I want to take this opportunity to share the mid-year financial report with you.
First the good news: Thank you to everyone who gave generously to your church. $193,743.00 has been given toward meeting the church budget for the year. That is 47.66% of the needed YTD budget. But, that leaves us about $9,500.00 short for the January through June period.
We also have only $1,888.00 in the bank that is not dedicated to special causes such as Children’s Missions, Salkehatchie, Leisure Ministries, and such. With a weekly budget need of $7,817.00 you can see how close we are to having to borrow money to operate.
Contributions need to increase. The choice is completely ours. We can all give to the best of our ability or we can become less than we have been in the past. I hate to be so blunt, but to quote a not so famous pundit, “it is what it is.”
Needless to say, it concerns me that Lee Road continues to struggle financially. Because, the way I see it, if we are struggling financially we must be struggling spiritually as well.
Paul explained to the Corinthians that God would provide for their needs if they were generous to others: "But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: 'He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness remains forever.' Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God" (2 Corinthians 9:6-11).
My hope and prayer is that we will recognize how blessed we are individually and collectively, and respond appropriately.
See ya Sunday,