BGMC Racing To Another Record-Breaking Year
By Mary Boyd, BGMC coordinator, national BGMC office
BGMC is racing along as we come closer to the end of 2016. BGMC is having an awesome year. As of now, BGMC giving is 14 percent ahead of last year at this time-that’s about $600,000 ahead of last year! If we remain on this pace, we will once again set another all-time giving record!
Currently, we have 43 districts that have their BGMC giving ahead of what they had for last year. Way to go to all of you!
More giving means more souls being reached for the Kingdom!
Here are some year-end ideas:
- Have the kids stand at the doors of the church with a Christmas stocking (or a special Buddy Christmas Box) to collect change for BGMC.
- Challenge the kids to earn money for BGMC while they are off school for Thanksgiving and Christmas break.
- Challenge the kids to do extra chores between now and Christmas to earn money for BGMC.
- Have kids give away free cups of hot chocolate and take donations for BGMC missions.
- Have the kids bake and decorate Christmas cookies and sell them for a donation to BGMC.
- Set up a table and do gift wrapping for a donation to BGMC.
- Encourage the kids to make Christmas crafts and sell them for a donation to BGMC.
Within the next week, please be sure to double-check your BGMC giving totals with what your church shows and what BGMC shows. You do this by calling contributor services here at the National Leadership and Resource Center at 417-862-2781, ext. 8840, or toll free at 1-877-840-4800 (M-F 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST), or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t wait until the end of the year so there is time for corrections to be made.
Attached is a report showing the top 20 churches in the nation for their BGMC giving and the top 10 churches in each division as of October 31. I know many of you are keeping track of these rankings. These rankings will also give you an idea of what you need to do to go over the top for BGMC. Congratulations to these churches that are working so hard for missions!
Please remember that according to IRS rules, offerings have to be postmarked by December 31 in order to count for 2016 giving credit. Offerings must be received here at the national office and not at your district office in order to count for 2016. If your church office is closed on that day, please mail your check in time to be postmarked. It’s best to not wait until the last day to mail a check in case the post office doesn’t get it postmarked in time. Checks received in Springfield with a January postmark will NOT count for 2016 giving. If your church treasurer / bookkeeper comes in after January and cuts the check for December giving. your offering won't count for 2016 but credited for 2017. All checks must be mailed before the end of the year. The best thing is to have the check mailed before Christmas.
Make the check payable to: BGMC, memo "BGMC – 007-001" on your check.
Online debit/credit card, PayPal, or E-Check contributions must be received no later than 7:30 p.m. (CST) on December 31 in order to receive credit for 2016. Donors who live in the Pacific time zone must remember we are 2 hours ahead of them time-wise. Additionally, credit card companies can take a couple hours before they release funds to us.
Mailed credit card contributions must be received by December 31 in order to receive credit as a 2016 contribution.
Any debit/credit card, PayPal, or E-Check contributions received on January 1, 2017 (CST) are considered by the IRS to be a 2017 contribution.
Online debit/credit card contributions (giving.ag.org) must be received no later than 7:30 p.m. (CST) on December 31 in order to receive credit for the current calendar year. Mailed credit card contributions must be received by December 31 in order to receive credit as a 2016 contribution.
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Another reminder is that the Assemblies of God National Leadership and Resource Center and My Healthy Church will be closed December 23, 2016 - January 1, 2017, and will reopen on January 2, 2017. If you need some of your BGMC teaching resources for the beginning of January, please place your orders with My Healthy Church in time to get the orders shipped before the holiday shut-down. You can call My Healthy Church at 1-855-642-2011 or go to www.myhealthychurch.com/BGMC.
If you have any questions, please contact our office at 417-862-2781, ext. 4024, or email email@example.com.
Thanks for all you do for our missionaries and for the world! We appreciate all that you do!
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