The mission and ministries of The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit are supported and sustained by the generosity of our members and friends. Your giving makes possible a remarkable range of ministries that serve our congregation, the local community, and the wider church.
A Note From The Stewardship Committee:
Thank you for your continuing generosity in sharing God’s blessings with our neighbors. Throughout the pandemic, we have been blessed to share God’s gifts with many in our community who needed our help during an extraordinary time. We will continue to praise God through our ministry to others.
Options For Giving
Holy Spirit offers various options to facilitate your giving. Please review the following giving options and select those most suitable to you.
Designed especially for one-time donations using your smartphone and a credit/debit card. To donate, send a message to Holy Spirit’s Give-by-Text number (610-981-1312). Open the registration link and enter your contact and payment information. After registration is complete you will receive a verification text and an email receipt. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to donate (include dollar sign before the amount and designated fund).
Authorizes automatic deductions from your bank account or credit card either on a one-time or recurring basis. You select the amount to be deducted and the schedule for deductions. Monies are then automatically transferred to the church. You may enroll by completing either an On-line Authorization Form or by completing a Paper Authorization Form,
Give from your mobile device:
We support both Apple and Android mobile giving through our VanCo partner. Simply download the “VanCo Mobile Faith Engagement” app. at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Once you have downloaded the app search on “Lutheran Church of The Holy Spirit”, select us from the choices, and you are ready to go.
Use the Giving Kiosk in the narthex and your debit/credit card to fulfill your giving commitment or to make a special donation. Simply set up your account, provide the requested information via the touch screen, and swipe your credit/debit card each time you give. You will receive a transaction confirmation via email.
Bank Bill Pay:
Add the congregation to your list of electronic payees and then authorize your bank to issue an electronic check through its bill pay service. You have complete control over the amount of your check and when it is issued.
Cash or Checks:
Holy Spirit provides weekly Offering Envelopes for giving by check or cash. These may be placed in the offering plate during worship or mailed to the church. Contact the church office to request Offering Envelopes.
Other Opportunities For Giving
Thrivent Choice Dollars:
If you are a member of Thrivent Financial with insurance and/or investment products, you may be eligible for Thrivent Choice Dollars. These represent your portion of Thrivent’s charitable fraternal funds. Holy Spirit is enrolled as a recipient organization in the Thrivent Choice program. You can choose to designate your Choice dollars to Holy Spirit by calling Thrivent customer service at 1-800-THRIVENT or online at Thrivent.com. Choice dollars accrue quarterly, and can be designated as earned. The deadline to designate a prior year’s Choice dollars each year is March 31.
Planned Giving/Charitable Gifts:
You may make a charitable gift of any amount to The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit during your lifetime or at your death. During your lifetime such a gift may be made by writing a check, assigning stock, transferring ownership of a life insurance contract, or signing a deed to real estate. At your death, gifts to Holy Spirit may be made by will, life insurance or IRA beneficiary designation, or trust. As a charity, Holy Spirit pays no tax on the receipt of such gifts. You avoid capital gains taxes on the property and you also receive a deduction for the full fair market value of the gift.
Many members and former members of our congregation have been kind enough to share their own blessings in the form of an endowment to the Church or for specific purposes. If you are interested please contact the office. If you have a project or individual that you believe would be an appropriate recipient of endowment funding, you can complete this form and submit it to the office.
Costs and Fees
As with you and your family’s financial transactions, The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit incurs fees related to financial transactions. The following information regarding transactional fees and costs may help in your selection of a giving option.
The congregation receives 100% of the amount of your checks or cash donations, but a charge of $.25 per check is incurred after the first 250 checks processed per month.
Simply Giving (ACH Banking):
The congregation receives 99.7% of the gift. A fee of 0.3% is levied per transaction. The giving option is very beneficial to the congregation since the giving is regular and predictable.
97%-96.6% of a donation made through a credit card (online, kiosk, text) goes to the congregation. On average 3-3.4% of the amount given is charged per credit card transaction. This giving option can provide regular and predictable giving for the congregation if it is set to be recurring.
The percentage of the gift received by the congregation and the costs involved vary based on the type of transaction.
Note: All contributions made via any of the above giving options will be recognized on the Quarterly Statements issued to members of the congregation.