years of giving history along with any corresponding pledges you have made.  
 
Q:  Will I still receive regular contribution statements from the church?
Yes.  The church continues to send contribution statements to your address on file for tax purposes. You may also download a contribution statement at any time through the portal.
 
Q:  Who can I talk to if I have additional questions about online giving?
For any questions or comments about the online giving system, please contact the Finance department by email at   or by phone at 860.673.6826.  You will receive a response from our staff as soon as possible.

Year-End Giving

For contributions to be treated as part of your 2019 giving record, they must be received or postmarked by December 31. The following guidelines will be applied in determining 2019 contributions:

·       Contributions can be placed in the offering plate during December worship services.

·       Contributions can be hand-delivered through Tuesday, December 31, during Valley's office hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

·       Contributions mailed to Valley (590 West Avon Road, Avon, 06001) must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2019.

·       Online and mobile app contributions must occur by 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2019.

·       Donated gifts of stock and/or other securities must be received into VCBC’s brokerage account by 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2019.  (Please allow at least one week for processing).

 'Grace of Giving' Messages

Grace of Giving 1 – Obligated

Grace of Giving 2 – Voluntary

Grace of Giving 3 – Sacrificial