How to Give
1. Give Online
You can set up weekly, monthly or bi-monthly giving by credit/debit card or by ACH using the account details from your check book. ACH ('Automated Clearing House' - i.e. electronic check) incurs lower fees than card transactions and means you never have to worry about your card going out of date.
When you click on the 'Smart Giving Online' link above it will ask you to enter your cell number, and the system will then text you a one-off unique pass code. If your cell number has not already been used for Smart Giving it will ask you to set up an account with either a card or ACH.
Our 2-step cell phone authentication is more secure than a user name & password, and you don't have anything to remember.
2. Text (484) 324-2344
To securely make a gift, text any amount (just change the 100 in the default message to the number you choose) to (484) 324-2344. You'll be asked to register with a credit/debit card your first time. Don't forget to save the number in your phone. You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift.
About Giving to Good Samaritan
Members of the Church of the Good Samaritan contribute in all sorts of ways to the life of our community. We think of these ways of contributing as gifts of time, talent and treasure. There are no obligations, only opportunities. But as we contribute, whether time, talent or treasure, we find that we begin to own the church as our family, our shared mission and a part of the way in which we offer God the worship of our lives.
Our giving is a fundamental part of our worship. Worship is about giving worth to God - and through the offering our gifts to God we express the reality that it all came from Him, belongs to Him, and that we simply offer Him what is already His. As we give, we place God in His rightful place in our lives. Giving is an effective way of countering the seductive myth that our money and abilities provide us ultimate security in this life. It reminds us that we are only stewards of the good things that God has entrusted us with.
This information on this page is particularly about financial contributions to the life of the church - but if you're interested in how to contribute time or treasure, please look at the Ministries page, or get in touch with us.
Most people give regularly to the ministry of the church through direct giving from their bank accounts. The online smart giving (see link above) will authorize one time credit card donations as well as recurring gifts by credit/debit card or ACH transfers directly from your checking account. If you have already set up online giving through CCB (our online community) you can continue to use that. It is also possible to make cash gifts using weekly envelopes, and if this is what you would like to do, please ask Jeanne Lomanno in the church office for the envelopes that you need. Some people prefer to take advantage of the benefits of gifts of appreciated stock. The letter with the information for stock gifts is here. We have an opportunity once a year - usually at the very end of November or beginning of December to make a pledge for our giving for the next year. This is both a way to help us build in our church giving as a part of our financial budgeting and also a way to help the church plan its budget for the following year. Click to complete a 2018 Pledge Commitment.
Have you considered Good Samaritan in your estate planning? Just as we give a proportion of what we earn to support the ministry of the church, what about considering leaving a similar proportion of your estate? Apart from direct legacies, there are all sorts of creative ways in which you can plan your estate. Please check out our Planned Giving web page by clicking here, or contact Betsy Wolford for more information.