Strengthening the Parish Offertory
1 Peter 4:10 "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace."
As you know, St. John's Parish is now involved in an Increased Offertory Campaign. It is an opportunity for all of us to take an active role in the growth of our parish and for each parishioner to practice the principle of stewardship - giving back a portion of our blessings to God.
By now you should have received a letter inviting you to participate in the Increased Offertory Campaign. We hope you will respond positively and with generosity by making a commitment to the parish's regular collections.
On the weekend of October 13/14, each parishioner will be asked to return their commitment forms at Mass. Please pray about your participation in this important effort.
St. Johns now provides Online Giving—a convenient and safe way to make a one-time or recurring donation. Getting started is easy—just click our Online Giving link. When you participate, your gift will be securely transferred directly into the parish bank account. And you won't have to remember to write a check or stop by the ATM on Sundays! And if you still want to place something in the offertory basket, just pick up one of our "I GAVE ONLINE" cards on your way into church and use that at offertory time.
Click on the Online Giving logo below to set up an account today!
How can Online Giving benefit me and my church?
Benefits for You
• No check writing or ATM stops before church
• Safe, secure, and confidential
• Use your checking, savings, or credit card
• Schedule recurring or one-time donations
• Change a gift or account any time you like
• Choose offertory, special funds, pledges
• Earn rewards through your credit card
Benefits for Saint John Church
• Reduces check processing fees
• Allows staff more time to focus on ministries
• Creates peace in knowing your data and auto-deposited gifts are secure
• Accommodates special funds and tuition
• Provides giving history for tax statements
• Reaches a wider demographic of givers
Online Giving FAQs
Common questions and answers
Is Online Giving Safe?
Online Giving meets the highest banking-level security standards set forth by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) to ensure safe and confidential transactions. In fact, your banking information is encrypted in the system and is not accessible to any users or administrators of the Online Giving system. When you manage your own account information, your church never needs to handle checks or worry about locking up documents containing your account information. And you'll always be certain that your gifts are direct-deposited into your church's account.
What are the advantages of Online Giving?
It makes it easy to give, even when you are unable to attend church. You never have to bring cash or checks to church. Giving electronically also helps the church save money and plan its budget!
How are my contributions automatically deducted from my account?
Once you complete the online registration form, the contribution amount you specify will automatically be transferred from your bank account to the church's bank account.
When will my contribution be deducted from my account?
Your electronic contribution will be debited on the date you specify on the "My Gifts" page of the Online Giving system.
If I do not write checks, how do I keep my checkbook balance straight?
Since your contribution is made at a pre-established time, you simply record it in your check register on the appropriate date. Electronic contributions are recorded for you on your bank statement as well as your online reports.
Without a canceled check, how can I prove I made my contribution?
Your bank statement and the Online Giving system both provide reports that document your electronic transactions.
Can I put different amounts in offerings and have all of them withdrawn at different times?
You can contribute to different offerings at different times; however, you will have to do each one separately. You will receive a receipt for each one.
What if I change bank accounts?
Log in and update your account information in the My Payment Schedule window. Each checking/savings/credit card can be changed using the edit button, deleted completely, or new accounts can be added on the right side of the screen.
How much does Online Giving cost?
It costs you absolutely nothing!
What if I try Online Giving and don't like it?
You can cancel your authorization by deleting your accounts and donation dates at any time.
How do I sign up for Online Giving?
1. Visit your church website at www.stjohneb.org
2. Click on the Online Giving link
3. Complete the registration form. It's that simple!
For more information please contact the rectory.