It’s the Lord’s money, of course, as you already know! I thought this would be a good time to discuss the importance of being good stewards of our possessions. We recently had large expenses that were not budgeted for this year, but we were able to cover these without going into debt. This is thanks to our elders and our excellent money manager, Sarah Kriwanek! My job is to keep their success running smoothly and to be a good steward of our finances. I also want to be as transparent as we possibly can and show everyone how we were able to have the funds to do what we did this year. COVID-19 gave us the opportunity to reimagine the Children’s Education wing, but it also brought worry that our finances would be lacking. I was floored when our congregation and others actually gave MORE! I am always amazed at the giving of this congregation when we need it! Once the money is given to the church the elders, myself, and the Finance Committee (Jacob Falcon, Jake Anthony, Donnie Deatherage, James Kriwanek, Sarah Kriwanek and myself) have to make sure we spend the money wisely and also have enough saved up for emergencies and opportunities.
Just as the woman from Proverbs 31 was a wise steward by hard work and wise spending, so we must be. She minimized her expenses in order to save for unexpected needs. Following her example also allows us to give generously to those in need of help.
I want to commend the congregation on how we got to this point and how we were able to pay for all the unexpected expenses. Thank you for making my fiscal duty (and everyone else’s that helps me) easier!!