Greetings to our congregation.
The Board this year is chaired by Tony Wilson. Members include Penny Bailey, Ben Petrie, Paul Pincente, Lynn Kasprzyk, Nancianne Chin, Wendy Alexopoulos and our minister, Glen Wells.
The Board meets regularly by Zoom and maintains regular email contact. We are working to oversee God’s church and His Kingdom work during these unprecedented times of Covid 19.
On Sunday, June 21st, we gave an update to the congregation during the Sunday service. If you missed the service, we invite you to read the message here.
In February this year, God gave the Board an idea. He asked us to add a faith line to our Church budget. Normally, we establish the church budget by looking at the giving’s from last year, we may consider expenses that might be lower or higher, we look at our rental incomes etc. We came up with a figure that we think we can manage.
The Faith Line is a call for a greater level of faith in God as our Provider.
The revelation of the Faith Line is still unfolding, but for now, we know we are to be intentional in our prayers for His Holy Help and we ask you, the congregation, to join us in these prayers. We ask you to think about all the Bible stories where God has supernaturally provided and consider that He can do it again. These are prayers for the Church, but you may personally be in a position where you need God’s help, we encourage you to pray daily for your needs as well.
The congregation has always said to the Board if the church is in need, if the church is in trouble, we want to hear about it. On Sunday, I shared that in the month of May we had a sudden drop in our giving’s in comparison to the months before. A big drop of $17,400. As God’s people we have a responsibility to look after His Church and His Kingdom work, in every season. A drop like this can impact us at so many levels, for example, a certain % of the General Fund supports the work of our Global partners, because we cannot do our usual fundraising, this percentage has become a life line to some of the poorest children in the world.
So much has changed when it comes to how we give. I miss sitting in the pew every Sunday morning, holding my envelope in my hand, and whispering my thanksgiving to God. I cannot give in the same way, but I am faithful to bring my thank offering to God because He is faithful to me and I have so much to be grateful for.
If you are having trouble finding a way to bring your thank offering to the Lord, please contact the Board by email: email@example.com and someone will call you and help you.
We know that times are hard, and you may not be able to give in the same way, but we know that if we all do a little, God can do a lot.
Thank you for listening and God Bless each of you.
Penny Bailey, on behalf of the Board.
Due to the new Governance model that was passed several years ago we need to inform the congregation of any vacancies on the Board. The Board is looking to fill 1 vacant position. If you are interested in joining the Board you can pick up an application form from the office, or download the form from our website. If you have any questions about joining the Board, please speak to either Jeremy Cox or Lindsay Foster. Applications will be received until Wednesday December 5. You can either return the application form in an envelope to the office, or scan and email the completed form to either Jeremy Cox, firstname.lastname@example.org or Lindsay Foster, email@example.com
Most of you received a letter last month, updating you about the remains of a mortgage we carry. The renovation and expansion of our building, done six years ago, has been a great benefit. The ‘gathering area’, The Pritchard Room, Geo-thermal heating and cooling, state of the art sound, lights & video, accessibility ramps, and a great parking lot – All are the result of that Big project being successfully completed. Those benefits will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.
We are now in the final stages of ‘paying off’ the cost of the project. On the total project of approximately $2,000,000 (including furnishings, technology, etc) the remaining mortgage is now under $190,000.
We do make monthly payments, including interest, and the hope is that this mortgage can be retired before summer 2017. Any gifts will reduce the churches interest payments, and bring a tax benefit on 2016 income. Please consider making a special contribution before Dec 31st
Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.
Our congregation’s Stewardship committee has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.
New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”
During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world.
Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We urge people to attend who feel strongly opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card. We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.
We will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through the Consecration Sunday team and governing board members. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship.
Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events.
Wellington Square Board