Giving FAQ

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.

 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.

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.

 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.

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.

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."

Who has control and access to my online giving account?

You alone have control and access to your online account. The church's Administrator receives notification when your online gift is made and what fund it is for so it can be received and recorded properly.

Are there any fees involved with online giving?

There are no donor fees with an online gift. The full amount of your gift is tax-deductible.  The church pays an approximately 3% 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.

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.

Can you share more about the features of my online account?

When you give online, you will be able to choose where to designate your gift from a dropdown list. General Budget, Capital Improvement, Global Mission, Wednesday Night Dinner, Local Church Planting, Building on Our Blessings Campaign, Disaster Relief, and Other are options available in the dropdown. Immediately after submitting your contribution, you will receive an e-mail confirmation from our online service provider.  

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.

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 and even split them up between the following funds: 

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.

When are contribution statements distributed?

Tri-annual statements are distributed in January, May, and September.

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For any additional questions, please contact Gayle Coughanour at 561-622-8818, or e-mail her at .