Electronic Giving

Reasons to sign up for Electronic or Direct Debit Giving:

  • No need to write checks or bring cash to church;
  • Peace-of-mind knowing that the church is receiving your contribution even if you are unable to attend;
  • More secure than checks;
  • All contributions are recorded for you on your bank statement with a date of settlement;
  • It costs you nothing!

Q. What is electronic Giving?
 Electronic giving is a direct payment program whereby your contribution is debited automatically from your checking or savings account.

Q. What are the advantages of electronic giving?
 It makes it easy to fulfill stewardship commitments, even when you can’t attend church. You never have to bring cash, checks or envelopes to church. Giving electronically also helps First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh save money and improve the flow of income.

Q. How are my contributions automatically deducted from my account?

  • Online Giving: Transactions are completed easily online. Just click on a GIVE button on the church website.
  • Direct Debit Giving: Complete and sign an authorization for and return it to the church. Instructions are on the form, which is available at the church.

Q. When will my contribution be deducted from my account?
 Your electronic contribution will be debited on the date that you specify on the authorization form.

Q. If I do not write checks, how do I keep my checkbook balance straight?
 Since your contribution is made at a pre-established time, you simply record it in your check register on the appropriate date. Electronic contributions will be recorded on your bank statement.

Q. Without a cancelled check, how can I prove I made my contribution?
 Your bank statement gives you an itemized list of electronic transactions. It is your proof of of contributing.

Q. What if I change bank accounts?

  • Online Giving: Change the account information online.
  • Direct Debit Giving: Notify the church and complete a new authorization form.

Q. Is electronic giving risky?
 It is less risky than writing checks or bringing cash to church. Electronic contributions cannot be lost, stolen or destroyed and have an extremely high rate of accuracy.

Q. What if I try electronic giving and don’t like it?
 You can cancel your authorization by notifying the church or remove contributions online.