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GIVING FAQS

  • Are my donations tax-deductible?
  • Generally. Maplewood is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations that we receive are tax-deductible. However, you should consult your tax advisor to see if you can deduct your donations. You will receive a receipt of your gift by e-mail.

  • Is giving on the site safe? Is your site secure?
  • Absolutely. Our site uses industry-standard SSL technology to ensure that the information you enter is kept secure from prying eyes. In addition, all sensitive information that we keep in our database is stored in encrypted form so that it is not human-readable.

  • What are the three different funds for?
  • The General Fund simply sends your gift to pay for the everyday operating expenses of our church. The Missions Fund will designate your gift specifically for the support of our church's missions program. Finishing And Flourishing is our temporary capital improvements campaign for 2012 through 2016 to enable us to modernize and expand our facilities.

  • Why do I have to re-enter my credit card information each time?
  • When you chose 'One-time', we treat it as such and don’t keep any financial information beyond the one time gift. We do offer a 'Recurring' option that allows you to contribute regularly once or twice a month – by credit card or direct withdrawal from a bank account.

  • Will I get spam by giving you my information?
  • While we may occasionally use your information to contact you, Maplewood does not buy, sell, barter, trade or otherwise distribute your information to any organization other than for the purposes you’ve given us permission to do (i.e. we have to tell the credit card company your name in order to charge your credit card).

  • I received a message saying that your site’s certificate wasn’t recognized. What should I do?
  • Your computer’s list of Certificate Authorities isn’t current. You should update your computer’s operating system software to get a current list. In the meantime, it is safe to use the site - the message is just a warning to make you aware of the situation.

  • Is there a minimum amount I need to contribute?
  • No. You can designate any amount to be given.

  • Do I have to have an account with a particular bank?
  • No. This will work with any bank account located in the United States, as well as the major credit card companies.

  • What if I change my mind?
  • If you gave a one time gift there is nothing to cancel. If you have scheduled a recurring gift, you can cancel your participation at any time by contacting Maplewood or through a modification on the giving page. You can also change the amount of your contribution at any time. Just keep in mind that it may take as many as seven to ten business days to implement your change. If you change your mind about a particular gift you have already given, and want it back, well, very simply, we don't do that.

  • What if I want to give more to Maplewood on special occasions?
  • You are always free to make gifts to the Lord's work here in excess of your monthly contributions. Some people do this as part of their year-end tax planning, or as part of an estate settlement. Your contribution can be placed in the offering basket, mailed to the church office, or given through the one time gift page.

  • Can I get a copy of your financial reports?
  • Financial reports are handed out in the quarterly business meetings held the last Wednesday night of every third month. Additionally, our church constitution contains the following section: 'A member, judged to be faithful in tithing by the pastor or a majority of the deacons, may, upon request, examine any and all financial statements and reports. This would include but not be limited to monthly financial statements, bank records, checkbooks, budget books, offering records, deposit records, receipts, investment records, etc.'

  • Do you believe tithing is required for the New Testament Christian?
  • Yes. We believe each Christian is commanded to pay 10% of their income to the Lord's work, and to do so faithfully. Additionally, we believe Christians are called, depending on their personal financial situation, to generously and perhaps sacrificially give offerings beyond this for the advancement of the cause of Christ.

  • Isn't this giving supposed to be part of the church service?
  • We do not believe this is mandated scripturally, but we do make that available, and always will. This method simply allows people to pay their tithe and give their offerings the way they now pay the majority of their bills, online, if they wish to do so.

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