Stewardship

 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

 

-1 Timothy 6:17-19

1Q Stewardship Update: CASH DOWN, SMILES UP – August 2017

 
August 2017

 
 
Dear Community Church Members and Supporters,
 
CASH DOWN, SMILES UP
 

Thank you for your continued support of Community Church through your gifts. The amount of cash in the collection bags on Sundays these days has fallen — and the Stewardship Committee is delighted!
 

That’s because more people are switching to regular, direct transfer methods of sharing responsibility for the Community Church family.
 

This first quarter report for the 2017 financial year shows this is an exciting time for our church.
            * Overall donations up by 10% with increase in pledges and autopay transfers.
            * Expenses have held steady, despite inflation.
            * Venues for Sunday worship and a ministry center have been found for our offshoot,
              the Hope For All Church.
 

DONATIONS RISE
The growth in regular transfers is matter for rejoicing, as it helps the church plan and budget. But more importantly, it shows that more of us want to be a significant part of the work of increasing God’s kingdom.
 

Jesus said that where people place their treasure shows where we’ll find their hearts.
 

SHRINKING SHORTFALL
The present shortfall is HKD284,703 for the quarter, much smaller than last year’s HKD450,790 for the same period.
 

The ultimate aim is to have no shortfalls at all, and the significant shrinking of the seasonal shortfall at this point shows we are heading in the right direction.

 
CHURCH PLANTING
Wonderful venues for both Sunday worship and a ministry center have been identified for the Hope For All Church, thanks to God’s anointing of this initiative.
 

Renovation costs and increased operating expenses have been factored into the budget by Council, and will start to be felt in the months ahead.
 

BLESSED COMMUNITY
Jesus said that the way to receive was to give. As we thrive under God’s blessing, we are learning the truth of that statement.
 

Last, but not least, we extend a warm welcome to our Council Chair Solomon Ka joining the Stewardship Committee.

  
The Stewardship Committee
 
Sheila Chuang
Steve Gaultney
Kim Ho
Harriet Holbrook
Solomon Ka
Roger Lam
Kofi Owusu-Ansah
Candy So
Nury Vittachi
Carrie Yu