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Church phone: 920-766-3929

School phone: 920-766-2029

 

We are located on Grignon Street, just two blocks east of highway 55 on the North side of Kaukauna.

 

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Worship Times

Sundays

    7:30 am Broadcast on 91.9FM

    7:45 am Worship

    10:00 am Worship

Mondays

    6:30 pm Worship

Giving


Why We Giveoffering

God has richly and freely blessed us, most of all with the precious gift of his Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior from sin.  In response to these great blessings and out of love for God, we members of Trinity desire to return to God some of these good things in thanksgiving.  Visitors and guests to Trinity do not need to feel obligated to contribute.

Members sometimes wonder, "How much do I give?" or "How often should I give?"  Here are some scriptural guidelines for giving as grateful responses to the Gospel:

  • We give gifts joyfully:  We don't give because we "have" to, we give out of thankfulness for the grace God has shown us.  Paul tells the Corinthians that "God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7)
  • We give first-fruit gifts: "Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops" (Proverbs 3:9). In his Sermon on the Mount Jesus encourages believers to put the Lord and his Kingdom first in their thinking: “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things [the necessities of life] will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).
  • We plan our giving: When Paul instructs the Corinthians, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give” (2 Corinthians 9:7), he is expecting that they will do some careful thinking about what they will give. This is not to say that unplanned, spontaneous giving in response to some special opportunity is unpleasing to God, but rather that careful use of one’s financial resources will normally include planning how to be as faithful a steward as possible.
  • We give gifts proportionately.  Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 16:2: “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income.” In 2 Corinthians Paul urges the Corinthians to give “according to your means” (literally, “from what one has”). “The gift is acceptable,” he says, “according to what one has, not according to what he does not have” (2 Corinthians 8:11,12). This principle of proportionate giving has Old Testament roots in the law of the tithe. New Testament believers, too, although they are not told precisely what percentage to set aside, will give for the Lord’s work in proportion to what the Lord has given to them. This is the principle which guided the Christians in Syrian Antioch. We are told that at the time of a famine “the disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea” (Acts 11:29).
  • We give generous gifts. Paul uses the analogy of a wise sower who sows his seed generously in anticipation of a bountiful harvest: “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Corinthians 9:6). He tells Timothy to command the rich to be “generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:18).
  • We encourage every-Christian giving. When Paul gave the Corinthians guidelines for the special offering for the church at Jerusalem, he clearly stated, “Each one of you should set aside a sum of money” (1 Corinthians 16:2). Rich or poor, old or young—each Christian would want to participate from what God had given to him or her.
  • We give regular gifts. In the 1 Corinthians 16 passage Paul talks about “the first day of every week” (1 Corinthians 16:2). He encourages the Corinthian believers to set aside some money on a regular basis so they will have an offering to send along with Paul when he goes up to Jerusalem. If they had not done this, chances are they would have had very little to give Paul when he arrived. Regularity—as God gives, set aside a portion for God—this is the encouragement of the Scriptures.


* These were adapted from "Christian Stewardship of Possessions - Compelled by the Love of Christ" by Valleskey, David J., 1989.

What happens with these gifts?

Many ministries and operations are supported by the gifts given at Trinity.  They include:frontofchurch

  • Operation of Trinity Lutheran School
    • Teacher salaries and benefits
    • Secretary salary
    • Utilities and building maintenance
    • Janitor or cleaning service
    • Books, supplies, and equipment
    • Insurance
  • Operation of Trinity Lutheran Church
    • Pastor salaries and benefits
    • Secretary salary
    • Utilities and building maintenance
    • Janitor or cleaning service
    • Equipment and supplies
    • Organist
    • Insurance
    • Outreach mailings
    • Radio broadcasts
    • Website
  • Support of Fox Valley Lutheran High School
    • They provide a solid Christian education for our teenagers
  • Support of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod
    • They send missionaries all over the world for evangelism
    • They maintain an education system to train qualified pastors and teachers
    • They start churches here in the US
    • They provide ongoing educational opportunities for our called workers


Examples of Giving

Many follow the Old Testament example of tithing, which means giving 10%.  Some give more, others give less.  Here are a few examples of giving at 10%:

  Annual Income     10% gift per week 
  $10,000   $19
  $20,000   $38
  $25,000   $48
  $30,000   $58
  $50,000    
  $96
  $75,000    
  $144


How to Give

Anyone may place cash directly in the offering plate during worship.  Members are mailed envelopes quarterly which they may use if they wish to receive a statement at the end of the year of all giving.

Members may also give by setting up automatic contributions that withdraw from a checking account.  This is an easy way to ensure regular and planned giving.  You may designate the amount and frequency of withdrawls.  Simply print and fill out the following form and place it in the offering plate.  Call the church office if you have any questions about the form: 920-766-3929.

pdf Simply Giving Form

 
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