Hello fellow parishioners,
Great news ~ Pledges are slightly over budget for January (Thank you for your contributions!!) and the market recovered since December so the endowment balance has increased due to unrealized gains. I have been very busy getting up to speed on the details of All Saints’ Finances. I appreciate everyone’s kindness and patience with my questions as I learn the role. Please find above the January 2019 Income and Expense Summary. The January budget is 1/12 of the 2019 total budget and as you know income and expenses do not occur in a straight line fashion. We incurred a ($10,427.78) loss for January primarily due to not yet pulling the 5% planned disbursements from the endowments, resulting in lower income of ($3,989.17) and building maintenance exceeding 1/12th of the budget by ($6,033.78) due to boiler work ($6457.78) and gutter repairs ($996). I believe the boiler work is semi-annual so we will get caught up by mid-year. We continue to have enough leftover cash from 2018 to cover the deficit and will work out a plan for taking the budgeted endowment distributions over the next few months.
A question I have heard many times at All Saints is: what can I do to help? Here are a few easy suggestions on items that require minimal time but will have a big impact:
1. Buy Scrip cards! – You can either buy cards online or from Suzanne Fischer. By setting up Presto-Pay on https://www.shopwithscrip.com/ the payment is pulled directly from your checking account and you do not have to worry about remembering to pay Suzanne. Suzanne and I are both available to help you set up an online account.
2. Submit cost savings ideas to email@example.com – a small idea can have a big impact. A few ideas we’ve already started working on are to use volunteers for lawn care, rebid our sidewalk snow removal vendor, have potlucks at church events instead of catered dinners, review the telephone and internet expenses, increase credit card bill payment to earn more 1.5% rewards, review energy costs, and many more. What ideas do you have to help us save?
3. Volunteer to organize or assist with fundraising events like the Epiphany Dinner, Valentine Bake Sale, and Lambeau Concessions help – All Saints earned over $1000 from these small but easy activities. I hear a leprechaun calling for a St. Paddy’s Day event..
Thank you for placing your trust in me. I am committed to helping All Saints have a sustainable financial future for years to come.
I have been asked a lot of questions in my years of ordination. Some are simple and some almost seem like “they should know that”. But all have been important to those who asked and everyone deserves an answer. I have said many times that if you cannot explain why you do something, then you should not be doing it. I have answered several questions in my recent articles and I pray a few more might be helpful for some one.
As a bishop I have been asked why I take off my hat, whether the purple zucchetto ( small skull cap) or my miter, when I am at the altar leading the Eucharistic Prayer. First, it is a prayer and Miters are removed for prayer, but I do not put it on until after Communion. But the zucchetto is also removed at the Communion. The second reason that a head covering is removed here, for a clergy person, is humility and reverence. I also remove my bishop’s ring at the Altar. I hate to disappoint some, but it has to do with the ring getting in the way and invariably hitting the metal that is used. There is nothing like a loud bang in the middle of things. So I take mine off. Sorry, no sound theological reason.
Also concerning the Communion, I also say, “Jesus Christ was made known to His disciples, in the breaking of the bread.” before the Fraction anthem - “ [Alleluia.] Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast. [Alleluia.]”. The phrase is a paraphrase of Luke 24:35 in Scripture that I picked up from Bishop William Stevens, Bishop of Fond du Lac in the 1980s. For me, it always was a good explanation of why we break the bread. And Christ is shown to us in the Communion.
In a recent article I talked about why I do not say, when speaking, the Great Amen at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer. But, if you notice, I rarely, if ever, say the words in italics either. They are almost always a rubric (instructions which are not said out loud, except in teaching), or they are a response for the congregation gathered, to the action or words proclaimed.
Join us for an evening of contemplation and song in the style of the community of Taizé in France! The services will be held at 5:00 pm on Sunday, February 24 at All Saints.
All Saints partners with Lawrence University and area churches to hold Taizé services throughout the school year. See calendar or click here for details.
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