We give in response to all God has done for us. Gloria Dei is financially dependent on God's provisions. These provisions primarily come through the generous and faithful gifts of the people who care about the ministry of Gloria Dei.
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:21)
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus brought together His disciples and followers and began to teach Kingdom principles centering around issues of their hearts. Jesus knew the multiple things that would compete for their hearts and He brought those to the forefront of His teaching. Jesus' words to His disciples and us are reminders that as we live in a sin-fallen world and that there is a battle for our hearts, minds, and lives by the evil one, whether that be a person, a relationship, a desire, or our money.
The Bible tells us that God is a jealous God and that He will not share the glory that belongs to Him with anything else, which is why Jesus said in the same section of Scripture that "no one can serve two masters . . ." (Matthew 6:24). So how should we respond? Check out this video to see how one of our members is responding to what God has done:
In Response to the Overwhelming Grace of God I can . . .
Become a first-time giver
I desire to excel at the grace of giving, and will start now with my first gift to the church.
As a result of what God has done for me, I want to become a first time giver.
Give on a regular basis
Giving needs to be a regular routine in my life.
Giving on a regular basis increases my faith and trust in God.
Grow Toward a tithe (10%) of my income
Increasing my percentage giving allows me to exercise my attitude about Christ's Lordship in my life.
As I continue to place my faith in God for my finances, my reliance on my own abilities and strength is replaced with a greater trust in Him.
Tithing demonstrates that God has first place in my life. (Malachi 3:10)
Tithing reminds me that everything belongs to God and my tithing expresses my gratitude to God for His grace.
Experience Extravagant Generosity
Extravagant Generosity sees the 10% tithe as the minimum, not the maximum.
As I live with extravagant generosity, I want to give beyond a tithe and watch God work in my life, my finances, and through the mission and ministry of Gloria Dei.
Click here to make a financial promise for 2015 to the mission and ministry of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Ways to Give
Gloria Dei offers several convenient ways to give.
Cash or Check
During our services an offering plate is passed for in-person donations. Donations are also accepted at our office during normal business hours or you may mail a check to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Road, Houston, Texas 77058.
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
With the convenience of EFT, you can make gifts to Gloria Dei through pre-authorized withdrawals from your bank account. You determine the amount and the frequency of your gift. The service is free. Click here to Donate.
Recurring or one-time gifts by credit card can by made here. Click here to Donate.
Stock and Mutual Fund Tranfers
Tranferring stocks and mutual funds directly to Gloria Dei is simple and can result in tax savings (subject to IRS rules). Contact Patty Hoesl for assistance with a direct transfer from your brokerage firm.
Planned Giving Options
Gifts through wills, bequests, and estate planning are possible. Please consider making a gift to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in your Last Will and Testament or naming the church as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy or retirement account. Click for More Information.
You may designate gifts for special purposes such as building projects or other identified needs. Gloria Dei is currently accepting gifts for three current needs:
1) to offset the costs of mission trips to Guatemala
2) Early Childhood Ministry playground and classroom improvements
3) to fund the replacement of aging AC and heating equipment.
Give by clicking here.
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 Becky Rosenhagen to donate to the Endowment Fund. Click for More Information.
The Endowment Committee is currently seeking marketing-minded individuals to help promote the fund. If you would like to be considered, please contact Becky Rosenhagen.
Lutheran Education Fund
The Gloria Dei Lutheran Education Fund (LEF) has been established to assist children from early childhood through college age with the expense of their education in Lutheran schools. Contact Crystal Oliver to donate to the Lutheran Education Fund. The LEF committee is accepting applications for financial assistance now through July 1, 2014 for the 2014/2015 school year. Click here for the application and submit the completed form in the church office before July 1, 2014.
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. The Choice Dollars in the current fund have been designated for the design and construction of the new Baptismal font in the Worship Center. More information about the program can be found at www.thrivent.com/thriventchoice.
Kroger Community Rewards
It's time to re-enroll! Kroger will be giving away $1.5 million to local participating non-profit organizations this year! August 1, 2014 is the first day you can start linking or re-enroll your Kroger Plus Cards to Gloria Dei. Visit Kroger’s secure website: http://www.krogercommunityrewards.com/ to link your Kroger Plus Card. Gloria Dei's Non-Profit Organization number is 83275. Starting September 1, 2014, any time you shop at Kroger using your Plus Card, rewards will accumulate toward Gloria Dei. REMEMBER, purchases will not count for Gloria Dei until you register your cards on line.
Thank you for participating in our Kroger Community Rewards program!
ATTENTION AMAZON SHOPPERS
You can designate ½% of your Amazon purchase total to be donated to Gloria Dei through Amazon’s Smile program. Shop at www.smile.amazon.com and select Gloria Dei as the recipient charity.
Managing your financial resources can be difficult. To help, Gloria Dei offers two programs on an ongoing basis.
Financial Peace University
Financial Peace University is designed to help you manage your money better, eliminate debt and build wealth. The course lasts 9 weeks, is Biblically based, and taught (via video) by author and radio host Dave Ramsey. The next class will be offered beginning September 15, 2014 on Monday nights. Contact Johnna Little at for more information or to register.
Trained volunteer counselors are available for personalized assistance. Counseling is confidential, Biblically-based, culturally relevant, and free. For more information or to meet with a counselor, contact Donna Stoa at 713-805-5075.
The Lutheran Education Fund committee is accepting applications for financial assistance now through July 1, 2014 for the 2014/2015 school year from students attending Lutheran schools and universities. Click here for the application and submit the completed form in the church office before July 1, 2014.
For additional information
Contact Becky Rosenhagen