GIVING TO THE GENERAL OPERATING BUDGET
The day-to-day operations and ministries of the church are funded through your gifts to the General Operating Budget which will total about $1.5 million in 2016. Prayerfully filling in your GIFT ESTIMATE helps you to define a spiritual goal for 2017, and provides significant information for the leadership to make future plans.
Filling out your Gift Estimate cards for next year may not be one of your favorite things to do. But, it should be. It is one of those things you agreed to when you became a part of the church; remember – prayers, presence, GIFTS, service and witness? We each are to faithfully live a sacred oath that acknowledges God as the source of our existence and us as the co-creators of God’s universe.
Inflation has not been a major factor in recent years, but increased youth, children’s and music programming, technology needs, security measures, utilities and staffing expenses have added to the budgeted expenses. Would you consider a 1% or 2% increase in your General Budget giving?
When we are asked to fill out our Gift Estimate cards for next year it is the most simple thing, the most convenient, to put in the same figure as the current year.
But, spiritually speaking, in so doing we short-change ourselves and are robbed of one of the most sacred joys in which we can participate; giving to the church in the name of Jesus Christ.
Perhaps, 2017, would be the time to let God’s LOVE shine through just a little more.
The Giving Estimate Card will be located at the bottom of the 2016 Loyalty Card, which will be available online and at the church mid-October.
giving to the faithful debt elimination campaign
To eliminate the debt of the church by June, 2019
In May, 2015, the BOLD Faithful Campaign was initiated to pay off the indebtedness of the church in 48 months. The principal balance of the debt at that time was $ 3,292,000. Since that time total gifts to the Faithful Campaign total over $ 1.1 million dollars. By the end of 2016, the debt should be a little less than $ 2.3 million dollars. That is a principal reduction of $ 992,000, while maintaining a 6-month reserve of $ 136,000.
That is a very commendable effort in the first eighteen months of the Campaign, and the accelerated principal reduction literally saves the church hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest costs.
Many estimates of giving were made toward eliminating the debt of the church. These pledges totaled $2,188,403. Many faithful payments, pledged and non-pledged, have been made toward this sacred effort. But, much more effort will have to be exercised to meet the Campaign Goal by June, 2019. This is a very important goal for the church because the load of servicing this debt restricts funds that could be used more directly for the mission and ministry of demonstrating the love, grace and hope of Jesus Christ.
Please, pray energetically as to what is your sacred support of Broadmoor United Methodist Church and the BOLD Faithful Campaign. Thanks for your continued faithfulness to the ministry of Jesus Christ through Broadmoor United Methodist Church.
The Faithful Campaign Giving Card will be located on the back of the 2016 Loyalty Card, which will be available online and at the church mid-October.