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' (Proverbs 3:9-10) 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. See also: 2 Corinthians 9:7, Luke 21:1-4, Matthew 6:19-21
Automated giving allows you to give regularly in the time frame of your choosing: weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, X day of the month, etc. This is ideal, especially if you are someone who easily forgets to bring cash or a check on Sunday mornings, or you find yourself out of town, etc.
1) 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:
5255 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
2) Set Up An ACH Bank Transfer
You can also authorize First Free to debit directly from your bank account through what is called an ACH transfer. Use the link below to set up regular giving or give a one-time gift.
Please note that for each transaction, a $0.25 fee for the processor comes out of the amount you give.
3) Give Using Your Debit Card
Although you will have a drop-down option to give using credit card, First Free does not advocate increasing debt to give to the church, so we do not encourage you to give using a credit card. However, if you wish to give using your debit card, use the link below to set up regular giving or give a one-time gift.
Please note that for each debit/credit transaction, a 2.3% + $0.30 fee for the processor comes out of the amount you give. (Since there’s no way to enter a PIN online, debit card transactions are typically processed through their issuing credit agency like Visa, MasterCard, etc.)
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
1) Cash & Checks
- 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 receive credit for tax purposes.
- For benevolence offering, which we usually include once per month following communion, please use the provided envelopes stamped with a blue cross. The benevolence offering goes to our “Crisis & Compassion Fund,” which is used, via committee approval, for those seeking temporary, emergency help.
2) Donating Stocks
If you are interested in donating stock to First Free, instructions and information can be found by clicking HERE.
Hang in there. Although we have had several requests, we are not yet set up for mobile giving. When we do, we’ll be sure to let you know!
Temporary Fundraising or Memorial Gifts
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.
Live Generously Campaign
In 2015 First Free launched a multi-year debt-reduction campaign. With the cash gifts and fulfilled pledges given already, we are already seeing the benefit through monetary resources freed up each month! Even if you did not pledge at the beginning of the campaign, you can still give a one-time gift or commit to a regular gift. Contributions of any size will help get closer to our goal of paying down our mortgage and freeing funds for ministry use!GIVE FIND OUT MORE
How Can I Manage My Giving?
Whether you would like to view your giving history, make changes to your giving amount, or change your giving method, you can log in to manage your giving. Even if you don’t give using an automated method, your gifts are recorded and giving history can be accessed by you. Once you have set up a log in, use the link below to request a giving/management session.
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, please contact Director of Finance & Administration, Jung Hower, at (773) 561-4175 x106, or
» Email Jung