Cookie Policy

Last updated May 31, 2019

This Cookie Policy explains how Messiah Lutheran Church (the “Church “, “we“, “us“,  and “ours“)  use cookies  and similar technologies  to recognize you when you visit our Sites at or any of our mobile applications (collectively, the “Sites“).  It explains  what these technologies  are and why we use them, as well as your rights to control our use of them.

In some cases we may use cookies to collect personal information, or that becomes personal information if we combine it with other information. In such cases our Privacy Policy [ADD HYPERLINK TO PRIVACY POLICY HERE] will apply in addition to this Cookie Policy.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a Sites. Cookies are widely used by Sites owners in order to make their Sites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.

Cookies set by the Sites owner (in this case, the Church ) are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties  other than the Sites owner are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the Sites (e.g. like advertising, interactive  content and analytics). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the Sites in question and also when it visits certain other Sites.

Why do we use cookies?

We use first and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Sites to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” or “strictly necessary” cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Sites. Third parties serve cookies through our Sites for advertising, analytics and other purposes. This is described in more detail below.

The specific types of first and third party cookies served through our Sites and the purposes they perform are described  below (please note that the specific cookies served may vary depending on the specific Online Properties you visit):

Performance and functionality cookies:

These cookies are used to enhance the performance and functionality of our Sites but are non­essential to their use. However, without these cookies, certain functionality (like videos) may become unavailable.

■ Who serves these cookies:

  •  Cookie provider: WordPress

Cookie provider URL:

■ How to refuse: To refuse these cookies, please follow the instructions below under the heading “How can I control cookies”.

Analytics and customization cookies:

These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our Sites are being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our Sites for you.

■ Who serves these cookies:

  • Cookie provider: Google Analytics

Sites URL:

  • Cookie provider: Bing Webmaster Tools

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■ How to refuse: To refuse these cookies, please follow the instructions below under the heading ” How can I control cookies?“.

Social networking cookies:

These  cookies  are used  to enable you  to share pages and  content that you find  interesting on our Sites through  third party social networking and other  Sites. These cookies may also be used  for advertising purposes too.

■ Who serves these cookies:

  •  Cookie provider: Facebook Pixel

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  • Cookie provider: Facebook Widget

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■ How to refuse: To refuse these cookies, please follow the instructions below under the heading “How can I control cookies?“.

What about other tracking technologies, like web beacons?

Cookies are not the only way to recognize or track visitors to a Sites. We may use other, similar technologies from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called “tracking pixels” or “clear gifs”). These are tiny graphics files that  contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognize when someone has visited our Sites. This allows us, for example, to monitor the traffic patterns of users from one page within our Sites to another, to deliver or communicate  with cookies, to understand whether you have come to our Sites from an online advertisement displayed on a third­-party Sites, to improve site performance, and to measure the success of email marketing campaigns. In many instances, these technologies are reliant on cookies to function properly, and so declining cookies will impair their functioning.

How can I control cookies?

You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. You can exercise your cookie preferences by clicking on the appropriate opt­-out links provided in the cookie table above.

You can set or amend your web browser controls to accept or refuse cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, you may still use our Sites though your access to some functionality and areas of our Sites may be restricted. As the means by which you can refuse cookies through your web browser controls vary from browser­-to-­browser, you should visit your browser’s help menu for more information.

In addition, most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of targeted advertising. If you would like to find out more information, please visit or

How often will you update this Cookie Policy?

We may update this Cookie Policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to the cookies we use or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons. Please therefore re­visit this Cookie Policy regularly to stay informed about our use of cookies and related technologies.

The date at the top of this Cookie Policy indicates when it was last updated.

Where can I get further information?

If  you have  any questions  about our use of  cookies or other technologies,  please email us at or by post to:

Messiah Lutheran Church
1801 West Plano Parkway
Plano, Texas 75075
(972) 398-7500