Finance Committee Report

June 13, 2019

Shady Grove United Methodist Church Finance Committee Report

We’re glad you are here. This page will provide important summary financial performance
information and commentary from your finance committee each month. Additional information and more detailed reports will be available by logging into your account at Realm and looking under Groups for the church group, Shady Grove United Methodist Church, and then looking for Files within the church group. If you have not set up a Realm account, I encourage you to do so, by emailing Gregg Butler our Church Office Manager at so that she can send you an invitation.

Your stewardship (prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness) provides the means, while God’s
guidance and our due-diligence deliver on His will for Shady Grove United Methodist Church. Our
committee charter is to be fiscally sound stewards, be transparent and ensure that the church’s
financial resources are properly and best utilized, to accomplish the mission of helping our
community know and grow in Christ.

April 2019

Operating Performance

Through April we are 4 months or 33% through the 12 months of the year and 17 Sundays also 33%
through the 52 Sundays for 2019. Actual revenue through April was only 28.5% of our annual  budget. This revenue shortage was partially offset by actual expenses coming in at only 30.4% of the annual budget year to date. This yielded an actual year to date net loss of about $(19,000) a loss increase of $15,000 since last month.

We are moving into the summer months when members are traveling more, so please continue
your planned giving throughout the year and consider accelerating contributions. This really helps
our committee plan, make decisions and maintain a balanced budget. Also please download the 
“Guide To Christian Giving” for information on giving tax savings strategies, corporate matching, and other topics. 

Building/Capital Campaign Fund

Our current debt from facility expansions years ago is down to less than 20% of the original loan and Trustees have accepted the option for a 3-month extension to late July 2019, at the existing rate, to provide time to finalize a refinancing as part of any new construction project loan.
As of April 30, 2019, we are 34 months or 94% through the 36 month Capital Campaign and we have
collected 88% of what was originally pledged back in 2016. Please keep those pledge dollars coming in as the end of the campaign collection period is only a couple of months away in June 2019.

Your Role
You can help SGUMC by submitting an annual pledge which is critical to help us plan and better
maintain balanced budgets. Currently less than 75% of our annual budget is covered by pledges.
You can also help by giving routinely (weekly, monthly, etc.) by
  1. ACH (Automated Clearing House) or EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) coordinated through our Finance Secretary Pam Sweeney,
  2. Online giving through Realm, using a credit card or bank account. Request an invitation to join Realm by sending an email to

If you have any questions, comments, or ideas about the finances of the church, please do not
hesitate to reach out to:
God Bless,
Steve Howell
Finance Chair

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This is not an endorsement of Amazon by the finance committee. This is a means for those interested to provide additional support to the general fund and ministries at SGUMC.