- Aaron Bauer published a newsletterReadHappy ThanksgivingWe are so Thankful for this Wonderful Church Family.
Each Sunday, we have been gathering onsite at 10:30 AM alng with our online gatherings. We have made sure to keep to the highest standards of safety including mask wearing to keep the air cleaner. This means there will not be significant changes as we gather this weekend even with the new State mandates. While we won't be encouraging you to sing along, we will be asking you to bring a Scripture verse or testimony of praise to Jesus along with our music. Do you have a story to share about how Jesus changed your story? Share that this Sunday.
- ReadA Thanksgiving SpecialFind Space in your Festivities for Gratitude and Worship
We want to be a catalyst for gratitude this Thanksgiving. We are asking that you invite us into your home during your celebration. Is that too forward? :)
Pick a time that works for your whole crew and we'll spend just under 20 minutes together with a focus on what we are thankful for but also who we should be thankful to and why that matters for your holiday and every day.
Afterward, we encourage you to take some time sharing what you are thankful for and to whom you are thankful!
Expect beautiful music provided by Hilary Lindstrom, a short teaching on gratitude from Psalm 34, and a bunch of kids, teens, and adults sharing what they are thankful for. Here is the YouTube Link. If you would rather download the file, you can do that here.
- Greetings ICC, The UGM Meals Campaign is once again partnering with ICC! This year will be different, of course, with Covid19 restrictions. There will NOT be a collection of checks by us personally. However, UGM will set up a Peer to Peer giving portal with a goal “barometer” and people can give online that way. Also, those that wish to may send checks DIRECTLY to UGM instead. The link to give directly to UGM is: https://fundraising.ugm.org/campaign/issaquah-christian-church-annual-holiday-meals-campaign/c309884 Or if you prefer, you can give through ICC's giving portal when you send in your tithes and offerings at: https://faithlife.com/issaquahcc/give?funds=1554 Thanks so much for your generous gifts!
- ReadHow the CARES Act encourages making donations in 2020!
Issaquah Christian Church is poised to make a difference in the coming years as we bring Jesus to the people and bring them further into the family. I am reaching out to make sure you are aware of the special 2020 charitable donation tax incentives and encourage your generosity to ICC.
For this year (2020) only, the CARES Act has suspended Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limits for cash contributions to charities. You can now effectively eliminate your tax liability entirely by giving to charity, but you must do it before DECEMBER 31, 2020.
The CARES Act lifts these caps to 100% (up from 60%) for individuals and joint filers, while corporations will see their cap lifted to 25% (up from 10%) for 2020. Please consider taking advantage of this one-time opportunity.
The CARES Act also allows for an additional, "above-the-line" deduction for charitable gifts made in cash of up to $300. If you are not itemizing on your 2020 taxes, you can claim this new deduction.
If you have highly appreciated assets, this would be a great year to take advantage of this unique opportunity. In fact, Scott Krase, President of Crosspoint Wealth, has identified at least 8 possible strategies which can prove valuable when considering how to maximize your giving. Get all 8 CARES Act Tax Strategies here and work with your tax preparer for this year end planning.
Pastor Aaron Bauer
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- ReadGiving ThanksFor You, Your Family, Our City
Each Sunday, we have been gathering onsite at 10:30 AM alng with our online gatherings. We have made sure to keep to the highest standards of safety including mask wearing to keep the air cleaner. This means there will not be significant changes as we gather this weekend even with the new State mandates. While we won't be encouraging you to sing along, we will be asking you to bring a Scripture verse or testimony of praise to Jesus along with our music.
- Awaiting ReversalIf hindsight is 2020 ;) it’s not as clear as you’d like it to be. Your life has had a lot of twists and turns that you would have preferred to have smoothed out. Looking ahead you can’t see clearly either. Where is God in all of this? When will the reversal come? Pastor Aaron preaches from Esther 6.sermons.faithlife.com