ANDREW: Three Reasons You Should Not Have Missed It!
THREE REASONS YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE MISSED IT!
(by Andrew Conrad)
Did you miss the Annual Corporate Meeting last Sunday? Here is what you missed.
First, we are projecting a $37,800 deficit for fiscal year July 13 – June 14.
What—a deficit? Yes, the reason is twofold. We now assume our full mortgage payment and all related costs of operating a building which is about a $70,000 increase over the previous year’s facilities budget. And we are budgeting for conservative growth in giving ($380,000 this fiscal year compared to $372,807 last year). NOTE: we are budgeting conservatively which we feel is wise. Our prayer is that we will not run a deficit but will in fact finish with our giving well higher than our expenses (this would require at least 10% growth in giving). We are praying and expecting God to bless us so that we grow in numbers of people largely this year. So please invite your friends and neighbors to church or a small group or an event. (You can click the following links to see the full financial report and minutes of the meeting.)
Second, we are launching a Counseling Center
This counseling center will be located in two offices at the north end of the building. Beth Detwiler is heading it up and will have a team of counselors. It will be connected with our church, but will be self-funded. We look forward to it opening soon.
Third, we need to hire another Staff person to minister to our Youth and Children.
About half of our congregation is high school age or younger (about 185 people). We NEED a staff person to meet the growing demands and needs in this area of ministry. However, we do NOT have it budgeted. God tells us to pray with boldness and persistence asking him for what we need (Luke 11:8). So here is the challenge:
- Pray boldly that God blesses us in surprising ways so we see his power at work.
- Pray for and invite friends and neighbors to church.
- Pray for new resources and giving to the church so that we can hire this year.
Finally, (yeah, I know it is technically a fourth point) we need to keep our focus on the gospel more than the grounds and on faith in Jesus more than the facilities. While this facility is a great blessing from God it is not God. Let’s not mistake the gift for the giver. In Luke 10:17-20 Jesus told his disciples not to rejoice over successes. Why? It leads to a focus on self and gifts and pride becomes dominant. Jesus wanted to keep them humbly and boldly focused on him, so he told them, “Rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”