Copies of the proposed budget for 2013 are available through the church office.
I just wanted to express my appreciation publicly to the Leadership
Council for their work compiling the budget and doing what they could to
help balance our expenses to income for 2013. What we failed to share
at Sunday's business meeting was the fact that when they started to
work, we were looking at another deficit around of $32,000 for 2013. At
our last meeting we as a Council agreed that this was too large a
number to bring to the church. With a lot of hard work we were able to
shrink the projected deficit for 2013 to a number closer to $18,000 for
While I am pleased by their work, I also think that
there is more that we can do to help balance the budget. One way to fix
a deficit is to cut our spending, but another way is to increase our
income. This is why I am writing this to you. Now, in most cases I
am sure that you and your family carefully considered your giving for
next year before making your pledge. At Crooked Creek Baptist we have
between 60-65 people who contribute to our budget every year and this is
something to celebrate!
Are you one of those? If not, I would
like to challenge you to consider supporting God's ministry here at
Crooked Creek Baptist financially. Our Scriptures testify to the
generous nature of the God we serve and of the care for which God
provides for our needs. God challenges us to try tithing to see if "I
will not open up the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing
that you will not have room enough for it." (Malachi 3:10). Here is a
chance to respond to this challenge.
If you have not supported
the God's ministry at Crooked Creek Baptist, would you consider it for
2013? Would you be willing to put your faith in God in this manner?
God has promised
to faithfully watch over us. Are we willing to live according to that
Are you the occasional giver? Throwing in a couple of
dollars on the occasions when you have the spare change...or giving when
you remember to write the check before church? Can you become a
disciplined giver? If God has responded to your occasional giving, what
could we expect from regular giving?
I know many of you
receiving this are our regular givers and some of you are already going
beyond the tithe to sacrificial giving. You have discovered the
blessings already present in your life and are responding with praise
and celebration of God's goodness! It is my prayer that the blessings
of faith, and the joy of this community will continue to be yours.
are challenged to be good stewards of the resources God makes available
to us. We would do well to remember that God operates in a system of
and bountiful blessings. As we strive to become the community God has
called us to be, we can look forward to a future full of Divine
Grace and Peace,