Many of us no longer write checks to meet our financial commitments. For our family, every bill we pay is paid online. In the rush of Sunday mornings, I can forget to pick up the checks I’ve written for our tithe at the beginning of the month to put in the offering plate. In the 5 minutes it took us to set up our automatic draft online, we committed that we will never be late and we will never miss a week of tithing. With electronic giving, we can rest easily that our commitment will always be more dependable than my memory and that we will not let our best intentions fail. For our family, it’s a simple, safe way to ensure that stewardship is the number one priority in our family budget. And it gives the church the consistency of giving that is needed to meet its financial obligations. I want to encourage you to take advantage of this new service as well.
Set-up/Registration: There are two ways you can sign up for the service:
(1) Complete an authorization form and place it in the offering plate. There are forms available on the welcome table as you come in the Worship Center. Authorization forms are placed in the safe until they are processed and then kept in a secure file in the office.
(2) Visit the church website (www.johnscreekchristian.org) and click on the link “Give Online.” This will take you to a secure site that will ask you to set up a profile. You can then set up recurring or one-time/occasional donations (or both) via credit/debit card or by automatic draft. The one-time/occasional platform is perfect for those who will miss a Sunday on vacation or business trip, yet prefer to continue writing checks.
Recurring gifts can be changed at any time by submitting another authorization form or by making a change in the online profile, depending on how you originally signed up for the service.
The secure web site can also be accessed in a mobile version from any smart phone.
Fees: There are some minimal fees for the service per transaction, which are absorbed by the church. Electronic Funds Transfers are $.25 per transaction and Credit Card transactions are 2.75% of each transaction. By comparison, the offering envelopes we order every year cost $3/box, so technically the church is already paying a $.25/month fee (whether you use all 52 envelopes or not), plus whatever cost you pay your bank for checks. You are encouraged to adjust your tithe/offering to offset these small costs for the church or click the box that adds the fee to your transaction.
Passing the Plate: It may feel a little weird to have nothing to put in the plate. Never fear! We have cards in the attendance pads for this purpose. One side will be our regular prayer card. The other side will be a stewardship card. You may fill it out, affirming your electronic gifts and/or indicate the ways that you have or will offer your life in service to God and neighbor. For those who use Twitter and Facebook, I also encourage you to make this kind of offering using the hashtag: #JCCCGives. These alternative “offerings” will be transferred to the video board announcements each week.