As we begin this year, it is with great joy that we acknowledge that the church has met all of its financial obligations for the previous year. The church council, committee on finance, and the board of trustees, as in years past have been very diligent in monitoring the expenses of the church. For the second year in a row, we have fully paid our apportionments to the greater church. And it is anticipated that monies saved by changing our heating system to natural gas will be significant. With that in mind, the budget has been set for this year (2016). Projected income and expenses are taken from actual amounts for 2015.
Our continued goal is to become self-sufficient as a congregation. We can no longer access the Trustees account to pay for the ongoing operating expenses of the church. And you will notice that we accomplish that with this budget as there are no money transfers from the Trustee accounts. We as members of this congregation must continue to come together and financially support its ministries fully. The good news is that this is something that we are capable of doing!!!
We have seen many positive changes in our congregation and we are sure that there will be many more. We are also aware that the past several years have seen a change in the availability of our pastor due to his secular work schedule. We thank you all for your patience and understanding during these times. It is our goal as the leaders of this church, to work with the pastor and with you the congregation in strengthening our financial standing so that we can once again offer a full salary position. We encourage you to keep this in your prayers during the weeks and months ahead and that you ask God for guidance and wisdom in your giving to the church and its ministries.
Thank you for your support!
**For reference: Please note that the Pastoral expense for Salary is $7000 less than the minimum; pension is $1000 less due to the salary reduction, and medical expenses are $2100 less due to offset through pastor’s employment with COARC. Thereby reducing the yearly budget by $10,100 per year. We are also blessed to have volunteers that clean our facility on a weekly basis, thereby eliminating the cost of hiring a sexton. We also give thanks to those who mow the church property during the summer. And there are many others who contribute to the maintenance and general upkeep of our church. It is through the combined efforts of many that we are able to keep our expenditures at a minimum. If you would like to be a part of this ongoing ministry, please speak to Pastor Ken. **
As many of you know, we have started a new initiative in church to raise money for needed repairs to the building. And this all came about by Doreen Kosnick bringing in a dollar or two each week and putting it into a water cooler jug that was in my office. I decided to name this initiative “Doreen’s Dollars.” I hope that all of you will join in this effort and give what you can, when you can.
We hope that through this effort we will be able to fully fund replacement of the social hall floors which have seen significant wear and tear. And of course there are many projects that we are dreaming about tackling once this project is completed. So I encourage you to support Doreen and her desire to keep this facility in top-notch condition. Know that your financial resources are greatly appreciated.