“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops.” Proverbs 3:9
Support St. Paul's
DURING THE VIRUS EMERGENCY
Donate or Pledge Any Amount
To make a one-time or a monthly donation or pledge payment of any amount, click on the "Donate" button and it will take you to a separate St. Paul's/PayPal page where you can use your credit card, or if you prefer, your PayPal account to donate an amount of your choosing. The donation amount will automatically be charged to your credit or debit card.
Recurring Donation: Weekly
You can make a weekly recurring donation of a fixed amount using the below toggle arrows to select an amount of your choosing and clicking "Subscribe". You will then be taken to a St. Paul's/PayPay page to complete the donation. The donation amount will automatically be charged to your credit or debit card each week.
Recurring Donation: Monthly
If you wish to make a monthly recurring donation of a fixed amount, use the below toggle arrows to select an amount of your choosing and click "Subscribe". You will then be taken to a St. Paul's/PayPay page to complete the donation. The donation amount will automatically be charged to your credit or debit card each month.
Check or Cash
Please make checks payable to St Paul's Episcopal Church. Checks or cash may be dropped off at the office lockbox which which is next to the parish hall doors and is checked daily. Checks may also be mailed to our church directly at:
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
401 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040
Dear St. Paul's Community,
This is an unprecedented time for us in our nation, in Key West and at St. Paul's. As businesses are closed, beaches are shut down and even as our services are cancelled, we are still the Church, still the body of Christ. St. Paul's role in our lives and in our community is more important that ever. We are going to continue to pray together, be a church, and be one in spirit, but now through digital means. We are going to need to reach out and care for each other, and for our neighbors. As the needs become clearer, we will act. We need to be ready. To be ready, we also must continue the practice of stewardship. Without Sunday services, we can no longer pass the plate. If you have typically made your contribution in the plate, will you consider continuing making your gifts to St. Paul's electronically or by mail.
Necessary procedures to protect the public health are already taking a toll on finances at St. Paul’s. While we hope that pledge and regular attendee contributions will eventually equal what is being missed, “plate” collections (the money given by one time visitors) at regular services, and donations collected in the box during the week are probably lost for good.
How can you help?
You can mail in your donation. The mailbox is still checked daily and volunteers are still able to log in donations and make bank deposits. The Church’s mailing address is 401 Duval Street, Key West, Fl 33040.
In person We do not urge anybody to leave their home for the sole purpose of bringing a donation to the church. But, if you are on the island and will be out anyway, checks can be left at the office. If a volunteer is at the office, it can be delivered personally. (Please understand that the office person will still need to practice social distancing and not be able to remain in close proximity to visitors.) If nobody is at the office there is a lock box that is checked daily by the office door. The size of the box and the opening probably won’t accept large envelopes, so only the check should be inserted.
Donate Online You may visit the church website for giving here which includes options to donate online. This service does come with a service fee to the church. If you’d like to cover the fee, approximately 3% extra will do that. (For example, adding $6 to a $200 contribution will yield approximately $200.) You can submit your regular pledge online. The tellers will give credit to those with church accounts for all donations.
If you are unable to contribute at this point, please make a personal commitment to yourself to forward the whatever you would give if present, later, when the danger has passed. Almost all the expenses of the parish (utilities, maintenance, insurance, etc.) continue whether or not the congregation can gather. It is important that the current loss in contributions not become permanent.
We’ve made great strides in the past few months toward financial stability. The virus and the necessary cancellation of opportunities to gather are a serious blow. But, working together, we can assure that St. Paul’s remains a solid rock in our community.
The Rev. Stephen Carlsen, Interim Rector
Ray Warren, Senior Warden
Greta Philips-Ford, Junior Warden
If you need more information or have questions about making a donation or pledge,
please email the church office.
How much should I pledge?
Determining the amount of your annual pledge is between you and God. However, as you make this important decision, reflecting on your vision of stewardship may be beneficial. A helpful perspective on a common maturation of the Christian Vision of Stewardship suggests that we consider our personal vision of stewardship in terms of a spectrum:
- I give because I am supposed to give — a sense of duty
- I give to pay my own way — a sense of fairness
- I give to return a portion of my blessings — a sense of gratitude
- I give to keep church ministries free to all — a sense of generosity
There is no secret as to how you move along this progression. However, when you push yourself to another level, you will find your faithfulness expanding as well.
What is proportional giving?
St. Paul’s is committed to proportional giving, with the goal of tithing (10%). If you are not pledging 10%, pledge a lower percentage and consider increasing your pledge each year. We ask that you prayerfully consider what level of giving is right for you and your family.
What is a tithe?
A tithe is 10% of your income. At its General Convention since 1982, the Episcopal Church has affirmed the tithe is the minimum standard for giving and encourages its members to tithe or be working toward a tithe. This resolution recognizes that many persons choose to divide their tithe among the church and other worthy organizations. A tithe may sound like an unattainable goal to begin with, but if you start with a certain proportion of your income and increase the percentage each year, you will be tithing in a short time. You could start with 5%, a half tithe. Another option is 2½%, which is roughly equivalent to pledging the first hour’s pay of a 40-hour work week.