Dear Community Church Members and Supporters,
The end of March is the close of the financial year for our church family, and the Stewardship Committee would like to take this opportunity to share their heartfelt gratitude by delivering a word of encouragement, reminder, and appeal.
AN ENCOURAGEMENT – OVERFLOWING OF THANKSGIVING
Friends, to say that this has been an unprecedented year would be an understatement. Together, we have journeyed through a full year of the Coronavirus pandemic, with much reduced opportunities to congregate in-person. Yet despite all these challenges, we are only facing a mild shortfall of HK$191,274 after 11 months of ministry operations in this most difficult year, compared with a substantially higher figure the same period last year. As witnesses of God’s goodness and faithfulness, our hearts are filled with an overflowing of thanksgiving praising our LORD Jesus, demonstrating once again His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us.
A REMINDER – PREDOMINANTLY FROM A TAX PERSPECTIVE
We are therefore cautiously optimistic of a balanced financial picture at the end of this month. But of course, we each have a role to play in making this happen. 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 save the Stewardship Committee’s fingernails! Our Treasurer will issue receipts for tax purposes by the end of April.
A NON-TRADITIONAL APPEAL – FOR OTHERS WHO ARE IN NEED
And here’s the counter-cultural and counter-intuitive appeal we would like to make from a discipleship standpoint: to paraphrase the Apostle Paul from 2 Corinthians 8, we give thanks to the LORD for your earnest decision to grow in the spiritual discipline of tithing and giving, as evidenced by our record amount in flow through donations this past year (HK$3,247,548 vs HK$1,340,194) for the purpose of aiding the daily living and educational needs of the underprivileged in HK.
As such, we would like to encourage you to consider your year-end giving (should you be in the financial position to do so) to include any charity, and not just Community Church, which God has placed on your heart. This appeal should in no way undermine the fact that the first 15-20 cents of every dollar donated to Community Church goes towards our Outreach ministry, which has a similar 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.
The Stewardship Committee