The Inside Column 16/8

Posted in: The Inside Column- Aug 16, 2015 No Comments

Good morning and a warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today, we would love to get to know you. Please feel free to stay for a hot drink after the service.

This morning we have Ruth Ellena speaking to us on the theme of Living Lives of Generosity. This is in the lead up to Gift Day next week.

We don’t talk about money very often, but we do want to give everyone a chance to think about their giving. On Gift Day we will be looking back at the year, giving thanks for all the ministries and outreach St Barnabas has been involved in, and giving thanks for God’s provision.

We have Gift Day to give thanks for all that God is doing and his great generosity and love to us. What you give back is between you and God and must always be done with a cheerful heart.  Pledge cards are in this Pew Sheet for you to fill out. We are not only asking for financial support but we are asking you to consider where you can give your time and skills as well.

Over the last few weeks, we have been exploring themes in Romans about putting our love into action, about the body all working together, and that we all have a role to play.

I would ask that you take some time this week to think and pray about your giving. If you are not giving regularly to the church and would like to, the best way for you to do so is through   automatic payment. Our bank account details are on the back page of the pew sheet and can be set up easily through internet banking.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”                 – 2 Corinthians 9:7

Below is a summary from the finance team of the St Barnabas Year to Date financial position:

 

Income YTD Actual YTD Budget
Parish Giving $68,524.00 $67,500.00
Support Grants $38,886.00 $38,855.00
Expenditure YTD Actual YTD Budget
Clergy $71,800.00 $74,094.00
Other Staff $34,715.00 $36,849.00
Parish Running Costs $12,966.00 $15,550.00
Property Expenses $18,129.00 $17,838.00

Up until the end of June our operating surplus including interest from trust accounts is $7,533.00 which is a great blessing as we had budgeted for a deficit of $11,735.00 at this stage of the year. For more details refer to June Profit & Loss Summary available in the Foyer.

Moving forward we will incur some unbudgeted expenses because of our ongoing commitment to Jonathan’s employment.

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

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