2020 Financial Comments

For St. James United Church, this has been a year like no other. The year has been unique not because of our Covid-19 response, nor the move to virtual services, nor the canceling of suppers, nor the massive amount of restoration work done to the church. It is unique because of how the community and congregation have come together to look after one another. The year has changed how we worship, cared for each other, and showcased real leadership in our church.

Although the financial report tells a story of how the Board of Management account ended the year with a $271.52 deficit, it does not highlight the exceptional work done by congregational members. The Pastoral Charge Treasurers got more than $18,000 in government funds while a small group of people assisted with drive-thru suppers resulting in $7,500. Equally important, although not financial, a small group of champions continued the church's work through online worship during the most crucial times. Thanks so to everyone.

This year was extraordinary for many other reasons as well. We spent more than $100,000 from our insurer to restore the church sanctuary because of Hurricane Dorian damage and upgraded the insulation for $1,549. We also invested more than $33,000 to replace our furnaces with heat pumps funded by a grant leveraged from the previous paving job, resulting in a cost to the church of only $1,021. We also made changes to the mezzanine's washroom and completed several exterior upgrades.

We were also incredibly blessed with a very generous building fund donation from Lila and Aerial Gray's estate.

In summary, the Board of Management account balance ended the year with $25,490.67 (-$271.52 from 2020), the building fund balance with $31,326.64 ($21,824.76 from 2020), and our M&S contribution was $3,599.

Other noted facts include the collected PAR donations of more than $28,000. Given the continued pandemic restriction, we would encourage more of you to join PAR. For more information, please go to our website. Giving Monthly through PAR | The United Church of Canada (united-church.ca)

In closing, 2021 will be a very challenging year as we project a $20,000 deficit. We hope that some of you might consider increasing your PAR, enrolling in PAR, offer a one-time donation here Donations | sambrojollimore (sambrojollimorepc.com), or offer up whatever you can. We are so blessing to have a community that is a community of church that has supported St James United for many years and will continue to do so for many years to come.

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Services

St. James United

  & Parkhill United

 - Connect via our church Facebook Page

Next scheduled Virtual Service

Sunday January 24, 2021

St James United Church Sambro NS

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