Finance Committee Report

Updated February 22, 2018

REPORT FOR January 2018 AND FYTD (FY 4/1/17 – 3/31/18)

We’re glad you’re here.  This page provides important financial reporting, along with commentary from the finance committee on performance;  and this includes any decisions made in the last month or so.

Your stewardship (prayers, presence, gifts, service, & witness) provides the means while God’s guidance and our due-diligence deliver on His will.  Our charter is to be fiscally sound stewards, be transparent, and ensure that the financial resources are best utilized to accomplish the mission of helping our community know and grow in Christ.


Our fiscal year (Apr. 1, 2017 – Mar. 31, 2018) budgeted expenditures comes to $998,056.

January income was lighter at $63,011 and expenses for the month came in at $76,503, for a deficit in the month of $13,491.  This brings us to cumulative results for the fiscal year with net income of $55,549.  Overall results for the fiscal year-to-date are an improvement over last year, and are in-line with expectations thus far.  It is believed January’s lower income is attributed mostly to income pulled into December. 


Our current debt from prior facility expansion is down to $727,867.  Our current monthly payment on this debt is $10,368.  We will continue to pay monthly into this debt until we refinance for the new facilities project.

The Capital Campaign has received a total of $948,873.09 since July 2016, of the total pledged $1.6mm over three years – that ends June 2019.

Construction was delayed as a result of unforeseen county requirements.  The building committee received the guaranteed maximum price on the project in December.  A variety of options are being considered as the total price tag came in ~ $1mm higher than the conceptual budget.  The building committee is working with the contractors to lessen some of the complexities in an effort to lower the GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price).  Assuming this project still proceeds, we will refinance the current debt into a new loan that also provides us access to fund the construction. See the latest building committee update at


We invested a principal amount of $418,200 (funds collected for the future use of the facilities buildout) in March 2017, in interest bearing investments with the UM Foundation.  Interest accrues monthly, and these funds are liquid in the sense of being 100% accessible when we need to access them for financing the new facilities project.  Statements are offered quarterly, and the balance in these short & mid-term investment vehicles totals $424,348.

The church has invested in a new churchwide software platform, Realm, that will enable us to aggregate disparate databases, improve communications, gain efficiencies, produce better reporting, etc.  Along with this new platform, we’ll update our electronic giving options and a new mobile application that will enhance communications & convenience for contributions.  More information will be made available in the first quarter of 2018.


You can help the church by pledging.  You can help by giving routinely, every week, month or interval that works for you.  This includes times when you’re not able to make it to church.  You have two means today to automate your giving:

1.  ACH (Automated Clearing House) or Electronic Funds Transfer – You can inform one of the church finance secretaries, Elena Komarov (ekomarov@shadygroveumc.netand Pam Sweeney (, of your intentions.  This option has very low costs to the church, and no cost to you. DOWNLOAD FORM

2.  eGiving -  This allows for routine contributions to be made each month via credit card.  To sign up, it’s simple - just visit the homepage of the church website and click on the eGiving icon, or go directly to This option costs the church ~ 2.75% in processing fees.   LINK TO EGIVING

Stewardship 2018

Our Stewardship commitment/pledge day was Sunday, February 11.  If you’ve returned your pledge for the period of April 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018, we thank you.  If you’ve not yet turned in your commitment/pledge card, it is not too late.  Leadership will be devising a budget in the coming weeks, and every pledge counts. You can turn in a pledge card to the offering plate on Sunday or mail it to the church office. You can also make an online pledge using the Google form at

If you have any questions or thoughts, you are encouraged to reach out to either the church financial administrator(s) or the chair of finance. Their contact information is below:

Elena Komarov (
804-360-2600, ext. 23


Past Finance Committee Monthly Reports