THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD AND MONEY
THE CHURCH JUST WANTS MY MONEY! In some places, that may appear to be true. Not so here at illuminate church. Not now. Not ever. We are NOT in the business of collecting money. illuminate church has one goal: To help people find abundant life in Jesus. That’s what freedom looks like - a person living in the power of Jesus.
Jesus knew He’d have competition for humanity’s heart. Since the beginning, humankind has often looked to worship created things rather than the Creator. We give worth to that which we believe will provide to us the most joy and comfort. Food. Alcohol. Sports. MONEY. The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith, but more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions. Why? Not because God wants or needs your money. Rather, Jesus wants your heart because when Jesus has your heart, He can sustain your life in ways money cannot, will not, ever.
FOUR WAYS TO GIVE
There are several ways you can give tithes and offerings at illuminate Church, both online and in person.
To setup a one-time or recurring gift with a debit/credit card or checking account, click the button below:
You can also give just by texting! In the recipient field, send your message to the number: 84321
Then in the Message field, type the number you would like to give. For example, to give $100, just send the message: "100".
3. BY MAIL
Please mail your gift to:
52 Riley Road #334
Celebration, FL 34747
4. IN PERSON
You can drop a check or offering envelope in our tithing boxes found as you exit service on Sunday morning.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
We know this question matters to people and want to be forthright in all we do. To boil it down into a few thoughts: the giving is spent to fulfill the vision of the church which includes expenses for outreach, Sunday services, staff, experiences for students and kids, and day-to-day operations you might expect with any small business. The most exciting thing is that we spend only 80% of what we receive – stewardship. We save 10% for unforeseeable opportunities and we give 10% away to our mission partners both locally and abroad. Even the church tithes!
Schools / Spirit of Celebration
Women’s Christmas Coffee - Benevolence Fundraiser
Various one time support for mission trips
Celebration High School PTSA
CHS Athletic Boosters
CHS Cheer Team
Hurricane Harvey relief
Hurricane Irma relief
Puerto Rico Hurricane Assistance
Celebration Community Church - Building Fund
Community Presbyterian Church - Building Fund
New Stone Church (Jared Davis)
Sea Glass Church - building renovations
Matthew Aaron Foundation
Compassion International (four children illuminate supports)
City Pointe Church
Ed Funderburke Ministries
Wings of Eagles Ministries (Michael Parkes)
Open Hearts Ministries (Club Esperanza, Nicaragua)
The Joshua Fund
The Gathering at WDW
Chris and Laurie Spindler (CRU)
Bridges Prison Ministries (men, Orlando and women, Auburndale)
Lisa Elam (Wycliffe)
The Center for Anglican Theology (Rev. Susan Bubbers)
Community Hope Center
Feeding Children Everywhere
Basket Brigade Thanksgiving Event
Don Camacho Homeless Events
The purpose of “The Promise of Home” Campaign is to create a place where every kind of person can find life in Jesus. To begin, we are acquiring 20 acres of land on May 1st, 2018.
This area is projected to be the third fastest growing area in America.
Incredible Kids space and dynamic areas for Youth and Young Adults.
Churches meeting in schools is in jeopardy.
Land in our area is evaporating and getting more and more expensive.
Incredible opportunity from the Lord.
$3,916,000 for 19.58 acres in West Osceola County.
$1.8M already received.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
We ask you to pray about making a financial commitment above your regular giving.
Give Courageously – write the largest check you’ve ever written to the church.
Consistently – weekly or monthly for two years.
Creatively – think of non-cash gifts: real estate, boats, cars, stocks, bonds, etc.
You can give to “The Promise of Home” right here online! Just be sure to switch the selected fund from General to The Promise of Home.