Ron Logsdon  |  Director of Technology & Media

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “I don’t carry cash on me.” Or how about this one: “Nine years later and I’m still on my first box of checks.”  This is all well and good. It is 2017 and plastic is accepted nearly everywhere we go, but not at 104 West Chestnut. That is, at least up until now.

I am so excited to announce a new giving gateway for the church. In addition to giving weekly in the collection plates at church you are now able to give online at chathamumc.net/give.

When ready, head online and find there a box that says “Chatham United Methodist Church” and a blue button that says “donate.” Click it, follow the prompts, and in under 45 seconds (including the time it takes to grab your debit card), you’ve successfully given to the church.

I know what you’re thinking: “Wow, that’s really neat. This must cost a fortune to the church!” Actually, this service is totally free. There are absolutely no monthly payments and the church is not locked into a contract.

Now I can really hear you: “Come on, nothing in life is free.” Well, this one is true. We have no contract with the company so we can stop at any time. And we have no monthly/yearly bill from this company, but we are charged a small fee every time someone makes a donation.

The fee is a simple 4.9% platform fee (which goes to the upkeep of their servers, and paying their staff) and an additional 2% + 30 cents that is kept by the credit card company (they have to make a living too).

What this means is on a $10 online donation, the church receives a check for $9.01. But if those fees are really an issue, click the button that says “cover platform fees” and the church receives your full intended gift.

Giving to the local church is not about meeting a quota, paying our bills, or ensuring the budget is green instead of red (though all are good reasons). It is about doing our part as followers of Christ to ensure the mission and ministry of the church happens.

We are faithfully committed to giving to the church our time, our talents, our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. This is just one more way to honor God and follow the teachings of Jesus.

You can access the giving page by going on our website or by checking in online on Sunday mornings.

Full disclosure: the two quotes at the top … yeah, that was me who said it.