by Doug Ruecker, Financial Secretary |
As the Financial Secretary at Messiah congregation, I am responsible for monitoring, tracking, and recording the financial gifts that the congregation receives and the tuition and fees the Preschool collects. I would like to take a few moments of your time to share some observations about our giving patterns, different giving methods, and a few changes we will make starting in 2020.
We have approximately 235 households that make a financial contribution in excess of $100 per year to Messiah's general operating fund.This number is down about 19% from 290 households 4 years ago.This downward trend is primarily due to the loss of members from death or moving out of the area and this exceeds the number of new households joining Messiah.
Changes in How We Give
Traditionally, congregations received the majority of their financial gifts via the weekly offering plate passed on weekend services. This has been the history of Messiah's giving and for years we have been providing members boxes containing 52 numbered offering envelopes.After observing increasingly unused boxes of envelopes, I decided to analyze in depth our giving patterns.Here is what I discovered;
Based on this information, it is not a good use of Messiah's resources to continue to purchase offering envelopes for the entire congregation.
Something New for 2020
Instead of providing 52 numbered offering envelopes to everyone, we will print labels for members and contributors.These labels will have your name and giving number. Your giving number is the same number that you have had on the provided envelopes in the past.With these labels, you can use any envelope you wish to make a contribution to Messiah. We also have left over 2019 offering envelopes that you can pick up and use as well.The numbers on these old envelopes has been blacked out, so you will need to put your personal label on it when enclosing your contribution.
More Way to Give
A few final thoughts on some additional ways to contribute to Messiah.
Thank you for your financial support of Messiah Lutheran church,
Messiah Congregation Financial Secretary