Opportunities To Give

"Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."   2 Corinthians 9:7-8
Annual Giving

            Each fall during our stewardship campaign, we make our next year’s pledge. Weekly numbered envelopes are printed to facilitate our giving with our cash or check donations. In today’s technology environment, we now have other ways to make our contributions. 
We realize it may be easier for some of you to use an internet Bill Pay service through your bank or credit union. These services allow you to set up a recurring donation which will automatically send your contribution on the schedule you set up. You will need the church name and address:
Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church
530 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29210

If your internet bill pay service asks you to provide an account number or identifying information, please just use your first and last name, and optionally you can include your envelope number as well. If you do decide to use a Bill Pay service, you can still put your envelope in the offering plate on Sunday, and just write “Bill Pay” on the envelope.
Special Offerings
In the Presbyterian Church (USA) there are special offerings recognized as extremely important to the mission of the church, which have significance beyond regular mission giving.
One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing is an ecumenical offering begun in 1949 by nine denominations to offer an opportunity to share God’s love with a world in need. These monies enable the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Committee on Self-Development of People, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program to respond to disasters, help refugee resettlement, and to aid in community development across the United States and around the world. We receive this offering on Easter Sunday.1
Peacemaking Offering
The Peacemaking Offering supports the peacemaking efforts of the church at every level. We receive this offering on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday in October.
Thornwell Children’s Home
            The Thornwell Home & School for Children in Clinton, South Carolina, has been taking care of children and youth in need since its founding on October 1, 1875.
            With the support of Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations and private donations, the home and school nurtures and educates more than 400 children, many of whom suffer from mild to moderate emotional problems stemming from the death of parent(s); a separation or divorce resulting in a temporary inability to care for a child; a temporary financial and/or physical inability to care for a child; families experiencing types of dependency or abuse; and parent's/guardian's disabling health or advanced age.
           One of the most successful schools of its type, the care of Thornwell's residents is based on sound Christian principles and a warm, loving cottage atmosphere staffed by dedicated house parents. Its educational offerings - from the Child Development Center through high school - are outstanding, dedicated to providing the finest in education and Christian development.  We receive this offering at Thanksgiving.

The Presbyterian Community Mother’s Day Offering
            We receive this offering on Mother’s Day and use it to assist those mothers in need of financial assistance at The Presbyterian Community.

Migrant Ministry Father’s Day Offering
            We receive this offering on Father’s Day and use it to assist us in our Migrant Ministry effort.

Presbyterian Women Special Thank Offering
             Collected each Fall within the PWOC, this offering supports programs that relieve pain, provide clean water, help alleviate homelessness, provide educational opportunities, and lift up the lives of women and children throughout the world.

Christmas Joy Offering
             Each year since 1933, the Presbyterian Church (USA) has taken a special offering at Christmas to equally benefit retired missionaries and other former servants of the Church and fund Presbyterian racially ethnic schools and colleges.    
Souper Bowl of Caring
            This is collected by our youth on Super Bowl Sunday.  Started right here in Columbia, the Souper Bowl of Caring is a youth-led, grassroots movement of caring, the result of thousands of young people joining together to fight hunger and poverty in their communities. Since 1990, $33 million has been raised for charities across the country.

1 Barnett, Gordon, Hendrix, The Big Book of Presbyterian Stewardship, 2001

Planned Giving

            Planned giving differs from the annual stewardship campaign because it is long term in contrast to the annual budget needs. Planned gifts usually refer to those gifts that are formalized in a will, living trust, life-income plan, life insurance policy, or life estate with the actual funds released at some future date. Gifts can be funded with cash, stocks/mutual funds, real estate or any property that has real value and can be sold.1  This planned giving is in addition to the annual budget and can be a major source of funds for capital building campaigns and endowments.
            Furthermore, the donor and Seven Oaks may benefit by avoiding capital gains taxation on the appreciated value of the asset. You should check with your tax professional concerning any tax consequences before initiating any planned giving.
            To donate securities, you will need a form from your broker. To complete the form, you may need the following information:
   Seven Oaks Tax ID:                   ( ***** )
   Seven Oaks Brokerage Firm:     Charles Schwab           
        The Administration Ministry or our Administrator of
        Finance  can provide to you the account numbers.
   Seven Oaks DTC Number:          ( ***** )
   Seven Oaks Account Number:     ( ***** )
 Also, you may need a “medallion guarantee” signature, which is similar to a notary.  Plus complete, sign, and mail or bring in this SOPC Securities Donation Form to specify your intentions with the securities.  To obtain specific account numbers, have any questions, or need any assistance, please contact any Seven Oaks Administration Ministry personnel and we will be glad to help.
            An endowment is a fund that is set aside and permanently invested. Usually, only the earnings of this fund are used to support the ministry of a church. An endowment is usually received by a church outside of the annual campaign and not be used for general operating expenses, but rather to extend the annual budget.   An endowment is established and grows through gifts of cash, securities, real estate, life insurance policies, life-income trusts and bequests. Furthermore, it may be designated to support certain ministries, such as Music Ministry, Christian Education, Pre-School/Kindergarten.
Memorials and Scholarships

            Undesignated memorials in memory of a loved one are used to assist those residents in need at The Presbyterian Community of Columbia through the Resident Aid Fund. Please make the gift to Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church.

Tracy Rogers Memorial/Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church Scholars Fund
            Established by the Session in memory of Tracy Rogers, this scholarship is awarded  to a deserving member of Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church who has met the standard of academic  achievement and personal character required for admission to Presbyterian College. You may make a contribution to this scholarship at any time throughout the year.

"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak,
remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said:
'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
Acts 20:35
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