The Finance Committee is a group of interested
individuals who's primary function is to determine how we can best meet
the financial demands placed on the Church and to make recommendations
to the Vestry. This is an ongoing challenge because our overall
costs have been steadily increasing while the amount of money pledged
by our parishioners has stayed roughly the same.
As tempting as it is to think of Church as a place
where we can get away from to concerns of our material world, the fact
is that the Church can't exist without the money. Money is
necessary to pay for basic things like heat, and electricity - not to
mention materials for the Sunday School or the salaries of our clergy
and staff. Many churches have built up an endowment which can be
used in difficult times (like the current economy) to make up for a
reduced income. Unfortunately Trinity has very little in the way
of investments. We rely almost exclusively on the contributions
of our parishioners and a handful of fundraising events that occur
throughout the year. This means that we frequently find ourselves
having to make hard choices between the "right" course of
action and the one we can afford. Occasionally we need to borrow
money to handle our more pressing issues. We try to avoid this
because it only makes balancing the budget more difficult in future
Right now we have a number of issues that we are
watching closely. Among these are leaks in the Church roof and
the roof of the rectory, repairing the lovely stained glass windows at
the front of the Church and helping to determine whether we can afford
another full-time rector, to name just a few.
You can help in a number of ways. First and
foremost, please make a pledge. We won't lecture on the necessity
of this (but you should go to Stewardship
for more information). Suffice it to say that it's a lot easier
to project how we will pay for these various item when we know how much
money we can expect to receive. On a related note, when you do
pledge please don't forget Trinity in the summer months.
Attendance at Church tends to dwindle during the summer while everyone
is enjoying the warm weather. Unfortunately, this also means less
income for the Church and puts a big strain on our finances. Try
to be consistent with the timing of your donations. Our treasurer
deserves to enjoy the summer too!
Lastly, if you have an interest in financial
affairs, you are welcome to join the Finance Committee. We could
especially use some people with a talent for investing to help us
oversee what few funds we have to see that they are invested wisely.
Contact the Treasurer for
more information or to volunteer.