Offerings of our time, talents, and treasures are a way of thanking God for the many blessings we receive. Support through donations allows St. Luke’s to maintain a wide array of programs, to add new programs to serve needs within the church and community, and to maintain and update the church facilities to meet existing and future uses.
Donations to St. Luke’s can be made in a number of ways. Cash or cheques can be added to the collection plate on Sunday, or mailed or dropped off at St. Luke’s Church Office. If you wish a tax receipt, please be sure to fill out a welcome envelope which is available at the end of each pew.
To make a donation on a regular basis, fill out one of the welcome envelopes, with your contact information and note that you would like offering envelopes.
You can also choose to use the Electronic Collection Plate (also called ECP, automated giving, or direct debit) which is scheduled giving once or twice a month (your choice) through an electronic payment from your bank account. Not only is it easier and less work for the counters and the envelope secretary at St. Luke’s, it’s also one less thing to think about as you are getting ready for church on Sunday! It’s also reassuring to know that even if you’re away on a Sunday through illness or visiting elsewhere, your contributions to St. Luke’s are continuing.
You can sign up anytime or have your contributions discontinued at anytime. Forms are available in the Narthex, from the office, or print a copy from the link below. Your completed form can be dropped off at the office or put in the collection plate. Your automatic offering will be set up once the Treasurer receives your application form. If you would like more information about using the Electronic Collection Plate, please speak to one of the wardens.
You can make a donation to St. Luke’s online, using the Donate Now button. By clicking on the button, you will be taken to the Canada Helps website where you can make a donation to St. Luke’s. A pull down menu allows you to make a donation to Youth Programs, the Choral Scholar Fund, Organ Maintenance Fund, Fantastic Fridays, the Cemetery, or to the General Fund. If you make a donation this way, a small fee (3½%) stays with Canada Helps as an administration fee. However, you can pay using a credit card or debit card and get the rewards you receive from using your credit card. So if the idea of receiving reward miles, in addition to your charitable donation receipt, encourages you to make a donation or to make a larger donation, St. Luke's would be very happy to receive your donation this way!
Tax receipts are issued at the end of each year for all donations over $10. Under the Income Tax Act, a taxpayer is entitled to a tax credit for donations made to charitable organizations. Gifts of $200 and less will produce a tax credit at the rate of 17%. If gifts exceed $200 in one year, the excess will have a credit of 29%. The credit rate is multiplied by the amount of the gift/donation and the product is then deducted from the tax which would be otherwise payable. The value of the credit is effectively increased by about 50% when provincial tax is taken into account (The Canadian Book of Charities, 2004).
Thank you for your donations to the ongoing ministry of St. Luke Cedar Hill Anglican Church.