Susan Herold • April 23, 2022
Tomorrow we have our business meeting where we affirm a new elder and vote to accept the budget. You should have received an email with the budget attached 2 weeks ago. Look for it in your inbox from Mary Crook. We will have a hardcopy at the meeting tomorrow if you need it. We will meet from 11-12 and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Dewight Johnson. He is an answer to prayer please make sure to thank him (and all our volunteers) for their service. Let's especially thank Tim Copeland and Jim Herold for their service as Elders. Don't forget to thank Mary for all her hard work learning so much and embracing updating the website and using her creative gifts and gifs of administration.
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”. 2 Cor 9:7
You can see in the above graphic that we have much to be thankful for as a church. You all are a testimony to the Bible verse above. I can tell that you prayerfully consider what you will give. You will find out tomorrow that our finances are in good standing and ready for the new fiscal year and all that it holds. It is a blessing to report on our March finances with 104% of the YTD budget met. It’s great to see that we will finish this fiscal year strong with more than a 3 month reserve available for the future.
If you are a member of the church and wish to have more detailed finance reports please feel free to request it. Ask via email: email@example.com
Susan Herold • February 19, 2022
This season is dominated by thoughts about the next fiscal year budget. In previous years we would have ministry leaders in place for all the ministries that will be active in the next fiscal year. We would have some idea of the large events or outreach that we plan to do in the next fiscal year. However, our church is now at a point where we have very few active ministries due to COVID shutting them down as well as a reluctance of volunteers to start them up again. There are so many unknowns for the next fiscal year that I am looking at other ways to form the budget for the next fiscal year that will allow us to hire a Senior Pastor and allow for some ministries (new or old) to start up and be successful.
The Bible doesn’t use the word budget, but it talks about stewardship. Joseph’s story is well known where he is tasked as the steward of Pharoah's land and “budgets” by storing resources to prepare for the times of famine. (Genesis 41:39–41) What a blessing he was to the land where he lived but also reaching to other lands where people came to ask for help during the famine.
Not having a lot of activity that we had before keeps our expenses low and, especially important, below our income. You can see that in the graphic above. We are in good shape financially and continue to maintain more than a 3 month reserve in our general fund balance.
Budgeting is an act of discipline and some would say a show of the fruit of the Spirit called Self-Control. I definitely agree. We continue to stay within the boundaries of our budget and add to our general fund balance because “The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get” (Proverbs 21:20, NLT). I am thankful for God’s hand in caring for Meadows Christian Fellowship and I take seriously the role of stewardship on your behalf. If you are a member of the church and wish to have more detailed finance reports please feel free to request it. Ask via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ask on a Sunday and I can get that to you as soon as possible. Please join me, as well as the elders and staff, in prayer as we consider the budget for the next fiscal year.
Susan Herold • January 22, 2022
“Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.” Psalm 112:5
A month ago we were celebrating Christmas and the magical season of giving. Is giving your love language? It is for my sister. She has always had the gift of generosity. She literally has given clothes off her back to people in need. I witnessed it more than once. She loves to give good gifts to those she loves and also to total strangers. It brings her joy to see the smile on a person’s face. If you go to her house you will not leave empty handed. Do you know someone with that generous spirit? I am so thankful she is my sister. Not just because she gives me great gifts but because she challenges me to be more generous too.
If you read all of Psalm 112 there is no promise that everything is great in the life of this generous giver. It speaks about how the generous giver is “not afraid of bad news” because he trusts in the Lord; “His heart is steady” it says. The psalm talks about him “distributing freely;... giving to the poor”.
December is the month when an abundance of offerings come in resulting in erasing any shortfalls we had during the fiscal year. This year was no different. Your generosity was amazing this calendar year and will pave the way for great things here at Meadows Christian Fellowship. Thank you for your faithfulness and keeping a “steady heart'' in times of uncertainty.
You will notice the income number is higher than the report sent out earlier in the month. That is the case in December due to the gifts received postmarked Dec 31st and the online gifts received in January. Thank you so much for your faithfulness to give so generously. The income this month provided 208% of the operating budget. Expenses were a little higher than last month. The one significant expense was due to repairs done to our HVAC equipment replacing a duct on the roof that completely rusted through and the installation of a new sensor so that the boiler would work properly among other things that were found during the maintenance in the fall.
Today you will receive your giving statement by email. The rest will receive it by mail if there is no email in our records. If you need a printed version please let me know at the welcome center. God’s richest blessings to each of you in 2022.