Stewardship: Grounded in Love, Evolving Together
Budget News from DCC’s Financial Support Ministry
Greetings, friends. This is quite an unsettled time to prepare an annual budget, so our budget process will be different this year. A short summary:
1.) We are asking Session to approve a “needs-based,” budget in June.
2.) We’ll share that with you and in July we’ll ask for your support to meet these expenses through a financial gift or pledge.
3.) Based on the gifts and pledges we receive in July, we’ll adjust as necessary.
4.) The Financial support Ministry will continue to monitor giving and spending throughout the year and communicate our financial status regularly.
We have prepared a video explaining this process in more detail.
You can see it here.
Over the next few weeks, we will be asking various ministries to share their hopes for the coming year. As you hear their stories, we ask you to reflect on how you are called to support Davis Community Church.
On June 9th at 7 PM, we invite DCC family and friends to join us for an online Budget Forum to learn more (details to come). We are always available to answer your questions by telephone or email, as well. Thank you for your support.
Your Stewardship Team: Cheryl Essex, Emily Henderson, Joe Yun, Mike Coleman
June 5, 2020
Greetings, friends. It’s time to talk with you about the coming year’s budget that begins on July 1. For many of us, a budget is the LAST place we look for spiritual connection & transformation–but how we spend our funds is a critical expression of our shared faith and values as a church family. Davis Community Church is entirely funded through from folks like you.
DCC thrives with an incredible staff who support our connection & communication, financial stewardship & education, facilities & worship, pastoral care, and spiritual leadership, to help each of our ministries provide impactful programs consistent with our calling. Over the last few months, our staff has been vital to keeping us spiritually connected through this challenging time. This year, our current planned expenses are expected to total just over a million dollars, this is about a 6% increase from last year’s budget. Two-thirds of our budget is devoted to staff expenses.
We have prepared a video explaining the budget process in more detail. [CLICK HERE]
If you would like an advance copy of the budget, please call the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always available to answer your questions by telephone or email, as well.
Three additional pieces of information:
2019-20 Current Income Statement
Thank you for your generous support! Your Stewardship Team: Cheryl Essex, Emily Henderson, Joe Yun, Mike Coleman
July 1, 2020
A reflection from the Worshp Ministry
A little over a year ago, Worship Ministry was looking back at the 2018-2019 budget year to consider what we had accomplished and what we hoped to do during the 2019-2020 year as it related to Session’s Vision 2028.
We had just come through a meaningful Lenten Season and were especially pleased with the range of active participation on Maundy Thursday with participants able to receive communion, to be anointed with oil, and/or to have their feet washed.
To build on the Vision 2028 theme of diversity, during World Communion Sunday we had several of the bread carriers dress in clothing native to their heritage, stressing the different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds represented in our congregation.
To stress the spiritual importance of communion, we restored the historic practice of bringing in the Bread and Chalice just prior to Communion. That transitionary ritual alerted the congregation to this shift in our worship experience and heighten the spiritual attentiveness.
As we moved into 2020, we looked forward with hopeful anticipation that Pastor Eunbee would soon be joining us, Unfortunately, February brought a surprise visitor as the coronavirus emerged as a danger to the safety of the congregation.
We first addressed our fears by discouraging shaking hands during the passing of the peace and by encouraging hand sanitizing. Over the next two-three weeks, we ratcheted up our care for the safety of the congregation by suspending the passing of the peace and asking people to pick up bulletins instead of having ushers hand them out. We tried serving communion with gloves and tongs, but soon realized we couldn’t safely do more than demonstrate communion. On March 11, in response to guidelines from Yolo County, Pastor Chris, and church leaders made the painful decision to close down Sunday services and other activities on the DCC campus, hopeful that we might be able to go back to “normal” before Holy Week.
Suddenly, we had a congregation of people we couldn’t see face-to-face and little time to meet the challenge of keeping people connected to services, sermons, hymns, other members, and we couldn’t even let them in the sanctuary.
Pastor Chris put together a team of people from worship ministry and beyond who had areas of technical or musical expertise, had strengths in communications and bringing people together, or just wanted to help. Soon, Pastor Chris and the team were delivering 45-minute weekly church services available over the internet. We prayed for guidance and moved forward, not sure whether people would follow through on their pledges so we could keep paying our staff and the bills that would keep coming in.
By early April, under the leadership of Elisa Stone, “Care Gone Viral” brought together people in groups to call and email each other to maintain connections. Like many other groups at DCC, three dozen members of the Worship ministry began making phone and email contacts with each other and others in the congregation. Terms like Zoom, bandwidth, sound-mixing, YouTube, Facebook, and working from home that had never appeared in the minutes of Worship Ministry quickly became commonplace issues we needed to address.
We discovered that we needed to find funding to upgrade the whole system of delivery of the sermons to create the sermons and other materials being generated. Just as we were wondering how to afford the upgrades, Tremont Church in Dixon expressed a need for Presbyterian hymnals and Worship Ministry donated 60 hymnals. To our surprise, they responded with a $1,000 donation, and our system is upgraded, although there will still be ongoing needs for future funding.
We see now that the church of tomorrow is no longer a theoretical discussion; it is something we have responded to in real-time and will need to address one challenge and opportunity at a time for the foreseeable future. We are grateful to learn that so many members have continued their generous donations and pledges to meet Vision 2028’s goal to help DCC and the people we serve “thrive – body, mind, and soul.”
Worship Ministry and DCC can’t do this without you.
With prayerful thanks, the DCC Worship Ministry.