For the persons using the Google translator; we apologize for the poor quality of the translation. It is a word by word translation and very often the way something is said in English cannot be translated word by word in another language. We will have as soon as possible a real translation in Spanish, Portuguese and French.
We recommend that you start checking our website scrolling down the Home page to the section “About our Church” and then we invite you to read the section “The Divine Mercy Enclave”. Those Chapters will give you an idea about who we are and what we want to achieve. If you fill in harmony with our goals, you can then read the different purposes of our programs “Help others”, “Looking for grants” and “Help yourself”. Once you defined what program would be the most suitable for you, you can check “how our program works”. If you want to participate in our programs, you will then read the chapter “Become a Donor” where you will find all the information regarding how to use our sophisticated software to register and keep track of your personal situation in the program you chose.
Before going farther, you might have been surprised and intrigued by the fact that the person who gave you the information of this website did not want to explain about our Church and its programs.
The main reason is because we are the one asking our participants not to do it and we are going to give some of the reasons why.
Not everybody is able to explain a project to somebody else.
If you try to explain the project it is because you are excited by our program. You might explain the project in a certain way and it could be understood in another way. The person you are talking to might not be ready to listen to you in this particular moment. You might be pushy with your friend or relative and you might shut them down. For your direct intervention you might incommode your audience if they are not ready to say yes to participate. In other words you might loose a friend or a relative because of your desire to do something you think would be good for them. If you wait until they decide to check our website, you might have them in a better disposition to know about our programs and if they are not interested, you won’t be hurt or at list not as much if they say no to you directly. You have to remember what Jesus said: “Nobody is a prophet in his own land”.
This said, our Church first mission is to teach that the only way to change the way the world is living is listening to what God ask us to do.
-“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well-known phrase in the United State Declaration of Independence. The phrase gives three examples of the “unalienable rights” which the Declaration says has been given to all human beings by their Creator, and for which governments are created to protect.
We do agree with this so important Phrase and because we really do not think that our governments are working with this Phrase in their mind, we decided to start working on our side to achieve those goals. We are no sect, no antigovernment, no silly people; we are just a group of people that want to do what ever is possible to live a better life and to give a good heritage to our kids and grand kids. We cannot see how this world is becoming so decadent without doing anything to correct this tendency. We cannot expect the governments and the few people having all the power and money to be willing to change this trend they have been working hard to achieve. Our opinion is that the only way to change this world is to do it ourselves one firm step at a time with a lot of love, dedication, showing how much a group of good souls can achieve.
In order to be “free” to work for all the needy, we decided not to incorporate our Church. The truth is that in no moment Jesus said that a Church in order to exist needs to ask the government (o Cesar in those times) the authorization to preach the Word of God or to act in His Name. The same texts of law from; the Constitution of the United States of America and from the different States, the IRS (National taxes collector), the Statutes and Codes that you will find later on this page will prove you beyond the shadow of a doubt that a real Church is not required Lawfully and legally to incorporate. The Churches that incorporate are surrendering their freedom to the Government and the IRS and we decided not to do so.
Lastly, we had to find a way to generate funds for our projects and we decided that the best way was to put some personal interest in the recollection of funds beside the natural generosity. If you have a person that is interested in having a fresh start in life or a person that wants to educate herself or a person that wants to generate funds for the charity of his choice, we have a lot of more possibility to have a motivated person participating in our projects. The point that is fantastic with this system is that very soon, instead of taking the money from ones account, the money is going to go in your account.
We are not using a pyramid scam; we are distributing the funds for all the different projects depending of each group enthusiasm and efforts. We think that this is the most reasonable way of being just.
-We hope that you are going to be convinced to participate in our projects and we invite you to go to check our programs and to give the good news to the person that talked to you about us that “this is a yes”.
For your own knowledge, you can read the text of law confirming what has been said about the (unincorporated) Church.
We are an Unincorporated Church. This lawful situation is not very known for most of us and for this reason we are bringing in this section all the elements that will bring light on this mater and confidence that you are not involved in something unlawful. The texts of law are brought for your convenience but you can verify them through the links we are providing.
1- SEPARATION BETWEEN THE CHURCH AND THE STATE.
The first amendment of the Constitution (Bill of Rights) says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The first amendment says very clearly that a Church is not ruled by any law from the congress (government). Any Church that does not want this freedom and feels the need to be controlled and regulated by the government is free to incorporate and surrender its freedom. We chose to be ruled by our God and only our God.
2- UNINCORPORATED CHURCH IS LAWFUL
We are located in Florida and the Florida statutes section 692.101 that you can find at:
CONVEYANCES TO OR BY TRUSTEES
OF UNINCORPORATED CHURCHES
692.101Conveyances to or by trustees of unincorporated churches.
692.101Conveyances to or by trustees of unincorporated churches.—
The title of the statute by itself confirms the lawfulness of the Unincorporated Churches.
3-CHURCHES ARE NOT REQUIRED; TO INCORPORATE OR TO FILE FORM 1023 TO APPLY FOR 501 (C)(3) STATUTE,
A charitable non-profit organization is defined under statute 501 (C) (3). The corporation needs to send to the IRS the application 1023 in order to try to qualify as a 501 (C) (3) Charitable non-profit corporation.
Our Church is only a Church, we are not a Religious Organization or a non profit organization or a charity etc. We are a Church.
IRS publication 557
You can find at: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p557.pdf
Page 23 says:
Organizations Not Required To File Form 1023
Some organizations are not required to file Form 1023 or 1023-EZ. These include: –Churches, interchurch organizations of local units of a church, conventions or associations of churches, or integrated auxiliaries of a church, such as a men’s or women’s organization, religious school, mission society, or youth group.
-Any organization (other than a private foundation) normally having annual gross…
26 U.S. Code § 508 (c)(1)(A)
(a) New organizations must notify Secretary that they are applying for recognition of section 501(c)(3) status
(1) unless it has given notice to the Secretary in such manner as the Secretary may by regulations prescribe, that it is applying for recognition of such status, or
(2) for any period before the giving of such notice, if such notice is given after the time prescribed by the Secretary by regulations for giving notice under this subsection.
(b) Presumption that organizations are private foundations
Except as provided in subsection (c), any organization (including an organization in existence on October 9, 1969) which is described in section 501 (c)(3) and which does not notify the Secretary, at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may by regulations prescribe, that it is not a private foundation shall be presumed to be a private foundation.
(1) Mandatory exceptions
Subsections (a) and (b) shall not apply to—
(A) churches, their integrated auxiliaries, and conventions or associations of churches, or
4- A CHURCH IS NOT REQUIRED TO FILE TAX RETURN
26 US Code 6033 (a)(3)(A)(i)
(a) Organizations required to file
(1) In general
Except as provided in paragraph (3), every organization exempt from taxation under section 501 (a) shall file an annual return, stating specifically the items of gross income, receipts, and disbursements, and such other information for the purpose of carrying out the internal revenue laws as the Secretary may by forms or regulations prescribe, and shall keep such records, render under oath such statements, make such other returns, and comply with such rules and regulations as the Secretary may from time to time prescribe; except that, in the discretion of the Secretary, any organization described in section 401 (a) may be relieved from stating in its return any information which is reported in returns filed by the employer which established such organization.
(2) Being a party to certain reportable transactions
(B) the identity of any other party to such transaction which is known by such tax-exempt entity.
(3) Exceptions from filing
(A) Mandatory exceptions
Paragraph (1) shall not apply to—
(i) churches, their integrated auxiliaries, and conventions or associations of churches,
(ii) any organization (other than a private foundation, as defined in section 509 (a)) described in subparagraph (C), the gross receipts of which in each taxable year are normally not more than $5,000, or
(iii) the exclusively religious activities of any religious order.
5-YOU CAN DEDUCT YOUR DONATIONS MADE TO OUR CHURCH
Our church is exempted to qualify to receive donations that are taxes deductibles.
IRS PUBLICATION 526
Page 2 says:
Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions
You can deduct your contributions only if you make them to a qualified organization. Most organizations, other than churches and governments, must apply to the IRS to become a qualified organization.
How to check whether an organization can receive deductible charitable contributions. You can ask any organization whether it is a qualified organization, and most will be able to…
U.S. Code 26 § 170 (b)(1)(A)(i)
Charitable, etc., contributions and gifts
6- CONFIRMATION OF THE RIGHTS GUARANTEED TO THE UNINCORPORATED CHURCHES
IRS PUBLICATION 1828
Congress has enacted special tax laws applicable to churches, religious organizations, and ministers in recognition of their unique status in American society and of their rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. Churches and religious organizations are generally exempt from income tax and receive other favorable treatment under the tax law;…
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