Shadow Rock is proud to offer e-giving! Donate electronically one time, or set up a recurring pledge. There are lots of advantages to e-giving, including:
- it’s easy to customize to fit your monthly banking schedule
- you don’t have to remember to bring your checkbook to church each week!
- e-givers can donate to a special offering or make a one-time gift just by sending an email
- it gives us a predictable stream of income (imagine working for a company but not knowing for sure when they were going to pay you!)
- it saves time and money for Shadow Rock – when you connect your e-giving to your bank account we pay less processing fees, and posting e-giving transactions takes less time and trips to the bank, too.
Click the donate now button to get started, or email Heidi for more information or assistance.
You can contribute financially to Shadow Rock without spending extra money. Click here to learn more about our easy giving options.
There’s more than just our general operating budget! Click here to learn more about the special designated funds at Shadow Rock.
Some frequently asked questions about giving:
What is a Pledge?
Pledging is a response to God’s call and abundance in our own lives: it is a statement of thanksgiving. Making a commitment is an important way to make the support of the church a priority in your life. If your situation changes during the year, you can change your pledge and giving as needed.
Returning your Estimate of Giving Pledge is simply a promise to pay your pledged amount over the year ahead. You may fulfill it in as many payments as you wish throughout the year — weekly, monthly, quarterly, or periodically. You may use weekly offering envelopes to pay with cash or check in the Sunday offering plate, or enroll in Electronic Giving to arrange for automatic contributions.
I put money in the offering plate on Sunday. Isn't that good enough?
Why should I Pledge?
What is tithing?
What is Proportional Giving?
Proportional giving is a way of gradually increasing your pledge commitment. First, calculate the percentage of income you gave to Shadow Rock UCC last year, using gross or net income, whichever seems a proper baseline to you. The goal is to increase each year until you reach the desired goal of giving 10% of yearly income to the church.
If your gifts to SRUCC last year totaled 2% of your income, plan to increase the amount to 2.5 or 3% for 2017. Just making the initial calculation is sometimes an eye-opener for people.
Can I change my pledge?
I'm not sure what I can afford next year. How can I pledge?
How and when should I pay my pledge?
Your offering may be placed in the offering plate at any worship service or mailed to the church office if you are using a check. (Please do not mail cash.) You can use our online giving site to make contributions using a credit card**, or you could arrange for your bank to make automatic payments directly to Shadow Rock.
**Please remember, Shadow Rock incurs lower processing fees from contributions deducted directly from your Checking or Savings Account than Credit or Debit Cards.
Some people find it beneficial to make their pledge payment by transferring appreciated stock to Shadow Rock United Church of Christ. This may allow you to avoid paying capital gains tax on the stock and take a tax deduction for the full market value at the time of transfer. Contact your tax professional or the church office for more details.
I feel you are my church home, but I am only able to contribute a small amount at this time. What should I do?
I can't be the only person who wonders how much to pledge! Are there guidelines?
For those of you who want a more definitive answer, there is a guideline or what is called the “modern tithe” This guideline sets a goal of at least 10% (5% of income to your church and 5% to other worthy causes). Since it is possible that some people at SRUCC are not yet at this level of giving, we are suggesting that members and friends consider proportional giving.
Shadow Rock United Church of Christ
12861 N. 8th Avenue | Phoenix, AZ 85029
Rev. Ken Heintzelman, Senior Minister
Church Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.