1208 Rose Creek Dr, Woodstock, GA office@gslutheran.org +1 770-924-7286

Giving Choices

Thank you for your interest in supporting the ministries and mission of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church! We are pleased to offer many ways to contribute to our ministry and mission.  Choose the option that works best for you!

SIMPLY GIVING (Preferred Method of Good Shepherd)

SIMPLY GIVING is a systematic and cost effective way to fulfill your pledge to Good Shepherd, through deductions from your bank checking and/or savings account.  SIMPLY GIVING makes your pledge much easier to manage, keeps you current even when you are not able to attend services, and helps other fluctuations in income that affect giving consistency.  The enrollment process is easy – just fill out the authorization form and return it to the church Office Coordinator.  You can modify or cancel your participation at any time by contacting the church office. 

ONLINE DONATIONS

We also have a new way for members and visitors to contribute offerings and donations to Good Shepherd. Our online donations are facilitated through an online service called Vanco Payment Solutions. Vanco is recognized and recommended by the ELCA and adopted by many Lutheran churches across America. They are the same vendor that processes our SIMPLY GIVING program.  To obtain the most benefits, as noted below, we encourage you to set up an account through either our website by clicking the GIVE NOW button below, or utilizing the “Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement” app from your smartphone.  You can download the free mobile app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.    

Simply click the ‘Give Now’ button to give generously, confidently, and securely!

Please note that if you have used GivePlus in the past, you will need to download the new “Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement” app. Your login information will remain the same and any reoccurring payments that are set up will continue. This new “Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement” app is primarily just a “face lift”, with everything operating the same behind the scenes. Simply Giving transactions will not be affected in any way.

Need more help with the app? See this simple five step instructional sheet to walk you through the process. Be sure to look for the app, “Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement”

(Please note, although VANCO MOBILE and SIMPLY GIVING are the same parent company, if you switch to VANCO MOBILE giving, it will not cancel your SIMPLY GIVING authorization. You must contact the church office to make changes to any SIMPLY GIVING transactions.)

Features of VANCO MOBILE Registered Account Holders

  • Access from our website or your mobile phone
  • Designate Good Shepherd as your home church (search using the word “woodstock” and look for our church logo.
  • Manage your own donations without involving an administrator
  • Schedule a recurring payment or donate one time
  • Receive an e-mailed receipt for your transaction
  • Select that the convenience fees and processing charges are added to your donation and not passed on to Good Shepherd.

Features of VANCO MOBILE Guest Access

  • Access from our website or your mobile phone (mobile is through Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement App)
  • Make a one-time donation to Good Shepherd
  • Manage your own donations without involving an administrator
  • Select that the convenience fees and processing charges are added to your donation and not passed on to Good Shepherd.

No credit, debit or banking information is stored on Good Shepherd’s servers.  Once you select to donate, Vanco Payment Solutions (the parent company of Vanco Mobile, and the same company that processes our transactions for SIMPLY GIVING), maintains the highest level of PCI-compliance which meets or exceeds all industry standards to safeguard your data.  This includes leveraging technology and encryption to ensure that your data stays safe during all transmissions. 

When using Vanco Mobile and considering annual pledging to Good Shepherd budgeting purposes, select recurring donations to our general fund. 

When available, use the other fund categories available for initiatives other than your pledged giving: flowers, youth fundraisers, donuts, etc.   This will help ensure that we continue to meet our regular budgeted expenses.

ONLINE BANKING  

For those who pay their bills online through online banking, you can setup payments to the church using the church information:

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1208 Rose Creek Dr.
Woodstock, GA 30189
770-924-7286

Put your envelope number in the account number.  If you are unsure of your number, please contact the church office.

CHECK  

Make checks payable to GSLC and place in the offering plate on Sunday morning, drop it by the church or mail it to the address below.

Mailing Address:
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1208 Rose Creek Dr.
Woodstock, GA 30189
770-924-7286

Other GIFT Programs and Opportunities

Shop at Kroger:  Tie your reward card to Good Shepherd and Kroger will mail us a check based on purchases.

Shop at Amazon Smile:  Instead of shopping Amazon.com, go to Smile.Amazon.com, select Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Woodstock as your designated charity Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church whenever you shop and Amazon will mail us a check based on purchases made.

You will be directed to log into your Amazon account through this link

Direct Choice Thrivent Dollars:  Are you a member of Thrivent?  Direct your Choice Dollars to Good Shepherd and they will mail us a check. Contact your local representative to assist you with the process.

 More detailed information on these GIFT Reward Programs are available under GSLC Partners on our website at:   https://gslutheran.org/outreach/gift-reward-programs/

Special Gifts to Good Shepherd –Mission Endowment Fund: It might be the spirit of your love and involvement with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the need for more tax deductions, an unexpected bonus, holidays or some other reason.  Taking a little bit of time now – to review your giving options and plans – can certainly save a lot of time and trouble later on.  However, it can also insure that your gifts have the maximum impact on the Mission Endowment Fund of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

How you make your gift can often affect how much your gift will be.  Choosing the best property and timing for your gifts may even allow you to make a larger gift to the Mission Endowment Fund of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at the same after- tax cost to you.  In addition, saving taxes now may even have a “multiplier” effect as the money you save continues to grow for the future. For more information, contact us at 770-924-7286. Donations can also be made online through Online Giving, by selecting the Mission Endowment Fund.

Please read our policy on Memorials and Special Gifts to Good Shepherd.