Planning for 2016

 – Our Financial Intentions

Every year we prepare an operating budget for the parish.

This year, in an effort to include parishioners in this process and thus create a more collaborative, realistic budget, we would like to try a different approach. This approach has been used successfully in other Anglican parishes and, if it works for our parish, would become a yearly part of our budget process.

Essentially, we would like everyone connected to the parish to prayerfully consider what they can contribute to the operating budget of the parish over the coming year (2016). Then, we would like you to download, print, and fill in the Stewardship 2016 – intention form indicating your financial intentions and bring or send that form to the church by Sunday, December 13, 2015. Please do NOT include special gifts (e.g., memorial flowers) or designated funds like the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) in your estimate – just money that you would like to be used for the ongoing operation of the parish. The amount you indicate can, of course, be changed or cancelled if your circumstances require it.

Giving with PAR
PAR stands for Pre-Authorized Remittance and means no more writing cheques!

It’s easy. Download the PAR form, fill it in, and leave it on the offering plate, or at the church office.

The Wardens will not be given anyone’s individual information but only the total amount of commitments. They will use this information as the basis for building our operating budget for 2016. Early in February, a draft budget will be published so that the parish can see what their financial commitments will make possible for the coming year, before voting on it at the Annual Vestry Meeting.

Here is some information that may help you in your decision-making:

Expenditures graph 2014

Priestly services                       $111,452           34%
Diocesan fair share                  $49,876           15%
Building expenditures             $74,922           23%
Worship expenditures             $24,112              7%
Church education ministry      $25,198            8%
Pastoral care expenditures      $5,295              2%
Office administration              $32,525            10%
Outreach expenditures            $6,455               2%
Total                                        $329,835

If we maintain our ministry programs at their current levels, the operating budget for $2016 will be around $343,000 (about $940 per day) which amounts to a 6.35% increase over this year’s budget.

Budget data 2014

Envelope offerings      $294,279         89.3%
Open offerings            $7,080                 2.1%
Fundraising                 $9,528                 2.9%
Hall rentals                  $13,017               4.0%
Investment income      $5,485               1.7%
Total                           $329,389

Our ministry is primarily funded by our envelope offerings. From a parish list of 315 households, 191 contributed financially this past year with the vast majority of them giving less than $1,500.00.

Thank you for participating in this new budgetary process and for your continuing faithful support of the parish.

May God richly bless the ministries of our parish through your generosity.

Ross Hammond, Rector
Ron Brophy, Sr. Warden
Lynda Turner, Warden
Susan Dowler, Deputy Warden
Cheryl Sevigny, Deputy Warden

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