Christmas Offering 2017: $42,000 Goal

Dear Gateway Family,


We’re excited to share with you, information regarding our 2017 Special Christmas Offering that begins now and continues through January 31st, 2018.


We’ve seen God do amazing things over the years, and with this offering we have the opportunity to deepen our impact in this valley and improve our ministry to our regular attenders. Growing churches in the U.S. do three things well; They have a great Sunday morning experience, excellent Growth Groups, and a strong presence in the community.  This aligns with our three-part mission to help people Know Christ, Grow in their relationship with Him and others, and Go help others to do the same. In faithfulness to the Jesus mission in our community, we believe the following initiatives will help us take great strides toward those objectives.  And, thanks to a generous, anonymous gift, every dollar donated (up to $10,000) will be matched.  That's pretty great math!

  • MOTION Kids

    Did you know that children between the ages of 5 and 13 are 5 TIMES more likely to make a lifelong commitment to Jesus than an adult?  Let's continue to develop a safe and fun environment for our kids so that we can reach them with Jesus before they need rescuing.

  • First impressions

    We have a beautiful property, but there are parts of it that need some TLC.  We don't usually get a second chance to make a good first impression.

  • community events

    In 2018 we would like to sponsor some free, no-strings attached, events to our community. This will provide an opportunity for engagement and a tangible way to wrap our arms around the families in our area.
  • benevolence

    Everyone goes through rough times- this is our way of caring for those in our Gateway family and helping them meet felt needs during those times.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why a Special Offering? 

As part of God’s plan to grow the faith of the people of His church, He calls us to sacrificial giving from time to time. This Special Offering is an opportunity for us to grow in our faith and to prepare us for what God wants to do through our church in 2018. This offering is not due to a budget short-fall, but rather to position us to make a greater impact in our valley, in our church, and around the world in 2018.


What’s the Difference Between the Regular Offering and this Special Offering? 

The regular Gateway offering is the proportional amount (the full tithe of 10%) that we set apart on a systematic basis to give throughout the year. From time to time there are opportunities to give in a sacrificial way. This Special Offering is one of those sacrificial occasions that stretch us to grow in our faith. This Special Offering should be over and above what you regularly give.

How Much Should I Give?

We believe God wants to bless and position us for more ministry in 2018, therefore this Special Offering will involve everyone. Please prayerfully consider a sacrificial gift that will stretch your faith. The precise amount you give is between you and God. Many in our church can give a $1000, $3000, or even a $5000 gift. Others will be able to give between $100 and $500. The issue is not equal giving, but equal sacrifice.


Can I Give on Gateway’s Website, or Through My Online Banking? 

Yes. Click HERE to give online and select “Christmas Offering” under the online drop-down menu.  Likewise, you can use your bank online payment option to send a check directly to the church office. Again, simply mark in the memo area that your check “Christmas Offering”.


Can I Give In-Kind Gifts of Stocks or Bonds?

Of course! Since Gateway is a 501c3 organization there can be tremendous tax benefits for you by giving in-kind gifts. For gifts of this type, simply contact me at or call 818-889-4147.


Are My Gifts Tax-Deductible? 

All gifts to Gateway, whether via the regular offering or this Special Offering, are completely tax-deductible.


How Did We Make the Decision to Receive a Special Offering?

The decision was prayerfully made. We are believing for an offering of five to six times our regular weekly giving. It is God-sized faith that pleases God, and it can only be realized by 100% participation and sacrificial giving by our Gateway family.


How Will I know If We Reach Our Goal?

Please pray for God’s guidance as we give sacrificially. You will be updated on our giving progress during our Sunday services. Reaching this goal will be a celebration of what we can do together as we stretch our faith under God’s leadership.


Have additional questions? Please contact us at:,, or call 818-889-4147.


            Will you begin praying now about what God would have you give to this special offering over and above your regular giving? Allow God to stretch your faith!


Much love,

Pastors Brian and Justin