Don't have a check or cash to put in the offering plate? Try these other giving options!
Bill Pay from Your Bank
With this option, you go through your bank to have a check drawn from your account and automatically mailed to the church. Most financial institutions offer this service for free. The church has no additional fees if you choose this option. It’s just like you writing a check.
EFT: Electronic Funds Transfer
Through EFT, you provide a voided check to the finance office, and we set up a transfer from your checking account once a month (on the 5th of each month). Your monthly commitment is deposited directly into the church’s bank account. There are many benefits to this option—it improves cash flow, simplifies bookkeeping, and helps the environment to name a few. The church incurs a small fee of 25 cents for this convenient method of giving.
You can donate online via a trusted provider, Vanco Services. The General Council on Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church works with Vanco Services with all online and electronic options. Vanco Services is a financial services company which serves over 8,500 churches nationwide. With this service, you can give using your checking/savings account or credit/debit cards. You can set up a one-time transaction and recurring transactions to satisfy your commitment if you choose.
With each transaction completed using a credit or debit card, there is a processing fee (2.75%) which the church will pay. For example, a $3,000 donation will net the church $2,917.50, but you will be credited for a $3,000 charitable donation. You will have the option to offset that fee by contributing an additional percentage to your donation.
Each transaction made from your checking/savings account online will incur a much smaller fee of 25 cents which the church will also pay.
If you have any questions about the electronic giving options we now offer, contact Linda Bowen, Finance Director, at 865-483-4357 or email@example.com.
Text your contribution!
Simply send a text to 865-685-4239 with the amount you would like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount (example: $500). Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link and enter your cardholder name and credit or debit card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically!
If you have questions or need more information about any of these giving options, please contact Linda Bowen at 483-4357