We are here because of your generosity.
Christians should give generously not because of any biblical rule, or fear that God will be disappointed if we don’t, but rather as a reflection of the priorities of our hearts. If Christ is truly the center of our lives, then giving to the church should be an outward reflection of an inward change, signifying that God is first in our hearts.
Yes, we need your support.
St. Andrew is 100% funded through the generosity of individuals. Simply put, we couldn’t exist without the generosity of the people who call St. Andrew home.
No, God doesn’t need your money.
God wants your heart. We give in response to what God has done in our lives. We worship and serve a “give first” God, who calls us to imitate God’s selfless, life-giving ways. When we give to what God cares about, we share in the work of building God’s Kingdom. When we give generously, we share in the true nature of God’s abundant love.
Text to Give
We have made it really easy and secure to give with your smartphone. Give once or set up automatic payments.
1) Text StAndrew to 28950
2) You will receive two texts providing a link
3) Follow the link to be redirected to our secure giving page
4) Select the account, dollar amount, and frequency which you wish to give, then click “Proceed”
5) First-time users will be prompted to request a secure pin, then create an account
Check or Cash
Not only our finances but our entire lives increasingly become something God honors and uses for his glory.
Permanent Endowment Fund
Many church members want to ensure that St. Andrew ministries continue into the future beyond their lives. Remember us in your will or trust and fund Church dreams with a Legacy Gift.
Text to Give Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
Send a text message to the number 28950.
If this is the first time you have given via text, you will receive a text response with a link to a page where you will register your information. Follow the link, fill in your name, address, email address, and debit or credit card information, and you are done! This one-time registration is required to complete the donation. When the registration is complete, you will receive a receipt for your gift via text message.
Any time you want to give after your initial registration, all you have to do is send a text message to 28950 and select the amount you wish to give. Your card will automatically be charged, and you will receive a text message receipt for your gift. Message and data rates may apply.
Is the amount added to the phone bill?
No, the amount is not added to your phone bill, but it is charged to your debit or credit card, the card you registered with during your one-time registration process.
Is my personal information safe?
Your personal information is kept secure and only accessible by St. Andrew UMC and mobileAxept. mobileAxept prohibits any direct or indirect solicitation, including adverting or publicity.
What is the maximum amount I can give?
You can give any amount you wish. The maximum limit depends on how much your bank will allow you to charge to your card. You may give full dollar amounts ($25) or dollars and cents ($25.25)
Will I be charged per text message?
The cost of sending and receiving the text message is determined by your cell phone provider. It normally is the same as sending a text message to a friend.
What are the requirements?
The system works with any mobile phone with SMS or texting capability. Also, Premium SMS or short code numbers must not be blocked on your plan. If you text in your donation and do not receive a text message back, your plan may be blocked from receiving Premium SMS or texts from Short Code numbers. If this occurs, please contact your provider and request that they enable Premium SMS messaging on the phone number(s) from which you will be giving.
To be able to do the initial registration on your phone, you will need to have internet access on your phone. If your phone can do text messaging, but does not have internet access, you can still use your phone to give, but the initial registration needs to be done on a web browser, either on a personal computer or on another device with a browser. Please click here for web registration. There is no software or app that needs to be installed on your phone.
What kind of receipt will I receive?
You will receive a receipt via text message. Donations made via text messages will also be included on the contribution statement that you normally receive from St. Andrew UMC.
Once I have donated, can I undo it?
Donations are not refundable through mobileAxept, but if you made a mistake by texting the wrong amount and need to undo the donation, send HELP to 28950 and call the toll-free number you receive, 1-888-500-1997.
How can I unregister or unsubscribe?
Simply text STOP to 28950. You will then receive an acknowledgment that you have unregistered.
How do I change my personal contact information or my credit or debit card information?
Simply text STOP to 28950. You will then receive an acknowledgment that you have unregistered. After you receive this acknowledgment, you will then need to register as a first-time user again. At this time, text in the keyword, a space, and the amount you wish to give, and you will be prompted to enter your registration information which is when you will make any changes or corrections to your personal information and/or credit or debit card.
Is there a phone number or an email address that I can utilize if I need further assistance?
Yes, you can dial the toll free number (888) 500-1997 for information and assistance. You may also send an email to email@example.com with your questions or requests.
Which kind of debit or credit card can I use?
Visa, MasterCard, or Discover
How secure is this?
This solution is PCI Security Certified, and there is no data whatsoever stored on your phone. PCI is the industry security standard for credit and debit card statements, and includes a rigorous periodic security testing and audit of the entire system.
Is my bank card information stored?
This is one of the safest ways to give. Your bank card information is entered directly into the payment processor behind their firewalls. To maintain the highest level of security, only the payment processor has access to your bank card information. All communication between all parties involved in the mobileAxept solution is carried out over secure lines of communication. All communication between mobileAxept and external actors is encrypted with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) / Transport Layer Security (TLS). This is a cryptographic protocol for the secure exchange of information over the Internet. Bluefin is Level 1 PCI Security Compliant.
Why was my gift declined?
If you did not receive a reason for the decline within the text message received, please contact your banking institution. Due to certain bank policies your bank may decline the transaction for different reasons. Financial institutions have different policies regarding suspicious or fraudulent activity; for example, if you have sent multiple transactions in a row or transactions that follows a different pattern than your prior history.
If you follow the link provided with the decline message, your donation will be attempted again automatically.
Why does my bank account show a charge for $1?
When a person first registers for Give by Text, we run what’s called a $0 authorization to check that the card details are ok. Some banks and credit card institutions interpret this as a $1 authorization. This is only a temporary pending charge and the charge will be either dropped or reversed back into the respective accounts within a day or two. Because this is a pending authorization charge you will not receive an additional confirmation text. You will only receive a text receipt for the actual gift amount you entered.
Do I need a smartphone?
Any phone that is capable of sending and receiving text messages can be used. To register the first time, you may do so on your phone, if your phone has a web browser, or you can register the first time on your computer by clicking here.
Is the donation tax deductible?
As with all donations to St. Andrew UMC, donations are deductible as allowed by IRS 501(c) 3 rules.
Does it work internationally?
Yes. If you have a US number and you are abroad, your text should go through just fine – depending on your cell phone provider’s terms and policies.
I have texted my donation and nothing happens. What do I do?
If you text in your donation and do not receive a text message back, your plan may be blocked from receiving Premium SMS or short code numbers. If this occurs, please contact your provider and request that they enable Premium SMS messaging on the phone number(s) in which you will be using to give.
If you do not receive a text response right away, do not send a new text; that may duplicate the charge. If you do not receive a text response in a reasonable amount of time and you feel you have waited too long, text HELP to 28950 and you will receive a text message with a toll free number to call, 1-888-500-1997.
Can I give to multiple organizations other than St. Andrew UMC?
Yes. You may give to another church or ministry outside of St. Andrew UMC that uses the same Give by Text services. How do I know if they do? You will note that you will be asked to text to the same number 28950, but their keyword will be different. However, the first time you give to another church or ministry outside of St. Andrew UMC, you will also have to complete the registration process for that church or ministry. After the one-time registration for that church or ministry, you will not be required to do so again.