THANK YOU for your support of the ministry of Francis Asbury United Methodist Church!

Your financial giving is an act of worship and makes possible the ministry of “Believing, Belonging, and Becoming” faithful disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world here at Francis Asbury UMC.

In addition to offerings given through the offering plate during worship on Sunday mornings, there are

three ways for you to give financially:
 

1. Online giving – Through E-Give you are able to set up an EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) that allows amounts to be drawn directly at once or on a

consistent regular basis that you may choose from your checking or savings bank account, or from your debit or credit card. This option allows you to simply and securely give a single gift – or to set up a regular contribution on a recurring basis at no additional cost to you.
 
 
Simply click on the E-Giving link below or on the church website home page – complete the registration process – and you are ready to begin online giving directly from your account. You will receive prompt email notifications of your transactions that will also appear on your Quarterly and Annual Statements of Giving from the church.

Click Here to E-Give

 

2. Bill Pay – Using the online Bill Pay feature of your bank/credit union’s website you are able to send checks directly from your checking/savings account to the church. This also allows you to give as a regular priority by setting up a “recurring” payment.

3. Mail –Donations may also be mailed to Francis Asbury United Methodist Church, 1871 North Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454.

 

Answers to Questions about using E-Giving:

Q – What is e-giving?

A – E-giving is short for electronic giving. It is an automatic transfer program which allows you to make contributions without writing checks.
 

Q – What is the advantage of e-giving?

A – It saves time! It saves work! It simplifies your life! You also help the church stabilize its budget and save Money.
 

Q – How is my electronic contribution automatically deducted from my account?

A – You may log onto the church’s website and click on the E-Giving link at the bottom of the home page.You will be redirected to E-Giving and may then give via credit or debit card, or read the agreement and check the box for ACH transactions to make donations via checking or savings account at the site. Once you authorize the transfer, your specified contributions can be taken out one time or on a regular basis as you choose.
 

Q – When will my contribution be deducted from my account?

A – Within 24 hours for credit and debit card transactions; 72 hours for ACH (checking or savings account donations). If you choose to give on a regular monthly basis automatically, you can designate when the donation should be processed.
 

Q- Can I put amounts in different funds and special offerings, and have them all withdrawn from my account at different frequencies?

A-You can set up to contribute to different funds within a single transaction and that transaction can be set for one specific schedule. A separate transaction must be created for each desired schedule. There is no way possible to split a single transaction into different amounts and frequencies. You will receive separate receipts for each transaction.
 

Q- What do I use when I do my taxes? Will I get a statement of everything I gave online?

A-You will receive a statement from Francis Asbury UMC with all your donation information (online and in person), however, you may also print out a statement from the e-giving site for all transactions that were made online through e-giving, using the time period you designate. This can be used for tax purposes.
 

Q- Can I look up all my donations online, even those that I gave while at church?

A- No. The only transactions you can view online are the ones that were completed online. Please contact the church office for complete donation information.
 

Q- Can anyone who works at the church see my account number?

A- No. No one at the church has access to your account/credit/debit card numbers. Only a couple employees at the E-giving service have access to this info.
 

Q- What do I do if I forget my username or password?

A- If you forget your password, click on the “forgot password” link. You can then enter your username, and your password will be emailed to the email address you registered with. If you have forgotten your username, click on the appropriate link. This will bring up an email message that goes straight to your organization. Let them know you have forgotten your username, and give them information with which to identify you with. You will receive an emailed message back with your username or, a request for more information in order to verify your identity. Please allow 2 business days for username retrieval. You may also email E-Giving at e- giving@envelopeservice.com.
 

Q – If I do not write checks, how do I keep my checkbook balance straight?

A – You may either make a notation in your check register at the time of the transaction, or you can make the notation at the time that an email is sent to you acknowledging your contribution. If you choose to contribute at regular automatic intervals, you can easily make the notations for the entire length of time that you are contributing all at once.
 

Q- What can I use to put into the collection basket when it comes around to me?

A – You may print out your acknowledgement page or the email that you receive when your transaction is processed. You will see that the information is inside an envelope shape…this is to make it easy for you to cut it out and put it in the collection plate.
 

Q – Without a cancelled check, how can I prove I made my contribution?

A – You have the option of printing or saving either the payment acknowledgement page, or the emailed acknowledgements. In addition, your credit card or bank statement shows an itemized list of electronic transfers. Your organization also has proof of your donation. Any of these can prove your contribution.
 

Q – Is electronic giving risky?

A – Electronic giving is less risky than check contribution. It cannot be lost, stolen or destroyed in the mail. You may choose in your profile to turn off account number save. With this option, you will have to enter your account number each time a transaction is made, but it will never automatically show on the page.
 

Q – What if I change bank accounts, or get a new credit or debit card?

A – Update the information at the e-giving site under the section “member profile”. If you have set up recurring transactions and you do not update your account information, you may be deactivated until you update your info. This is to prevent your account from being declined over and over.
 

Q – How much does electronic giving cost?

A – It costs you nothing and saves you time.
The church pays nominal transaction fees; 2.5% for each Credit or Debit card transaction and $0.20 to $0.50 (quarterly dependent) for each ACH transaction. Because Credit and Debit cards cost the church more than savings or checking account transfers, you may choose to give using your bank account to save additional costs for the church. In addition, the charges are transaction based, so if you can contribute once per month instead of weekly, again, it saves the church money.
 

Q – Does the church receive my entire donation?

A – Yes. The amount transferred from your account is exactly how much the church receives in its account. The transaction fees the church pays are billed separately to the church.
 

Q – What if I try it and don’t like it?

A – You can cancel your automatic deductions anytime via the e-giving website.
 

Q – What if I only want to give on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis?

A – You can choose these frequencies on your own when completing your e-giving info on the site. You also have the option to have your automatic deductions run for only a certain period of time if you attend more than one organization through the year.
 

Q- The computer won’t let me make my donation by using my bank account….the only option is for credit or debit cards.

A- Go back to the main menu, and choose “View the Authorization Agreement”. Read the agreement and check the box to agree. Once that is done, you will have access to the bank ACH donation area. You may need to log out and log back in for this to take effect.
 
Q- What is the difference between the “Special Giving Opportunities” funds and the other funds above it on the transaction page?
A- The Special Giving Opportunities categories typically would not be used for recurring transactions. They can change over time.