The account works as a reimbursable expense. Mileage is tracked and then reimbursed according to the IRS standard (currently 51 cents/mile) which is adjusted each year to account for the reasonable cost of operating an automobile.
There are, of course, many ways in which you may choose to give in this season of giving. The mission department currently has a display in the entryway of the church that highlights a number of ways you may choose to give to mission agencies that have proven ideas and faithful stewardship practices. They include local and far away ministries to which many within the congregation are already committed. Some examples:
St. Andrew Honduras Mission trip: Next summer, July 12-22, a group from St. Andrew will take a mission trip to an orphanage located in Honduras. Friends of the Orphans (NPH) provides a permanent home for children who have been orphaned, abandoned, abused, or shuffled from one family member to another. Our objectives for the trip are these:
- Experience, first-hand, life in a Central American country
- Visit a Fair Trade farm and meet with a Fair Trade farmer
- Experience life at an NPH home for orphaned and abandoned children
In order for this trip to be possible, the team needs to raise $1400 for each adult and $1100 for each youth. If you'd like to support this trip financially, you can designate a check to "St. Andrew Honduras trip."
We are also currently collecting unwrapped toys, books, and games for the Salvation Army giving tree. The deadline for receiving these is this coming Sunday, December 11th. You can bring your gifts and leave them in the baskets under the tree in the entry way.
You can find examples and catalogs of other possibilities on the display that you might consider:
- Heifer International
- World Vision
- 2011 Christmas Joy Offering
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
All of these gifts are tax deductible, which is an added benefit as we near the end of the tax year.
Thank you for the generous ways in which you live your lives not only during this season, but throughout the year.