Online Giving at Heucks Retreat

With the Coronavirus disrupting our services for the foreseeable future, there has been a question posed to me countless times: what about giving?  As you all know, our church relies on the gifts of its people to continue to operate and minister to our people.  God calls each of us to give sacrificially to support His mission through the local body, but for many, it seems like an impossible task, not necessarily because of finances, but due to opportunity.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s message regarding the cancellation of our Drive In Easter Service (you can find that here), your staff see these obstacles as opportunities to reach people in ways we never could before.  It’s given us an opportunity to reexamine how we do things and what we can do more effectively to reach people with the Gospel message.  In regards to tithes and offerings, this has led us to explore Online Giving.

With Online Giving, you’ll be able to give your tithe/offering through a debit or credit purchase, or through a bank transaction.  This eliminates having to figure out how to get your tithe to us, as you can easily do it online from the comfort of your home.  For many, your tithe may be the only check you ever write, so this creates an opportunity to advance even this into the digital age we live in. 

Starting now, we will offer online giving through a web service called Tithely.  We chose this service because of their competitive rates and ability to have designated giving when we have certain fundraisers or offerings at the church, such as Annie Armstrong or Guatemala.  Tithely offers you two ways to give to Heucks Retreat.  First is through a debit/credit purchase.  If you choose this option, there will be a 2.9% transaction fee (plus .30 cents per transaction) charged to the church.  The second option is bank transfer, which will hold a 1% transaction fee with the same .30 cents addition per transaction.  You will have the option to cover these charges for us if you’d like, but this would not be recorded for tax purposes.  Your actual gift will be recorded and we will know the exact amount you have given.  For example, if you gave $100, we’d receive somewhere close to $97 of that, but our records would still indicate that you gave $100.  You have no need to worry about our records being wrong for your taxes.

While the transaction fee can be discouraging, from all we’ve talked to that have online giving at their church, they’ve told us it has increased tithing, not reduced it, so this fee is something we’re willing to eat for the betterment of our church.  Do not feel pressured to cover the fees, but if you do feel led, we’d appreciate it.

To all those who like writing a check and putting it in the offering plate (I am one of them!), you have nothing to worry about!  We’ll continue to have a time for offering when we’re back together and you can still drop off your tithe/offering at the church office in the mean time. 

You can currently access Online Giving through our website (you’ll find a tab at the top) or through our app (you’ll find it in the side menu).

If you have any questions, feel free to call the church office at 601-835-1821 and I’d love to answer them.  Thank you so much for all of your support and I pray that God will continue to use each and every one of you during this time.

In Christ,