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 (firstname.lastname@example.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).
Through this program, funds are automatically withdrawn directly from a checking, savings, debit or credit card account by Vanco Services and deposited directly into St. Mark’s bank account.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 processing fees for these electronic transactions.
Stocks and Securities
Gifts of appreciated stocks and securities can be made at any time, for any purpose of the donor’s choosing. 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 wills or estate plans, we are able to pass along some of what we have received for future generations of faith. 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 Dollars
Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who’s eligible to direct Choice Dollars? The Thrivent Choice program —Thrivent’s member-advised charitable grant program— is an easy way for eligible Thrivent members to recommend how Thrivent Financial should distribute a portion of its charitable outreach funds. This is done through a vehicle called Choice Dollars, which you can direct to support St. Mark’s.
Simply go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt. Our church is listed on the Thrivent webpage as “St Marks by the Narrows Lutheran Church.” Every dollar earned will be applied to our Mortgage Principal Retirement Fund.
St. Mark’s can benefit financially almost any time you shop with Amazon! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, shopping features, and Amazon Prime member benefits as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile at the same price. Since you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile, your shopping cart, Wish List, registries, and other account settings remain the same. To register, go to smile.amazon.com. Under your Accounts & Lists menu, click into Your AmazonSmile, search for “St Marks Lutheran By the Narrows“, and designate St. Mark’s from there. Every dollar earned will be applied to our Mortgage Principal Retirement Fund.
If you have a free Rewards Card at Fred Meyer, nearly every purchase you make there can benefit St. Mark’s. (If you don’t have a card, applications should be available at all registers or at the Customer Service Desk.) You just need to link your card once to St. Mark’s. Go to www.fredmeyer.com. If you don’t have an online account, you will need to create one. Then scroll all the way to the bottom of page and click on Fred Meyer Community Rewards link –> click on Re-enroll or Link your Rewards Card Now and search for “St. Mark’s Lutheran Church by the Narrows.” You will continue to receive Rewards Points, Rebates and Fuel Points. Every dollar earned will be applied to our Mortgage Principal Retirement Fund.
St. Mark’s can earn from 1% to 4% on eligible purchases from Bartells if you have a free ‘B’ Caring Card. (If you don’t have a card, you can pick one up at any Bartell Drugs.) There are three ways you can choose to link St. Mark’s to your Bartell’s card: (1) complete a hard copy “escrip” registration form at the store; (2) call 1-800-931-6258; or (3) register online at https://secure.escrip.com/signin/index.jsp. Every dollar earned will be applied to our Mortgage Principal Retirement Fund.