Finance and Giving

"But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving." – 2 Corinthians 8:7

For more information regarding any of the following methods of stewardship for Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, please contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.847-255-8700, ext 231.

Online Donations

If you wish to give an online donation to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, please click here. Gifts may be given to the Unified Fund; the Building Fund; World Hunger Fund; Memorial & Special Gifts; or the Mission Endowment Fund.

Donation via Text Message

If you would like to make a quick and secure financial donation to Our Saviour's, you may send your gift through a text message! Simply text "oslcah" and your desired amount to 73256, then follow the prompts as given. If you have any questions about giving to Our Saviour's through texting, or through any other method, please contact Jim Valentine, Our Saviour's Congregational Operations Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you kindly for your consideration.



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Our Saviour's is now using a new church record keeping solution called Realm. It primarily serves the administrative needs of the Our Saviour's staff, but it also offers opportunities to support the way you can be involved at Our Saviour's. Click here to read a PDF document on how you can use Realm, as a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. 
Click here to sign into your Realm account.

Online Giving

Your continued financial support is very much appreciated! Online Giving at Our Saviour's is accomplished through the church data management system Realm, which was implemented January 1, 2019. Realm has security processing standards that meets the highest regulations possible. To set up a profile in Realm, you'll need to be issued an invitation to join.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., COO: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or 847-255-8700 ext. 231) and request your Realm invitation.

Worship Service Offerings

Cash or checks may be given by placing your gift in the offering basket during any of the weekend worship services. After membership, personalized offering envelopes are mailed to your home every two months. If you wish to order offering envelopes, or if you wish to stop receiving your offering envelopes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fall Stewardship Emphasis

Our Saviour's has chosen the theme “The Ripple Effect” for this year’s stewardship emphasis.    

The Ripple Effect

Pastor Pete's congregational stewardship letter is available by clicking here.

The 2022 "Ripple Effect" Commitment Card is available by clicking here.

Click here on tips on how you can use Realm to make your financial commitment to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. Thank you!

Click here to view a video that walks you through the steps on how to make a pledge via Realm. Or click here to view a PDF of the slides from the instructional video (so you can view the slides at your own pace).

Gifts of Stock

Stock transactions may be donated to Our Saviour's by notifying the Congregational Operations Officer Jim Valentine at 847-255-8700, ext. 231. You will receive a tax deduction for the current value of the stock, even if you paid much less for it. You avoid paying capital gains tax on the appreciation in value (as long as you have held the stock for at least one year.) If you desire additional information, you may click here for stock donation information.

Age 70.5+ IRA Giving

Eligible IRA owners are in a great place to give by donating to Our Saviour’s using your IRA. The “IRA charitable rollover” is for people age 70.5 or older. You can transfer as much as $100,000 a year from an individual retirement account (IRA) directly to the church without having to count any of that transfer as taxable income. This is another great way to give and give smart. You can use your IRA donation as your regular offering, a special memorial gift, or for a gift to the Endowment Fund. Talk to your financial planner to determine if this is a good deal for you.

Annual Pre-Paid Giving

Pre-pay your commitment for the following year. OSLC gets your money in the bank ahead of time and you get the tax credit in the previous year. We both save!

Matching Gifts through Your Work or Organization

Sometimes employees are expected to give a portion of their salaries to the United Way. A variety of worthy organizations benefit from United Way giving, but did you know you can designate United Way giving to Our Saviour’s, too? If you are in a company where you get points or kudos for generous giving to United Way, ask if you can give your Our Saviour’s donations through UW and receive kudos at work for the giving you are already doing at Our Saviour’s.

Estate Planning (Mission Endowment Fund and Heritage Society)

By remembering Our Saviour's in your will or estate-planning, you will help assure that the next 60 years will be as dynamic as the first 60 years of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church's life. Estate gifts are added to the Mission Endowment Fund of the church. Each year the interest earned on the principal of this fund is used to fund unexpected challenges and new opportunities. The Mission Endowment Fund can receive many forms of gifts including bequests, life insurance, securities, real estate, or retirement assets. 

Click here to view the 2018 Mission Endowment video.

Click here to view the Mission Endowment brochure.

Click here to view the Heritage Society brochure.

Thank You Letters

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church is a generous congregation as evidenced by the – not ten, but – twenty percent of financial gifts we receive are given directly to "Outreach". Here are some thank you letters from several of our partners in ministry:


Shelter, Inc.

The Night Ministry


Faith Community Homes

Holy Family Ministries

ELCA World Hunger

Capital Campaign Update

The final (Winter 2017) Capital Campaign Financial Update newsletter is available by clicking here.