What Is Church Connect And What Can I Do With It?
Church Connect is a service offered to us via ChurchTrac. ChurchTrac is a service we use to keep track of donations, schedules, etc. Therefore, when we grant our members and known guests with access to Church Connect, they will have access to the following information: viewing and modifying their individual/family profile; viewing the church calendar; viewing their individual/family giving statement; viewing the church member directory; making prayer requests; and making donations via Stripe. Note that a member's directory information will not be shown unless that member choses to have that information displayed in the directory. Accordingly, we will restrict access to Church Connect to only members and known guests.
SET UP AN ACCOUNT
All that is needed to create a Church Connect account is your name and an email address. To create an account, click on the Church Connect button below. A new secure webpage will open. Click on "Create an Account." Once you create the account, a temporary password will be emailed to you. You will then be required to reset your password. We will not have any knowledge of your password, so please write it down and keep it in a safe place. If we grant Church Connect access to you, then you will be able to log in and have access to the information listed in the foregoing paragraph by clicking on the menu icon in the upper left corner of the Church Connect window. Please note that you will not have access to Church Connect until such time as we approve your registration. This process should only take a couple of days for our members and known guests. If you have any problems or questions regarding setting up your account or the registration approval, please contact the administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTICE: Any person who is not personally known to us will not have their registration approved.
MAKE A DONATION
You have three ways to make a donation via Church Connect. You can donate via credit/debit card, ACH (E-check) or SMS/Text messaging (via credit/debit card). With a credit/debit card and ACH (E-check), but not SMS/Text messaging, you can make your deposit once or set a recurring donation for weekly, every other week or monthly. With credit/debit card donations, but not ACH or SMS/Text messaging, you can have an additional 3% charged to your credit/debit card to help cover the processing fee charged by Stripe. This is a nice feature, because some donors want the church to get the entire amount of their donation. This option will appear once you enter the amount of your donation on the Church Connect donation page. The fees for all credit/debit cards (including via SMS/Text Messaging) is 2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction. The fee for an ACH (E-check) is 25 cents per transaction.
St. Luke Lutheran Church is a 501(c)(3) corporation under the rules and laws of the IRS. All donations made via our website are tax deductible according to the rules of the IRS. No products or services are sold in exchange for online donations. The only benefits received by the donor from online donations are the intangible religious benefits the donor may receive. Our church depends on the free will offerings/donations from our generous donors for the operations of our church. No one is required -- and we will never force anyone -- to donate to our church for any reason. If someone contacts you stating they are from our church and they are requiring you to make a donation for some purpose, please do not make such a donation. Instead, contact us immediately with any information you have concerning the person contacting you in that regard.
CALENDAR AND PRAYER REQUEST
You can view the calendar under "Upcoming Events" and can submit a prayer request by going to the "Welcome!" page.
Go to our Donate page for more information about Church Connect.
Click the button below to go to Church Connect, which will be opened in a new window.
NOTICE: In order to protect the private information of our members and known guests (i.e., persons who are in regular attendance of our services and seeking membership with our church), we will not grant authorization to access Church Connect to those persons of whom we have no personal knowledge. If you have requested access to Church Connect via our website, but have not been granted that access, please contact the Administrator at email@example.com to address this issue.