First of all, I would like to thank Jeff Samford for his tireless work as Chair of the Finance Committee
the last four years and for making the transition so easy for me. We are so lucky to have the Samford family as loyal and dedicated members of our church and Carla and Jeff continue to be active in so many ways. I would also like to thank Beau Bruffy and Brian Gagliardi, lay leader, who just completed their terms on Finance Committee, for their hard work and dedication in managing the church finances.
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 https://e.onrealm.org and looking under Groups for the church group, Shady Grove United Methodist Church, and then looking for Files within the church group. These files are accessible from Realm on one's computer. They are not consistently accessible from the Realm app on a smart phone. (This is a known programming problem that Realm support is working to solve.) If you have not set up a Realm account, I encourage you to do so, by emailing Gregg Butler our Church Office Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Through January we are 1 month or 8.3% through the 12 months of the year and 4 Sundays or 7.7%
through the 52 Sundays for 2019. January actual income was 7.8% of our annual budget and January actual expenses were a favorable 7.1% of the annual budget. This yielded actual net income of about $7,800.
Building/Capital Campaign Fund
Our current debt from facility expansions years ago is down to less than 20% of the original loan
balance and matures April 24, 2019. We have been provided the option for a 3-month extension at
the existing rate, if needed, to provide time to finalize a refinancing as part of a new construction
As of January 31, 2019 we are 31 months or 86% through the 36 month Capital Campaign and we
have collected 84% 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 5 months away in June 2019.
The building committee has made some good progress recently, receiving reductions on the state and county requirements for road and water. The final project scope plans and costs are currently being revised.
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
- ACH (Automated Clearing House) or EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) coordinated through our Finance Secretary Pam Sweeney, email@example.com.
- Online giving through Realm, using a credit card or bank account. Request an invitation to join Realm by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, comments, or ideas about the finances of the church, please do not
hesitate to reach out to:
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To take advantage of this program, simply start your shopping at https://smile.amazon.com. Log in to your Amazon account as you normally do.
Search for the Amazon Smile account labeled, Shady Grove United Methodist Church. You’ll see other churches with the same name, so be sure to select the option in Glen Allen , VA. Once selected, this setting remains with your account. You won’t need to go through this setup process again. For all future Amazon shopping, just be sure to start by going to https://smile.amazon.com to login to your account
If you are in the habit of using the Amazon app on your smart phone, you can easily replace the app with a shortcut button to the https://smile.amazon.com site.
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.