Giving to the Ministries at Waterford Mennonite Church

Set up and make an electronic gift

God teaches us through the Bible that giving is an act of worship. All we have is from God. We honor God by offering back to him what he has given to us. The very first Bible verse many of us learned says, “For God so loved the world that He gave” (John 3:16).  With that action, God demonstrated the ultimate in generosity.

Psalms 24:1 tells us, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it”. Giving reminds us that we are stewards and not owners. As stewards, we remember that these resources were created by God and belong to God. As stewards for God, we are called to generously share with others through our tithes and offerings.

Offering to God is the most common act of worship identified in the Bible, more frequent than preaching the word or even singing. As we worship with joy, we can also appreciate Paul’s statement, “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

For your convenience, Waterford Mennonite Church offers online giving via electronic transfer from a checking or savings account using ACH*. With electronic giving, your weekly, semi-monthly or monthly contribution can be debited from your checking or savings account and transferred directly into the church account safely and electronically.

Generosity is also an important spiritual practice. Because we believe that generosity is first and foremost an act of worship, we invite you to join with others in this significant communal act even while giving electronically. Several ways to participate in the offering while giving electronically are described in the frequently asked questions and answers below.

Those wishing to participate in electronic giving but who prefer not to set up contributions on the web on their own may complete an Authorization Form and return it to bookkeeper Elvina Schmidt.

Download an Authorization Form

Thank you for your support of our church and its ministries.

*ACH is a safe, electronic transfer from a checking or savings account.

FAQs on Electronic Giving

What is electronic giving?
What are the advantages of electronic giving?
Is electronic giving risky?
How do I set up electronic giving?
When will my contribution be deducted from my account?
If I do not write checks, how do I keep my checkbook balance straight?
Without a canceled check, how can I prove I made my contribution?
I view participating in the weekly offering as an act of worship and a part of our shared worship experience. How can I participate in this worship experience when I give electronically?
What if I change bank accounts?
How do I change my donation instructions?
What if I want to designate a gift for a purpose or fund that is not listed on the web page?
Can my gift be designated to more than one fund?
How much does electronic giving cost?
What if I try electronic giving and don’t like it?
Can I give to WMC by credit or debit card?
I am not interested in electronic giving. Can I still give the conventional way?