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Why should I pledge?

What if I pledge and my financial circumstances change in the coming year so I cannot fulfill my pledge?

Do you allow members of the church to see the financial statements?

What is stewardship?

What is the total General Fund budget this year?

What is the difference between a tithe and an offering?

Should I tithe based on my pre-tax or after-tax income?

Why do you accept credit cards?

Is it safe to give online?

If I give online, what do I do when the offering plate passes by?

Who has control and access to my online giving records?

There is an option to "Create an Account" on the giving page. What are the advantages of creating an account?

Are there any donor fees involved with online giving?

Are there any church administration fees with online giving?

How will I know that I set up my online gift correctly?

Can I choose where my online gift goes?

Can I schedule recurring donations online?

Will I still receive a contribution statement?

What if I change banks or want to adjust the date or amount of a contribution?

How do I update my address?

What is the deadline for annual contributions?

What if I have additional financial or giving questions?

Answers

Why should I pledge?

A pledge is a promise made to God to do something for Him; it is an act of worship and service. It is a serious promise that should be made prayerfully and sincerely, with every intention to fulfill that pledge. When you make a financial pledge to the church, you allow the Finance Committee to budget our finances more wisely and responsibly. Although members are not required to pledge, we invite everyone to partner with us in impacting our community for Christ. Our goal is to have 100% of our members pledging for the privilege of sharing in this high calling from the Lord.

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What if I pledge and my financial circumstances change in the coming year so I cannot fulfill my pledge?

The Bible speaks to those who cannot give as much as they first pledged because their circumstances changed in Leviticus 27:8 and 2 Corin 8:9-12. What matters is the willingness to give according to your means.

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Do you allow members of the church to see the financial statements?

Yes, if you are a member, we will provide a copy of our audited statement, if requested.

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What is stewardship?

Stewardship is the faithful management of all that God entrusts to us. Nothing truly belongs to us; everything actually belongs to God. King David acknowledged this when he stated, “Everything in heaven and earth is yours, O Lord. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things." (1 Chronicles 29:11) In order for First Presbyterian Church’s mission to be accomplished, we need everyone in our church family to devote themselves to the Lord in prayer and to serve Him with their time, talents, and treasures, as faithful stewards of His blessings.

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What is the total General Fund budget this year?

The total general fund budget is $2,235,000 for the fiscal year 8/1/13 - 7/31/14.

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What is the difference between a tithe and an offering?

A tithe is giving back to God one-tenth of the provisions He has given to you. An offering is an extra gift over and above a tithe.
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Should I tithe based on my pre-tax or after-tax income?

The most common view is that gross earnings are the amount of God's provision, and the tithe should be based on that. Taxes are generally considered payment for the privileges and services provided by the government. The most important thing to remember is the spirit in which we give is of the greatest value to God. He tells us in 2 Corinthians 9 that "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give; not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
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Why do you accept credit cards?

Used within the parameters for which they were originally created, debit and credit cards can be an efficient tool for payments and purchases. Many people utilize them in place of checks or cash throughout the month, and then payoff the balance in full. For these people, we offer the option of using a credit or debit card to tithe. We strongly discourage those who have ongoing credit card debt from exercising this option.
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Is it safe to give online?

Yes. In many ways giving online is safer than writing a check in that an electronic gift cannot be lost or stolen. Online giving transactions are processed through a secure service provider. All transactions go directly into the church's bank account.

We've taken steps to ensure that the giving process is safe and secure from beginning to end. All of your giving data is secured by SSL encryption. SSL is an acronym for "Secure Socket Layer," a security protocol that provides communications privacy over the Internet.

SimpleGive does not run on a platform that uses OpenSSL, therefore your data was never at risk and was totally unaffected by the "Heartbleed bug". The security of your data is deeply important to us. Rest assured that we continuously monitor our servers and infrastructure to protect you from security risks. - SimpleGive

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If I give online, what do I do when the offering plate passes by?

A card that says "I gave online" is available in the pews. You can place this card in the offering plate whenever you give online.
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Who has control and access to my online giving records?

You alone have control and access to your online account. The church's Director of Operations receives notification when your online gift is made and what fund it is for so it can be received and recorded properly.
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There is an option to "Create an Account" on the giving page. What are the advantages of creating an account?

You have the ability to view your online giving history, set up recurring payments, and save payment profiles which allows your payment information to be saved so you will not have to re-enter it every time you wish to make an online gift.
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Are there any donor fees involved with online giving?

No. You will not pay any fees with an online gift. The full amount of your gift is tax-deductible.
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Are there any church administration fees with online giving?

Yes. The church pays a nominal transaction fee and a merchant fee for each online gift. Few people know that there is also a bank fee for depositing checks and cash. It is just part of doing business.
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How will I know that I set up my online gift correctly?

Immediately after submitting your contribution, you will receive an e-mail confirmation from our online service provider - SimpleGive.
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Can I choose where my online gift goes?

When you give online, you will be able to choose where to designate your gift from a dropdown list. General Budget, Captial, Global Mission, Palm Beach County Church Plant, Wednesday Night Dinner, and Other are options available in the dropdown.

General Fund: This funds the normal operating expenses of the church, including staffs, programs, and maintenance expenses.
Capital Fund: This fund provides for the capital purchases that are identified each year, such as air conditioner replacements, building improvements, equipment and vehicle replacements
Global Mission Fund: This fund is used to support the global mission partners and church planting endeavors.
Memorial Fund: This fund receives memorial gifts that are given to honor a loved one who has died. These funds are used to fund projects that reflect on the spirit of the individual and fulfill needs of the church.
Samaritan's Pocket Fund: This fund is used to help those in our congregation in financial need.
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Can I schedule recurring donations online?

Yes, you can specify whether you want your contribution made once, weekly, bi-weekly, twice per month, or monthly. You can set up as many scheduled contributions according to your preference.
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Will I still receive a contribution statement?

Yes, you will receive quarterly statements in April, July, and October, and an annual statement in January through the mail.
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What if I change banks or want to adjust the date or amount of a contribution?

You can edit or delete a scheduled contribution at anytime, including the bank routing number, account number, date, fund, frequency and amount. You just log into your secure giving account and adjust any of those preferences.
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How do I update my address?

Unfortunately, you are not able to update your address through your online giving account. You need to contact us in order to have it updated. You can email or call 561-622-8818.
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What is the deadline for annual contributions?

Cash contributions must be received or postmarked by December 31st to be included on your contribution statement for that year. Online transactions must be initiated by December 31st.
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What if I have additional financial or giving questions?

We are here to help. Call our Director of Operations, Gayle Coughanour at 561-622-8818, or e-mail her at .
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