Frequently Asked Questions About Electronic Giving/ACH
What is ACH?
ACH stands for Automated Clearing House. This is a national system used for the electronic transfer of funds from one financial institution to another.
What are the Advantages of Electronic Giving?
Electronic giving makes it easy to fulfill stewardship commitments - even when you can’t attend church or when you don’t want to bring cash or checks. Giving electronically helps the church save money by not paying for the printing and mailing of contribution envelopes. Electronic giving also provides a consistent, regular income which helps regulate the budget.
How are My Contributions Automatically Deducted from My Account?
Once you complete and sign an authorization form and return it to the church office, the contribution amount you specify will automatically be transferred from your bank account to the church’s bank account on the scheduled dates.
When will My Contributions be Deducted from My Account?
Electronic contributions for “regular contributions” are debited on the 15th of each month; contributions for “future parish needs” are debited on the 1st of the month. If the 1st or 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, transfers are made on the next business day.
Without a Canceled Check, how can I Prove I made My Contribution?
Your bank statement gives you an itemized list of electronic transactions and the church will provide a printed statement at the end of the year listing all contributions.
What if I change Bank Accounts?
Notify the church and we will give you a new authorization form to complete. (Please note: the church office needs at least 7 business days advance notice to change the transfer.)
How much does Electronic Giving Cost?
Nothing! Electronic transfers are free to both you and the parish.
What if I try Electronic Giving and don't like it?
You can cancel your authorization by notifying the church in writing at any time. (Please note: the church office needs at least 7 business days advance notice to stop the transfer.)
How do I Sign up for Electronic Giving?
Complete and sign the authorization form and return it to the church along with a voided check or savings account deposit slip.
When do I need to Change my Form?
This form will remain active until you notify the office in writing of any changes. We do ask that parishioners periodically review their contribution amounts and consider making adjustments to reflect normal standard of living increases with church expenses.