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 1H 2020-21

 

October 2020

 

Dear Community Church Members and Supporters,   

 

MAKING PROGRESS DESPITE CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT

 

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 2020-2021 financial year: 

 

• Total donation income up 16.78% compared to 1H last year despite the current challenges in HK, with a disproportionately significant amount going towards the needs of the underprivileged in HK via Flow Through Donations, specifically earmarked for the citywide 10K and Laptops and Tablets initiatives. 

 

• Flow Through Donations HKD2,966,548 versus HKD1,139,920 reflecting our big heart for the grassroots population in HK 

 

• Actual Donation Income to Community Church declined by 30% year on year • Total expenditure declined by 20.3% from the same period last year. 

 

• Near record number of new pledges (double digit increase) in 1H. 

 

Even though the net result is a mild increase in current shortfall of HKD774,090 versus HKD502,939 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-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. 

 

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. 

 

In Christ,

 

The Stewardship Committee
Sheila Chuang
Solomon Ka
Roger Lam
Steve Nutland
Candy So
Felicia Wai
Harry Wind
Wade Wollin