Offering


In-Person & Mail Giving


Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of East Petersburg provides several in-person options for giving.

Offerings may be presented during our weekly in-church services, during our weekly office hours or delivered by mail.

In-Person Worship Offering

During the pandemic, our Sunday, 10:30 a.m. in-church participation observes social distancing guidelines and a limited gathering. Donations are welcome during services.

Office & Mail-In Offering

Offerings may be brought to the church during our weekly office hours, or sent in the mail using the address below. For directions, please click the linked address below.

Office Hours

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Weekdays)

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Chuch
1905 Broad Street
East Petersburg, PA 17520

Mobile App Giving


To donate through a mobile device, a participant donor can download and install the donation app through Google Play or the Apple App Store.

When the app is installed on a mobile device, a participant donor can complete the online Offering registration form, select a donation category, designate a recurring donation amount and assign automatic electronic payments to be made through a bank account or credit card (if applicable).

Mobile Apps

Online Giving


Online offering is an easy, safe way to support Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church when you cannot attend church. Online offering is an easy way to support Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church when you can attend church, but want to assist even more.

Given the development of the pandemic, and how it has affected our community, the online Offering program provides a safe, efficient and simple avenue to assist the church.

With this program, our online Offering congregation does not need to bring cash or checks to Sunday services. Through electronic donations, contributions can be made as a scheduled, recurring offering or as a one-time offering.

Participants may click the button below, select a donation option from our comprehensive giving list, create a personal ID & password.

Special Giving


To make special donations to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of East Petersburg, please click the button below for more information. This Giving option is as simple & secure as our many online options.

Simply Giving —

A general fund that supports our ministry in East Petersburg.

Special maintenance —

Large projects that are not part of the annual budget.

Bulletin Sponsorship —

The weekly Sunday bulletin costs $20.

Altar Flowers Sponsorship —

Flowers for 1 Sunday cost $30 per vase.

Gospel Candle Sponsorship —

Sponsorship for 1 Sunday is $3.

Eternal Candle Sponsorship —

Eternal Candle for 1 Sunday costs $3.

Memorial Fund —

in memorial or remembrance of an individual.

World Hunger —

Sustainable solutions that are designed to alleviate causes of hunger and poverty.

Tanzania —

Supporting Forest Church in Tanzania.

Lutheran World Relief —

Supporting worldwide Lutheran relief efforts.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is online Offering?

Online Offering is a way for our Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church community to make direct electronic donations to the church. The contribution is an automatic deduction from your checking, savings or credit card (if applicable) account that is transferred to the church.

What are the advantages of online Offering?

Online offering is an easy, safe way to support Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church when you cannot attend church. Online offering is an easy way to support Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church when you can attend church, but want to assist even more. Given the development of the pandemic, and how it has affected our community, the online Offering program provides a safe, efficient and simple avenue to assist the church.

With this program, our online Offering congregation does not need to bring cash or checks to Sunday services. Through electronic donations, contributions can be made as a scheduled, recurring offering or as a one-time offering. Participants may click the button below, select a donation option from our comprehensive giving list, create a personal ID & password.

What are the basic steps for using online giving?

Select if you want to use the mobile app or use our Web site. Complete the online registration form, select a donation category, designate a recurring donation or one-time donation and designate the donation amount. Assign automatic electronic payments to be made through a bank account or credit card, which you will register as a payment method.

May I set this up to give a standard weekly amount?

Yes. We suggest that you do a recurring monthly donation—instead of weekly—as this will be easier for you to track and the church will pay only a small service fee for each transaction.

What are the advantages of online Offering?

Online offering is an easy way to support Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church when you cannot attend church, but want to ensure consistent participation. Given the development of the pandemic, and how it has affected our community, the online Offering program provides a safe, efficient and simple avenue to assist the church financially. With this program, our online Offering congregation does not need to bring cash or checks to Sunday services. Through electronic donations, your contribution can be made as a scheduled, recurring offering or as a one-time offering.

How are my online Offering contributions deducted from my account?

When online Offering participants complete the online registration, contributions will be automatically & securely transferred from your bank account to the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

When will my contribution be deducted from my account?

Your electronic online Offering will be transferred to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church during the designated transfer days that you choose when completing the electronic donation form.

If I do not write checks for my donations, how do I keep my checkbook balanced?

With safety, personal redundancy and ease, online Offering participants can record the donation on the appropriate date, because your contribution is made during a designated time by you. Electronic contributions are recorded on your bank statements.

With no canceled checks, how can I see my donation on my bank statements?

Statements provided by your bank will list item-by-item transactions, including electronic transactions, like your donations.

Can different online Offerings be scheduled for transfer at different times?

Yes. Online Offering participants can contribute different offerings during different times. Online Offerings scheduled for different giving opportunities and for different times must be scheduled as individual, recurring or one-time donations.  Online Offering participants will receive a receipt when they setup each donation.

What if I change my payment method, or move to another bank?

Login to your online Offering account. Update the account information that relates to your recurring donation.

Is online Offering safe?

Yes. Electronic contributions cannot be lost, stolen or destroyed and are recorded/reported with a high rate of accuracy. Electronic payments through our online Offering are safer than in-person cash and checks donated during Sunday services.

What if I try online Offering and do not like it?

You have complete control. Online Offering accounts and payment donation schedules can be deleted or edited when you log into your account.

How do I sign up for online Offering?

First, you should decide if you want to use the mobile app or sign up from our Web site.  If using the app, you must install it on your mobile device first. To donate from our Web site, proceed to our Offering page and pick Donate on your desired giving vehicle to start the process.

Am I required to give this online system an e-mail address?

Yes. Whether you are using the mobile app or a computer from our Web site, your e-mail address is required to create your profile. You will be asked to create and to maintain a unique password to use for online giving.

Which is easier to use, the mobile device app or the zionep.org Web site?

It depends on your preference for using a mobile device or a personal computer. We prefer the mobile device. When one is setup with your account information, you should continue to use it, because there will be another registration process if you choose to switch.

What currency is accepted and are there any limits to my giving amount?

U.S. dollars are the only currency accepted in complete dollars. There is a $30,000 per transaction limit with no more than $100,000 given in any 30-day period.  Of course, if you wish to give us a large donation, we suggest that you contact finance@zionep.org to discuss your gift.

Is there any cost to electronic giving?

Yes. There is cost to the church. How much of a cost depends on whether or not you use ACH from your bank account or a credit card. In both cases, that cost is paid by the church and not you. This is why we prefer a direct transfer from your bank account. Using your credit card will cost the church 2.75% of your donation as a processing fee, per transaction.  There is an option when using a credit card that will increase your donation by 2.75%, which will allow you to cover that cost.

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