How can I give to the Church?
We are pleased to now provide an online service which you may find convenient for making contributions or paying for special events. With our busy lives, many find it a burden to write a check each week for the offering plate or to remember to make a monthly contribution towards their pledge. Or perhaps your son or daughter is rushing out on a Friday night for a weekend retreat and you don’t have enough cash on hand to pay their fee for the event. By clicking Giving and then Give Now on our website, www.FairOaksPres.org, you will be able set up a schedule of automatic payments or a make a one-time payment to the church from your bank account or debit/credit card. You can give without registering (Creating a Profile) but if you do register, you will be able to track your payments throughout the year. As in the past, your gifts and payments will also appear on the traditional statements through the mail.
The church does pay a small monthly fee for making this service available so the more that use it, the better! We also pay a small transaction fee for each payment processed from your bank account and a 3% fee for debit and credit card transactions. An alternative to these costs for making regularly scheduled payments would be to use your bank’s online bill payment service. Your bank would simply mail us a check. If you do use this, be sure to include the purpose for the check payment in the memo field.
Our offering to God is an integral part of our worship. From the Genesis to Revelation in the Bible, people approached Almighty God with offerings. Beginning in January, the church will include special giving cards in the pews so that regardless of HOW we give to the church, we all may continue to participate in the act of offering during worship. For in the end, it’s not about the way we give, but the giving itself that is transformative.