Annual report to show an 11 percent drop in giving

My report to St Stephen’s Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, October 29th will show that over the past 12 months giving at St Stephen’s has fallen by 11 percent from $283,173 to $252,453.

At the same time, the parish’s total income has declined by almost 15 per cent (or $54,032) from $369,220 to $315,188. As . . . → Read More: Annual report to show an 11 percent drop in giving

Summer time and the Treasurer is uneasy

Summer time and the living is uneasy for the poor Treasurer. That’s because folks go on vacation and forget that the church needs to keep its doors open when they are away.

Please, please remember the poor soul who is wrestling with the diminished summer cash flow. He would really appreciate it if you . . . → Read More: Summer time and the Treasurer is uneasy

Church treasurers find that summertime is far from easy

Summer is not the best-loved time of the year for church treasurers. The trouble is that parishioners frequently forget the church when they go on vacation, and this can play havoc with the cash flow. And a healthy cash flow is essential for keeping the lights lit, the air conditioning cooling, and the doors open.

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Parish income continues
 to grow

Pencil Sketch of St Stephens

Calendar 2014 was a further year of income growth for St Stephen’s Anglican Church, with total income up by 1.0 percent from $374,402 in 2013 to $378,221.

Whilst our regular contributions were down 6% to $282,299, our Gifts and Non-recurring Donations, which includes our Endowment Fund, was up 69% from $19,694 in 2013 to . . . → Read More: Parish income continues
 to grow

Good news on the financial front

Economics is aptly known as the ‘Dismal Science’. So much of it seems to involve unhappy predictions of doom and gloom. Thus it is comforting to report that the parish is weathering the current patch of appalling weather reasonably well.

Giving is down a bit, but over all it has held up rather better . . . → Read More: Good news on the financial front

It is your pledges that make our work possible

Dear Fellow Parishioners:

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.”

On September 20th, Bishop John Vaughan helped us to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the dedication of our parish church. More than 350 attended the services—and in typical St . . . → Read More: It is your pledges that make our work possible

Parish plate income up by a full 7 percent

[NOTE: This is the second of a series of three reports in preparation for the annual Parish Meeting on May 25th. Next week the Rector will present his report.]

Calendar Year 2013 was a year of solid income growth for St Stephen’s Anglican Church, with pledged and un-pledged income up by a handsome 7.2 percent . . . → Read More: Parish plate income up by a full 7 percent

Why we need a traditional Anglican academic library

Subdeacon Wiley Hawks buttonholed the Rector last week to ask the $64,000 question: “Why are we building a second floor office when it would be much more convenient to expand at ground level?

“And, while we are about it, rather than a library, why don’t we spend the money putting in a commercial kitchen? . . . → Read More: Why we need a traditional Anglican academic library