From The Pastor

Green Piggy Bank on top of a calculator

When my eldest granddaughter was about 4 years old we were exploring the sanctuary of the church I was serving, and she said, “Let’s play church!” I said OK and she directed me to the first pew. “You be the people.” She said. Again, I agreed. I sat down, and she approached the altar. Facing the altar, she chanted, “La, La, La, La, La, La.” Then she turned to me, held her hands out in front of her, and said, “Gimme money.”

And that comes close to describing what many people think of the Church. All about money. But the Church, when it is truly being the Church, is really about proclaiming Good News that God is with us and cares for us. However, because we live in a physical world, we must also deal with the reality of that world which includes maintaining buildings and paying salaries, vendors, and utilities.

For Messiah Lutheran Church, the next few months are critical in the process of calling a new pastor to lead this community of faith forward and part of that process will be to assess the financial ability of the congregation to pay an adequate compensation package to whomever is offered the call. Thus far this year, income has been less than expenses but due to the diligent efforts of our business manager, finance committee, and congregation council, our bills have been paid through the month of May.

Also, expenses have actually been down which has helped, and there are some funds that can be tapped to ease a short-term income/expense imbalance. Additionally, income at the end of the year is usually enough to make up any previous deficit. However, in order to move forward and be in the best position to call a new pastor, we need to do better. We need to see a surplus of income over expenses.

Can we do this? Absolutely. Our efforts in the next 90 days will demonstrate our resolve. And while we are fixing the material stuff, we will continue to do what we are called to do: Proclaim the Good News that God is with us and cares for us.

Pastor Larry Richardson

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