Rector’s Notes & Office News

Financial Updates from the Treasurer

With all of the current uncertainty in the world, I want to pass along a positive update regarding the finances of St. Michael’s. At the end of April, we had collected over 35% of our annual pledges and 40% of our budgeted open offerings. That puts us ahead of schedule as we come to the historically slower summer months.

The other income we had budgeted for, a $33,000 grant from the Diocese, does not look likely to be received due to COVID-19. However, thanks to a lot of diligent work from Dave Reilly, we did receive $89,200 from the Paycheck Protection Program (CARES Act) in May. This is technically a loan, but it will be forgiven since the entirety of it will be used for payroll.

Overall, our operating income is in a really good position.

You may have noticed on the online giving page that there is an option to make a gift for COVID-19 relief. As of May 24, $18,665 has been given! Those funds are being used to support members of the community who have been impacted in some way by the virus and/or corresponding economic slowdown. 

Operating expenses are about where we’d expect them to be at this point in the year. The Vestry and Finance Committee look at the financial reports each month. With the church building not currently being accessible for everyone and the reports that would normally hang outside the Nativity Hall not viewable, I’ll make updates like this more frequently.

Thank you for your generosity during the first four months of the year! We’re in a strong financial position. If you’re able, staying up-to-date on your pledges helps out a lot, especially during the summer months.

— Jeff Swart, Treasurer

Help for Present & Future PCC Students during COVID-19

PCC is offering virtual classes this summer for all types of students – ESL, high-schoolers wishing to take classes or earn an GED, adults returning to school to earn a degree or learn something new. If you’re a current student with questions, check out the Virtual Help tab on MyPCC. If you would like to learn more about enrolling, click here.

For basic needs during this time of COVID-19, check out the resources below for additional help with food, housing, technology and more:

The Collective Emotional Tug

Dear ones,  

I have been feeling a sense that there is a collective emotional tug that sways us from week to week. There are weeks when there is a collective joy or uplifted spirit and weeks when there is collective hopelessness and sadness. Sure, sometimes we may feel like we are on the other side of what seems to be the collective; but overall, I have noticed some consistencies. I was reminded during a check-in with a friend this week to try and trust God, a familiar sentiment from a sermon Matthew David preached before this pandemic. To know and to love God is to trust God. I cannot make meaning out of every struggle or disappointment this has caused, but I can rely on the faith that God walks with me, that God is walking with us. I trust that. And sometimes that is enough.  

Faithfully,
Chris Craun+

As we adjust to this new normal, please know that we’re doing everything we can to stay connected with all of you.

  • The church office is closed at least through April. With very few exceptions, only staff is allowed to enter the building.
  • We will monitor the office voice mails as much as possible, so please leave us a message if that’s the best way for you to communicate: 503/284-7141. You may continue to email Gloria with general information or to ask a question.
  • The clergy are available through texts or calls on their personal cell phones. If it’s not an urgent matter, please email them: ChrisJames and Matthew DavidBeto is temporarily out of the country for an urgent family situation but will return as soon as possible.
  • If you wish to mail in a donation or communicate with a staff member by note or letter, we are picking up the mail on a regular basis. Our bookkeeper continues to count all donations and make deposits weekly. 
  • The home page of the website (which is where you probably found this page) is the best place to see the calendar of what’s happening now, to watch live-streams and to check the video archive.

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Sun 07

Sunday Live at STMAA

June 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Red Door Zoom

June 7 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Servicio de Oración

June 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where and When

1704 NE 43rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97213
503.284.7141

Sunday Services:
7:30 - Rite I
9:00 & 11:00 - Rite II
1:00 pm - Misa en Español

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