Dear Community Church Members and Supporters,
Thank you for your continued support of Community Church through your gifts. After much thanksgiving for the exceedingly satisfactory results for the previous year which ended on March 31st 2021, the following are 1Q results for the 2021-2022 church financial year:
• Total donation income was HKD 1,697,412 vs HKD 2,155,907 for the same period last year
• Actual donation declined by 18.6% from same period last year
• Total expenditure increased by 10.9% from the same period last year primarily due to rental payment (one month of free rent last year)
Even though four 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 HKD 800,291 should not be viewed as a setback per se.
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, whether you are back attending in person or online.
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.
Last, but not least, we would like to thank Steve Nutland for his contributions serving on the Stewardship Committee in the past year. We wish him and his family all the best in the next chapter of their journey.
The Stewardship Committee