Thank you to all who have donated toward our annual Per Capita payment which we make on behalf of the membership of the church. We give $48.23 per member, and have received $1,187.55 this year toward our total due for 2018. That is $170.42 more than this time last year! Great job and keep going!
Nancy K. was received by the session as a new member during their December meeting, and formally welcomed during worship on January 14th. Nancy is coming to us from Newark Presbyterian church in Newark, California. Her son, Mark C., brings her to worship each week – thank-you, Mark! Please extend a warm welcome to Nancy and Mark.
Our congregation is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Synod of Alaska- Northwest, and Northwest Coast Presbytery. Each year we are assessed an amount per member (per capita) to support the operations of each of these governing bodies, including salaries, meeting expenses, and travel expenses. The 2018 per capita assessment is $48.23, and is divided in this way: NWC Presbytery ($40.00), Synod ($0.50), and General Assembly ($7.73). The synod reduced their per capita by $1, a change we were unaware of before last week, which is why the envelope in your offering box has the incorrect amount. If you are able to pay for your per capita, that keeps this expense out of our general budget. Please put “per capita” in the memo line on your check, or place the amount in your per capita envelope when you send that in to the church. Thank you!
This coming year the amount we contribute toward the work of the denomination at the Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly level will total $49.23 per member. Per capita is one way our members and congregation annually support the work of the whole church as that church also supports us in our ministry in this place. Your separate contribution of this amount is appreciated, as it keeps this expense from impacting our spending plan for 2018. Please mark your contribution as “per capita.”
We are starting our stewardship season. As we look at the needs and hopes of the congregation in order to build an appropriate spending plan for 2018, it is helpful for the session to have information about your 2018 planned giving (especially if the giving is a change from the previous year). Pledge cards are available in the pew racks. You may put your pledge card in the offering plate, or mail it in to the church office. We will dedicate our pledges during worship on Sunday, November 19th.
---To Nancy B. for providing flowers during the month of November on behalf of the Deacons. The deacons “fill in” any gaps on our flower calendar, with the deacons taking a month at a time. December gap flowers will be provided by Charlotte B.
---To all who participated in our Stewardship Sunday skit. Boxes, balloons, and a reminder that the true treasure is not found in things. Thank you to Gay H. and Linda R. for coordinating.
On Sunday, November 20th we dedicated our stewardship pledges. Thank you for your pledges of financial support for the church during the coming year. 2016 has been a mixed year financially. We have had members move away or move on, which is a normal occurrence. We have mourned the death of several of our long-time members. We have also been blessed with new faces in worship who choose to call our church their home church. There are clear signs of new life in the midst of loss.
The financial plan we put in place last year has led to a nearly balanced budget as of 10/31/2016, and it looks like we may end the year in the black. Thank you for your gifts to the church! While we have not yet needed to do so this year, next year we anticipate that we may need to spend some of the rainy-day money in our reserves to support the budget. Thanks to your faithful giving, we have reserves from previous years’ surpluses that are in place for a year such as this one.
The session wants to emphasize its commitment to mission. We will not be cutting any money from our mission commitments. Those gifts which bless ministries in Edmonds, our state, our nation, and the world are funded from a 10% tithe of all undesignated giving, and will continue to be funded in that way.
If you have any questions about the budget or the financial status of the church, please contact a session elder or Pastor Amy. With thanks again for your faithful support and prayers.
Thank-you for paying your portion of our per-capita payments that support the work of the presbytery, synod and General Assembly. This year 57% of the total fee came from contributions for that purpose! Usually we receive less than 50%, so 57% is a great number! Thanks for your support. It’s not too early to pay your per capita for next year. The amount will be $47.82 per member and will be due by September 2017. You have asked about our financial situation. We are on track for a year much like last year. Right now we are behind – income is not sufficient by itself to pay for all the expenses. For that reason we have reserves.
But if this is like most years, our income increases in the latter months of the year and we may well end the year in the black. So, if you are behind in your pledge, now is the time to catch up. If you have been thinking about a year-end gift, we’d appreciate your consideration of the church as a recipient for that giving. During November you will have an opportunity to indicate your planned giving for 2017 in the form of a pledge. These pledges will help the session determine the appropriate budget for 2017. If you anticipate NOT being able to give at the same level as in the past, please submit a card so that we know that and take that into consideration for our budget. If your financial situation has changed and you will be giving more next year, we’d love to know that as well. There are many ways that we give to support the church – and only one of those is financial.
I’d like give thanks for all the gifts the church receives during the year. Gifts of gardening, lawn mowing and weed-whacking. Gifts of building repair and upkeep. Gifts of musical talent, choral singing, instrumentalists and solos. Gifts of leadership on the session or deacons. Gifts of time with the children in the nursery or Sunday school. Gifts of money counting and purchasing of supplies. Gifts of leading worship and praying for the congregation. We are truly blessed by the many ways you give to the church. The theme for our stewardship campaign is the hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness. There’s a line in the hymn that is worth remembering in this context: we give thanks to God for “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow”. Great is God’s Faithfulness. Thank-you for your gifts.
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