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We are excited to share with you the details regarding our CITY STRONG Special Offering that begins in November and continues through January 31st of 2018. We have the opportunity through this offering to impact our city, our nation, and the world!

Over the last year, we have seen our church grow with excitement. God is continuing to build Twin City Baptist Church, and you can be a part of this exciting journey.

Along the way we have done all we can in 2017 to “lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” With this Special Offering we have the opportunity to increase our impact on our city, deepen our ministry to our attendees, and multiply our efforts to reach those who don’t know Jesus in other parts of our country and around the globe.

 

Our goal is $50,000.

 

Here are the ministry initiatives that giving to CITY STRONG will support:

  • To support global and local missions projects and start new churches
  • To fund the 2018 Benevolence Outreach ministry of the church
  • To expand Evangelistic Outreach
  • To enhance the worship experience and to fund campus environments and upgrades
  • To strengthen our financial position for the next generation

 

Use the CITY STRONG envelope in the program, mark your checks/online gifts with “CITY STRONG Christmas Offering,” or use the keyword “#CITYSTRONG.”

 

The Purposes of This Offering

Global and Local Missions/Missions Projects/Church Planting:
TCB is committed to reaching New England for the gospel of Christ.  We would like to assist a new church plant in New England by raising $1,000.00 for seed money to help with initial expenses.  We are also continuing to raise money for our global mission’s project in Guatemala.  We would like to raise $2,000.00 towards our village school project that will continue into 2018.
Benevolence Outreach to the Needy:
Remember, Christmas is not merry for everyone. The money raised for this will go to support families and single parents during the holiday season and the New Year.  We would like to raise $2,000.00.
Evangelistic Outreach:
We are continuously looking for ways to enhance our outreach here at Twin City.  Your gifts to the City Strong Offering will assist us in providing a Next Steps book to each person that makes a commitment to follow Jesus for the first time in order to help them in the new walk with Christ.  We are in need of new Invest and Invite cards and gospel tracts for members and regular attenders to use when inviting new people to attend a worship experience at Twin City.  We are also in need of Bibles to have on hand for gifts for first time guests and people who desire to have their own copy of the Word of God.  We would like to raise $5,000.00 for evangelistic outreach.
Worship Experience/Auditorium Renovations/HVAC Upgrade:
The front door on Sunday morning is our number one evangelistic tool to help people invest and invite their friends to meet Jesus at our worship services.  We would like to give our auditorium a needed facelift and improve the HVAC system. Our HVAC system is old and obsolete making it impossible to repair non-functioning heat pumps.  The system needs to be replaced with a more efficient one. Phase 1 of this process is to raise $10,000.00 for heaters that will be used to keep the worship center and City Kids warm this winter and to keep the pipes from bursting.  We would like to raise $20,000.00 for Phase 1 of the heating system AND additional upgrades in the Worship Center.
20/20 Vision Campaign Debt Reduction/Refinance:
We are looking ahead to the refinance of our current mortgage in the year 2020.  We would like to create momentum for our 20/20 vision debt reduction campaign through this offering by starting to save now. We would like to raise $20,000.00.

 

If you have any additional questions, please call 978-582-4901 and speak with Pastor Gary or e-mail pastor@mytwincity.org

FAQ

Why a Special Offering?
As part of God’s plan to grow our faith, He calls us to sacrificial giving from time to time.  This Special Offering is an opportunity for us to grow in our faith and to prepare us for what God wants to do through our church in 2018.  This offering is to position our church to make a greater impact in 2018.
What’s the Difference Between the Regular Offering and this Special Offering?
The starting point of the regular Twin City offering is the proportional amount (the full tithe of 10%) that we set apart on a systematic basis and give throughout the year (see mytwincity.org/give).  From time to time there are opportunities to give in a sacrificial way.  This Special Offering is one of those sacrificial occasions that stretches us to grow in our faith.  This special offering should be above and beyond what you regularly give.
How Much Should I Give?
Since the goal is $50,000, this Special Offering will involve everyone.  Please prayerfully consider a sacrificial gift that will stretch your faith.  The precise amount you give is between you and God.  Many in our church can give a $1,000, $5,000 or even a $10,000 gift.  Others will be able to give between $100 and $500.  The issue is not equal giving, but equal sacrifice.  The question is what amount can you give that will stretch your faith?  Remember, consistent gifts over time add up – a person giving $50 per week over a ten-week period will give $500 to this Special Offering.
Why is the Goal So Large?
We believe that God is Bigger! We are a church that has dared to dream big dreams for God.  The ministries supported by this offering are BIG – supporting global and local mission’s projects and starting new churches, funding the 2018 Benevolence Outreach ministry of the church, expanding Evangelistic Outreach, enhancing the worship experience and funding campus environments and upgrades, and strengthening our financial position for the next generation.  Big dreams require big faith and big funding.  The accomplishment of these big dreams will be determined by your gifts to this Special Offering. Our goal is BIG because our God is BIGGER!
When Should I Give?

The best time to give will be the first Sunday after you receive this packet.  Please pray about making your best gift on that day.  However, you can continue to give until January 31, 2018 if you desire to break your gifts up over the course of the offering.  

Please use the CITY STRONG offering envelopes or include a note designating that your gift is for the CITY STRONG Special Annual Offering.  When using text-to-give, use the keyword “#citystrong”.

Can I Give Online via debit/credit card?

Yes.  When you give at mytwincity.org via online giving, simply select “City Strong Offering” under the “Fund” drop-down menu.  Likewise, you can use your bank online payment option to send a check directly to the church office.  Again, simply mark in the memo area that your gift is for the “CITY STRONG” Special Annual Offering.

If you would like to make a special, one-time auto/debit above and beyond your regular giving, please do so at mytwincity.org/give.

Can I Give In-Kind Gifts of Stocks or Bonds?
Of course!  Since Twin City Baptist is a 501c3 organization there can be tremendous tax benefits for you by giving in-kind gifts.  For information on this type of giving, simply call 978-582-4901 and speak with Pastor Gary or e-mail pastor@mytwincity.org.
Are My Gifts Tax-Deductible?
All gifts to Twin City Baptist, whether via the regular offering or this Special Offering, are completely tax- deductible.  Your gift will be deductible in the tax year given (i.e., gifts given in 2017 will be deductible on your 2017 taxes).  Please be sure to include your name and address when you give so that a receipt can be sent to you for your tax preparations.  You are not required to utilize a tax-deduction for your gift, but it is available for all gifts.
How Did We Arrive at a $50,000 Goal?
The $50,000 goal was prayerfully set by Twin City Baptist staff.  It is approximately five times our regular weekly giving.  It is a God-sized goal that can only be accomplished through 100% participation and sacrificial giving by our Twin City attenders and members.  Since we are expecting God to bless this Special Offering, it has been determined that any amount over and above our goal will be divided equally between Missions and Ministry Advancement.
How Will I Know if We Reach Our Goal?
Please pray for God’s guidance as we all give sacrificially.  You will be updated on our giving progress through the TCB program, during various worship services, and through City Strong mailings.  Reaching this goal will be a celebration of what we can do together as we stretch our faith under God’s leadership.