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Rockville Evangelical Mission Church

  
  

What are ways to give at REM Church?

  1. Cash or Personal Check – write a personal check, put cash or check in the offering envelop and drop in the offering box at church, or mail it (Do not put cash in mail) to: REM Church, 110 Central Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
  2. Bank Bill Pay – use bank bill pay from bank checking account, setup payee as REM (110 Central Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877).  When a bill pay to REM is scheduled, your bank will send a check to REM directly, and it will be processed same as regular check donations.
  3. Online Giving – click Give Online, or download the Church Center App from a mobile device. (Tutorial video)
     
  4. Amazon Smile – When you shop at our AmazonSmile page, Amazon donates to Rockville Evangelical Mission. Learn more. If you already use Amazon Smile, you can search for "Rocville Evangelical MIssion" to find our church as your designated charity.

What is Church Center?

Church Center is web site and APP operated by Planning Center, a 13-year-old company dedicated to provide tools for Church and Ministries.  We use it as online donation platform, because it has the lowest cost we found.  We pay a low monthly fee in addition to the payment processing fee of Stripe.  And according to their web site, they are used by over 50,000 churches and their co-founders worked at a church in full-time ministry.

Are there any fees?  

Planning Center does not charge any fee for donors, they only charge small monthly fee to church. The processing fee we got through Planning Center is discounted rate from Stripe: 2.15% + $0.30/donation for credit and debit card donations, 0% + $0.25 per ACH bank transfer donation.  If you are using credit card, we encourage you to consider increasing the contribution to cover the processing cost.

What is ACH?

ACH is a Checking or Savings Account transaction. ACH stands for Automatic Clearing House, also known in the past as EFT or eCheck. User will have to enter in their bank account number and routing number in order to give via ACH.

Is there a mobile application?

Church Center has a mobile application that can be used to setup and track your online giving and tithing. Please search "Church Center" in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Once you download the app, you can search for "REM" Or "Rockville Evangelical Mission Church" either by name or zip code (20877).

What are the descriptions for each fund?

General Fund - Administrative, operational costs, and other most needed area.

Missions Fund - For the sending and support of missionaries and missions agencies globally.

Building Fund - To support the construction and renovation of church facilities and the purchase of facilities.

Benevolent Fund - To provide assistance and financial aid to church members and others in the community experiencing financial difficulties and other traumas toward wholeness.

Why do I need a separate Church Center profile/account?

All online giving/tithing transactions are handled through Planning Center financial system outside of REM. A Church Center profile is required to view past transactions and schedule recurrent online giving. 

Can I see a list of all of my past transactions?

By creating an account on the Church Center portal, you can log in and view all your past transactions. Creating an account is not required to give online, but it is highly recommended.

 

SECURITY

Is it safe?

REM is using the Church Center web site and APP from Planning Center to as our online giving platform.  Planning Center works with over 50,000 churches and has 13 years history.

All online giving transactions, from creating your profile, setting up your tithing, and providing your financial information are performed on Planning Center’s secure portal. No financial information or transaction information is collected by or stored in REM's website or servers. 

How is my financial information protected by Planning Center?

Planning Center is a certified Level 1 PCI 3.2 Service Provider. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a mandated set of security requirements for protecting cardholder data. These standards were developed by the founding payment brands of the PCI Security Standards Council - American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, and Visa - to facilitate the broad adoption of consistent data security measures on a global basis. Payment processing is processed by Stripes, one of the largest and most advanced provider in the world.

For more information, please see Planning Center's security page.

What can I do to protect my information online?

We highly recommend using unique passwords for each website and avoid re-using the same password for multiple websites. To help keep track of passwords, we recommend using a password manager. Please see this PC Magazine article for their recommended password managers.