Giving during the time of Coronavirus
The mission of the church is “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” We can and must pursue that mission despite the fact that we need to be vigilant about stopping the spread of the virus that threatens our people and our neighbors, not just with disease, but with financial distress. St. Elizabeth is working with an extremely bare bones budget. Even so, the rector, vestry and financial team are looking at all expenses and contributions to be responsible stewards of the incredible community and facility that has been handed down and entrusted to us. Contributions make it possible for us to pay five people whom we hold dear and who help us keep this place together!
While the church building is closed, your weekly, monthly or one-time contribution will allow us to:
- Provide upkeep and maintenance of the church building and grounds
• Allow church staff to maintain all areas of our ministry work
• Ensure that normal operations can resume when the time comes
• Offer some short-term financial relief for struggling parishioners
You can send checks to:
St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 66579
Burien, WA 98166
Or you can download and use Givelify at Givelify.com
Additionally, you can give to St. Elizabeth through the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia: https://resources.ecww.org/give-parish/st-elizabeth-burien.
Please mark your contribution so that we know if you are paying part or all of your pledge or making a one-time gift. If you would like to contribute funds for those in the parish who have lost sources of income, please indicate that on your check or Givelify gift by noting that it is intended for the “Rector’s Discretionary Fund.” (And, of course, if you are among those whose income has been reduced or lost, we understand that you need to tend to other priorities for now. Please do just let us know so that we can make responsible choices for the next few months.).
Guide to proportional giving
Giving proportionately means offering a percentage of your income. We suggest you begin your stewardship journey where you are able, and aim to increase that percentage each year. If giving 10% seems daunting, please consider starting with a pledge of just 2% of your income. For an estimate of what your pledge would be, here is a chart showing proportional giving at various income levels and percentages:
|Annual Gross Income||2%||4%||6%|
|Annual Gross Income||8%||10%||12%|