Members and Friends of Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church:
Thank you for your support during 2020-21. The year felt as though we were catapulted into a parallel universe where life was the same, but not. Immediate change was a necessity. Hence, our move to Zoom and online, which entailed a steep learning curve for everyonel The good news is, these changes along with your support, have enabled our church to continue to offer worship and events; support local charities; assist members in need; and move toward a slow and safe return to indoor ministries.
One blessing of this year, was the challenge to discern what is important. Most of us deeply missed close contact with family, friends, and the extended family that is our church. While everyone worked to maintain connections, we know it wasn't the same. As we proceed, let's hope things lost and now regained, won't be forgotten or minimized. Some things will not return, but rather be replaced. For example, in-store shopping has evolved into curbside pick-up. And the role of technology has gone from optional to necessary, including here at the church.
Our 2021-22 Stewardship theme: Enough-Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity
We were ahead of this technological curve when we began streaming worship for shut-ins and snowbirds 12 years ago. This proved positive and foresighted for the church. Reflecting on this, it was determined that technology will continue to be an important part of the church's ministry in the future.
Nearing the end of our fiscal year, we anticipate giving will total $50,000 less than our current budget, due to the absence of seasonal visitors as a result of COVID. We've been able to maintain our operations, as expenditures declined along with a lessening of onsite events. Knowing that we're beginning to reopen and scale into our activities, we've sought to maintain our proposed 2021/2022 fiscal budget with as few increases as possible. We're projecting a top line of $796,000, compared to the current $784,000, and the estimated actual of $750,000. Most expenses are anticipated to remain flat, with the exception of 3% staff increases and the additional commitment to improving and expanding our use of technology for ministry.
No one knows what church will look like when doors reopen. This is why we ask that you put your best foot forward as we move into a new year with many unknowns, but a commitment to remain vital and growing. We are excited and prepared for whatever God places before us! I hope you are, too! Please show your enthusiasm for our church's restart by giving generously.
Rev. Dr. Keith A. Haemmelmann, Senior Pastor
Brad MIller, Stewardship Chair
Mark Musser, Treasurer