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2015 Church Budgeting Nears Completion
Our budget is almost completed and will be finalised at this Thursdays Parish Council. Our special thanks to Sean Buckley and Paul Hoffmans for the major work they do as they seek to balance income and expenditure as we prayerfully seek God’s will. Major items in this year’s budget:
¨ Staffing Costs $275, 279 reduced from 2014’s $299,518 – this includes a reduction in working days for Craig’s successor from 4 to 3.
¨ Parish contribution to Diocesan levy for new churches in the west $8,500
¨ Property costs apart from Mortgage repayments
¨ Local outreach ministries $20,000 including $2000 for Mission with Moore 2015
¨ Link Missionaries $2,500
¨ This requires an increase in our budgeted giving of $50 per week to $6400 but in actual giving of 5%
¨ Our Missionary Support Goal for member giving in 2015 is $29,500 up from $20,000 in 2014.
Our Parish Council wishes to thank all our members for their generous support and asks that we each prayerfully assess our giving to see if a 5% increase is possible commencing 1st January so we don’t begin 2015 way behind budget as we did in 2014.
Farewell Bec Wallace and Welcome Back Olivia Robson – after 5 months of maternity leave, Olivia will rejoin our staff next week. We are so looking forward to her again, and we are very grateful to God for Bec Wallace ‘s ministry during the interim. Bec will continue as a volunteer in some of our children’s teams. We are very blessed to have these godly and gifted women on our team. Please pray for us as we seek a suitable successor for Craig Thacker’s role to commence on 1st Feb 2015.
Craig Stalder - and his wife Kristy will join us on 15th January 2015. In the mean time Stephen Leitch is continuing to provide pastoral support to our ECHO community of young adults and our pastoral care team led by Chris Leong continue their wonderful ministries. But we will be reduced by two pastoral staff during the busy weeks of December and January.
Update from our Annual Thanksgiving Appeal
After 3 weeks of our Annual Thanksgiving Appeal a tremendous $17,451 has been given which means we were almost halfway to our target of $28,000. Please pray that we will complete our goal so that finances are in place for all our ministries in 2015.
Your brother in Christ, Graham Crew