Giving

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.

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Ways to Give

There are many easy ways for you to give, including one-time gifts, online recurring giving, stock and mutual fund transfers and, of course, during our weekend worship services.

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Your gift helps us live out our vision to serve the world.

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Why We Give

We give in response to all God has done for us, furthermore when you give, you make an impact. These provisions primarily come through the generous and faithful gifts of the people who believe in the mission and ministry of Gloria Dei.                        "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:21

  • Accounts
  • Giving FAQs
  • Endowment Fund

Accounts

Designated Gifts

You may designate gifts for special purposes, such as building projects or other identified needs.

Endowment Fund

Gloria Dei is building an Endowment Fund to help finance our long-term mission and ministry efforts.  If you would like to help ensure that Gloria Dei can continue to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to future generations, please consider making a gift to the Gloria Dei Endowment Fund.  Managed by our Endowment Committee, the fund has a goal of maintaining principal donations and using income earned for ministry needs. Contact Crystal Oliver to donate to the Endowment Fund.

Lutheran Education Fund

The Gloria Dei Lutheran Education Fund (LEF) has been established to assist children, from Kindergarten through college age, with the expense of their education in Lutheran schools. Contact Crystal Oliver with questions. 

Giving FAQs

Can I give a one-time gift?

Simply click here and you can give a one-time gift as a guest or you can create a profile by clicking here and click “Register”. Once your profile has been set up, click "Give Now" for a one time donation. 

Can I set up Recurring Giving?

A profile would need to be created in order to setup recurring gifts. To create a profile, simply click here and then “Register”. Once your account set up is complete, click "Give” then “Manage Giving Profiles" to set up automatic recurring donations. 

Do I have to set up an account?

No, you don't have to set up an account to be able to give. Simply click on the "Give Online" button and you can give a one time gift as a guest.

Can I earmark my gift for a specific ministry account or fund?

Yes, you will be able to choose which ministry account you would like your donation to go to. All donations will go into the Mission & Ministry Fund "General" account if no specific ministry is selected. 

Can I give to more than one ministry account within the same donation?

Yes! Simply enter the amount you would like to give a specific ministry account, then click "Add Another Account" and you will be able to choose the ministry account you desire from the list and enter the amount you would like to give.

Can I track my giving?

In the Give page, click “Giving History” to review your contributions.

Can I write a check or give cash? If so, where do I send it?

Yes, you can write a check or give a cash donation at any time! On Sunday mornings during worship, there will also be an opportunity to give a check or cash during offering. You can also make checks payable to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and mail to 18220 Upper Bay Rd, Houston, TX 77058. 

The Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Endowment Fund was organized in 1989 to provide for our Lord’s mission and ministries over and above the budget of Gloria Dei’s Mission and Ministry Fund, including student events and mission trips, international missions, and other activities as approved by the Gloria Dei Endowment Fund Committee and the Senior Pastor.

What sets the Endowment Fund apart from other funds of Gloria Dei is that contributions by donors to the Endowment Fund are invested and are never spent. However, the income from these invested contributions will continue forever to be used for various ministries of the church.

Through the Endowment Fund, we are able to provide a permanent source of income to support the church’s Christian outreach. The Endowment Fund Committee will establish the funding priorities for the endowment earnings and direct them to the specific programs that reflect the needs and interests of the congregation.

The Endowment Fund has grown slowly, but now has over a quarter million dollars in assets.  With your help, the Endowment Fund will grow larger so more ministries can be supported.  If you are interested in using a portion of your assets as a legacy to the future ministries of Gloria Dei, a member of the Endowment Fund Committee would be glad to discuss this with you. For further information, please contact Crystal Oliver.

How to Give

We encourage members and supporters to make legacy gifts to the Endowment Fund of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church which will provide stable and growing resources to further its mission and ministries. Create a legacy with your gift to the Endowment Fund.

Some examples of creative ways to leave your legacy include cash, memorials and tributes, bequests, life insurance, securities, real estate, retirement plan beneficiary designations, tangible personal property, remainder interests in property, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and charitable lead trusts.

Download our Giving Guide for more details on these options.

Some of the ministries the Fund has supported to date include Lutheran Education Assistance, Bibles for Russia, CALMS - Guatemalan Children and Panama child support, Faithful Servant program, Compassion International child support, KidzLand Entrance, Freed Up Financial Seminar, Day One Christian Academy playground, Student mission trips, and Student Impact Week.

Generosity Ladder

Step 1: First Time

If you've never given for the cause of Christ, take a step and give something for the First Time.

Step 2: Occasional

Maybe you've given in the past, but realize that you haven't made it a habit. Take a step and give on an occasional basis.

Step 3: Habitual

You've thought it through...you've put God first in your budget...it's not where you want it to be yet, but you are thinking about this intentionally, and you are making it a habit.

Step 4: Tithing

You give 10% of your finances for the cause of Christ sacrificially and as a first response. 

Step 5: Courageous

You give not only sacrificially for our mission and ministry, but you give above 10% of your income. You are sold out for the cause of Christ, and you see your financial resources as opportunities for Kingdom Building by giving courageously.

Other Ways to Support

Thrivent Choice Dollars

If you are a member of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and eligible for the Thrivent Choice giving program, we hope you'll remember Gloria Dei when designating your Choice Dollars. The Choice Dollars we receive from Thrivent Financial provide additional ministry and service opportunities over and above the Gloria Dei Mission and Ministry Fund annual plan.

Kroger Community Rewards®

Visit Kroger’s website to link your Kroger Plus Card. Gloria Dei's Non-Profit Organization number is PA582. Any time you shop at Kroger using your Plus Card, rewards will accumulate toward Gloria Dei. Thank you for participating in our Kroger Community Rewards program!

Amazon Smile

You can designate 0.5% of your Amazon purchase total to be donated to Gloria Dei through Amazon’s Smile program. Shop and select Gloria Dei as the recipient charity.