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

Stewardship Update: NEAR RECORD SURPLUS REPORTED, GOD BE PRAISED – June 2018

 
June 2018

 
 
Dear Community Church Members and Supporters,
 

NEAR RECORD SURPLUS REPORTED, GOD BE PRAISED
Community Church Hong Kong just recorded its second largest surplus ever, at HK$1.45 million for the latest financial year. Our God is a generous God, and His people are responding joyfully to His call.
 

The new figures include:
· Donation income reached HK$14.6 million this past fiscal year, a 6% rise in donations compared to last year.
· Steadfastness from current givers and the addition of new regular donors.
· A continuing move towards giving by autopay.
 

We thank Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides, for His continued blessings and provisions as we seek to bless others.
 

GROWING THE KINGDOM
The church community has been generous, enabling us as a family to continue to heed Jesus’ command to spread the kingdom, care for the needy, visit the prisoner and comfort the sick.
 

Operating expenses have been kept low. The HK$1.45 million surplus is the figure remaining after deducting the money passed on to organizations we support: in the past 12 months, the church has given away HK$2.3 million to such groups.
 

FINANCIAL PRESSURES
The healthy results are a particularly big achievement given the pressures of renting space right at the heart of one of the world’s most expensive cities.  We have just successfully renewed a two year lease on our current premises at an increase in rent dictated by market rates.
 

Costs are continuing to rise, so the Stewardship Committee would like to remind all members to make their annual review of their regular giving, and make adjustments if need be.
 

KEEPING TO THE PROMISE
These are exciting times for the growth of the kingdom, with the planting of our new daughter church successfully implemented in September, and in the process of prayerfully discerning a longer-range multi-year plan for Community Church to potentially buy its own premises.

 
As always, we have kept this letter brief, but full details are available for the asking, and a live report will be made at the Church Annual Meeting on June 2.
 

Paul’s promise about the Lord’s giving heart is holding true for us: “He will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.” (2 Cor. 9:10)

 
In Christ,

 

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