Grace is starting a new fundraiser called Scrip. Scrip is a fundraiser that doesn’t require you to sell anything. If we get a good number of Grace members involved in this program it could raise thousands of dollars each year for our church.
Scrip is easy and convenient to use. All you do is purchase gift cards to over 700 retailers where you already shop and pay with the gift card instead of cash or credit. Participating retailers include grocery stores (Meijer, Pick ‘n Save, Sendik’s, Piggly Wiggly) gas stations, restaurants, department stores (Target, Walmart, and Kohl’s) and specialty shops like Starbuck’s, Home Depot, Cabela’s and hundreds more.
Just by using Scrip to pay for your normal weekly purchases, you can easily raise $300 or more per year.
Every gift card has a rebate percentage associated with it ranging from 1.5-20%. These are set by the individual merchants. When you buy a card at face value the Great Lakes Scrip Center gives the rebate percentage directly to Grace. All purchases can be made online when you link your bank account and sign up for Presto Pay. There is a fifteen cent convenience fee for each transaction. Checks can also be used if this is more comfortable for you.
Gift cards come in three forms:
1) physical gift card
2) physical gift card that can be reloaded online for future purchases
3) e-gift card called ScripNow which you instantly receive via email
For retailers who participate in the ScripNow program you can order, pay for and use the gift card all from your phone by using the mobile scrip app called “myscripwallet”. This is especially convenient because you could decide in the store that you want the scrip and get it right then and there, meaning you don’t even have to plan ahead!
This is a great way to give money to Grace without changing your budget. All you need to do is change how you pay when shopping at stores where you already shop!
To get started you need to make an account at www.shopwithscrip.com and sign up with our organization code that you can obtain by contacting the church office. To get the mobile version visit myscripwallet.com from your phone and log into your account.
Script orders will be placed on the third Sunday of the month. Physical gift cards will be available for pick up at church the following Sunday. If you don’t make it to church that week, they will also be available for pick up in the church office after that.
Contact Chantal Murack, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions. It’s time to put your shopping dollars to work for the benefit of our church home and the Good News of Jesus!
If you were not in worship last weekend and didn't hear Pastor Paul's first stewardship sermon on "Grace-Filled Hearts" please take a few minutes to listen to the podcast here.
This message has a lot of important information on what the Bible teaches in 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 about learning to be generous givers. It also lists some areas of our Grace ministry that will be central to our 2015 budget.
If you have any questions or comments about the message, feel free to contact Pastor Paul at email@example.com or 262-377-4770.