Abundance! That is what this report says here at the end of the third quarter. Attendance is up 17% over last year. We are averaging 142 people in church between the two services each and every Sunday. We are certainly growing in God’s love at St. John the Baptist.
There is another story behind these numbers that is worth sharing too. As you can see, offerings are up and expenses are close. The growth and generosity are thrilling. It puts us in a unique position to dream as we plan the budget for 2020. What does God have in mind for us? What is God calling us to do and be as an outpost of the Kingdom of God on the corner of Hanford and California Ave?
As your vestry and staff dream about the impact our church can have upon the world in 2020, I invite you to begin thinking about your financial commitment to this place. We plan the operating budget based upon Pledged Giving commitments made during the Fall Stewardship Campaign.
Today, we are not appropriately staffed to meet the needs of the congregation. Our tremendous opportunity for 2020 is to turn this generosity into pledges which will allow us to expand our staff and programs to better meet the needs of our growing congregation.
As always, if you have any questions or would like more detail about our finances, please speak to me, our Treasurer Andrew Campbell, or any member of the Vestry.
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