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

2Q Stewardship Update: STAYING ON THE RIGHT COURSE – October 2017

 
October 2017

 
 
Dear Community Church Members and Supporters,
 
CASH DOWN, SMILES UP
 

COUNTERCULTURAL COUNTERINTUITION
 
Thank you for your continued support of Community Church through your gifts.  The amount of cash in the collection bags on Sundays these days has fallen even more since the previous quarter — and the Stewardship Committee is even more delighted!
 
That’s because more people have caught on to our message and are switching to regular, direct transfer methods of sharing responsibility for the Community Church family.
 
This second quarter report for the 2017 financial year shows this is an exciting time for our church.
            * Overall donations are up over 5% with double digit percentage increase in pledges and autopay transfers.
            * Expenses have held steady, despite inflation.
            * Our daughter church plant Hope For All Church has officially launched during this quarter in September.
 
RISE IN GIVING BACK TO GOD
The growth in regular transfers is a matter for rejoicing, as it helps the church plan and budget. But more importantly, it shows that more of us want to be a significant part of the work of increasing God’s kingdom.
 
Jesus said that where people place their treasure shows where we’ll find their hearts.  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.
 
CHANGING THE SHORTFALL PATTERN
The present shortfall is HKD559,979 at the half year mark, smaller than last year’s HKD611,166 for the same period.
 
The ultimate aim is to have no shortfalls at any point throughout the church fiscal year, and the significant shrinking of the seasonal shortfall at this point shows we are staying on the right course.
 
CHURCH PLANTED
Wonderful venues for both Sunday worship and a ministry center are now in operation for the Hope For All Church, thanks to God’s anointing of this initiative.
 
Renovation costs and increased operating expenses have been factored into the current year’s budget by Council, and the impact of such increased expenses will be reflected in next quarter’s financial results.

BLESSED COMMUNITY+
Jesus said that the way to receive was to give, and we reap as we sow.  As we thrive under God’s blessing, we are learning the truth of that statement.
 
Last, but not least, we want to thank our talented brother Nury Vittachi for his contribution in the past few years serving on the Stewardship Committee.  Nury is part of the transfer squad to Hope For All Church, and we wish him fruitful success in contributing to the build out of our church plant using all the wonderful gifts that God has blessed him with. 

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