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For your convenience, here are several sample bulletin messages. Some can be used as is, while others may need to be changed for your own specific situation.

Launching Electronic Giving

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If your church accepts donations by credit or debit card—KEEP the bracketed phrase that pertains to credit and debit card processing. If not, simply delete the phrase.

Coming in [January]

[Church Name] is pleased to announce the introduction of an electronic option for making regular offerings. Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account [or processed using your credit or debit card]٭. Our new electronic giving program offers convenience for you and much-needed donation consistency for our congregation.

If you are currently giving on a weekly basis, you will no longer need to write out 52 checks a year or prepare 52 envelopes. And, when travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending services, this program will allow your weekly offerings to continue on an uninterrupted basis.

٭Insert only if your church accepts donations by credit and debit card.

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Launching Online Giving

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This message is for churches with an online giving page.

Manage your giving online

[Church Name] is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Simply follow these easy steps:

For more information, visit the church website at [ www.ChurchWebsite.org ].

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Electronic Giving Reminder

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Customize this message by keeping only the description of electronic giving methods used by your church and deleting the others.

Enjoy the Convenience of Electronic Giving

[Church name] wants to remind you that we offer electronic giving as a way to automate your regular weekly offering. Electronic giving offers convenience for individual congregation members and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation.

Direct Debit Giving is used to automatically transfer funds from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account.

Credit & Debit Card Giving lets you make offerings automatically on a pre-determined schedule using a credit or debit card.

Online Giving lets you go to [Church Website Address] at any time to set up an automatic donation plan, change your donation plan, make a one-time donation or view your online donation history.

As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving. For more information visit the church website.

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Annual Pledge

Enjoy the Convenience of Electronic Giving

As [Church name here] prepares for a new year, it is important to know what support we can depend on from our congregation members. By knowing what you are willing to commit financially, we are able to better plan for the future. Please consider setting up a recurring giving plan. Automating your financial commitments means your contributions will be received on a steady, uninterrupted basis.

To set up a recurring giving schedule, visit us online at [www.churchaddress.org].

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Thanksgiving Message

Demonstrate your thankfulness

[Church Name] anticipates and relies on a seasonal increase in contributions each year starting around Thanksgiving. These contributions help support the work of the church now and throughout the year. During this season, please consider demonstrating appreciation for your own good fortune or good health by making an additional contribution, or, if you haven’t done so already, by committing to a consistent giving plan. [Church Name] offers congregation members a convenient online giving option for making donations. Consider giving online at [www.ChurchWebsite.com].

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Christmas Message

Christmas gifts

In this season of gift giving to family, friends, and those less fortunate, we hope you will also consider your gift to [Church Name]. It is through the donations of every individual and family in the congregation that we are able to carry on our work. To help us achieve a more consistent level of funding, we encourage you to visit the church website and schedule an automatic recurring contribution.

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Year-End Message

Make year-end gifts on the church website

In the course of year-end tax planning, you may find yourself considering special one-time donations. There is a growing trend among donors to make contributions to their favorite organizations via the Web during the final week of the year. As you contemplate year-end gifts, please keep [Church Name] in mind. We welcome your donations through the giving page on the church website at [Church Website Address].

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Special Funds

Give special attention to our special funds

[Church Name] has created funds to accomplish very specific goals. For those who are able, we encourage you to support the church through your contribution to our various funds. As a convenience to congregation members who prefer to make their contributions online, you will find a list of funds on our giving page at [Church Website Address].

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Pre-Winter, Pre-Summer Message

Travelers, keep up with regular offerings by giving electronically

Just as you rely upon receiving income on a regular basis, [Church Name] relies on your regular contributions. [Church Name] appreciates the efforts of congregation members to make consistent donations throughout the year—especially during popular winter and summer travel periods. To assist you, the church provides a convenient online giving option for setting up regular contributions. Please visit us online at [www.ChurchWebsite.com].

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Pre-Summer Message

A special message for summer travelers

Would you find it helpful to have your offerings automatically transferred as you probably do with other monthly financial obligations? [Church Name] offers a convenient online giving option for those of you who wish to have contributions transferred electronically to the church’s account. If you have plans to travel this summer, online giving gives you a convenient way to keep up with your intended offerings. Simply complete and return an electronic giving authorization form to get started. To set up a recurring giving schedule, visit us online at [www.churchaddress.org].

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Easter Message

Easter Offerings

The Easter season presents a wonderful opportunity for [Church Name] to thank those individuals and families that support the church throughout the year with their time, talent and financial contributions. And, with services well attended during this season, it is also a good opportunity to extend a warm welcome to our new and returning congregation members. We hope that you also will be generous with your time and financial support. To assist everyone in making the consistent offerings that are so important to [Church Name], we are pleased to offer the option of giving online. Please visit us online at [www.ChurchWebsite.com] to make an online donation.

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Financial and Environmental Stewardship

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Customize this message by adding information at the bottom regarding the electronic giving methods available at your church.

A greener approach to giving

Churches, because of their heavy weekly check volumes, were among the earliest organizations to embrace electronic giving as a way to automate contributions. Today, electronic giving in all its forms provides convenience for frequent check writers and donation consistency for churches.

A less frequently discussed benefit of electronic giving is its positive impact on the environment. An enormous amount of natural resources are consumed in the production, transportation, processing and disposal of paper checks. That’s why paying bills electronically always ranks high on any list of actions an individual can take to improve the environment. The trend toward electronic payments has already produced more than a 50% decline in check use since the year 2000.

As you consider the payment method you use to make your regular offering, we hope that you will think about the unique connection between financial stewardship and environmental stewardship.

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Holiday Message #1

A special message for our visitors

During the holiday season, we extend a warm welcome not only to our current congregation members, but also to their families and friends and to former members of our congregation.

No matter where you live now or how infrequently you attend services, many of you probably have your religious roots here or regard this congregation as your religious home. If you are not making regular donations, we hope that that you will consider contributing to the support of our congregation. Your donations now and throughout the year are needed and greatly appreciated.

Consider giving online. The church offers a convenient online giving option that allows donations to be made on a scheduled, automatic basis. We highly recommend this method of giving for visitors, former members and others who wish to support the church on an ongoing basis. Visit us online at [www.ChurchWebsite.com].

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Holiday Message #2

Season of generosity

As you contemplate donations this holiday season, please keep [church name] in mind. Your contributions are needed for everything from special programs to basic operating expenses—both are deserving of your support. Please be as generous as you can this holiday season and in the year ahead. For the convenience of church members, we offer online giving. Give online at [www.ChurchWebsite.com].

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Holiday Message #3

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This message is for churches with an online giving page.

Give online this holiday season

As you contemplate donations this holiday season, please keep [church name] in mind. Your contributions are needed for everything from special programs to basic operating expenses—both are deserving of your support. Please be as generous as you can this holiday season and in the year ahead. For the convenience of church members, we offer online giving. To donate, visit the church website at [church website].

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