A message from the Finance Team:
It is in uncertain and frightening times like these that our strength as a community, being the church, is more important than ever. While our leadership is busy adapting and establishing protocol to ensure the safety of our community, what is most inspiring is the innovation – creative ideas emerging to maintain active ministry and connection in new ways. The caring and professionalism of our ministry team, the congregational check-in from the pastoral care team, worship on YouTube, increased communication, and virtual gatherings across ministries hold us together. There is light it seems everywhere in response to this crisis.
Maintaining the financial health of Pacific Spirit United has been the focus of this committee, adapting our budget to these special circumstances. In the face of lost revenues and ongoing operational costs, we are grateful for the concern and questions from people asking how they can continue their financial support of ministry, or even provide special gifts, in this unprecedented situation. We would like to offer some practical suggestions:
PAR – this is an ideal time to sign up for regular donations by way of automatic monthly withdrawals from your bank account. The PAR (pre-authorized remittance) form can be accessed HERE or on our website. Please complete, sign and mail a copy of the form together with a void cheque to the Pacific Spirit United Church office and we will process this as quickly as possible. Withdrawals occur on or around the 20th day of each month. For those already on PAR who wish to change their monthly donation or make a special donation, simply contact Janet by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your instructions.
Envelopes - For those who would like to continue using weekly or monthly envelopes, we would be grateful to receive your offerings through good, old-fashioned mail. You might consider providing post-dated cheques for a three to four-month period. The office will be monitoring mail regularly and making deposits to the bank every two weeks. (Remember to use a damp cloth to seal your envelope).
INTERAC e-Transfers - we are now able to receive donations by e-transfer. Through your online banking, make a donation to Pacific Spirit United Church at email email@example.com. Please include your name, address, and telephone number in the message box for receipting purposes.
Donate Now Online HERE If it is more convenient for you at this time, we would gratefully receive donations through Canada Helps with which we are registered. Please keep in mind that Canada Helps retains a 4% transaction fee for one-time donations and 3.5% for monthly donations.
Gifts of Securities – A gift of shares or other securities can have significant tax benefits in certain circumstances and is easily facilitated by our investment team. Please refer to the Securities Donation HERE form for further information.
Focus on First – The Covid-19 pandemic has put a serious strain on the resources of First United impacting their ability to deliver critical services to those experiencing marginalization in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Please consider a donation to First United in this critical time either directly at www.firstunited.ca/donate or through Pacific Spirit United, clearly marked “Focus on First”.
Please consider what you might be able to do, how you might respond in faith, to lift everyone up at this time. If you have any further questions or concerns, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org.