This year our church decided not to ask those who provide financial support to make a formal pledge. In short, what that means is that you don't have to write down a number and send it to the church - everything else remains the same. An easy way to think about it for many is this - if possible, do what you did last year. For some, that was give a one-time check. For others, it was monthly giving. Do what works for you - there's just no need to write an amount down and send it to us. We still need the same support as last year, given that our budget is effectively the same. Here are some basic Q & A: Q.Not sure what to give? A. Listen to your heart. For those who can do what you did last year, that'd be great. Q.Not sure how to give?There are a number of ways people will support our church financially this fall as part of our Annual Fund. Sending a check as your gift for 2021. Making periodic gifts throughout the year. Donating securities. Credit card through Faith Street, our secure online giving partner (below). PayPal. Venmo. Q. Who can I talk to about making a gift? A. Our Business Manager Peter Wolff is the ideal person to speak with. You can most easily contact Peter via email HERE
The 2021 Annual Fund at the Community Church We recently began our Annual Fund. What makes it unique is that while as in the past we do seek your financial support, we are not asking donors to make formal pledges. We've made this decision for a number of reasons, including our trust that the congregation and community will support our church without having to write it down on a piece of paper and return it to the church office.
Additionally, given the unique times in which we live—in some ways it seems insensitive on our part to ask people to make a firm financial commitment for the coming year when so many simply do not know what the coming year looks like. So, we are faithfully preparing for 2021 trusting that our church family and community will do what they have always done -- provide the financial support needed to do the work to which God calls us.
If you'd like to make a gift to our church, you can do so via check, security transfer, VENMO, PayPal, or through our secure online giving partner, FaithStreet. Please contact Peter Wolfffor additional information.
(Best when used on your phone. Under the name Peter-Wolff-12 Note: two "ff"s in Wolff )
Giving Methods to The Community Church of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff
1) Send a check made out to: The Community Church of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff P.O. Box 26 Lake Bluff, IL 60044
2) Send cash via Venmo. Address to Peter-Wolff-12. Works best if you download the Venmo app on your phone.
3) Credit Card via FaithStreet link above
4) PayPal via link above
5) Donate securities (Contact Peter Wolff for instructions)
Where possible, indicate the purpose of your donation: Annual Fund Capital Campaign General Donation Beacon Place Food Drive World Bicycle Relief Specific activity or event
The Community Church is supported both by active church participants as well as individuals and families who believe in and seek to encourage the ministry we provide. Many participate in the Annual Fund, which is a four-week long drive held each fall to gain through gifts and pledges the financial support we need for the following calendar year. In short, our philosophy is to provide the information people need so they may make a thoughtful and prayerful decision regarding their financial participation in our ministry. As an independent church, we receive no support from other religious bodies, nor do we pay taxes or per capita fees to outside groups as do denominational churches.
The financial life of our church is guided by our Board of Directors, and our books are managed by a local CPA firm. If you would like to make a gift to the Community Church, you may send a check to the Church at P.O. Box 26, Lake Bluff, IL 60044 or make an online donation using the secure service above.
For more information on finances at the Community Church, contact the church office 847 234 8191.