St John Lutheran Church now proudly offers automatic giving, an electronic funds transfer program whereby donations are made to St John without the donor having to write a check.
There are two convenient ways to sign up for online giving:
- Click here to sign up for Automatic Giving using our secure payment service
- Click Here to download a Simply Giving Form, print it out and return it to the Church Office.
Automatic Giving FAQ’s
What is Automatic Giving?
Automatic Giving is an optional and additional method of making donations to St John. The company that is used for this service is Vanco Services (Endorsed by Thrivent Financial Bank). Through this automated program, the donor may choose to have their contribution(s) automatically withdrawn from their checking account, savings account or credit card. You, the donor, determine the amount and the frequency of your contribution – weekly, monthly, or one time only.
Who is Vanco Services?
Vanco Services, LLC is a PCI (Payment Card Industry) Level 1 Compliant Service Provider specializing in electronic payment solutions. We provide secure and reliable processing for both recurring and one-time transactions. Vanco works with over 15,000 organizations in a variety of industries nationwide. With more than 18 years of experience in Automated Clearing House (ACH) processing, cash management and risk management, Vanco has earned its reputation as a trusted industry leader.
What are the advantages of Automatic Giving?
There are many advantages to Automatic Giving. Its convenience can save you time and simplify your life. We hope this service will help to level out the flow of giving, especially during the summer months. Additionally, we anticipate it will help reduce costs by potentially eliminating the need to mail offering envelopes to homes that use this service exclusively.
How often can Funds be withdrawn electronically from my account?
You may elect to have funds withdrawn on a repetitive basis either weekly or monthly or you can select to make a one time only donation/contribution.
Can contributions be directed to specific funds within St John?
Yes. You may currently select to contribute all, or a specified portion of your donation to 4 of St John’s funds – General Fund, Building Fund, Evangelism and Mission.
Without a cancelled check, how can I prove that I made a contribution to St John?
The financial institution that represents your account (checking, savings or credit card) generally provides you with a statement that would reflect your donation. Additionally, St John will include all Online Giving transactions in your quarterly and annual giving statements.
Are there any processing fees or charges that will be incurred by either donor or St John as a result of using this service?
No & Yes. There is absolutely NO cost to you, the donor. St John is assessed a small fee for ALL bank and credit card transactions. St John pays a small fee for bank transactions, and a percentage based fee for Credit Card transactions.