Good News continues for the 2018 stewardship drive!
We began our Stewardship campaign on October 1, 2017 for five weeks, with 5 graphic designs to tie in with 5 reflective themes to be read each week. The 5 speakers were chosen to highlight their ministry because they represent the theme selected for that Sunday. Rex Botengan was the first speaker on the Sunday after the “Little Night Music” fundraiser for Our Saviour Center. Sue and Sandy Smock spoke on the 2nd Sunday when Fr Fuad from Galilee was our guest preacher. Gabe Vasquez and Nicolas Correnti spoke on Youth Take-on Sunday. Basil Johnson (10 a.m.) and Sherm Tellen (8 a.m.) were speakers for the 4th Sunday. Vera Hoalim wrapped up the last Sunday of the Stewardship campaign, which ended with a potato and Chinese chicken salad bar provided by the church after the 10 a.m. Chinese and English services.
For 2018, we set a pledge goal of $450,000, which was $25,000 lower than the 2017 budget. This was due to an anticipated decrease of $50,000 in pledges due to relocation and members passing away. With the daunting task of reaching that goal, we are pleased to report that as of March 1, 2018, we have received 170 pledges for a total of $473,371. Our average pledge to date is $2785, which remains unchanged from last year. We show an average variance of 1% increase in overall pledging, despite a slight decrease in member pledging.
92 of the 170 pledges were increased, representing 55% of increased pledge members in 2018. This figure remained unchanged from 2017.
We have received 24 new pledges, 11 from the Mandarin congregation and 13 from the English congregation.
There are 31 pledging members from both the Mandarin and Cantonese congregation contributing $58,670. This represents a 31% increase in pledging. Father Ni has been making every effort to explain the significance of pledge-giving to his congregation, which is a foreign concept.
Together, we the body of Christ can stand in solidarity to enhance the kingdom of God for we are the light of the world.
- Vera Hoalim, Stewardship Facilitator