Giving Frequently Asked Questions

Giving Frequently Asked Questions

Is online giving secure?

Yes. Our online giving platform is PCI DSS Compliant and SSL Secure, and has received a Level 1 Security Certification. That’s a lot of technical speak to say that the platform meets all industry standards for online transactions and is very secure.

Why do you not accept credit cards?

While credit cards can be used responsibly in some cases, we believe that God speaks directly against going into debt, even if you pay it off at the end of the month. Romans 13:8a says “Owe no one anything, except to love each other…” We teach others to live debt free through Financial Peace University and are working towards becoming debt free as a church. In our previous two building projects, no additional long-term debt was incurred.

Should I use my debit card or checking account?

For the most part, do what’s best and easiest for you! However, we receive more of your donation via your checking account because there are lower fees associated with this form of payment.

Are online donations confidential?

Giving online is actually more confidential than giving in other ways because the data is seamlessly linked to your giving records without any human interaction.

Can I still use cash and check?

Definitely! You can always bring your offering to church in the form of cash or a check and place it in the offering plate, or mail the donation to us. Those options aren’t going away.

What is a tithe?

A tithe is literally 10% of something. In this case, God invites us to trust Him by giving 10% of our income to Him through the local church. Giving 10% of your income to your church can be a big—and often frightening!—commitment! But this is the only area where God actually invites us to test His faithfulness. He writes in Malachi 3:10: “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” God is faithful and will provide for you! If you want help stepping out in faith, we’d be happy to walk with you! Call the church office (716-835-2220) and ask for Jason or Tim.

Should I tithe based on my pre-tax or after-tax income?

People sometimes debate whether they should tithe on gross or net income. Gross earnings are God’s complete provision for us and taxes can be considered a payment to enjoy the services provided by the government. While Scripture doesn’t use terms like “net” and “gross”, it does talk about the spirit in which we give in 2 Corinthians 9:7: “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Can I claim my donation on my taxes?

Yes! We send out donor statements periodically, plus you can register for an account to view your complete giving history online (note: scroll down to the bottom of the page for instructions on how to set up and account and access your giving records.) Donations must be received or postmarked by December 31 to count in the prior year’s giving records. Online donations must be made on or before December 31.

You didn’t answer my question!

Sorry! We’d love to help you out. Contact Jason Christ (jchrist@FirstTrinity.com) or Tim Hartnett (thartnett@FirstTrinity.com) and we would be happy to assist you!

 

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