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Quarterly Letter, July 2017
Dear Church Family,
The second quarter of 2017 has come to a close for our church programming and financial stewardship. Vacation Bible School was once again a huge success with a wonderful program delivered to many children from the Eaton Rapids Area. We owe a big Thank You to all the volunteers that do so much to make this a fun and educational Christian experience.
Additionally, planning continues on the Family Focus initiative. The third annual “Block Party” is scheduled for Sunday, September 17, promised to be the best yet. There are also discussions underway to introduce a Wednesday dinner program and a Family camping event. Be sure to provide any thoughts you have on the Connections Card, regarding any of these initiatives.
Finally, the “Reaching UP – Reaching OUT” campaign concluded on June 1st. (Contributions are still being accepted). This 3 year campaign was a huge success (98.6% of pledges received). What an amazing statement of support & generosity by our congregation. Thanks also to the co-chairs (Jack & Jan Denton, Dave & Jo Ballard) for their strong leadership.
Here are your financial highlights for the second quarter:
*Giving toward the budget as of 6/30/17 was $213,996. This continues a trend of increased giving, which began in 2015.
*Expenses through 6/30/17 were $205,385, generating an excess of $8,611 at mid-year . We anticipate this will move toward break-even in the second half of the year based on past giving and spending trends.
*The Unified Fund Balance continues to be in our desired range at $55,022.
*Small Blessings ended the second quarter with Total Revenue of $134,385 and Total Expenses of $141,336, resulting in a Deficit of ($6,951). Most of this was a result of 3 paydays in June. The ended the quarter with a healthy fund balance of $10,804.
As we approach the end of the summer and transition into fall we expect the pace to quicken. Maintenance projects for our church buildings and grounds are underway, expecting to be complete before the weather changes. Our Small Group program is gearing up for a new series of study and fellowship as this program continues to build stronger relationships within our church and God.
On behalf of the Finance Committee, thank you for your generosity & support.
Gary Wichman, Chair