On Sunday, January 20, an informational meeting about the 2019 budget will be held in the Sanctuary right after worship. On Sunday, January 27, an official congregational meeting will be held to vote on that budget right after the 10 am worship service in the Sanctuary.
The Ministry of Stewardship, Finance, and Administration (SF&A) has been working on the budget over the last few months. The proposed budget incorporates recommendations from the work of the SiN (Spirit in Numbers) Committee, including not using insurance proceeds to balance the budget, freezing program budgets to 2018 levels, accepting personnel reductions, and modifying the payment to Berkeley Pilgrimage Foundation for three years.
The proposed operating budget successfully reduces expenses such that the current $25K projected deficit is within the normal levels that can be covered through the church’s operating cash. The proposed budget estimates a 2% increase in pledges from the 2018 budget of $772K to $787K for 2019. The total giving amount depends on each member thoughtfully considering sustaining donations to the church.
SF&A and staff has been reaching out to church members who haven’t yet signed up on First Church’s new database, Realm, so that pledge amounts can be entered in the system. While we encourage you to set up recurring giving through Realm, you may also give your pledge through other means (checks sent by mail or in the offering plate). If you need help setting up your Realm account, contact Kit Dunbar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Also, please send in any outstanding amounts due on your 2018 pledge commitment by year’s end, so that we can successfully close our books in January.