Weekly Update: Member's Meeting, CPCP Conference & Care For Moms
Our fiscal year ends in a few weeks. Contain your excitement, because that means it's time to approve next year's annual budget!
After church on July 22, I'll be presenting the proposed budget at the member's meeting. I suggest you download the budget in advance of the meeting by clicking on the link at the bottom of this message.
How did we do this fiscal year?
Thanks to rental income from the building and your generosity, we project our income for the current fiscal year to be higher than we expected. On the expense side, we project our spending to be almost exactly in line with the budget. That means, this fiscal year we've been able to put away some money in savings to build our reserves.
How was the new budget proposal put together?
The attached budget proposal was built as a team effort with input from our church finance team, the staff, and volunteer coordinator/deacon candidate Erin Bourne. The elders provided oversight and vision. And as the deacon candidate overseeing finance, I worked with these groups to put together the attached proposal. The elders have given it the green light for a member vote.
What is the plan for the upcoming fiscal year?
We are projecting our donations to remain about the same, with total income increasing thanks to renting out our space each Sunday night and for special events.
On the expense side, due to shifting some church responsibilities from staff to volunteers, we now have more budget room for some of our most important ministries. You'll find increases in budgets for spiritual formation and care for the congregation, volunteers, and pastors. You'll also see a renewed commitment to church planting. Our church was given $280,000 by other churches when we first launched. We are eager to pay that forward to see many more new churches formed in our city and beyond.
How do we vote on this budget proposal?
I will present this budget proposal in more detail at our members meeting after church on July 22. There will be time for Q&A during that presentation. If you have questions you'd like to address before then, please feel free to reach out to me (312-719-5227) or the elders. Knowing your questions or concerns ahead of time means I'll be more prepared for the members meeting.
Voting will take place in person on July 22 and via electronic ballot for several days thereafter to ensure we reach a quorum. Please take a moment to review the budget before then to be sure we're ready for a productive meeting and informed vote.
THIS COMING SUNDAY
DIVIDING WALLS: SELF CARE
Pastor Mark Bergin
The term “self care” began to enter the popular lexicon in the 1970s and has surged in use over the past two years. The idea is simple enough: people must care for their own emotional, physical, and spiritual health in order to function well in their relationships and pursuits. But what is it that leads to true health. Often self care is relegated to helpful but shallow ideas of wellness -- diet, exercise, vacation. Such activities do benefit people, but the danger is in mistaking the shallow end of the pool for the whole pool. That can lead to the false belief that wholeness and health requires little more than some greet tea and a Yoga mat. In truth, the deepest self care requires facing our deepest pain. It requires tearing down the dividing walls we use to block painful relationships and memories from our minds. It requires journeying with the One who cares for us most as He leads us into the places we least want to go.