The Church’s mission is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. To effectively achieve this goal, Saint Andrew’s depends on the generous time, talent, and financial support of our parishioners and friends.
Our parish relies on a steady source of revenue, and your tax-deductable financial support will be recognized and gratefully received. You may use envelopes as your contribution method and deposit them in the weekend Offertory collection basket. An easier way for you to contribute each month may be to join our parish in using Faith Direct which is the electronic method to contribute to our parish.
At the end of the year a statement of your donations is available for either method you choose.
Frequently Asked Questions About Faith Direct
How does Faith Direct work?
This secure program works directly with your bank, credit, or debit card in the same way as other electronic funds transfer systems you may already conduct (such as utility bills or your mortgage payment). All transactions are done electronically, debiting your bank account or charging your credit\debit card automatically for the amount to which you have agreed in writing. It is a hassle free, simple solution for today’s busy families.
Can any additional funds be taken from my account other than what I have authorized?
No! Faith Direct processes only the amount you designate for Saint Andrew’s, and only you can change the amount of money that may be processed on a monthly basis. Faith Direct will not disclose any nonpublic personal information except as required by law. They maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with federal and payment card industry standards to safeguard your information.
When do the transactions take place?
On the 4th/15th of each month (or the next business day), your donations will be processed in one monthly transaction for the total offertory, campaign and/or second collection contribution amounts you have authorized. Saint Andrew’s will receive your contribution within five business days.
How can I be sure that my gift is going to my Church?
Saint Andrew’s will receive a monthly report detailing your gifts for that month. Faith Direct will provide you with an annual contribution statement for tax purposes. Your contributions to Saint Andrew’s via Faith Direct are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Are there any fees associated with Faith Direct?
There are no fees to sign up or use Faith Direct for your donations. Saint Andrew’s pays a flat monthly service fee which is based on our parish size and is not a percentage of your donations. Saint Andrew’s is also responsible for the 2-3% fees charged by the credit card companies. There is no fee charged for bank account debit.
Can I stop, increase or decrease my payment at any time?
How does my church benefit from my participation in Faith Direct?
Saint Andrew’s will see a substantial increase in net revenue, a decrease in administrative costs, and a clearer picture of cash flow for our church’s needs.
I would feel strange not placing a check or envelope in the offering basket. What should I do?
Faith Direct realizes that the offertory collection is an important part of church services. For those enrolled with Faith Direct they provide “offertory cards” to drop in the collection basket as a visible sign of your electronic donations. These cards indicate your name and the name of Saint Andrew’s. They are not specific to a particular collection, and can be used as often or as infrequently as you’d like. They send a packet of cards approximately two weeks after they receive your enrollment, and again each year on the anniversary of your enrollment. If you run out of offertory cards, please email or call to request more.
When will my automatic contributions begin?
If Faith Direct receives your mailed enrollment form before the last business day of the month, or if you enroll online before midnight on the last day of the month, your donations will begin with the following month.
What is my church code?
The church code for Saint Andrew’s is MD369.
How do I sign up?
Enter our church code in the enrollment form lined to our website to sign up online today or print and mail a paper enrollment form.
I’d like to access my account online. How do I do that?
If you enrolled via mail call the Faith Direct toll-free number to set up your username and password for online access to your account. If you have forgotten your username or password, please click here or call Faith Direct toll-free at 866-507-8757.
How do I retrieve my Tax Statement detailing my contributions from the previous year?
Faith Direct mails Tax Statements on or before January 31 for contributions made in the previous year. If you have a username and password for online access to your Faith Direct account, you may also access a summary of your gifts using the View Giving History function of the Faith Direct account management system. If you do not receive a mailed tax statement, or are unable to access your account online, please contact Faith Direct.
Do I have to re-enroll in the Faith Direct program each year?
You are not required to re-enroll in the Faith Direct program each year, enrollment carries over from year to year. You can change your gift amounts at any point throughout the year by contacting Faith Direct on their toll free-number 866- 507-8757, submitting an updated enrollment form by mail, or by accessing your account using their online account management system.