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 WLBC General Schedule

This is a general schedule of services.
Check the Bulletin for changes to the schedule.

Sundays

Sunday School 9:30 am

Celebration Service 10:50 am

Evening Worship 6:30 pm

Wednesdays

AWANA

 2017-18 AWANA

Check for scheduled dates
(3yrs-6th Grade) 5:45 pm

Bible Study & Prayer 6:30 pm

Students Gr. 7-12 6:30 pm 


Current Bulletin

Sept. 10, 2017

Sept. 03, 2017

Aug. 27, 2017

Aug. 20, 2017

Aug. 13, 2017


 Available for download or print 

Photos from Events Available!

 

Be a Volunteer 

 

 The church thrives on volunteer service. We believe each person has been gifted by God to serve in and through the church, and we want to help you get connected where you can find the joy of serving. Please check areas in which you are interested in helping and submit this form. 

Thank you for your cooperation and faithful service!

Volunteer Form

 We also required that you be over 13 years old to complete the form online. If you are a child you need to speak with the leadership to let them know you are interested in volunteer opportunities that are age appropriate. 


 Helpful Resources

Helpful Resources for Your Personal Finances

Crown Financial Ministries:www.crown.org

Dave Ramsey also has some valuable resources:www.daveramsey.com

eChristianFinance: The Financial Principles of the Bible
www.echristianfinance.com

Our church also offers occasional Financial Bible studies and classes.

    How to Give
  • Give cheerfully
    2 Cor 9:7
  • Give generously
    2 Chron 31:5, 1 Chron 29:14-17, 1 Tim 6:17-19
  • Give systematically
    Deut 14:22, Gen 28:16-22, Prov 3:9-10
  • Give reverently
    Matt 2:11, Deut 14:23, Lev 22:20, Mal 1:6-9
  • Give proportionally
    1 Cor 16:2, Deut 16:17, Ex 35:5, Ezra 2:69
  • Give faithfully
    1 Cor 16:2, Deut 14:27, 2 Chron 31:4-8
  • Give joyfully
    2 Cor 8:2. 2 Chron 24:10, 2 Chron 29:36, 1 Chron 29:17
  • Give willingly
    2 Cor 8:12, Ex 35:21-22
  • Give regularly
    Deut 16:16, 1 Cor 16:2, Neh 10:35-39
  • Give expectantly
    Mal 3:8-10, Gen 28:20-22, Luke 6:38, 1 Kings 17: 13-16, 2 Cor 9:6-11
  • Give eternally
    Matt 6:19-20, 1 Tim 6:19,  Mark 10:21, Heb 11:13-16
  • Give extravagantly
    Jn 12:1-8, Mark 12:41-44, 1 Chorn 29:2-9, Ex 35
  • Give thoughtfully
    Hag 1:3-11

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Online Giving

Volunteer Form

Our Church's Finances & Giving

Information about our church’s finances

Our church is financially dependent on God’s provisions. These provisions primarily come through the generous and faithful gifts of the people who care about the ministry of this church.

Our church’s annual operating budget is approved by our congregation in our December church conference. We also have a list of pending special projects and future purchases that are planned. You can find information about them on the church webpage at www.wlbcc.com

A finance team of 7 church members oversees the proper use of our church’s finances. A report is given to the church in the monthly business conference.

11% of our annual budget goes to support Christian mission workin our community, country and world. In addition to that we have special Mission offerings throughout the year to support mission work through the Southern Baptist Convention.

Giving statements are sent out annually and monthly financial reports are made available to the church. If you ever have any questions about your giving records, please contact the financial secretary in our office at (903) 849-3421.

Designated gifts are welcome in our church. Special gifts can be designated for approved building projects, capital improvements, benevolence needs, missions and ministries within our church. We ask the designated giving be “over and above”people’s regular giving so as not to hurt our general giving that takes care of our staff, missionaries, ministries and facilities.

Ways to Give

Cash & Checks

Cash and checks are the most common way donations are received by the church. Our church sends out giving statements to ensure we are properly recording any gifts you have given. We also normally include flyers or a “Faith & Finances Newsletter” with helpful information about church finances and financial ministries

Electronic Funds Transfer

You can give electronically to our church or if you would like, set up  your checking or savings account to give your regular tithes and/or offerings through a regularly scheduled electronic funds transfer. Contact the office or your financial institution for information on how to do this.

Year-end Gifts

Some individuals like to make special year-end gifts to support our ministry. Because all gifts to the church are subject to IRS deadlines, please remember that all year-end gifts must be received in the church office before midnight on December 31st, or must be postmarked before the end of December to be deducted in the present tax year. Any gifts received after December 31st and not postmarked in December will be included in the next tax year. The date written on a check will not determine in which tax year a gift is included. Only the actual date of receipt by the church or the postmark will establish the correct tax year for the IRS.

Envelopes

The church provides giving envelopes in the Sunday School Classes. Any gifts received by the church in these giving envelopes will be tracked and sent out in an annual statement.

Stock & Mutual Funds

It is possible to transfer stocks and mutual funds directly to the church. If this is done with securities that have been held for more than one year, the giver will be able to deduct the full fair market value of the securities and avoid paying any capital gain tax. If, however, the securities are sold first and then the proceeds are given to the church, the giver will still have to pay capital gain taxes to the I.R.S. A little planning in this area can help you take full advantage of the tax benefits allowed by the government. Please call the church office on how to EASILY transfer stocks and mutual funds from your account to the church’s account for the best tax advantage.

Personal Property (Gifts-in-kind)

Over the years, the church has been given automobiles, computers, office furniture, furniture/furnishings, and more. WE gratefully accept all gifts-in-kind that we can truly use, or we try to direct givers to other ministries that have specific needs.  Gifts-in-kind can be a little more complicated due to I.R.S. regulations, but we will be happy to help you with the process. Please contact the church office to discuss any possible gift-in-kind donations. We will then determine if and how we can use the items and if you need assistance in having the items picked up or if you’ll drop them off yourself.

Real Estate

In general, gifts of real estate have the same tax benefits as giving appreciated securities. If the property has been held for more than one year, the giver can typically take an income tax deduction for the full fair market value and avoid capital gain tax on the appreciated portion of the property. It is also possible that other benefits can include savings in estate taxes and avoiding probate. Please call the church office on how to transfer real estate from your account to the church’s account for the best tax advantage.

Life Insurance

Churches can benefit from life insurance policies. If the original purpose for a life insurance policy no longer exists, you can make the church the owner and beneficiary of the policy and receive a tax deduction. The deduction can be taken immediately and the amount of the contribution is typically the replacement value or cost basis of the policy.

Gift Annuities

Charitable gift annuities can be set up where the giver receives an immediate tax deduction on irrevocable gifts to the church, but will also receive fixed income payments from their gift for the rest of their life. Please call the church office at (903)849-6042 for more details or assistance.

Wills, Bequests & Estate Planning

A charitable gift can be given to the church through your will or other estate plans. Such a gift can be used to honor the Lord from the financial increase He has given you during your lifetime (Prov 3:9, 10) and can benefit your church in wonderful ways. This type of gift can also  be helpful to appropriately avoid estate taxes. If you choose to include the church in your  will or estate plan, please let  your attorney know the church’s name and address. Further, Please communicate to your attorney that the church is a 501(c) (3) organization incorporated in the state of Texas, our tax ID number is 30007692814.

Our FED ID is 75-1921082.

If you have already included the church in your will, please let us know so that we can say “thank you.” Don’t forget that qualified retirement plans will be considered part of your estate at death, but if handled correctly they can also be deductible from the estate as charitable gifts. If you would like assistance from our church or denomination with estate planning, call the church.

Final Thoughts

Many of the ways to give mentioned above can be very effective if utilized correctly. If you don not know a qualified Christian CPA, financial planner, tax attorney or estate planner, to help with your financial plans & charitable giving goals, please contact the church office at (903) 849-6042.