During this pandemic, we need to take advantage of new ways to continue our commitment to God.  With social distancing and limited abilities to come together to worship at church, our ability to contribute to St. Stephen has been impacted.  For those who are comfortable using technologies to contribute,  Vanco services provides us with a smart phone app (GivePlus) that we can use to make our donations.  You can use this app to make a one time gift to St. Stephen or an ongoing gift.




If you have never used the app before, you need to first identify what church you want to contribute to.  Entering 43560 in the zip code for this screen will bring up a list of available churches in Sylvania.  If you have already selected a church, please skip to step 3.

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Select St. Stephen Lutheran Church from the list of available options.

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sign in

On this screen, you can create an account or continue as guest.  The rest of these steps are done as a guest.

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give now

Click on the ‘+’ sign at the top of the screen to begin making a contribution.

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Fund details

Select the frequency of donation for single or multiple donations and select a pre-defined amount ($25, $50, or $100) or enter your own amount on the line and click on the “Add” button.  I selected $25 for this demo.

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Give now

Confirm that the information matches what you want for the dollar amount and frequency of donation.  If you want to change your contribution, click on the garbage can icon.  Once everything is correct for your donation, click on the “Next” button.



enter account info

Enter your banking and address information.   Note these will be saved by Vanco for future donations so you will not have to re-enter this information if you choose to continue to use the app  Vanco saves the bank information for members using the Simply Giving Program currently to make recurring donations to the church.

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donation confirmation

You should see a confirmation page with confirmation number and amount of your donation for your records.

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Thank you so much for your generosity!