As I write my fourth Message and the last one until the fall, since, we may not have a Newsletter after this one until we return in September, I will once again share with each of you an up-date as to what has been happening financially during the latter part of May and the first two weeks of June.
I continue to be inspired by the generosity of our members through their financial support of our Church. Even though we have not had weekly church services for the past fourteen weeks, we have been able to maintain our Current Fund deficit at the same level approximately as last year at this time. As I mentioned last month, this is remarkable and I cannot thank our members enough who have responded to-date for your financial support. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
As a necessary step, due to the challenges presented by the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic coupled with our ongoing challenges within our Current Fund, specifically the ongoing deficit, a meeting was requested and held recently with a number of our Synod staff along with our Congregational Council and Finance Committee. A portion of the meeting pertained to a presentation called “Generous Giving” which was given by Rev. Christie Morrow-Wolfe, Assistant to the Bishop. In her presentation, she offered practical tips to help towards a more healthy financial church.
A number of her suggestions had already been implemented by us, however, she offered another option for making donations to our church, namely, E-transfers. Since this meeting, we have taken steps to set-up this system with our bank. What this means; our members now have another option to make their offerings. I realize that a number of our members may already be familiar with E-transfers, but for those members who are not familiar with the system, it is a simple step-by-step procedure by going on-line to your bank website and setting up Zion Church as another payment option similar to your phone or hydro bill. The email address for this payment option to Zion Church is firstname.lastname@example.org Once this is done, by clicking on E-transfers on your bank’s website, it is a simple step-by-step procedure to make a donation/offering to our Church. Once completed, the amount of the donation is deducted automatically from your bank account and immediately credited to the church bank account. At the same time, we are notified of the donation via email, in order to process entries at our end accordingly. Members also have the ability to breakdown the donation between the Current Fund and the Benevolence Fund. This is done via completing this request through the Message box on the E-transfer system. If we do not receive a message, the donation/offering will be credited to the Current Fund.
In closing, in reference to Pastor Jeff’s recent letter which brought everyone up-to-date as to plans for re-opening our church, in the same letter we were informed that the re-opening will not take place until September. Due to this situation, we ask for your on-going financial support during the months of July and August. Historically, our revenue is less during the summer months, so the importance of your continued on-going financial support during this period is needed and will be very much appreciated.
Have a safe and healthy summer.
Gerald Cook, Treasurer
On behalf of the Congregational Council and Finance Committee