First Presbyterian Church of Lafayette

A Place to Experience, Explore, and Express the Love of God

Online Giving

 

Our Mission

We at First Presbyterian Church are seeking the wholeness we believe Almighty God, our Creator, promises through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Through our worship, study, and life together, we are finding God’s wholeness for ourselves and, guided by the Holy Spirit, seek to share it with our community and our world through prayer, service, outreach, music, and fellowship.
 
Our mission statement proclaims who we are and what we do. Your tithes and offerings, through God’s Holy Spirit, enable us to be the body of Christ in the world today, and to continue actively serving God and serving others by sharing and showing God's love.
 

Questions and Answers about giving and online giving

Why is giving important?
 
The Bible has much to say about wisdom and finances, with 2,300 verses that tell us to be generous and good stewards of our resources. Jesus taught generosity and sacrifice. He told his followers that they were to serve God and not wealth, and in the parable of the talents he taught that God will hold us each accountable for what we do with all our earthly possessions. What we give to God is a reflection of our faith and our gratitude to God.
 
How much should I give?
 
Many people follow the Biblical guideline of giving a tithe, or the first ten percent of what we earn, to God and the church’s work. For some, giving one tenth is challenging. For others, it is a starting point, and their giving far exceeds ten percent. The important thing is that you start somewhere, that your giving reflects an appropriate offering and sacrifice to God given your income, and that your offerings express both your desire to serve the Lord and your investment in God’s work.
 
Begin by determining what percentage of your income you are giving to God. If you are not yet tithing, consider taking a step toward tithing. For example, if you now give three percent of your income, consider increasing your gift to four percent, and then keep adding one percent each year until you reach the tithing goal.
 
Our prayer is that everyone will grow in his or her faith through giving financially to the ministries of the church and experience the joy and blessings that come from financial generosity.
 
How do I get started with online giving?
 
If you would like to support First Presbyterian Church through a tithe or offering through online giving you may do so by clicking the PayPal link below. This will take you to the PayPal website where you may give by using your credit card or setup an account to
´┐╝´┐╝give to FPC. Your contribution will be recorded by FPC, and records will be available for you at your convenience by contacting the church office.
 
 
What are the benefits of online giving?
 
1. You are taking a step of faith. When you sign up to eGive you are deciding in advance to faithfully give. God always blesses that kind of faith!
 
2. You will simplify your life. You won’t have to remember whether you gave this month or need to send in an offering by mail when you are on a trip.
 
3. You will be helping the church. Every person who gives online makes our record keeping much easier. You will also help the church keep up its cash flow during the summer vacation months.
 
4. You can focus on worship during the offering at church instead of fumbling with your wallet, purse or offering envelope.
 
Aren't online transactions risky?
 
No. An electronic contribution is safer than writing a check, and it can’t be lost, stolen or destroyed in the mail. National laws, rules, and guidelines govern all Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) transactions. Over eighteen billion EFT transactions are processed annually in the United States.
 
 
Can I give by credit card?
 
Yes! You can use your credit card OR sign up for a PayPal account.
 
How can I keep a record of the amount I have contributed?
 
We will provide you with a personal giving statement for your tax records. You may also request a report of all your gifts at any time by calling the church office.
 
How do I participate in the weekly offering on Sunday if I choose online giving?
 
If you wish, you can write “I’m giving online” on the giving envelope and place it in the offering basket, but it is not necessary.
 
Is there a charge from my bank if I choose to give online?
 
No. Electronic funds transfers carry no bank fees and this service is free.
 
Who can I talk to if I have more questions?
 
You may contact Tom Foard, Deacon of Finance with further questions.