St. George Letterhead

June 29, 2020

Dear Faithful of St. George,

These past four months have been challenging times for all of us, and our church is no exception.

Over this time, we’ve had many fundraising events cancelled or postponed. (eg Celebrate West Hartford, Family Dinners, Armenian Open Golf).  We rely heavily on all these income sources to pay our expenses.

Our expenses are approximately $10K per month.  We were fortunate to have applied for the federal government PPP (Payroll Protection Program) and received a grant of $ 17K, which we expect will be forgiven in accordance with their guidelines.

In May, our special appeal, with a target of $12K, was achieved thanks to the generosity of all of you! Every dollar counted and we reached our goal!

In June, we had Pizza Friday and Saturday which was highly successful.

Between parishioner donations and the PPP grant, we have been able to sustain our financial position and pay our expenses to this point.  The money raised goes toward providing bible studies, live streams, reflections, cultural programs through zoom like the heritage night, in addition to maintaining our facilities.

We are looking ahead to the summer months and need to generate $20K, to get us through July and August.  Please consider a donation to help us achieve our goal.

Donations may be made online https://www.sgarmenianchurch.org/appeal/, – both one time and recurring or via check mailed to church.   Do you have stocks or 401K distributions you’d like to donate?  We have the ability to accept them!        

We welcome your fundraising ideas.  One suggestion is to have a virtual tag sale.  How does this work?  If you have any items at home you want to purge, list them for sale through your local Facebook Tag sale sites or the OfferUp app, and donate the proceeds to St. George.

Your leadership team is working on what our Food Fest and Anniversary of Consecration Commemoration events will look like this year in an effort to generate income in the 4th quarter.

Thank you for your consideration as we ensure the sustainability of our church in support of her mission.

With prayers,

Rev. Fr. Voski Galstyan, Pastor

Melanie Kevorkian Brown, PC Chair