The Parish Council is excited to announce a new way to give tithes and offerings to our church. We have received a number of requests over the last couple of years for a way to give online. After an extended period of exploring options, we have settled on Tithe.ly as our preferred solution. In our estimation, this option offered the best blend of simplicity, functionality, reasonable cost, amenable privacy policy, and well-rated customer support. Several members of the Parish Council have been using this app/website for about six weeks as a beta test and everything has gone quite well.

Tithe.ly is an app that you can download to your Android or Apple device which will allow you to make an offering from your checking account or debit card. It also allows for giving through a web link, if you would prefer that method over a smartphone app.

Do not feel obligated to use this method of giving. If you have a system that is currently working for you, by all means continue to do what makes sense for you. We are simply seeking to add to our stewardship toolkit in response to those who have been asking for a direct way to give online.

If you intend to give through this platform, note that there is a cost per transaction for giving through this platform. The most cost-effective way to donate is through an ACH transaction, which simply requires your checking account number and your bank's routing number.  If you choose to give via a debit card or any other type of card, there is a higher transaction cost to either you or SJotL (2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction for debit cards, compared to only 1% plus 30 cents per transaction for ACH/bank). You have the option to donate an amount without covering the cost of the transaction fee (which would deduct the cost of the fee from the final amount SJotL receives) or to add the cost of the transaction on top of your donation and pay the fee yourself. Given the per transaction cost, it would make more sense to give sizable donations through a more traditional means.

To download the application, go to the App Store on your device and search for Tithe.ly. If you would like to try giving through the website instead, please follow this link: https://tithe.ly/give?c=264478

Parish Council member Andy Martin will be available with his computer in the teen church school room during coffee hour on the following days to support anyone who has questions or would like help with setting up a Tithe.ly profile.

June 3, 2018
June 24, 2018
July 8, 2018

Please reach out to the church at office@stjohnoftheladder.org if you would like to ask questions or require help prior to those dates.

In XC,

Fr Marcus
Fr David
Bill Wamboldt
Kirsten Small
Andy Martin
Nick Jankowsky
Brad Wentworth