It is that time of year again when we prepare next year’s operating budget for the parish.
We use a collaborative approach to budgeting in an effort to include parishioners in this process. We asked you to fill out an intentions form in order to determine our revenue expectations and then we build our budget based on your pledges.
Thanks to your generosity and your commitment to your pledges, it appears that this approach works. As of the end of September 2017, we find ourselves operating with a manageable deficit of $4,070. This is comparable to our financial position at this time last year.
Once again, 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 (2018). Then, we would like you to print and fill in this form indicating your financial intentions and bring or send the completed form to the church by Sunday, November 26, 2017.
(Copies are available at the church also.)
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.
Rest assured that the Wardens will not be given anyone’s individual information but only the total amount of pledges. They will use this information to prepare a draft budget for 2018, which will be published in late January for your review and input. A final budget will be discussed and voted on at our Annual Vestry Meeting on February 25, 2018.
The graphs below provide some information that may help you in your decision-making.
If we maintain our ministry programs at their current levels, the operating budget for 2018 will be around $338,000, which amounts to a 0% increase over this year’s budget.
Your participation in this budgetary process is greatly appreciated, as is your continued faithful support.
Yours in Christ,
Ross Hammond, Rector
Susan Dowler, Sr. Warden Cheryl Sevigny, Warden
Ron Brophy, Deputy Warden Bob Gillett, Deputy Warden