If your congregation is not already set up for online giving here are a few options. WDC uses Vanco and has for a number of years. Some others, which I do not have experience with, that appear on a number of top-rated lists seen online are: Tithe.ly, EasyTithe, PayPal, and PushPay.
If members use online banking, “Bill Pay” is often offered at no cost and payments can be set up to be sent regularly.
SCHEDULE GIVING REMINDERS FOR SUNDAY DELIVERY
Consider setting up a scheduled email, perhaps Saturday evening or Sunday morning, to remind your congregation that giving and support are still needed even if worship and activities have been cancelled.
BE CONSCIOUS OF THE INCOME IMPACT ON MEMBERS
The present Coronavirus crisis will affect everyone differently, make sure your church is conveying sensitivity in all its communications.
CONSIDER A CORONAVIRUS ASSISTANCE FUND
Consider giving your congregation the opportunity to provide a designated gift to a Coronavirus Assistance Fund to help assist other members and/or those in the community.
SEND MESSAGES OF HOPE, ENCOURAGEMENT, AND IMPACT
Be a voice of hope and encouragement during this time. The church continues to make an impact, communicate and continue to celebrate that with your congregations.
I’m sure many congregations are already thinking about how they can help their members as well as those in their communities. I hope that as a conference we can support each other during this time financially, spiritually and otherwise.
Another financial assistance resource available is Everence. They have increased the amount of their sharing fund this year. For more information about this, visit their website here.
As our conference ministers reach out to WDC congregations, there have already been positive stories shared of what churches are doing to stay connected during this difficult time of uncertainty. I know at Alexanderwohl, where I worship, meeting with our Sunday school class and then with others in the congregation over Zoom this past Sunday was positive. Seeing each other even if it was over a screen gave a sense of connection and hope. I hope to continue to hear stories from other WDC congregations!
As WDC staff members work to provide support and resources for congregations and leaders in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we invite you to continue to support us through prayer and ongoing contributions as you are able. You can donate online here or mail contributions to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
2. With attention to the safety of all, our Retirees Retreat (scheduled for April 20-22) has been cancelled. It has not been determined if the retreat will be rescheduled for a later date. Take a moment over these next weeks, have a personal coffee break, remember a story about Camp Mennoscah, and know we are thinking of you.
2517 North Main, PO Box 306
North Newton KS 67117
316-283-6300; FAX: 316-283-0620