This week’s CliffNotes is a guest post written by David Perry, Senior Warden.
There are many roles in any church that go unrecognized, and while Christ Church has a number of behind-the-scenes roles, one of the things I love about our community is that we “see” well, and our leadership appreciates the effort required to make a church operate. One of these critical responsibilities is the Treasurer role. This person oversees the budget; operational revenue and expenses; payroll; and banking relationships on behalf of the church, Vestry, and Rector.
Over the last 3 years, Paula Wendling has faithfully served as our Treasurer. We want to take this opportunity to thank her for her service to our community and for adding true value to the role with her skills as a CPA. Her dedication and servant heart were readily apparent to the Vestry and Staff, and we will miss her dearly. She was uniquely gifted in recognizing trends and advising the Vestry on key financial decisions as we collectively sought wisdom from the Lord.
Please join me in welcoming our new Treasurer, Myron Brown. Myron and his wife, Gay, have been involved deeply in Christ Church for a few years after moving from their home of 30+ years in El Paso. They participate in small group, help shepherd Encore (our regular gathering of retirement age Christ Churchers), and have always been willing to serve where needed in our Body. Myron has served on church finance committees and as Treasurer in other congregations, and will bring both wisdom and expertise to this volunteer role. We are grateful for his willingness to serve.
Lastly, I want to bring attention to the methods of giving now available to our congregants. Everyone is familiar with the passing of the plate, but this spring we added online giving as an option for both one-time and recurring gifts. As someone that never carries a checkbook, this has allowed Sharon and me to be more consistent in our giving, which in turn helps the church have a more predictable income stream. I encourage you to explore this option here. At the same time, we have accommodated the sacramental act of weekly giving by providing wooden tokens for online givers to use in lieu of checks or cash in the offering plate. As always, you may contact the church office if you have questions.
Blessings and Peace,
Senior Warden of Christ Church Vestry