Sharing of Time, Talent and Treasure
As Epiphany we believe God is a generous giver. From God we are strengthened, building a Christ-centered community, growing in God’s grace, welcoming all in love, and providing for God’s world. All that we are and all that we have comes from God. God asks that we return a portion for God’s work in the world. Epiphany asks of one another to make a sacrificial pledge of time, talent and treasure. May our giving affect us in such a way that our lives are transformed, changed, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Our giving is sacrificial which means we give to God first, the first fruits. Scripture tells us to tithe; to return to God 10% of all God has given to us. As faitfhul followers of Christ, we strive to tithe; to give 10% of our income. Perhaps you’re considering a pledge for the first time. You may wish to give 3% of your income as a first step. God smiles at our first step and then the next step.
Financial pledges are promised annually and fulfilled either weekly, monthly or in one annual offering through the completion of a pledge card following prayerful discernment. To asist in remembering our pledge commitment, folks may fulfill their pledges through Easy Tithe. Contact Elaine Nosaka, head of the Servanthood Development Ministry to learn more of how best to pledge your time, talent and treasure at servanthood@EpiphanyEC.org.
On Line Donations through EASY TITHE: A Convenient Way to Give
Epiphany offers Easy Tithe as a convenient and secure way to make on-line contributions to your church. This is a great way to keep up with your pledge when you are out of town and gives you one less thing to worry about on those Sunday mornings when you are running late. You can choose to make a one-time contribution or establish a recurring contribution.
Getting Started with Easy Tithe
Through Easy Tithe, you can now make secure, on-line donations to Epiphany either through a one-time contribution or a recurring schedule of contributions. To get started, follow these simple steps:
1. Go to Easy Tithe Log-In
2. Click “First Time?” and create a user id and password.
3. Provide contact, password and bank or credit card information.
4. Using the tabs, select “Tithe” for one time giving, or “Auto-Tithe” for recurring giving designations.
NOTE: Easy Tithe and Epiphany Episcopal do not electronically store credit card information.
Personal Login & Password Setup
If you have any problems or questions, please contact John Borowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-466-5200.
Easy Tithe – Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is it safe to give online?
Yes. In many ways giving online is safer than writing a check because an electronic gift cannot be lost or stolen. The security of the system is continually managed by Easy Tithe: Security Information
Q: What types of bank accounts can I give from?
You can give online from your checking account via debit card transaction. You can also give using MasterCard, Visa or Discover.
Q: Are there any fees involved with giving online?
Not to you. You will not pay any fees with an online gift. In addition, online gifts are a more cost-efficient way for the church to process donations.
Q: Can I make a one-time contribution?
Yes. The system allows you the option of either making a one-time contribution or setting up a recurring contribution. For a one-time contribution, you can designate that the contribution should be made immediately or, for both one-time and recurring contributions, you can schedule the contributions to come out of your bank account on the date(s) specified by you.
Q: If I want to set-up a recurring gift, what are my options for frequency of my gift?
For recurring gifts, you have the option of giving weekly, twice a month, or once a month.
Q: Can I change my personal information or the amount or the frequency of my gift once I have set it up?
Yes. You can change or cancel your contribution at any time before the date of your next contribution. Simply log in to the system using your user name and password and make the necessary changes in the system.
Q: Can I review my donation history online?
Yes. The site will allow you to view and print the complete history of your contributions that have been given online.
Q: Will I still receive regular contribution statements from the church?
Yes. The church will continue to send year-end contribution statements to your address on file for tax purposes.
Q: When will contributions be withdrawn from my account?
Contributions will be withdrawn from your specified bank account within 48 business hours of the date you request. This time frame allows for the contribution to process through your bank and the church’s bank. If the date of your contribution falls on a weekend or a holiday, the transaction will be initiated on the next banking day.
Q: Can I designate my gift to a particular cause?
Gifts can be given to the Operating Fund, Building Fund or Missions. There is also an Other category where you can designate to another cause not listed.
Q: How will I know that I set up my gift correctly?
Immediately after submitting your contribution, you will receive an e-mail verifying your contribution.
Q: Does it matter which Internet browser I use?
We recommend the latest versions of Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, but most any browser will work.
Q. Can I use a debit card?
You can use a debit check card from Visa or MasterCard, but true debit cards requiring the use of a PIN are not accepted through the Easy Tithe system.
Q: If I have additional questions about online giving that have not been addressed here, who can I talk to?
For any questions, concerns or comments about the online giving system, please contact Don Brill at email@example.com or call our office at 703-466-5200.