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The Why Part of Giving

Giving of time, talent, and treasures (Stewardship in the simple sense) without truly having a good understanding of why we should be good stewards can make stewardship seem more like a job or obligation.  Not understanding why takes away the truly amazing part of stewardship which is the Holy Spirit working through us.

Ask yourself why do I give?  What motivates me to be good steward?  Could it be that growing up we saw our parents put an offering in the plate each Sunday, and now we do the same thing without truly understanding why?   

If we serve on a committee, help out on one of the cleaning teams, or serve in some other capacity, and we do so because we feel obligated when asked for our help; then while our intentions are good, our motivation for volunteering is not in line with true Christian stewardship.  If we don't understand why we serve, then we have missed the best part of stewardship. 

We need to examine why it is that some serve in one capacity or another giving up so much of their time and effort, and then, when their agreed to term is over, they stop coming to church all together.  Could it be that they treated their service just like a job, and after fulfilling their agreed to commitment, they felt that it was okay to take a break from everything, including worship?  Fortunately, this doesn't happen often, but it is sad when it does. 

Let the Stewardship Team help you understand the why part of stewardship.  This is a something that we want to do for you.  Understanding WHY we are called to be stewards will make serving a much more meaningful and rich experience. 

Simply Giving at ORELC

Simply Giving at Our Redeemer is a convenient way to make ongoing or one-time, regular or special monetary offerings.  You’ll first need to sign up, and then you can make any offering electronically.

Vanco Services, the provider of Simply Giving, supports electronic giving to over 11,000 congregations & non-profit organizations and is endorsed by Thrivent Financial. Vanco maintains a high level of security and no personal information is shared with any other party. All information provided will be kept highly confidential.

Intro to electronic giving

Electronic giving programs make contributing easier as donations are transferred automatically from your checking or savings account to ORELC’s.  Not only is it convenient, but it provides much-needed consistency in giving.

Signing up through Simply Giving at ORELC

When you sign up for this, you will need to “Create Your Profile.”  It will ask for your email address and then for you to designate a password (8 characters with letters and at least 1 number). You can then indicate your planned donations, frequency, and start date (at least 3 business days in the future). It will then ask for your checking or savings account information and personal details. You will receive e-mails confirming that your profile has been set-up and any planned donations. Thereafter, you need only to use your e-mail and password to log on to add planned donations or change previously planned donations.

If you have any questions or need assistance setting up electronic giving, please call John or email him at finance@orelc.org.


Biblical Reference

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 

1 Peter 4:10-11

Simply Giving

Online Donations To ORELC


Simply Giving at ORELC is a convenient way to make ongoing or one-time, regular or special monetary offerings. 


Let the Simply Giving® Program endorsed by Thrivent Financial Bank help you build better stewardship by turning a simple choice into a generous response. Thank you.