The Rev. Patrick Blaney
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 A Letter to St. John’s Parishioners from The Treasurer   

 Dear Parishioners of St. John’s,              

I sincerely hope this letter finds you all well and safe.            

I am very pleased, as I am sure you all are, that St. John’s is once again open to in-person worship.  While we are not as yet able to meet downstairs for tea and coffee it is great to be back in the Church.  I know some of you are not ready to come back right now, but we hope that may happen again soon.  I would like to thank the many people who have made coming back to Church safe and enjoyable.

I would also like to take this time to briefly update you all on the finances of St John’s over the past few months.  Our renter, Back To Basics Daycare, is reimbursing us over time for the rent they owed us when they were paying is 50% of their rent during the first few month of the pandemic.  I anticipate they we will be fully reimbursed this financial year.  Our other significant renter, the Korean Light Church, is back but is only able to pay 75% of their rent due to a drop in their congregation because of Covid.  This will be reviewed every three months.            

As I mentioned before, we were extremely fortunate to receive significant financial help from the Diocese and from some specific one-time donations to see us through the first few months of the pandemic.  I believe it was also important that we are now livestreaming our Sunday services and these broadcasts can be watched later. We also continue to kept in touch with our community in various ways including the weekly Telephone Ministry.  I would once again like to personally thank all who have worked hard to make these happen and make them a success.            

We now find ourselves in the second fall months of this unpredictable time.  I am happy to report that our spending and most of our income are on target for this year. However, I do have to report that our envelop giving’s are down by 10% from what we budgeted.  While there may be numerous reasons for this, it is of some concern to me.  While the Church is now open for worship and about half of our parishioners are back for worship, most of our expenses remain the same.            

I would therefore kindly ask that you might prayerfully consider maintaining your monthly giving by either mailing or dropping off a cheque at the Church office or bringing your offering to the in-person services. I also humbly invite you to prayerfully consider increasing your giving if you are in a position and feel comfortable in so doing.  As always, I thank everyone for your incredible offerings of time, talent and treasure to St. John’s and its mission to our community and the world.            

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or one of the Wardens or Patrick.  I thank you for taking the time to read this and I thank you in advance for your prayerful considerations.  

Sincerely Yours,  

Bob Hardy, Treasurer, St. John’s Anglican Church