By Richard A. Bauer, Vanco Services

On March 4th, 2017, I had the privilege of participating in the 2nd Annual ELCA StewardCast, webinar (broadcast live from ELCA HQ in Chicago) and introducing Pastor Melinda Wagner (Co-pastor of First Immanuel Lutheran Church – Region 1, Oregon Synod) along with 3 members of her congregation. They do a wonderful job of sharing their e-giving story which they started in earnest when they decided to participate in the 2015 ELCA Online Giving Pilot with 128 other ELCA churches.

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Our presentation starts at the 46:32 mark of the video and the First Immanuel Lutheran Church (FILC) of Portland Oregon (testimonial) starts at 52:20 mark. The First Immanuel presentation lasts for 11 minutes.

It features the Pastor Melinda Wagner, the FILC church treasurer, FILC office manager and a FILC member of the congregation.

Near the end of her testimonial, Pastor Melinda shares what it was that finally helped her group decide to participate in the pilot – it was the promotion. In the case of the 2015 ELCA Online Giving Pilot, that promotion was a very compelling 12 months of no monthly hosting fees (transaction fees still apply). With that in mind, we crafted a comparable offer for anyone who reads this email.

SPECIAL OFFER from Vanco Payment Solutions — the Simply Giving company. Vanco is willing to waive the Start up Fee ($100) and Monthly hosting fee for twelve months of the “Start Plan” ($120) for any congregation to sign up for Vanco services by Friday, May 5th, 2017. We have had a tremendous response to this opportunity and have extended the deadline so that every church with your synod is aware of this promotion.

This applies only to congregations not currently using any Vanco services. This means more than 5,500 ELCA congregations and new starts are eligible for a savings of $220 in the first year. Participating in this offer before Easter Week will enable congregations to take advantage of online and mobile giving by credit or debit card in time for this Easter. This will include the Free Vanco Give + Mobile App for smartphone giving on Apple and Android phones.

Simply contact 1-800-675-7430 and select “2” for sales.

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