Offering Envelopes

Offering envelopes are the traditional way of making weekly or monthly gifts which can be recorded and acknowledged. If you wish to use offering envelopes, you may request them from the Financial Recording Secretary via the church office (office@smlutheran.org or 253-752-4966). Personalized and numbered envelopes will be mailed to you semi-annually.

Bank Bill Pay (EFT)

You may also choose to make electronic contributions through the online tools of your bank. You can set up a one-time or recurring payment to St. Mark’s from the accounts you hold at your bank.   Your bank then mails a check to St. Mark’s. The church does not incur fees for bank bill pays that you initiate. Please check with your bank for fees, if any, that they may charge you. If you use this option, please also complete a Plan for Giving (click here).

Online Giving

Through this program, funds are automatically withdrawn directly from a checking, savings, debit or credit card account by Vanco Services and deposited directly into St. Mark’s bank account.

You can make contributions online on a recurring or one-time basis and enroll yourself in online giving.  Click here to be directed to the online giving page. St. Mark’s is assessed small processing fees for these electronic transactions. If you use this option, please also complete a Plan for Giving (click here).

Online giving offers many advantages:

  1. You won’t have to write or mail checks or bring cash to church
  2. Mark’s will receive your contribution even if you are not in worship
  3. Electronic Funds Transfer is more secure than checks and the Sunday counters will not need to handle your transactions
  4. You can contribute using a checking or savings account or a credit or debit card
  5. Your contributions are recorded for you on your bank statement, as well as your financial statements from St. Mark’s. Vanco sends your contributions to St. Mark’s electronically, and they send us contribution reports that can be imported into the church data system automatically.

Stocks and Securities

Gifts of appreciated stocks and securities can be made at any time, not only for building projects or mortgage payments. For information about ways to donate stocks or securities, through electronic transfer or physical delivery, please contact the Manager of Finance and Operations at St. Mark’s. The church does not offer financial advice on the decision to donate stocks or securities, but we have St. Mark’s members who can advise you on the processes to use.

Wills and Bequests

By including St. Mark’s in our wills or estate plans, you can able to pass along some of what we have received for future generations of faith at this place. The language can be as simple as naming a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate’s residual value with the church as beneficiary. Contact your attorney for specific advice on wills and estates, and please let the church know if you have made the decision to give a bequest to St. Mark’s. You can contact one of the pastors or the Manager of Finance and Operations.

Thrivent Choice Designation

If you have insurance or investments with Thrivent Financial, you may be eligible to designate Choice Dollars to St. Mark’s. You should check with your Thrivent representative or call the Thrivent toll free number at 800-847-4836 or click here for instructions from Thrivent on how to direct Choice Dollars

Mobile Card Reader

 For various live events where donations by credit card are required or accepted, St. Mark’s uses an encrypted mobile card reader provided by Vanco. Examples are auctions and special fund-raisers for youth, music and outreach. Use of this technology requires approval by the Manger of Finance and Operations.

Just Shopping!

This is an Internet Fundraising Program for mortgage reduction at St. Mark’s. Every on-line purchase you make through our website with the participating companies generates income to help is reduce our mortgage debt. Click here to see the list of companies.

Please share this internet shopping tool with your family and friends. Membership at St. Mark’s is not a perquisite for participation.