Dear Members and Friends of Lake Cities United Methodist Church,
Our church has been blessed in so many ways this past year. Perhaps the most exciting news is the near completion of our newly updated sanctuary and front parking area. The new sanctuary is simply beautiful. I would encourage everyone to come and worship with us in the coming weeks to see the transformation of our facility. The Capital Campaign Team and the Trustees have done an outstanding job working together to fulfill the church's dream of a new worship area.
Our Finance Committee has also done an outstanding job of providing oversight and guidance in support of our church's programs, including the building project. This group is to be commended for making sure that the church manages its gifts in a sound and responsible manner.
Part of the Finance Committee's responsibility is to keep the membership aware of its pledges and gifts in order to meet the church's budgetary obligation. Knowing their responsibility, the committee recently informed me that the church is behind in its pledges by 20% and that expenses are about $16,000 over our income for the year. The Finance Committee is concerned over these numbers, because giving is usually down during the summer months making any effort to be current very difficult.
As many of us prepare to take vacations or visit family members or friends during this season, let us make every effort to meet our obligations to the church. The utilization of online giving, either through the church's website or a personal banking institution, is just one excellent way to stay current with giving without the worry of missing a pledge. Mailing a gift to the church is another way to be considerate of the church's needs in case of an absence from worship.
Together, we can help our church meet all of its financial needs in order to optimize our effectiveness within the community. Let us not forget that we are the Body of Christ. God is counting on us to be His presence in the Lake Cities area.
Together in Christ,