Finance Committee Report

Updated July  17, 2018

REPORT FOR JUNE 2018

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.

OPERATING BUDGET

Our revised fiscal year (9 months only) runs Apr. 1, 2018 – Dec. 31, 2018.  Approved expenditures for the 9-month period totals $754,683.25.  This results in an average of monthly expenditures of $83,854, although we expect monthly variances based on seasonality.

June’s income was $73,887, which is seasonally in line with expectations.  Expenses for the month were $101,697 resulting in a net loss for the month of $27,809.  Our fiscal YTD results are favorable by $10,652.  This surplus is important as we typically see lower income through the summer months.  Our expenses in June were higher than normal related to a few items:
  • Approx. $5,500 for computer equipment as the church office server was damaged during an electrical storm
  • Approx. $18,000 for our annual insurance policy premium
  • Approx. $2,800 for copier as the prior lease was paid off & began a new lease term
You can help by ensuring regular contributions, especially during these summer/vacation months when attendance is lower.

BUILDING/CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FUND

Our current debt from prior facility expansion is down to $687,501.  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 $1,043,023.33 since July 2016, of the total pledged $1.6mm over three years – that ends June 2019.

Construction was delayed on the facilities project as a result of unforeseen county requirements.  The building committee is working with the contractors to lessen some of the complexities in an effort to lower the GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price) and ensure we maintain the current parking capacity.  We believe that an updated GMP will be provided with the county’s approval between July and August.  Assuming this project still proceeds, we will refinance the current debt into a new loan that also provides us access to fund the construction.

INVESTING IN GOD’S CHURCH

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 $429,362.14.

YOUR ROLE

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 the church finance secretary, Pam Sweeney (psweeney@shadygroveumc.net), 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. Realm makes egiving very simple through their platform. We encourage all church members to set up their egiving when they establish their Realm accounts. While egiving through NCS (https://giving.ncsservices.org/g3/) is still available, we will be asking all egivers using the old platform to convert to Realm in the coming months. To sign up for a Realm account, please send an email to realm@shadygroveumc.net so that an invitation can be sent to you.

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

804-360-2600, ext. 23

804-612-0582


Past Finance Committee Monthly Reports 

Balance Sheet For May 2018