Dear Community Church Members and Supporters,
Thank you for your continued support of Community Church through your gifts. We are pleased to report cautiously optimistic results for the first half of the 2021-2022 financial year:
• Actual donation income down only 2.41% compared to 1H last year ($3,772,109 vs $3,864,232) despite the current challenges in HK.
• Total expenditure up only 4.09% from the same period last year despite not having the one month free rent nor the HKSAR Government subsidy this year
Even though the net result is a mild increase in current shortfall of HKD1,119,771 versus HKD774,043 for the same period last 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 should not be viewed as a major concern per se.
During this difficult, prolonged period of COVID, 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.
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.
The Stewardship Committee