Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
One of the many privileges we have as Christians is to be able to serve the Lord in our giving. We honor God and express our faith in the simple act of obedience by the faithful giving of our tithe. The tithe represents the giving of one-tenth of your income as a gift to the Lord, as the Bible instructs in Malachi 3:10. In chapters eight and nine of 2 Corinthians, Scripture teaches that we are to give willingly, generously, and with a cheerful heart.
Your contribution goes to your church to support some 15 main areas of ministry represented in the annual church budget. The 2014 Budget for First Baptist is $4,970,725.00 which translates to $95,590.86 weekly or $414,227.08 monthly. Approximately one-fourth of that annual budget funds missions locally, state-wide, nationally and around the world! Your faithful giving invests in and insures the many ongoing missions and ministries at First Baptist
HOW TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
All contributions to First Baptist Church are recorded, and contribution statements are mailed annually in January of the following year.
First Baptist provides members who desire them a personalized dated envelope for those who wish to give on a monthly or weekly basis. These envelopes will be mailed to your home prior to the first day of the month they are needed. Members should fill in the appropriate lines on the envelopes to insure proper assignment of contributions.
Blank envelopes are also available in the pews of the Worship Center.
Gifts of checks and cash are, of course, the most commonly accepted. First Baptist Church also accepts gifts of stock. Gifts of appreciated stock offer additional tax savings: you avoid capital gains taxes and receive a tax deduction for the full value of the stock on the date of transfer. For more information on stock gifts, or if you wish to donate other non-cash items, please contact the Church Business Office.
There are several ways you may make a contribution:
1. Sunday Morning Bible Fellowship and Worship Services
You may turn in your envelope or check when the offering plate is passed during the morning Worship Service, or you may turn it in to your Bible Study class secretary.
You may mail your contribution to the church at:
First Baptist Church Business Office
3015 Moores Lane
Texarkana, TX 75503
3. Walk-In / Drop Box
You may drop off your offering at the Business Office or with the receptionist during the week, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. When the church building is open after church office hours, you may drop off your offering in the Business Office After Hours Depository Box located in the hallway outside the Business Office.
4. Give Online Through Paypal
You also have the availability of giving online by credit or debit card!
5. Give Online Through E-FBC
By clicking on the EFBC link on our website and registering a login and password you may:
Give using VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or E-check.
Contribute a one-time gift, or you may set up recurring donations. The recurring donations can be set up to be weekly, every two weeks, monthly, every 3 months, or twice a month. You may choose what day of the week or month you wish to have the donation made.
Donate to our General Budget Fund, our NOW-Capital Improvement Fund (which is our building fund) or World Missions.
Be able to track your donations for the year and see how much you have given, and be able to keep up with your donations.
Special offerings are made above and beyond the tithe, which supports the work of the church budget. During the year, you may be asked to contribute to or learn of needs beyond our church budget to which you would like to contribute as God leads. Please be sure to clearly specify on your offering envelope for these types of gifts. Some of those special offerings and ministries include:
World Missions Offering
Each year, First Baptist collects money to support the missionaries and work of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention through the Lottie Moon Mission Offering. A portion of this money also goes to the Annie Armstrong Mission Offering to support the missionaries and work of the North American Mission Board here in the United States and a portion to the Mary Hill Davis Mission Offering for Texas state mission work.
Building Fund/Capital Improvement Fund
Funds collected go toward paying off the note for expenses from renovations of our current facilities.
Gifts are also accepted to help fund special ministry events at First Baptist, such as mission trips, special major church events, church camp scholarships and special needs of other various church ministries.
For more information regarding giving or other contributions, please contact the Business Office at 903-831-6000.