Pastor’s Reflection for August 16, 2015
The picture on the bulletin cover this week is of the Vacation Bible School that took place the first week of August. There were 80 campers and 35 facilitators led by Mrs. Sharon Keith, our Religious Education Coordinator for Grades 3 – 8. The theme of the week was God has the power to conquer, to heal, to forgive, to comfort, and to love you forever. It was a very enjoyable week and gave all of the participants time to worship and praise God and to grow in their relationship with Him.
For your information:
- As you can see, we resealed and restriped our parking lots.
- We added new gutters to the Church and rectory. The old gutters were more appropriate for a residential home. They were too small for the rectory, thus causing an overflow that created many icy patches over the winter. We are also planning to put a covered entrance at the rear door that leads from the parking lot to the hall. That area was also very icy during the winter months.
- We are cleaning the edges of the church pews.
- We are in the process of looking into security cameras for the chapel and Church. With the chapel and Church being accessible during most of the day, we want to be protected from theft and ensure the safety of our visitors.
The Finance Committee has reported that all bills were paid last year. We had a surplus from our projected budget. I thank you for your financial support. They kept our financial need to $15,000 a week without the need of any other collections. So far we have had no need of other collections to run the parish. I have a budget for every area of our parish ministries and the staff has been responsible in keeping to their budget.
Again, I ask you to practice tithing your income (the first 10% given to God). I only ask for part of your tithe. I also ask that you consider electronic giving. When you get a summary of our monthly financial statement, you can see that the cash offertory is much greater than electronic giving. It would be good to see it reverse. In fact, it would be good to not need an offertory collection on the weekend by people mailing in their support or using electronic giving. It may be time to consider other options of supporting your Church. Two possibilities would be the collection of paper money would end and thus prevent any chance of theft. The other positive would be a better awareness of our potential income to help us prepare the budget for the coming year. Currently it is guess work, aided by looking at what was given in previous years.
I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, August 18, from 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,