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 for 1Q+ 2020-21: A Word of Encouragement and Thanks

 

August 2020

 

 

Dear Community Church Members and Supporters,   

 

 

MAKING PROGRESS DESPITE CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT

 

Thank you for your continued support of Community Church through your gifts. First of all, we would like to apologize for initiating reporting for the 2020-2021 financial year slightly late, and we promise to maintain regular, quarterly communication going forward. We do, however, have cautiously optimistic results to report for the first four months:

 

• Total donation income down only 0.38% year-on-year given the current challenges in HK

• Near record number of new pledges (high single-digit increase) in the first four months

• Mild increase in the number of Autopay instructions

• Lower total expenditure due to one month of free rent and some minor decreases in operating expenses

 

Even though three years ago we established a goal to have no shortfalls at any point throughout the church fiscal year, we realize there is a consistent seasonality in the donation income pattern, and given that time and again we have seen God’s provision for us year in, year out, hence the current shortfall of HKD701,212 should not be viewed as a setback per se.

 

We would also like to take this opportunity to commend your kind generosity in reaching out to grassroots families in our city through the 10K Initiative, donating HKD442,000 to HK Church Network for the Poor’s (HKCNP) Unemployment Relief Fund, where the recipients not only receive financial assistance, but also much needed spiritual shepherding by a local church part of HKCNP’s network. As Lord Jesus himself said in Acts 20:35, it is indeed more blessed to give than to receive.

 

During this difficult, prolonged period of COVID-19, we recognize there are multiple challenges facing our congregation members, and Community Church is fully committed to practice what we preach by offering financial, time, and emotional generosity to those in our midst that are in need. Having said that, we clearly have more work to do in building Stewardship as a spiritual discipline, not so much for the church’s financial health’s sake, but rather for the entire congregation’s benefit of correctly seeing ourselves as recipients and conduits of God’s provision and blessings, doing away the need to hoard or fear.

 

 

BEYOND THE 10K INITIATIVE – MEETING ANOTHER CHALLENGE IN OUR CITY

 

The Education Bureau announced a few weeks ago that there will be indefinite homeschooling this upcoming academic year, making laptops or tablets a new educational necessity even for schoolchildren from low-income families. Even though the poorest of the poor will be receiving full subsidy for computer devices, many grassroots families are falling between the cracks of well-intentioned government policies.

 

We will be announcing a new initiative this Sunday during worship, calling for used laptops or tablets that may be lying around idly at your home. With factory settings restored, what is deemed to be an outdated, unneeded piece of computer equipment could become someone else’s treasure for their educational needs. For more details, please kindly email outreach@communitychurch.hk thank you.

 

Jesus said that where people place their treasure shows where we’ll find their hearts, and that we can only serve either God or Mammon as our master. We give thanks to Jehovah Jireh (God who provides), in recognition of Him as the ultimate source and provider of everything that we have in our possession. We can also take comfort from 1 Samuel 2:30 that God will honor those who honor Him, particularly as we let go and let God by trusting and obeying His word in this often tricky area.

 

 

A NEW SEASON

 

Last, but not least, we would like to thank Pastor Steve Gaultney, Kim Ho and Harriet Holbrook for their contributions serving on the Stewardship Committee in the past decade plus, and please join us in praying with them for even greater success in their new ministry areas. At the same time, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Steve Nutland and Harry Wind joining us on board, and we look forward to their fresh perspective and enthusiasm.

 

 

In Christ,

 

The Stewardship Committee

Sheila Chuang
Solomon Ka
Roger Lam
Steve Nutland
Candy So
Felicia Wai
Harry Wind
Wade Wollin