A message from Chris Kondak, Stewardship & Finance Committee Chairperson
It seems we will likely be continuing the "Shelter in place" for some time, so I want to address the financial aspect of this to the church.
Most of the expenses the church incurs, remain, even when the building is mostly empty. Lower utility usage for sure, but the fixed expenses such as staff salary remain. These are the highest portion of our expenses.
At the same time, we recognize that our members are financially affected both directly and indirectly by this pandemic. Some of our members have been laid off, or significantly reduced in their earnings. Many of us are simply worried about the future, and possible coming unknowns.
For those who can, we ask that you continue to support the church as you have, or even more if possible. Making your offering at a similar cadence to your practices before this situation arose can help to bring a level of normalcy. For some, that could mean writing out a check at the close of online worship and getting it ready to mail to the church on Monday.
A always, we step out in faith when we give our offerings to the church. Times such as these may affect us in many ways, but we can be assured that our God, in whom we put our faith, is the same today as before all of this, and will be the same in the future.
The church does not yet have a simple method for online payment of offering, but we are working on a plan that would allow that.
In the meantime, most banks do offer an online “bill pay” method to request a check that is sent directly from your bank to a payee and do not charge for the check or the stamp. You can add Northminster as a payee (see our address on the back of this newsletter). Please be free to reach out to myself or Treasurer Sarah Leight if you have questions or a unique situation you'd like to discuss.
Similarly, the Raise the Roof pledge drive to repay the loan to repair our roof is still active. Members do continue to submit payments to meet the amount pledged, as well as some who have generously donated above and beyond their pledge.
We received a large number of Hilka Brown's paintings, drawings, and prints from her estate. Hilka and Harold's children asked that we sell the artwork, with the proceeds directly supporting the Raise the Roof fund. I am grateful for this wonderful donation, and we will be working to find opportunities to sell the works as far and wide as we can. Look for more news about the mechanics of this as we proceed forward.
The Stewardship and Finance committee is looking for 2 or three additional members. As we start making plans for the new year, we find that we could use a few more people to make the work more fun. ...the more, the merrier.
Stewardship & Finance reminds members and friends to continue your contributions. During the summer months, it is normal for expenses to get ahead of contributions. Now that the seasons have started to change, it is a good opportunity to check to see if you are on track.
The current totals for the Raise the Roof (roof replacement funding) Campaign, are:
Pledged: $71,275 (67% of the goal)
Moneys received: $21,082 (20% of the goal)
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