By Rocky Poole
As most of our congregations have suspended services at the church and are moving to electronic means for worshiping, a consideration of this change is how to maintain receiving a regular offering. Below is some information on ways that we can help our members continue their faithful giving and to ensure the uninterrupted operation of the church.
First, here is a message we received from Olanda Carr, Jr., Senior Ministry Relations Officer at the Presbyterian Foundation, with information and resources they have available:
I pray that you all are doing as well as can be expected in the midst of this storm. If your area is anything like mine, you have probably seen an increase in cancelled and/or streamed services. Thus, as a tool of assistance, here is a link to some of the Presbyterian Foundation’s services for these uncertain times: http://www.presbyterianfoundation.org/information-and-resources-on-covid-19/.
One of the highlighted resources included in the link above is our online giving service.
Second is this link to 10 tips published by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
Third is information we, at First Presbyterian Church of Williamstown, are sending to our members as an initial step in response to moving our Sunday worship services to Facebook Live:
As you are able, please continue to support the work of our congregation financially during this challenging time.
Checks can be mailed to the church office directly at 314 W. Fifth St., Williamstown, WV 26187 or placed in the mail slot at the church building off of West Fifth Street. (Please do not send cash through the mail or place cash in the mail slot). Also, we can arrange to come to you.
Next Sunday, along with the bulletin, you will receive a stamped envelope with the church address on it that you can use to mail back your offering at your convenience.
We are also working to make online giving possible and will keep you posted on this.
Thank you for your many continued gifts (of many kinds!) to the church!