December 18, 2018
Last Sunday, 48 persons stayed after worship to engage in a “first look” at the 2019 budget possibilities, presented by Kyna Shilling, our Stewardship/Budget Committee Chair, and share questions and answers for discerning a way forward. A few also responded to the Budget Quiz in the digital Herald. With this information, staff and leadership worked to present the most realistic needs for ministry and our best projections for income in 2019.
As many know, about $1M comes each year as income to our budget from our endowment. These funds cover operational costs of maintaining our facilities and associated personnel related to building and administration. The next two largest sources of income come from our pledges (approximately $670K) and our long-term leases and rental income (approximately $275K). Other areas add about $60K to our income. Each additional income source funds the program ministry and associated personnel related to Faith Formation, Worship and Music, Community and Care and Mission and Social Justice priority areas, at the heart of who we are in ministry and mission at Plymouth Church.
We enjoy the legacy of our forbearers; their generosity and faith took this congregation to a place a prominence and made us a prophetic voice and stand for justice in our community. Speaking to the disciples, (Luke 12:48) Jesus says, “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” (NLT) We understand the responsibility of being a church with a great mission and prophetic mandate. We stand on the shoulders of those who gave and sacrificed to bring a message of life and hope to the world and that the message went out boldly and was sustained.
Sunday, December 23, copies of the recommended budget as presented to Church Council will be available at the Welcome desk, and on the home page of the Plymouth website.
All are encouraged to attend a Called Congregational Meeting, after worship Epiphany Sunday, January 6, 2019 for the sole purpose of adopting a budget. Please pick up a copy of the budget, review and plan to be present; share your thoughts and join us in voting for our ministry moving forward!
If you have not yet done so, please turn in your 2019 Financial Pledge card and your Time and Talent card by the end of December. Please use the following website links to see the list of Time and Talent volunteer opportunities and then share your selections through the second link for you to indicate your personal choices for volunteering which connects online to Simple Church. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Steve Davis or Brandon Burns in the Church Office for assistance. Drop by the Welcome Desk if you need additional materials Sunday morning.
With the end of December approaching, we need your participation to help us make determinations of what is possible for us to plan together. We trust God always, and we ask you to do your part by celebrating who we are as a congregation, as people in covenant with God and each other to be and grow an increasingly diverse and faithful community as Plymouth Church UCC. – Yours in grace and hope, Rev. Steven Davis, Executive Minister