to encourage a spirit of generosity...

You may be familiar with the Scripture phrase, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Your familiarity may limit the concept of "giving" to monetary offerings. Yes, while monetary donations are an important part of giving, they are only a part. To us, giving is not just what is put in the offering plate.

The entire passage above written by the Apostle Paul reminds Christ-following churches to work hard for others (Acts 20:35). We believe this translates into giving not just treasure (material), but non-material blessings of time (volunteering), and talent (serving) to meet the needs of friends and neighbors.  

EGBC members can speak of being blessed by donating, volunteering and serving.