The Challenges

My Faith, Our Church, Christ's Mission
Stewardship for 2015
At
Presbyterian Church of the Cross

The Unique Challenges we face for 2015

At Church of the Cross we have a vital church and an active congregation who have begun a process of transitions in staff that will continue through
2015. Because of the commitment of members we have an Annual Budget which supports our many and varied programs in a balanced way.
As we look forward to 2015, there are several challenges we will need to overcome if we are to maintain our vitality and breadth of ministry:

  • The first challenge is to make up for losses in pledges we anticipate due to deaths in the congregation and members who have moved out of town. This varies greatly year to year, but this year It Is expected to be higher than average—around $30,400.
  • A mandated Increase In health care dues for employees will be raising dues by 1.5% in our PC(USA) Board of Pensions Medical Coverage.
  • The fixed costs of having a so many programs call for a $3,000 Increase In copying and paper costs (8.3%). And then there are utilities (Electricity, Gas, and Water) that need an additional $3,000 (7.8%) to insure adequate budget funds.
  • Only after these Items are taken care of will we be able to consider other budget considerations like Increases for current programs, any new program, or staff Increases.
    • * And our educational, Cornerstone, and youth fellowship programs are booming. We are feeding 16% more folks than last year on Wednesday night.
    • * The choir is growing and needs additional music.
    • * The Communications Committee would like to put up electronic message boards In the non-worship areas—to share announcements and information.

Q: How Do We meet these Challenges?
A: In a time of transition like this every member needs to do their part.

  • Members who are able grow in their giving—in response to God's blessings in their lives are challenged to grow.
  • New members who have joined this year are challenged to make their commitment— responding to God's blessings in their lives.
  • Members who have not made a regular contribution are challenged to step up and respond to God's blessing with a joyful commitment that matches words of faith to actions in life.

This is Why a Pledge is so Important...!

Pledges supply fully 93% of our Income as a congregation.

Each year we move forward when our members grow their pledge by increasing it. Last year 43.5% of the pledges were increased and 6.4% of the pledges were new, allowing us to have a successful 2014 fully funding all our ministry and mission, including incorporating our remaining building debt into the annual budget.

With the exception of two families in the church who do not pledge and yet give systematically, not pledging tends to mean that giving becomes a casual and haphazard process. They tend to give when they are here—and forget about it when they are absent. If that were the norm, our budgeting would be a gamble and our vitality would ebb and flow with every month.

With the commitment of more than 300 member pledges we are able to:

  • Fund our programs and staff.
  • Support our mission at 20% of congregational giving.
  • Cover our support costs (like building and utilities).
  • Pay off our remaining building debt.

Facing Challenges Together

Historically, Presbyterian Church of the Cross has had a unique way of facing challenges. When a challenge arises, we don't look for a couple of
people to pick up the slack, we recognize that we are individuals who join our person faith (My Faith) and join it with others in Out Church, so that
together we can serve Christ’s Mission. And we will stand shoulder to shoulder with each person thoughtfully and prayerfully considering their part.

When we decided to build and had our first Capital Campaign, it was seven years ago—and the economy was headed downward..! Even in good
times most experts predict that a good congregation can raise from 1.5 times to 2.5 times its annual budget.... We raised $ 2,400,000 in pledges,
which was more than 3 times our annual budget. And when it came to collecting the pledges—in spite of all the economic difficulties of the times
—members did not just give 100% of what they pledged, but 104%, All of this response was broad based and spread across the entire
congregation.

We have paid on the debt as aggressively as possible to avoid adding unnecessary interest costs to the project

  • => Between 2007 and 2010 we paid the costs down from $3,200,000 to $1,020,000.
  • => Between 2010 and 2013 we paid the debt down from $1,020,000 to $ 210,000.
  • => Now we have rolled the remainder of this debt into our Annual Budget It will be paid off over the next 5 to 6 years. The cost of $29,260 per year is already included in the Annual Budget
  • => Because of this response to the challenge, our building is modern and very user friendly for the next generation—and will have no burdensome debt.

We have so much going right…

At Presbyterian Church of the Cross, we are blessed with excellent leadership from the congregation. We have a building that meets our needs for
worship, fellowship, education and serving.

We have a staff that serves with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love, and with a well-planned careful transition each new staff member will
find their place in the service of the Lord here.

With a solid Annual Budget providing the funding we need the future will continue to give us many opportunities to grow our faith and honor
God in our worship and our service. So stewardship for 2015, and pledging for 2015 is important for each member to consider and act upon.

Challenges to continue our vitality through our transition into the future need response. Thank you for yours.

Presbyterian Church of the Cross:

  • Your personal stewardship packet will arrive in mid-October,
  • Stewardship Sunday is October 26th


"The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must
give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work."
Paul in 2 Corinthians 9:6-8.

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Presbyterian Church of the Cross
1517 South 114th Street
Omaha, NE 68144
phone: 402-333-7466
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