Covid-19 Special Appeal Message
Greetings in the Lord! We hope this message finds you and your loved ones well during these troubled times.
Over the past six months, we’ve all been going through a surreal experience as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Through God’s grace most of us have been able to continue with our lives in a somewhat “normal” manner. Many others, sadly, have been adversely affected physically, financially, and spiritually. We continue to keep all in prayer for safety and healing.
Thankfully, our parish has been able to continuously minister to our flock and to conduct our divine services without major disruption, even in light of the quarantines, social distancing mandates, and the prohibition of large gatherings. We believe that now more than ever, sharing Christ’s message of love, peace, comfort, and unity is absolutely essential. We remain committed to our church’s mission statement that we are here to proclaim the Gospel of Christ and to provide a loving community where all are one in Christ.
In order that we may accomplish our goals, however, we must humbly appeal to you once again. Not only do we ask for your continued prayers in these trying times, but also for your financial assistance. Just as each of our own households have been impacted by the current crisis, so too has our church been affected. Due to the various mandates imposed on us all, we have been forced to postpone or cancel most of our parish activities at both a great spiritual and financial loss. These items, which constitute a major portion of our annual budget, include:
A decrease in Sunday collection and candle offering - $23,000
Cancellation of our scheduled Tricky Tray - $30,000
Decrease in Holy Week participation and offerings - $20,000
Cancellation of our annual Greek - $90,000
Cancellation of annual Harvest Ball - $50,000
Cancellations/decreases in social hall rentals - $50,000
We have made every effort to limit our expenditures to the absolute essentials. Still, some of our fixed operating expenses remain significantly high in proportion to the funds we have. We are running at a deficit and need to make some necessary capital improvements for maintenance purposes (we did receive a PPL and anticipate that it will be forgiven).
Early on when the pandemic first struck, we made an appeal to you all and the response was amazing. We are so honored to have such a generous community and feel truly blessed and grateful for you all. We realize that many of you have been affected financially, but we once again ask you to prayerfully consider making a special donation to help our parish meet its obligations, so that it may continue to serve the needs of our community. Please CLICK HERE to make your donation.
Thank you again for your understanding, generosity, and prayers. Please be assured of our constant prayers for you as well. May God bless you all.
In Christ’s service,
Father George Khitiri Peter Vardakis
Presiding Priest Parish Council President