“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another.” (Romans 13:8)
We have been in the midst of pledging and budgeting season, and soon the Annual Parish Meeting will take place. It is during these times that I think very much about the impact St. Peter’s has had on my life. Julie and I have been members since 2007, but also from 1977-1984, the bookends of our married life. During my adult life, I have served as Treasurer for four parishes within our Diocese, and you might find that to be a strange ministry, but as a retired banker it is the best skill that I can contribute to the congregation, and one that I enjoy.
St. Peter’s is very careful with the money that you donate. We have a system of checks and balances, a separation of duties, a very competent and professional Parish Administrator, and close oversight of our finances and budget variances by the vestry. Our budget is developed by the Finance Committee, whose members have close involvement with worship, the choir, youth, children, outreach, and social justice. The budget is built largely on the donations you pledge to make. In fact, your donations make up almost 90% of resources available.
One of the challenges and joys of being Treasurer is that I have a hand in assuring that your treasure is used well to support our worship together, the beautiful music, and historic worship space, and to provide for our clergy, programs, outreach, and social justice ministries. Your pledges make all that possible. We are all part of this holy place, and we all need each other.
The first letter to Timothy tells us to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and generous and willing to share. In this way, we lay up treasure for ourselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that we may take hold of “the life that is truly life”—and I think that our life together at St. Peter’s is certainly that.
David Lavoie, Treasurer