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Vanco offers new online giving option for ELCA congregations

2/19/2019

CHICAGO – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has formed a preferred vendor agreement with Vanco, an eGiving software developer and payment processor serving more than 20,000 churches across the country. The agreement offers Vanco's GivePlus suite of eGiving solutions to ELCA congregations.

The ELCA churchwide organization has sought new working relationships with companies that serve ELCA congregations. Vanco has proven its commitment to the ELCA over the last 20 years by processing payments for nearly 4,000 ELCA congregations.

Preferred vendor agreements with a few select companies are being pursued to enhance operating efficiency, leadership effectiveness, congregational vitality and financial sustainability. Special pricing, communications and promotions will accompany each agreement.

Vanco's GivePlus suite provides churches with a full range of eGiving solutions, allowing congregations to accept gifts and payments through credit and debit cards, websites, card readers, text messages and a mobile app.

As part of the agreement, ELCA congregations will receive special discounted rates from Vanco on new or additional GivePlus eGiving services.

Vanco makes handling donations easy for church administrative staff and offers churches new ways to increase donations by making it convenient for members to donate. GivePlus also integrates with the most popular names in church management software to reduce the amount of time spent on reconciling offerings.

Learn more about GivePlus and the benefits of this preferred vendor agreement.

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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with nearly 3.5 million members in more than 9,100 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.

For information contact:
Candice Hill Buchbinder
Public Relations Manager
773-380-2877
Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org

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Learning, Thinking, and Living into a Deeper and More Vibrant Faith

NIS Vital Congregations Project

Vital congregations do three things, (1) Strengthen their relationship with God; (2) Nurture relationships; (3) Build relationships in their community and in the world. This initiative is an eight-session workshop designed to heighten a congregation’s relationships with God, one another, and the world around us.

Gatherings focus on Seven Faith Practices: Worship, Pray, Invite, Study, Give, Serve and Encourage. Leaders take each workshop back to the congregation contextualizing the learning to meet the congregation’s needs.

Tools:

    1. Scripture
    2. Faith Practices/Marks of Discipleship education
    3. “Beyond Maintenance to Mission,” Dr. Craig Nessan
    4. Conversation/cohorts
    5. Congregational teams
    6. Congregational learning
    7. Congregational Vitality Survey

Cost?:

All costs for the process are covered by grants from the ELCA and the Northern Illinois Synod. Congregations are responsible for the cost of the Vitality Survey.

More information? Contact Pr. Gary Erickson, gerickson@nisynod.org

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Congregational Treasurers & Financial Leaders Newsletter December 2018

This newsletter seeks to provide basic information about topics relevant to volunteer treasurers and leaders involved in financial management in Northern Illinois Synod congregations.

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2019 Statement of Intent Forms Available

Mission Support is the proportionate share of a congregation’s income that is designated to support the mission and ministry of the church as expressed through the Northern Illinois Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  The Northern Illinois Synod shares 55% of all Mission Support dollars with our ELCA for churchwide ministries.

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2018 Statement of Intent Forms Available

Mission Support is the proportionate share of a congregation’s income that is designated to support the mission and ministry of the church as expressed through the Northern Illinois Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  The Northern Illinois Synod shares 55% of all Mission Support dollars with our ELCA for churchwide ministries.

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Congregational Treasurers & Financial Leaders Newsletter - November 2017

This newsletter seeks to provide basic information about topics relevant to volunteer treasurers and leaders involved in financial management in Northern Illinois Synod congregations.  

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ELCA resources for responding to violence

“Las Vegas. There are no words. Just prayers, lament…and the witness of love and life in Jesus Christ. Lord have mercy,” tweeted ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton the morning of Oct. 2, when the world learned of the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas.

As we reflect on how to respond, the ELCA has a range of resources available:

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My Muslim Neighbor Resources

a resource list curated by the Rev. Brant Clements

Discover Islam will provide a free set of 6 DVDs to members of the ELCA. Each half-hour long program presents a positive, insider's view of Islam. Topics include: Islam: An American Faith, Christians & Islam, and Women in Islam. Request a set through www.discoverislam.com/elca. The page also includes a link to the Study Guides available through www.elca.org. There are many other free resources available on the Discover Islam website. 

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2016 Discipleship Gatherings LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR: The Challenges of a Changing Community

“And who is my neighbor?” the man asked Jesus. Jesus responded by telling the parable of the Good Samaritan; a story about race, division, and misunderstanding; a story about compassion, mercy, and healing.

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First We Give of Ourselves

First, We Give of Ourselves is a three-year stewardship response program designed for congregations that wish to help members grow in their understanding of stewardship as a faith and discipleship practice. 

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How might your congregation observe Reformation 500?

October 31, 2017, will mark 500 years since the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation, spurred by Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses. This is an important anniversary and one that deserves to be lifted up not just on a global scale—as it will be—but in your congregation and community as well.

Through several avenues, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Augsburg Fortress will be highlighting a wide range of ideas and possibilities from various sources with ways to mark and observe this milestone.

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Gluten-Free Communion Bread Recipe

by Tami Groth, ELCA Diaconal Minister, Western Iowa Synod, from her blog Gluten-Free Communion Bread … a beginning

The requirements for this recipe included that it had to be not only gluten­-free, but also free of all of the top allergens and preferably free of the common food sensitivities that many individuals with Celiac disease also seem to have.

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