Is First Free Your “Church Home?” We believe that financial giving is a natural part of our regular worship to God. He calls us to give our “first fruits” (2 Corinthians 9; Proverbs 3) such that we are called to give back to Him a sacrificial portion of what he has first given us. Through this sacrificial giving, it is our desire that all would draw closer to the heart of God.
Via online giving, you can make a one-time gift or set up regular giving using either a credit or debit card, or ACH.
Manage Your Giving
Log in to view your giving statement or giving history, manage your contact email or make changes to your giving method or amount. Even if you didn’t give online, as long as we have your email address, you can view your giving statements here. (If you don’t yet have an account, you will be guided through the process of creating one on the log in page or at the time of giving.)
What is ACH?
ACH is a method of transferring directly from your bank account. For each transaction, a $0.25 fee for the processor comes out of the amount you give.
Debit or Credit Card?
Although you have the option of giving via credit card, First Free does not advocate increasing debt to give to church. For each debit/credit card transaction, a 2.3% plus $0.30 fee for the processor comes out of the amount you give.
For those who prefer to automate their giving, you can set up recurring gifts via either ACH or a credit or debit card. Monthly, weekly, and bi-weekly options are available.
We sometimes set up temporary special funds for mission trips, camp scholarships, and ministry team fundraisers, or for memorial gifts to be directed to a church fund chosen by the family of someone who has passed. Please use the drop-down menu on the giving form to denote to which fund your gift is being given. We take a benevolence offering, approximately once per month following communion. This offering goes to our “Crisis & Compassion Fund,” which is used, via committee approval, for those seeking temporary, emergency help.
We use the services of an experienced online payment processor that employs encryption and industry standard security. To that end, you’ll notice that when you set up recurring giving or wish to manage your giving, you’ll be sent a new log in link each time.
If you have other questions about giving, or need to link your email to your giving, please contact email@example.com or Jung Hower, Director of Finance & Administration, at (773) 561-4175 x106.
Other Ways to Give
Cash or Check
Of course, cash and checks given on Sunday mornings during our offering time are accepted. Please note that when you give cash, you must use an envelope and include your [clearly printed] name on it, if you wish to have it recorded for tax purposes.
Use your bank’s bill pay feature.
Most banks offer a FREE bill pay feature, allowing you to send funds from your account directly to the payee of your choice. To set this up, you’d need to enter our name and address:
First Evangelical Free Church
5255 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
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