Scrip

Scrip

Have you ever bought a gift card for family or friends? Have you ever used a gift card in a store? If so, you have used Scrip, or translated - 'Substitute Money'. Living Lord has joined with thousands of non-profit organizations around the country and has instituted a Scrip program here at the church.

The revenue potential for our congregation from this program is substantial, but it depends on your participation. We are asking you to buy gift cards from us. In addition, however, we would like you to buy and use these cards yourself for everyday purchases you would normally make. This is a new way of thinking, because you have to plan ahead. If you are not already using these cards for your regular shopping, we ask that you try using just one card with one merchant this month. Get used to the idea of using a gift card for your purchases. Then, slowly expand the number of cards you use each month.

How about that lunch at Bob Evans after church on Sunday. For each $10.00 card purchased we receive $1.00... Or use your $10 Starbucks card to pay for your next Frappacino (we make 7%)... Going to Lowes or Home Depot this month? Each card we sell gives us 4%... Do you buy clothes from Old Navy, J.C. Penney, or Sears? Get gas from Exxon, Shell, BP? Anywhere from 1% to 14% will go to the church.... Do you get your medications from Walgreens or CVS? 6% goes to the church! The list goes on... A full list of retailers, along with the percentage revenue for each card can be viewed at glscrip.com.
 
What is Scrip?
Scrip turns your everyday shopping into fundraising for us just by paying with a gift card. If a cashier offered you a few dollars back at the grocery store, would you say 'no thanks?' Of course not! The same idea applies to scrip. Living Lord will earn money just by your using a gift card to pay for your normal purchases instead of credit or debit. The merchants that participate in the Scrip program (and there are over 750 of them) want to support non-profit organizations like Living Lord, and in return want you to support them by shopping at their stores.
 

How does it work?
Instead of buying gift cards from individual stores, you buy your gift cards through us. There is no additional cost to you. If you want a $25 Winn Dixie card, it will cost you $25. We purchase the cards for you from a national scrip center. Every card purchase gives Living Lord a percentage of the sale amount as direct revenue. For example, for every $25 Winn Dixie card we purchase, we make 4%...that's $1.00 in revenue to the church for each and every $25 Winn Dixie card you purchase from us!
 
What Stores are Represented?
There are hundreds of stores and services that are available for us to buy gift cards from. The order form is attached which lists the participating retailers which we will be using and the dollar denomination of cards available for purchase.
 
How Does Ordering Work
Scrip order sheets are on the counter at the Scrip Window. We also have an order sheet online at our website. Click here - Scrip Order Form to download and print one. Simply fill out the sheet, attach a check made out to Living Lord Lutheran Church for the amount of your purchase, and bring it to the Scrip Window on Sunday morning. The Scrip Window is open from 8:45 AM to 10:45 am every Sunday. It is closed during the 9:00 AM service. Please do NOT drop them in the collection plate or give them to Maggie.
 
Then What?
The full church order will be submitted to the scrip center on the 1st Monday of each month and your gift cards will be at the church and available for pick up on the following Sunday. We will help deliver cards before and after each church service. As participation increases we will increase the frequency of order submission, hopefully to the point of once per week.
 
How Do I Use the Cards?
Most of you are already familiar with these gift cards. Give them as presents. Or, simply use them yourself to pay for your purchase instead of using cash, check, or credit card. Did you know that the cards can also be used to pay for your online or phone orders with each merchant? When you place your order, just enter the gift card number in the payment space for gift card redemption, or give the number to the phone representative.
 
Where Does the Revenue Go?
Revenue from this program will go to directly benefit the church and the congregation. Our church has a wonderful reputation for service and outreach to the community. However, we also must take care of the needs within our walls. Funds from this program will provide for equipment, programs, and activities within the church itself...keeping our foundation strong so that Living Lord can continue its outstanding work in the community.