Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This PRIVACY POLICY was last updated and approved by Church Council on: March 4, 2008

Messiah Lutheran Church’s (“the Church”) Privacy Policy I s designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to control your personal information.  We encourage you to read the entire policy so that you have a firm understanding of what information we collect, how we use that information, how we protect that information, and what you can do to control your information.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. What Information We Collect
  2. How We Use Your Information
  3. How We Protect Your Information
  4. Your Control of Your Information
  5. Changes to the Privacy Policy
  6. Questions About the Privacy Policy
  7. Internet Procedures
  8. Internet Policy
  9. What Information We Collect

1. WHAT INFORMATION WE COLLECT

Personal Information:

The Church does not collect any personally identifiable information about you unless you voluntarily submit such information to us, by, for example, sending us an e-mail message.  The types of information that may be requested include your name, address, phone number, etc.

Aggregate Information:

The Church may collect aggregate, non-personal information about its users and their usage of this website and any related services.  This information is not used to identify any individual user.

Cookies:

The Church may collect information about your use of the site through the use of cookies.  Cookies are small pieces of information passed by the web server to your browser. We use cookies to identify you to the web server during page requests.  You can control the user of cookies through your browser settings.

Public Forums:

You understand that any information that you divulge in the public areas of this website, including the newsletters, news alerts, or other areas, is public information and is not kept confidential by the Church.  Please use discretion when posting information to the public areas of this and any other web site.

Information from Children:

The Church does not collect personable, identifiable information about children who view this website who are under eighteen (18) years of age.  From time to time, the Church will offer registration for such programs as Lutheran School, Vacation Bible School, which will facilitate the participation in these activities.  In these instances, the Church requires such registration to be completed by the youth’s parent or legal guardian

2. HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION

In general, the Church will only use the information you provide to us for the purpose for which such information is provided.

Third Parties:

In general, the Church will only provide your personally identifiable information to external parties when you have specifically consented to it via an “opt-in” process.  This information will only be used for the purposes for which it was collected.

Aggregate Information:

External companies may be provided aggregate information about our users.  Aggregate information is statistically relevant information based on the overall population of the user community.  This information cannot be traced back to a specific individual.

Cookies:

Information collected via cookies helps the Church determine what areas of our site are important to our users.  The Church does not use cookies to identify individual users.

Co-Branded Services:

The Church services may be offered in conjunction with other persons.  These are called co-branded services.  In order to provide these co-branded services to you, it will be necessary for us to share information with other persons.  If you don’t want your data to be shared, you can choose not to allow the transfer by not using that particular service.

Transmission Errors or Unauthorized Acts:

Although the Church will use all reasonable efforts to safeguard the confidentiality of your personal information, transmissions made by means of the Internet cannot be made absolutely secure.  The Church will not be liable for disclosures of your personal information due to errors in transmission or the unauthorized acts of third parties.

Required by Law:

In extreme cases where required by law or the court, the Church may be forced to release information regarding users of our website to permit the investigation of fraud, illegal use of the Internet, or other cases of misconduct on our website.

Other Web Sites:

This Privacy Policy only addresses the Church’s information gathering practices.  To the extent that you disclose personal information to other websites or link to other websites, you are subject to the other website’s privacy policies.  We encourage you to review a third-party website’s privacy policy before you disclose any personal information.

3, HOW WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION

Security:

Any information provided to the Church is treated with care and discretion.  When information is shared, the Church will take a proactive approach to ensure the information is kept private and not misused.  Additionally, when external entities are provided information, the Church will, in good faith, make an effort to ensure that the third party complies with all the privacy policies of the Church.

4. YOUR CONTROL OF YOUR INFORMATION

Your Choice:

The Church respects your decisions about the collection and use of your information.  You may receive information while accessing this website via from the Church or a third party.  By accessing and using this website you consent to the use of your personal information by the Church in the manner specified in this Privacy Policy.

Delete Information:

If at any time you wish to stop receiving certain types of information, you can elect to do so by sending an email to messiahmech@gmail.com.  You can also choose to delete your profile from our active database by either using the online system or by emailing us at the same address.  Unfortunately, the Church may not be able to delete other types of information, such as aggregate or stored information.

5. CHANGES TO THE PRIVACY POLICY

The Church may make changes to its Privacy Policy from time to time.  When significant changes are made that affect how information that you provided to us is used, we will post a notice on our home page, or alert you to changes by other similar means.  By continuing to use this website, you agree to be bound by any such revisions and should therefore periodically visit this page of the website and print the latest version of the Privacy Policy for your records.  For your information, the date of the last update to this Privacy Policy appears at the top of the document.

6. QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PRIVACY POLICY

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, please forward your inquiries to our Web Steward via MessiahMech@gmail.com.

7. INTERNET PROCEDURES

The internet policies referenced on this page apply to MessiahMech.com (the official website of Messiah Lutheran Church).

Intended Audience:  This page is provided to the general public.  It is the reference of the church’s Internet policies and procedures.

Comments:  You are encouraged to contact the Church Web Steward/Website administrator via MessiahMech@gmail.com.  Your comments will be thoughtfully reviewed  and shared with all relevant parties within the church.

Compliance:  Concerns about how the policies are implemented should be addressed to MessiahMech@gmail.com

501(c) Status:  Messiah Lutheran Church, with its physical location at 8154 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, VA has been granted 501(c) status by the Internal Revenue Service as a Charitable Non-Profit Organization.  If you require any additional information in regard to this status, please feel free to contact our church office (804)746-7134 during normal business hours.

Policy Regarding Use of Children’s Information (“COPPA”):

1. Currently the Church does not collect personal information from children under the age of 18 (name, home/e-mail address, phone number).  Should it do so for any reason at any time in the future, the Church shall:

a. Post a link to the Privacy Policy on the home page and at each area where information is collected from children;

b. Shall not require a child to disclose more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in an activity;

c. Shall get verifiable parental consent to collect personal information;

d. Shall get new consent when information practices materially change;

e. Shall allow parents to review personal information collected from their children;

f. Shall allow parents to revoke consent and delete information collected from their children at the parents’ request;

g. Shall post a privacy policy that complies with COPPA including:

(1).       Name and contact information of the operator of the site

(2).       The kinds of personal information collected

(3).       Whether and to whom the operator discloses the children’s personal information.

2. The Church will not post or distribute personally identifiable information of children under 18 years (name, address, phone number, e-mail address) without prior written parental permission.

3. Said prior written parental permission should be sought using the Authorization and Release form (available at the Church Office).

8. INTERNET POLICY

The Web Steward, publishing to, or anyone using this website may not post, upload, email, or otherwise transmit: (i) advertisements, solicitations, or other promotional material; (ii) information that is illegal, unlawful, or otherwise objectionable; (iii) messages that are threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, vulgar, invasive of another’s privacy, harmful to a person’s reputation, obscene, racially or ethnically derogatory, or otherwise objectionable; or (iv) material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.  We so not control the external content posted via the Church website and, as such, do not guarantee the accuracy, integrity, or quality of such content.  Under no circumstances will we be liable in any way for any content, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, emailed, or otherwise transmitted via the Church.

If you find inaccuracies or incomplete information, don’t find what you are looking for, or would simply like to say hello, email any comments, corrections, or updates to our Web Steward.  Your help is sincerely appreciated in making this website a valuable tool for the members of the congregation and our visitors, and always a testimony to our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ.  The content of these pages is the sole responsibility of Messiah Lutheran Church.  Thank you!