How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good God has done for me?Psalm 16:12
Stewardship of treasure begins not because God has need of our gifts but because each one of us has a need to return to God a truly grateful portion of our time, our talent and our treasure in thanksgiving for all the blessings that God has given us. The highest motive for giving is our gratitude for God’s many blessings to us.
How can I be a good steward of my treasure?
Acknowledge that all of my material possessions are gifts from God.
Understand that my offering is my “thank you” to such a generous God.
Give in proportion to the gifts I have received.
Strive to proportionally build toward the Scriptural tithe of 10 percent:
-5% to the weekly Sunday parish offertory, and -5% percent to other charities of my choice.
Thank you for your generous support of the mission and ministry of our parish community!
If you would like to begin electronic recurring giving (EFT) to support our parish community, please complete the form below and return it to the parish office. Peace and every blessing be yours.
Our parish’s income in June was greater than our expenses. This is good news for any month, and especially good news for a summer month when we typically take in much less than we spend.
During the month of June 2019, our parish income was $10,515; our June expenses totaled $10,459. This made our income $56 higher than our expenses. A more detailed breakdown of our June finances is given below.
June Income Stewardship Contributions $ 7,039 Treston Bequest $ 3,296 Other Income $ 180 TotalIncome $10,515
May Expenses Employee Compensation $ 4,433 Mortgage $ 1,414 Utilities $ 505 Buildings & Grounds $ 2,083 Office $ 705 Other Overhead Expenses $ 345 Ministries Within $ 785 Outreach $ 189 Total Expenses $10,459 Excess Income/Expenses $ 56
Being in the black is good news, so why write, “BUT…”? If you look at our income figures, you’ll see that we received another $3,296 from the estate of the late Jimmy Treston. Without this bequest, we would have been in the red by over $3,000.
As our last monthly report mentioned, our stewardship donations fluctuate greatly from month to month. Holy Spirit (like most churches) receives very generous financial gifts in December. However, our monthly expenses (employee compensation, mortgage, Internet access, electricity, water, etc.) need to be paid every month. During the first six months of 2019, expenditures each month averaged over $11,000.
To pay our bills each month without dipping into our reserve funds, we need to receive around $10,000 in stewardship donations during each month. In June, our stewardship donations totaled $7,036, which is actually high for a typical summer month; but not as high as our expenditures. We are fortunate to have reserve funds to cover monthly shortfalls, but our parish needs to maintain a consistent monthly income, just as your household does. Maintaining a consistent cash flow is one of the major reasons that the parish is encouraging parishioners to give through EFT (electronic funds transfer). Using EFT enables you to give the same amount each month even if you are sick or traveling. (And, of course, you can always give beyond your automatic EFT if you wish to make a special gift.) Currently, only 26% of the households in our parish are giving electronically, but they account for over 50% of all stewardship giving.
If you are currently not giving through EFT, please consider doing so. It’s easy to sign up to give from your bank account or by credit card. It’s also easy to increase, decrease, or cancel the amount that you are giving electronically.
Electronic Giving Authorization Forms can be found on our fellowship hall bulletin board and on our parish website.
If you have any questions or comments about this or any other financial matters, please contact our parish Treasurer, Michael Havener, or another member of our Parish Council.