Beit Shalom Balevav is supported by the generous gifts of its members and friends. As a not-for-profit entity, we issue receipts to all donors at the end of the year. We invite you to prayerfully consider whether you could support Beit Shalom Balevav through tithes and offerings.
On this page, we answer some questions about what happens when you support Beit Shalom Balevav financially.
What is Tithe and How is it Used?
We believe that when we give back one tenth or 10% on all we earn to support the leader of our congregation, we are applying the principle seen in Leviticus 27:30–32, Deuteronomy 14:22, Luke 18:12 and Genesis 28:22. We are called to meet the needs of those who dedicate themselves to teaching the way of life.
Beit Shalom Balevav participates in a system where all giving designated as tithe is forwarded to the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It is this organization which provides the financial support for our spiritual leader, Alexander Bolotnikov.
As a small congregation, we would not have sufficient funds to meet his financial needs. However, the Oregon Conference pools the tithes from all the churches within its borders and distributes them so every congregational leader is paid a comparable living allowance. In this way, all pastors are treated equally.
Why Charitable Donations Aren’t the Same
You may ask, “Why not give 10% of my increase to worthy charities such as the Humane Society or the Portland Symphony?” These are great causes, and it is good to support them. However, the Bible tells God’s answer to this question.
In Malachi 3:8–10, God tells us we are stealing from Him if we do not put tithe into His house. At the same time, He promises that if we faithfully give tithe to Him, we will be blessed beyond measure. “There will not be room enough to receive it.”
What are Offerings and How are They Used?
We believe that scripture calls us to give offerings as well. The size of these offerings are a matter of personal decision. Whatever we choose to give, our gifts should be from a cheerful heart (II Corinthians 9:7).
God had Moses call upon the people to make an offering to build the Tabernacle (Exodus 25:1, 2), and again He called on Ezra to rebuild the Temple after the Babylonian captivity (Ezra 1:5, 6). This shows that things of the church, things that we have a part in should be given from our offering not from tithe.
In our congregation, your offerings take care of the worship facility—the lights, the mortgage, the church secretary’s salary and any other expenses which arise. Because tithe does not stay in our congregation, we use offerings to cover our other operating expenses. We also support our children through scholarships for Christian education. This is quite different from congregational churches where all the money in the offering plate is used to support every aspect of the church from pastor and office staff salaries to carpet cleaning.
Online giving if much like dropping a check in the Tzedakah box (Pushke), except it offers the convenience of giving your tithes and offerings from the convenience of your home. Many of our members appreciate the ability online giving gives them to put their tithes and offerings toward furthering the mission of our congregation on the day they receive their paychecks.
The process is simple. You set up an account using your email. Once your email is confirmed, you’ll be able to choose a password and finalize the settings.
Set up your online giving account.
We have also made it simple to donate directly to Beit Shalom Balevav through our PayPal account. This option makes it easier to donate to specific ministries or projects. For example, you may donate directly to our mutli-media fund which supports the costs associated with livestreaming—a category which does not appear in the online giving options. Or you may donate to our tzadeka (community service) fund.
Donations through this channel are also tax deductible. After you click on the PayPal button, you will be able to designate the size of your donation.