HOW TO STAY CONNECTED WHEN SEPARATED
Dearest Steward of Saint Sophia Cathedral,
During the early centuries of the Church, local churches were organized with the goal to impact the local community by bringing the Gospel to it. Everyone in the geographical area would be the focus of the local church’s mission. Today, of course, things have radically changed, especially with social media, website, mobile, Internet and TV. Today, Church often happens outside the walls of the sanctuary, and churches must adapt and take ministry to the people. Truly, the way believers want, and need, to connect with their churches has expanded beyond the traditional.
“Now you are the Body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12:2
The present COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis could not possibly be a more perfect example of this reality. In response, Saint Sophia Cathedral is pleased to announce the introduction of LIVE BROADCAST STREAMING. And so, in order to communicate quickly and directly to you, our devout Saint Sophia faithful, we ask you to:
Follow these simple steps:
- Visit our website
- Subscribe to our Saint Sophia Live Channel (click the bell symbol to turn on “Notifications”)
- Subscribe to our Saint Sophia Bulletin for Special Announcements
- Sign-Up for Faith Direct, Church ID: DC408
- Light a Virtual Candle and Contribute to a Virtual Tray
- Light a Virtual “Kandili” (Votive Candle) for Health and Remembrance
- Text-to-Give by simply texting: 202-899-7801
- Donate by check to Saint Sophia Cathedral
- “Investment Fund” account at “Merrill Lynch” Deliver Securities (for direct transfers of stocks)
- Wire Funds transactions (Merrill Lynch Ref.#8862)
- Click Here to make a Capital Campaign Preserve and Protect Donation
- Click Here to make a Memorial Donation
- Take a picture of our QR code below and make a donation today.
During this crisis, when the absence of a physical congregation has reduced all offertory tray giving to absolute zero, we humbly ask that you take advantage of these online offertory giving opportunities. Unable to drop cash or personal check into the offertory plate, please make your faith offering by clicking on any one, or all, of the above.
Without your support, we cannot insure uninterrupted ministry to present and future generations. Please consider this inevitable reality, the longer our Cathedral remains closed, the greater the financial pressure. And the cost of our day-to-day operations remain, whether the Cathedral is full or empty. The bills must still be paid.
Our electronic giving program is convenient, and provides much-needed donation consistency over time.
If you are not already a steward of Saint Sophia, with open embrace of heart and soul, our Cathedral community welcomes you to join our spiritual family by becoming one. While stewardship, by definition, does not require a minimum contribution, please consider the annual operating budget of the Cathedral breaks down to $2,310 per steward, or just $6.33 a day. We ask you to search your innermost heart, and then please give what you can. You may remit by check, or online using our Faith Direct program (click HERE). If you need assistance, please call the Cathedral Administrator at 202-838-1553. THANK YOU!
Finally, whatever amount your heart and soul may move you to donate, please consider an additional voluntary “tithe” of 10%, or even more, on top of your gift of love. This, in addition to the above, will help offset the current financial losses incurred by the Cathedral during this time of deprivation caused by the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis. THANK YOU!
Brothers and Sisters, all of the above is only secondarily about financial support. Primarily, it is about the ability to offer uninterrupted ministry, service and outreach. It’s about our calling, our vocation, which is our primary relationship with God, with each other, and with humanity. It’s about extending God’s grace to a world in pain.
I am profoundly grateful for your continued love and support. Stay safe, stay blessed.
During this time of crisis when we the faithful, who comprise the
Church Militant, cannot be present at our posts to continue the struggle on behalf of our salvation, the Church Triumphant, the Saints, Martyrs and Angelic Hosts, have rushed in to take up the fight on our behalf. “O Son of God…Who are wondrous in Your saints, we sing to You, Alleluia!”
Please click here to donate today!
TEXT-TO-GIVE by simply texting us at 202-899-7801
In addition to Faith Direct, Saint Sophia also offers two other convenient ways to make online donations via our “Investment Fund” account at “Merrill Lynch” Deliver Securities (e.g., for direct transfers of stocks) or via a Wire Funds transactions. (Merrill Lynch Ref.#8862)
For any assistance in making donations, please call the Cathedral office at 202-333-4730 and ask for Pete Panagiotopoulos or call him directly at 202-838-1553.
Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral
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