Generosity Update

Update from Colonial’s Generosity Ministry Action Team:

Generosity is sharing from our abundant gifts He has given us as shown in Romans 12: 1-8 . . .

.5so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith 7if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

To Be The Church is an invitation to share more generously by being involved helping our ministries and action teams that have immediate, specific needs.  Colonial has continued its long tradition of generosity this past year through 1) continued work with its missions of the month, including $245,000 in funding to Every Meal, VEAP and Families Moving Forward to combat hunger,  2) funding nine new ministries/missions through the Blessing Initiative, 3) building a Tiny House last summer, and 4) pivoting to meet our church and greater community worship and connection needs through virtual worship, teaching ministry and youth programs.  There were several more examples of generosity in our community – we know because we are tracking them weekly!

Upcoming Opportunities to Share Our Abundance:

Our Generosity team will be a match-maker in our congregation.  We are actively talking with Colonial’s staff and lay leaders who are doing Kingdom work to learn their needs, capture this information and then post is easily accessible ways. We will invite any interested people (you) with abundant skills to learn more about immediate needs, and connect with the ministry and its people, enabling you to make an informed commitment that helps the ministry and fits the time/energy of the generous giver.

Financial Generosity:

Colonial has not had regular in-person worship or meetings since March 2020.  Despite that, the congregation has shown sustained generosity and engagement over the past 12 months in its service and its financial giving.  It’s been 12 months since we passed the blue velvet bags in the pews to collect offerings.  Yet, as of March 1, we have met nearly 71% of our annual giving goal while worshipping remotely. We are $443,000 away from meeting our annual giving goal.

20-21
Final with
20-2120-21Mar/AprBudgeted
Budget
Year to Date
RemainingGiving
Giving1,5001,0574431,500
Other income (facilities/program)22512020140
Expenses-2,420-1,650-470-2,120
Operating Surplus (Deficit)-695-473-7-480

Meeting our giving goal of $1.5 million by April 30 enables us to come out of this pandemic in 2021 in good financial position to serve post-pandemic needs in our community.  We have a staff at full strength for the first time in years, a second service, continued virtual worship offerings, expanded missions and outreach, a robust teaching ministry and an emerging generations ministry spanning nursery to college age.

In the weeks leading up to our fiscal year end on April 30, please consider generously giving to continue this active growth in our service and outreach to the community.  It’s easier than ever to give remotely via the PushPay app to contribute once or on a regular recurring basis.