Letter to the Congregation – 07/20/2021

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So, we have to talk money. Of course, nobody wants to talk money; I get that, but facts are facts we must talk money. First the figures. For this past month, we ended approximately $1,000 behind expenses and about $2,000 behind budget. In comparison to last month, this was a better month by about $3,000. So, there is good and bad news in those facts. Giving increased! Thank you, thank you, thank you. But we need to bump it up a bit more to dig out of our deficit spending.

This does not mean that we are not appreciative of those who increased their giving, of course we are. But, it does seem to me that the few are supporting the many. Last year, in the middle of the pandemic, a lot more people were giving to support the mission and ministry of St. Andrew’s. That pattern started to slack off right after Easter. This is not a pattern that is a sustainable growth pattern for the church. All gifts to St. Andrew’s matter. Of course, if one person wrote a $30,000.00 check once a month that would pay the bills. You and I both know that won’t happen, but I do know that lots of people can write a $25.00 or $50.00 check a month. That is a pattern that will promote growth.

One of the things that makes a church special, and what makes St. Andrew’s special, is that we come together as a group to make a difference in our community. We did that when we raised $750.00 worth of diapers. Together your gifts are supporting the re-start of the Youth and Community Care groups. It supports ongoing ministries like Saint Andrew’s Women. You support the worship experience. I could continue but suffice it to say that St. Andrew’s is a vital place, and it needs everyone’s support to stay that way.

So, if you have increased your giving and you give on a regular basis, thank you! If giving to St. Andrew’s is not a priority, please bump your offering up the priority list. We need your support; we need everybody’s support. That is who church is, a group of people who come together to celebrate and proclaim the good news of Jesus. Together we will prosper.

Thank you!
Pastor Neel

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