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Offerings/Donations

Different ways you can give to Messiah’s ministry:

  1. Offerings at Worship Services
    • Give in person during worship services.  Use the envelopes provided in the pews, or request your own set of numbered offering envelopes from the Financial Secretary.
    • If using pew envelopes and you wish to receive a charitable tax receipt at the end of the year, please write on the envelope: donor’s name, address, and contact email or phone number.
  2. e-Transfers
    • Send e-Transfers to office@messiahwaterloo.ca from the Interac e-Transfer option available on your online banking website.  Simply go to your banking site on your computer and click on the “Interac e-Transfer” icon.
    • In message, include donor’s name, address, and contact email or phone number. (If you know your offering envelope number, include that as well.)
    • Some financial institutions will let you set up an e-Transfer recipient as a regular payee, and you can schedule a recurring offering (for example: give a specific amount monthly).
    • NO fees to Messiah. Nor are there fees to the donor when e-Transfers are sent from most personal chequing accounts (please confirm with your financial institution). When e-Transfers are sent, 100% of your gift goes to Messiah’s ministry.
  3. Lutheran Church-Canada’s Electronic Fund Transfer
    • Follow the instructions at Lutheran Church-Canada’s website.
    • Select “Waterloo – Messiah Lutheran Church – 30570”.
    • Click “continue” and complete payment for “Support My Home Congregation”.
    • Lutheran Church-Canada will issue an immediate tax receipt.
    • Twice per month, Lutheran Church-Canada will forward all donations received to Messiah Lutheran Church.
    • Transactions are via Visa or Mastercard at fees of 2% and 3.24% respectively.
  4. LC-C East District Corporation Pre-Authorized Payments
    • Set up monthly transfer of funds through LC-C East District Corporation for deposit into Messiah’s bank account.
    • Complete this form: Electronic Fund Transfer Authorization. Then email form (as a scanned attachment) to Darryll Holland at dholland@lcceast.ca OR send it by regular mail to this address: LC-C East District Corporation, 275 Lawrence Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario N2M 1Y3.
    • Messiah will issue a tax receipt for the total amount of donations for the year.
    • There is a $0.50 fee, covered by Messiah, for each monthly transaction.
    • Contact Darryll Holland if you have any questions: 519-578-6500 Ext. 4 [or toll free: 1-800-465-8179].
  5. Mail or Drop-Off
    • Single or multiple post-dated cheques or special offerings may be mailed to the church at:
      Messiah Lutheran Church
      700 Glen Forrest Blvd.
      Waterloo, ON N2L 4K6
    • Single or multiple post-dated cheques or special offerings may be dropped off at the church office. Please ring the doorbell for service. If the church is closed, you can place them in the red mailbox to the left side of the main entrance, as this will be checked several times during the day. Please do not place cash in envelopes if using the mailbox!
    • Include donor’s name, address, and contact email or phone number, unless a numbered offering envelope has been used.
  6. Planned or Legacy Gift
    • When asked, Christians invariably say their family and their faith are the two most precious things in their life.  In response to this, many individuals are now including the church as one of the beneficiaries within their estate.  For those in a marital relationship, such gifts would be given from the estate of the second-to-die, so as not to impact the financial needs of the surviving spouse.  Lutheran Foundation Canada’s Gift Coordinators will assist individuals considering such a gift (at no charge), to maximize the tax savings to the estate, and to ensure the gift is directed appropriately to the ministries of your choice.  
    • For more information, call 877-711-4438 or email gift@lutheranfoundation.ca.