The Voter’s passed a budget of $353,000, an increase of nearly $25,000 (or 8%) over last year.
Most of the Boards kept their budgets the same, including our financial commitment of $31,000 to LCC missions. The increases are due to a slight rise in maintaining this facility, that is typical, and Lutheran Church Canada wanting us to pay up front installments for the 2021 National Convention ($4200), that is new. The majority of the budget increases were in Lay Ministry, which is responsible for staffing. Here, the Board of Lay Ministry, under the guidance of LCC’s NEW Church Worker’s Compensation Guide, increased such things as salaries and housing allowance, which in turn increased the cost of benefits. There is also a New LCC benefits administration fee ($2700), which was unexpected. If you have any questions, please see me and I will be happy to do my best to answer them.
How will we pay for these increases next year? Well, that will be up to all of us. Peace Lutheran Church has been blessed with a vibrant ministry to the young and old of our hurting and troubled world. Please prayerfully consider what your Church means to you and your family and consider your response to God’s blessings.
So, while we will need to rise to this challenge, together it is not overwhelming. If each family could increase their donation by just $5.00/week, (less than the price of a Starbuck’s coffee, but much more fulfilling!) we can cover the budget increase.
Thank you for your thoughtful – and prayerful consideration.
Debbie Swistun - Treasurer