At Immanuel Lutheran Church and School we are thankful for the financial support we receive from our members and our school families. God has blessed us to be in ministry to our community for 134 Years in both our church and our school. God is the giver and sustainer of all things good, God continues to provide for the needs of church and school through the gifts given by our members and friends. We recognize that in this technology driven age, there many different ways for people to return thanks to the Lord through financial contributions to their church. Gifts include cash, stocks, appreciated stocks and real estate. At Immanuel we currently offer Many ways to give:
In-Person: Many people prefer the traditional way of bringing their tithes and offering to the Lord in person, and placing them in the offering plate. At Immanuel, we issue offering envelopes to each of our members which they are encouraged to use. By using your envelopes or by making your donation by check we are able to keep a record of your contributions for the year. At year-end, we will give you a statement of what you have donated, not matter the method that you are able to use when filing your taxes.
Online: In the age of computers, smartphones and mobile computing some of our members have come to prefer to making their donations to Immanuel through our Online Giving Page by using an automated debit through checking, savings or debit/credit card. Members who give thanks to the Lord through this method are able to support the mission and ministry of both our church and school, both safely and securely, no matter where they may be. Donations can be set-up as a one-time or reoccurring gift. Changes can be made anytime to your account. In the same way as your envelopes, a statement of your contributions is available for tax purposes. This option can be viewed online anytime.
Automated: Immanuel also offers to our members the way to have your weekly/biweekly/monthly contributions automatically debited from your checking or savings account using Joyful Response. Members using this method have the peace of mind knowing they are supporting the mission and ministry of Immanuel when they are sitting in the pews worshipping or when they are vacationing. Members simply fill out a form, return it to the church office and our bookkeeper sets up the account for them. Forms are avilable by clicking here or in the church office.
Text to Give: Immanuel has added a new way support mission and ministry. You can now use your smart phone to text a your contribution to Immanuel's general fund or a special ministry. You can do this by texting this number (715) 955-4686 the amount you would like to contribute. Please use the $ sign ($100) in your text that you send. The first time you will be asked to fill out your credit card or debit card information. After that, you will simply be able to text your amount and will use your safely saved information. For a growing number of people, this method is replacing other methods.
Mail: Some of our members are physically unable to come to worship in church, yet supporting the mission and ministry of Immanuel remains important to them. Each week, members place their offering envelope with their contributution into an addressed and stamped envelope and it is delivered to the church office. Their contribution is then recorded along with the next weekend's offerings.
Legacy Gifts: Have you thought about how you can help the Gospel continue to build God’s Kingdom here on earth after you are gone? Over the years, Immanuel members are so passionate about our mission and ministry that they continue to support Immanuel even after they had gone to be with their Savior. Legacy planning and giving takes many shapes and sizes.
By doing comprehensive gift planning, you and your family can make the most of what you have and benefit Immanuel Lutheran Church and School. Your resources can last long beyond your lifetime and the lifetime of your children and even your grandchildren. Tax savings, a life-time income and helping Immanuel Lutheran Church and School can all be part of your Legacy.
Immanuel has contracted with Gift Planning Services LLC in Eau Claire, WI to help our members explore options. GPS has been a valuable partner with our North Wisconsin District and travels all over the State of Wisconsin. They will work with you and your Financial Advisor for your benefit.
Immanuel Lutheran Endowment: Immanuel has established an Endowment Fund that is used for purposes of extending God’s Kingdom here on earth. As this fund grows, interest and gains are used for various ministries. Current uses include: the support of our school ministry, community outreach, youth endeavors, community service and an annual "Live Your Faith Live" event meant to reach the community with the Gospel.
Bequest of retirement, tax-deferred assets and Appreciated Stock: While have tax deferred investments can make good sense, accessing them or transferring them to someone else can be difficult without triggering a tax liability. Appreciated shares of stock can be another unwanted liability. Working with a Gift Planner and your Financial Advisor to minimize this and to benefit Immanuel is possible. Consider finding out the facts before you make the decision.