Simply Giving® is a helpful giving program
Simply Giving® is an automated giving program designed to help you conveniently and consistently contribute to Christ The King Lutheran Church. Through Simply Giving®, your gifts are made through a pre-authorized withdrawal from your bank account. You determine the frequency of your automatic gift—weekly, semi-monthly or monthly—the option is yours. Your gift or payment is deposited into the recipient's bank account on the same day it is withdrawn from your account—at no cost to you or the recipient.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans offers Simply Giving® to further its mission of serving Lutheran congregations and institutions.
Simply Giving® benefits you and Christ The King
Simply Giving® is a reliable, safe way to move your stewardship plan into action. It allows you to share your gifts through planned giving and activates your generosity into ongoing stewardship. Because your gift is given consistently, you won't need to play "catch-up" at year-end or worry about forgotten checkbooks or missed Sunday offerings.
But you're not the only one that benefits. Christ The King benefits from steady, more predictable revenues throughout the year, more efficient bookkeeping and greater confidence in meeting its financial commitments.
How do I sign up?
Signing up is easy. Call the church office and ask them to send you an enrollment form or download the form. Once it is completed and returned to the church office, you will be informed of the start date. You can reach the church office by calling 305-665-5063.
If you have signed up in the past and wish to increase your contribution, please fill out a new form so that the change in contribution will be effective with the beginning of a new year.
Simply Giving members participant in the Sunday offering by using stickers which will be provided to each member who participates. The stickers will be affixed to an envelope and then placed in the offering plate.
Simply Giving® Program Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do people at Christ The King use Simply Giving® now?
A. Yes, we have many families using it .
Q. What are the major advantages of electronic giving by direct debit?
A. Direct debit is all about convenience for you and consistency for the church. Electronic giving
eliminates frequent check writing and helps members stay on track with pledges even when
they are unable to attend services. The church in turn benefits from much-needed donation
consistency and a reduction in the volume of check and cash contributions that must be handled
and manually processed in the church office.
Q. How does Direct Debit Giving work?
A. Contributions are transferred automatically from your checking or savings account to the church’s
Q. How are my automatic contributions deducted and transferred?
A. First, you sign and return an authorization form to the church indicating the amount you wish to
contribute on a regular basis. Contributions are then transferred through the Automated Clearing
House (ACH) network—the same network already used by families to make mortgage and
utility payments or to receive payroll earnings and Social Security income. Direct debit goes by
other names including Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), automatic payment, or simply, ACH.
Q. When will my contribution be debited from my account?
A. A debit to your account will occur each month on the date you specify on your authorization
Q. How will I keep track of contributions in my check register?
A. Since your contribution is made at a preestablished time, you simply record it in your
check register on the appropriate date. Electronic contributions will appear on your bank statement.
Q. What can I use to prove I made a contribution?
A. Your bank statement will show an itemized list of electronic transactions that can be used as
proof of your contributions.
Q. Is giving by direct debit risky?
A. It is certainly less risky than writing checks or carrying cash to church. To process electronic
donations, the church uses Vanco Services, LLC—an established and highly-regarded
company that moves funds directly from church members to the church on the same day without
any delay. Vanco processes contributions for more than 10,000 churches and nonprofit
Q. How much does direct debit giving cost?
A. It costs you nothing and it costs the church very little. It is the lowest cost method of transferring
Q. What if I try electronic giving by direct debit and don’t like it?
A. You can cancel your authorization at any time by notifying the church office.
Q: Whom do I call if I have more questions about Simply Giving®?
A: Please call the Christ The King Lutheran Church Office at 305-665-5063. Simply Giving® is administered by Vanco Services, LLC, an outside vendor that Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has contracted with to provide administrative services. Individuals should contact the institution benefiting from their giving. Institutions should call Vanco Services at 800-675-7430. Your financial representative with Thrivent Financial also may be able to answer your questions.
To enroll in Simply Giving®, download the Simply Giving Form and return it to the church office.
Questions? Call the church office at #305-665-5063.
To download the Simply Giving® Form in Adobe Acrobat Reader®, please click below.