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 2Q Update: HISTORIC MILESTONE – October 2018

 

October 2018

 

Dear Community Church Members and Supporters,

 

ENCOURAGING PROGRESS

 

Thank you for your continued support of Community Church through your gifts.  A year ago we established a new goal to have no shortfalls at any point throughout the church fiscal year.  Praise be to God, we are pleased to report that for the first time in Community Church HK history we have a surplus (HKD28,954) at the end of the first half of the church fiscal year (versus a shortfall of HKD554,949 same time last year).

 

This second quarter report for the 2018 financial year shows this is an exciting time for our church.
            * Overall donations are up 8.4% with continuing increase in pledges.
            * Expenses have held steady, despite inflation.

 

FURTHER GROWTH IN STEWARDSHIP AS A SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE

 

The growth in regular transfers is a matter for rejoicing, as it helps the church plan and budget. But more importantly, it is a reflection of our growth in the spiritual discipline of stewardship and generosity.  We are in the process of designing a new stewardship themed common curriculum for Life Groups which we’re aiming to announce by Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday November 18th.

 

PREMISES UPDATE

 

Council has announced that the outcome of the six-month discernment process is to eventually purchase our own premises, but the timing and means are yet to be revealed by the Lord.  We would like to draw to your attention a Premises Reserve has long been in place for over a decade, and it currently has HKD13 million in the account.  For further details, please contact our Church Treasurer Candy So.

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.

 

The Stewardship Committee

 

Sheila Chuang
Steve Gaultney
Kim Ho
Harriet Holbrook
Solomon Ka
Roger Lam
Kofi Owusu-Ansah
Candy So
Carrie Yu