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 4Q

 

March 2020

 

 

Dear Community Church Members and Supporters,   

 

 

AN ENCOURAGEMENT, A REMINDER AND A THANK YOU

 

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 and reminder.

 

Friends, to say that this has been an unprecedented year would be an understatement. Together, we have journeyed through many months of social unrest in Hong Kong, and now the Coronavirus pandemic. Yet despite all these challenges, we are only facing a mild shortfall of HK$284,451 after 11 months of ministry operations in this most difficult year, compared with a modest surplus the same period last year. As witnesses of God’s goodness and faithfulness, 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.

 

Reminder: 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 31 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.

 

And here’s the counter-cultural and counter-intuitive thank-you from a discipleship standpoint: we give thanks to the LORD for your earnest decision to grow in the spiritual discipline of tithing and giving, as evidenced by our non-anxious financial position given the circumstances. To keep tithing and giving in spite of fear and economic headwind is God-honouring, and from 1 Samuel 2:30 we can cling on to the promise that God will honour those who honour 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!

 

 

The Stewardship Committee

Sheila Chuang
Steve Gaultney
Kim Ho
Harriet Holbrook
Solomon Ka
Roger Lam
Candy So
Felicia Wai
Wade Wollin