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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 2023-2024 3rd Quarter Update

March 2024

 

Dear Community Church Members and Supporters,

 

Thank you for your continued support of Community Church through your gifts. The end of March is the close of the financial year for our church family, and these are our results for the first 11 months of the ‪2023-2024 financial year:

 

• Actual Donation Income to Community Church increased by 5.34% year on year (HKD 7,481,937 vs HKD 7,102,714)
• Total expenditure increased by 6.9% from the same period last year (HKD 7,530,133 vs HKD 7,045,681) primarily due to higher staff expenses
• The net result is a relatively high shortfall of HKD 994,848 (vs shortfall of HKD 1,347,372 for the same period last year)

 

Praise God for this provision. Even though we face a rather high shortfall in our church’s history, we remain prayerfully unafraid—last year’s even bigger shortfall ended with a surplus, bolstering our faith in Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides.

 

As family members, we each have a role to play in making the family budget balance and enabling our church to operate normally. This family needs you. So if you normally tithe at the end of the financial year, or review your finances and top-up your contribution at this time, do not forget that March 31st is quickly approaching. Resolve this in good time, and our Treasurer will issue receipts for tax purposes by the end of April.

 

It is worthy to highlight the fact that in addition to covering our own expenses, the first 15–20 cents of every dollar donated to Community Church goes towards our Outreach ministry, which has a goal to help those who cannot help themselves breathe a little easier.

 

To keep tithing and giving in spite of fear and economic headwind is God-honoring, and from 1 Samuel 2:30 we can cling on to the promise that God will honor those who honor Him. This is not prosperity gospel; we are merely acknowledging that our Ultimate Provider is Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides.

 

As Christians, money is not an aim in itself, but a means to enable us to grow God’s Kingdom, to visit the prisoners, to comfort the sick, and to give care to those who need it, from the orphans to the elderly. Serving and building the Kingdom of God is our genuine privilege.

 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Be blessed to bless others.

 

In Christ,
The Stewardship Committee