Consecration Sunday Report

Thank you for participating in PUMC’s annual Consecration Sunday on October 27! Together we celebrated our ministries, heard an inspiring message from guest preacher, Rev. Glenn Howell, and prayerfully considered our response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give in support of PUMC’s ministries?” Thank you for praying about and pledging toward PUMC’s 2020 Basic Ministry Budget that day!

In response on that Sunday, we received a number of first-time estimate of giving cards - thank you for taking that step and making that commitment! And several people also “stepped up” their pledge, committing more to God’s work at PUMC next year than this, in response to God’s leading on the “step-up” chart. Thank you!

As a result of your generous response to Consecration Sunday, PUMC’s estimated 2020 income is $1,016,989. This includes pledges and other expected gifts. Historically, however, we don’t receive all of these gifts due to life changes, relocations, etc. We normally receive approximately 95% of this estimated income – or roughly $966,140  for 2020. In keeping with the Consecration Sunday model, the Finance Committee will develop and recommend a balanced budget. Leadership will work toward a 2020 budget that accounts for not receiving the entire $1,016,989, but a realistic estimate of what we might receive.

If you’re interested in comparing 2019 to 2020, the difference is approximately $72,000 less in anticipated giving. In order to live within our means, PUMC will develop a budget that allows us to fulfill basic ministries. In order to do this, of course, there will be some major reductions in current programming and ministries.

Additionally, PUMC’s Trustees and Finance Committee are gathering information on our emergent HVAC and roof needs (both are beyond their expected life span and plans for replacement are being made). When this information is available it will be shared with the congregation and plans will be made for funding this additional need.

If you have not completed an Estimate of Giving Card and would like to, cards are available at the Welcome Center in the south lobby, the Worship Annex, and the Church Office. If you wish to supplement your Estimate of Giving, you can do that at any time by contacting the church office or Rebecca Blackwelder, PUMC’s Financial Administrator, at 317.839.2319.

Again, thank you for your prayerful, active, and generous support of this ministry.