Giving

Time • Talents • Treasure

Christian Stewardship

Christian stewardship begins with the understanding that all we have is God’s and we should use it for His purposes.  We give our lives to God — our Time, Talent and Treasure.  Click here to see opportunities for using your time and talents to serve God and neighbors.  And check out this page for information on sharing your treasure at Calvary.

Giving at Church

We encourage all of those who are part of our Church family to give—not out of obligation but out of a spirit of worship. Your gifts allow God's work to be done in our midst, in our community, and in the world around us. Giving options include regular weekly giving, one-time gifts, giving to missions, endowments, etc.  There are electronic options and, of course, offerings during our weekend worship services.

Secure online giving

There are several easy ways for you to give electronically. Your information is transacted securely by an SSL encrypted connection. This information will remain private and will never be given away to third parties, other than to process your scheduled contributions.

Why We Give

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”   - 2 Corinthians 9:7, 11

"In every way I’ve shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35

In response to God’s generosity to you, we invite you to take the time to do as God suggests and give generously to the work we do together as a family at Calvary and the many missions and agencies that we support. 

Calvary's Stewardship Ministry Team publishes a Quarterly Stewardship Newsletter with information on stewardship principles, giving opportunities, and supported ministries.  Click here to see the latest edition.

  • Generosity
  • Ways to Give
  • FAQs

To help you do consider your giving "as you have decided in your heart,” we encourage you to explore the following questions.

Where are you now on the generosity ladder?

  • If you are already experiencing the blessings of tithing, or if you are already giving to God beyond the tithe, is God calling you to take a step of faith and to increase the percentage you are already giving to the ministry of Calvary?

  • If you have given consistently to the ministry at Calvary but have never taken the step to give a full tithe (10%) of all God has provided for you, is God calling you to become a tither? Are you willing to listen to God’s challenge to “test me in this?”  - Malachi 3:10

  • If you have only given occasionally here at Calvary, is God calling you to take a step of faith and become a consistent giver? This could be quarterly, monthly, biweekly, or weekly. It could be a set amount that you decide in advance or a percentage of what God has provided for you at the time.

  • If you have not yet given financially to the ministry here at Calvary, is God calling you to take that step of faith? Calvary is making a difference in our community and in the lives of those who call Calvary their church home. Please help to make even a greater impact in 2019!

Giving of our Time, Talents and Testimony

If you are interested in volunteering with a Calvary ministry team or with a specific project, check out our Serving @Calvary page. Wanting to join a small group study?  Check out our Bible Studies and Our Communities pages, or look at the brochure rack outside the office to find a group that meets on a date/time/location that is right for you.  Keep up with the activities at Calvary by subscribing to the Monday update and our Daily Devotions email.  Sermon recordings and bulletins are posted weekly on our This Week @Calvary page if you are not able to join in worship.

Giving of our Treasure

At Calvary Lutheran Church & School, giving is joyous response to God for the love and forgiveness we have freely received in Jesus. We should never give out of obligation or guilt. Our gifts are an act of worship and thanksgiving, as we offer to God what He has first given to us: the first and best.  Our gifts enable us to fulfill our mission of Engaging People In Christ.

Giving during a Service
During all of our worship services, there's an opportunity to give as Offering plates are passed.  

Giving Online
Give simply and securely via your debit card, credit card, or bank account. You can customize your donations to be one-time or recurring gifts. If you create an account, you can also view your giving history.

Giving by Text
Text any dollar amount, between $10 and $2,000, you would like to give to xxxxx.  You'll receive a text with a link to complete your payment details.  Tap the link.  Enter your info with the credit/debit card you'd like to use.  You only need to fill out this form the first time you give.  Next time you would like give, just text your gift amount to xxxxx! 

Non-Cash Giving
You can donate stocks, bonds, or mutual funds as gifts or do a planned gift as a portion of your estate. If you are interested giving a gift in this way, please contact the church office.

Endowment Giving
Calvary has several endowment funds that support our work for the Kingdom of God.

CALVARY ENDOWMENT FUND

Your gift to Calvary’s Endowment Fund enables you to continue giving to Calvary forever, providing the church with a dependable source of earnings in future years. You may contribute to the endowment fund through a gift of cash or stock, naming the endowment in your will or as a beneficiary on your life insurance policy, pension plan (401k) or IRA.  Contributions may be made at any time through listing “Calvary Church Endowment Fund” on your Offering envelope.

AUGUST C. SCHWARK ENDOWMENT AND ANNUAL FUND

Each year the distribution from the Endowment Fund is added to the Annual Fund to provide scholarships to a Calvary family that would not otherwise be able to afford a Christian education in our School. We thank God for the generous gifts that provide more families with the opportunity to experience the blessings of a Christian education. Scholarship recipients are supported each school year. To give using your Offering envelope, mark “Schwark Annual Fund” or “Schwark Endowment Fund” on your envelope.

Wessler Scholarship Endowment Fund for Education of LCMS Church Workers

The primary purpose of Wessler Scholarship Endowment Fund for Education of LCMS Church Workers is to provide financial aid to Calvary students, former students, and their families in LCMS colleges, universities, pursuing a full-time church work career within the ministry of the LCMS. The fund was established in 2018 through the generosity of Mel Wessler and the Distribution Committee is pleased to announce that Calvary’s Youth and Family Director Sam Troemel is the first recipient. Sam is enrolled in the LCMS Specific Ministry Pastor which enables students to take seminary courses from a distance as they prepare for ordination. 

Prayerfully consider the opportunities placed before us to enhance the future of Calvary Lutheran Church and School.  You may contribute to any of Calvary's endowment funds through a gift of cash or stock, naming the endowment in your will or as a beneficiary on your life insurance policy, pension plan (401k) or IRA. For questions about Calvary’s Endowment Fund, contact Ken Carow:

Memorials
Making a memorial donation in your will is a way to show your support for Calvary’s mission and ministry. Memorial gifts can support the general fund or can be designated for a specific purpose. Please contact Calvary’s Business Manager for language that can be added to your estate planning documents.

Give by Mail
If you would like to mail a gift, you can send it to our main address: Calvary Lutheran Church and School  • 6111 Shelby Street • Indianapolis, IN  46227.

Note: All undesignated gifts will be placed into the general fund.

Giving FAQs

Why does a Christian give?

What belongs to me? There are three keys to this issue:

  1. Everything belongs to God.
    People do not bring anything with them when they come into the world; when they leave the world, they will take nothing out.
  2. Everything depends on God.
    God rules and directs all things in heaven and earth by His almighty power (Psalm 147).
  3. Everything is to praise God.
    We have a purpose. All things in heaven and on earth — including us as His people and even those without life in themselves — glorify God, for all show His wisdom, His power and His love.
What is General Fund vs designated giving?

The General Fund is a pool of resources that the leadership of Calvary uses to fund the ministry – from pastor and teacher salaries to utility bills to mission support. Details of Calvary’s General Fund budget are provided to the members during the annual meeting in May and published in the annual report.

Designated gifts support specific efforts such as funding for a youth trip, disaster relief, or a special appeal. When you designate a gift, it will be used for that purpose.

What are Endowments?

An endowment is a fund where the initial donated amount (principal) is maintained and a small percentage, amount earned from interest, is used for a designated purpose. Calvary benefits from the generosity of several endowments. For details on establishing an endowment that benefits Calvary please contact the Business Manager.

Can I include Calvary in my will?

Making a memorial donation in your will is a way to show your support for Calvary’s mission and ministry. Memorial gifts can support the general fund or can be designated for a specific purpose. Please contact Calvary’s Business Manager for language that can be added to your estate planning documents.

Are Matching Funds available?

More and more companies are offering corporate matching programs. These programs will double, and sometimes triple or quadruple, an employee’s donation to a select nonprofit. Other times, companies will offer grants to a nonprofit if their employees volunteer their time at that organization. Your employer’s human resources department will have information on if there are programs available to match your contributions.

Also be mindful of ways to designate Calvary as a beneficiary of your purchases. Companies such as Thrivent, Amazon, and Krogers will direct a portion of your purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

How Your Offerings Help

Late last year, Lutheran Child and Family Service raised funds to purchase 12 stained glass windows for the Chapel at Lutherwood to assist with the spiritual growth of the resident children and staff. Lutheran Child and Family Services has helped families and children in our community for over 100 years. Through the years numerous Calvary members have served this ministry including Pastors Knuteson, Hellert and Kolb along with Bill Laut as CFO. Currently Deaconness Emily Spelde and Pastor Emeritus Wehrmeister serve on the LCFS Spiritual Advisory committee.

Founded as an orphanage, LCFS has evolved throughout the years to meet the needs of the community. Today, their services include Lutherwood, a licensed Psychiatric Treatment Facility that specializes in the care and treatment of Children who exhibit behavioral or emotional impairments; the IMPACT Program, a residential treatment program for girls who have been victims of human trafficking; and Trinity House Independent Living Group Home, for young men aged 16-21 who are transitioning from the Foster system to the real world. In addition to these program, Lutherwood hosts to the Emergency Shelter Care, a dedicated dormitory for young adults whom the Department of Child Services has removed from their home.

Calvary’s thankoffering gift supported the May Window. As a boy Henry May was an LCFS resident. He is the father of our Indiana District’s retired President Pastor Daniel May. A dedication of the installed windows took place in April.

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Our Annual Report is an chance to keep our eye on the numbers that matter. Behind every metric is a story, so here is this year's narrative: fulfilling our vision to Grow Leaders for the Mission of God.

Annual Report

Calvary members give of their time, talents and treasures in many different ways.  Our Annual Report is a good place to find information on the generosity of our members.

View 2018-2019 Annual Report

View 2017-2018 Annual Report

2019–2020 Church Theme

Everyday Blessings

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer... 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.    (Acts 2:42, 46-47).

Our 2018-2019 congregational theme is “Everyday Blessings”.  A great model for this is BLESS People — B-L-E-S-S. The acronym is BLESS! For simplicity, let's reference “neighbors”, but this can apply in any context (e.g. family members, coworkers, fellow students, friends).

B – Begin with Prayer

Pray for your neighbors. As you get to know them, pray for them by name (we frequently write down the names of new people we meet so we don’t quickly forget).

L – Listen

Stop and listen. If you’re out for a walk, stop. Introduce yourself. Learn about them. Learn where they’re from. Family. Career. History. But, over time, as you listen, you’ll learn their joys but also what hurts…what’s broken. The inventor of the stethoscope said: “Listen to your patients; they’ll tell you what’s wrong.”

E – Eat

Jesus ate meals with people. Share a meal. Coffee. If you’ve never invited a neighbor or another for a meal–in your home or out for lunch/dinner–it might seem strange. You’ll be surprised. Food makes everything easier. Relationships get better. We’re a country filled with isolated, lonely people.

Zacchaeus, I’m coming to your house today! – Jesus.

S – Serve

Because you Begin to Pray…Listen…Eat…you’ll know how to serve them. (Oftentimes, they’ll want to serve
you, too. Let them!) Many times, it’s simple, easy, in the middle of busy… Serve. Big ways. Small ways.

S – Share

You’ve already been doing this…while you listened and ate. Sharing your story. Your story includes faith. Jesus. Forgiveness. Restoration. Comfort. Hard times. High Points. It came naturally. Not all at once. But… let’s be clear: It includes words. We’re a story culture. The better you know your story and how God’s story
has changed your story, the better equipped you are.

How can they hear about Jesus unless someone tells them? . . .
How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news.     (Romans 10:14-15.)

Easy to remember. Easy to start. Teach it. Practice it. Tell stories about it. You’ll be surprised of the opportunities God gives, the impact you can have, and the relationships that are formed.

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