Stewardship & Giving

We are called to worship and serve God with our time, talents, and resources. Sharing those resources is an important way to worship the Giver of all good things. We pledge to be good stewards of your gifts, taking great care in how we manage and track the resources entrusted to us.
 
The purpose of Epiphany is to love Jesus by serving others. From local community to the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, the passion to serve drives us as we reach out and put our faith into action. We build houses, prepare meals, feed and clothe those in need, visit shut-ins, pray and listen to those hurting – the list is endless. The spirit to serve motivates this community of faith to reach out and make a positive difference in the world and in the lives of others. If you are looking for a way to make a difference, there are many opportunities to serve that are flexible with your schedule, whether you serve at the church, in the local community or through global missions. Whatever your gifts, there are many different ways to help.
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Give Financially

You may make your financial gifts using a variety of forms, including cash, checks, and online giving. You can offer your gifts during the offering at the weekend worship services. You may also mail or drop off your financial gifts to the Far Hills church office during normal business hours (9 AM-4 PM, Monday –Friday). Epiphany members will receive a receipt of their tax-deductible gifts if they are given with a check or online in accordance with IRS requirements.
 

Electronic, online giving through Epiphany’s website allows you to securely and conveniently make donations on a scheduled, automatic basis or one-time gifts.  Contributions can be debited automatically from your checking or savings account or processed using your credit or debit card.  And, when travel or other circumstances prevent you from attending services, this program will allow your weekly offerings to continue on an uninterrupted basis. Gifts can be designated for Epiphany’s general operating fund or capital campaign. 

Gifts of Stock

Another alternative is to gift stocks. Higher capital gains tax rates may make it attractive to gift securities directly to a charity. The gift, and charitable deduction, is valued at the fair market price of the stock on the transfer or gifting date. Stocks may be donated to Epiphany Lutheran Church by transferring investments to our account. Please contact Cindy Dahlman, Director of Finance at (937) 433-1449 for more details if you are interested in donating gifts of stock. 

Foundation Gifts

Foundation gifts are also another way to give. Should you have funds in a foundation, the foundation can help you manage your funds and offer guidance on charitable giving decisions.

Thrivent Choice: Thrivent Financial for Lutherans provides millions of dollars to help congregations, communities and individuals in need. Members who own Thrivent Financial products can identify where some of these outreach funds are donated.  SeeThrivent Financial for program details. 

Apple Tree Society

The Apple Tree Society provides an opportunity for people to remember Epiphany in their wills or trusts. One of the best, easiest, and least painful ways to help ensure a sound future for our church is to name Epiphany as a beneficiary. Need more information?  Call Ken Proehl at church, (937) 433-1449 or by email at kproehl@epiphanydayton.org.

 

Give Skillfully

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of this church is our mission to the world around us – loving Jesus by serving others. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. We pray that taking the time to share your skills and abilities – a gift from God – will profoundly and passionately connect you to God’s purpose for you at this moment.
 
Opportunities exist in a variety of ministries from things as simple as washing the church vehicles or pulling weeds to preparing for worship services or sorting items in the Pantry. 
 
So many disciples enacting so many forms of Christ’s love, ministry, and kingdom. Here we see what St. Paul described in Romans 12: “Just as each of our bodies has several parts and each part has a separate function, so all of us, in unison with Christ, form one body, and as parts of it we belong to each other.” Our gifts, our passions, our ministries are different—but together, we form the body of Christ. Together, we’re at work, loving Jesus by serving others!
 
What are your God-given talents and spiritual gifts? What is your passion for service? Maybe it is teaching, encouraging, listening, singing, or leadership and administration. Or maybe it is a specific skill like baking, sewing, building, and repairs. Or maybe you are interested in trying something altogether new. Whether we feel “gifted” or not, the joy of serving is a gift in and of itself.  
 
Let us help you to find an area to serve. Please contact serve@epiphanydayton.org to serve or learn more.