Faith Direct

Have you experienced the following:  your church requests that you tithe electronically either online or via your smart phone?  Well a couple of weeks ago I and other members were encouraged to do so.  Below is a letter explaining the program. 

In this rapidly changing world of technology, church institutions need to adjust and enable parishioners to make use of new systems that are available.  I’d like to ask you to consider, not necessarily increasing your donations to Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land but making your generous gifts in a new way.  I am hoping you will join others who use electronic giving through Faith Direct to support Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land.  Faith Direct is a convenient program, and there are several reasons why electronic giving is being offered:


People have found the Faith Direct program simple to sign-up with and easy to use.  In fact, you can manage your giving using your computer or with a simple phone call.  You can easily access a statement for tax purposes at the end of the year, and you can even earn points on your credit card by donating to Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land.


You no longer have to worry about writing checks or finding your envelopes on Sunday morning.  People today are writing fewer checks, and there are increasing fees attached to check usage both for you and our Monastery.  Additionally, I know we’re all trying to do our small part for the environment and use less paper in our daily lives.


Electronic giving is good stewardship for the Monastery since it reduces the time we spend posting contributions and makes accounting easier and more transparent.  Electronic giving is also more secure than having cash or checks stored in the office, even for a short time.


I’d like to recommend the Faith Direct program to you for this exciting way to support the Monastery with your contributions.  You may also want to visit the Faith Direct website,, or call their toll-free number, 866-507-8757, for more information.

I’m convinced!  The Faith Direct program does sound like a smart move.  And particularly appealing is accessing a statement for tax purposes at the end of the year.

Once I make this move, I realize I really don’t need checks anymore.  😦  The primary reason for writing checks is for church.  But I will still need that checkbook ledger to keep track of my checking account. 🙂 [and I know some of you are saying – no you don’t].



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