|The purpose of the finance committee is to provide the accounting function and financial reporting for St. John’s.We pay the bills, record income, prepare the financial reports, prepare the budget and oversee the church’s investment accounts. Within those functions we oversee the counting teams and posters and provide member contribution statements.St. John’s financial statements are audited every 3 years and reviewed on subsequent years by an independent CPA firm.
For current financial reports, please see the Church Council Meeting Minutes.
The finance committee members:
The hospitality group of St. John’s Lutheran Church extends a welcome to families in bereavement. We are able to offer a luncheon and/or dessert service. The families are asked to provide food trays if possible and we would set up beverages, salads and desserts. We also have servers to accommodate hot trays, if needed. Most grocery stores or delicatessen shops are available to make up sandwich trays and some include salads. We would ask that you contact the church as soon as possible so we can get our committee members notified as to your needs. One of our committee members would be in touch with you for information. We hope to be of comfort to you in your time of need.
Help is urgently needed!
The Property Committee’s primary purpose is to insure that the building and grounds of the church are available to support the mission of the congregation. In short, to insure that the lights stay on, the heating and/or air conditioning systems function as intended, that the rest rooms function and that the building complex is clean and sanitary in order to support ongoing use of the facilities for the ministry of the congregation.
The Annual Operating Budget of the Property Committee is approximately $100,000, comprising between 20 and 25% of the General Fund Budget of the congregation. This budget includes non-discretionary items such as utilities, insurance, janitorial service, lawncare, snow removal, trash removal, extermination services, fire alarm system maintenance, parsonage maintenance and heater/air conditioning maintenance.
There is also a Major Projects or Capital Renewal portion of the Budget for larger plant replacement items.
Projects in progress:
The number and size of projects which can be undertaken by the Committee are strictly a function of the funding that is available in a given year.
The Committee currently has eleven (11) members:
The Social Ministry Committee has 13 members and we meet semi-annually, planning 6 months of programs at a time.
The goal of the Social Ministry Committee is to make you aware of people in need in our community. I know you are very familiar with our programs, because you are the ones who make them successful. Here is a summary of a few of our many initiatives!
St. John’s has an In-House Food Pantry that has been very busy lately. We stock it with food you bring in on Sunday mornings, and at special events like the “Harvest Home.” We also provide meals to shut-ins through the Aid For Friends program, and serve meals to the homeless at St. Francis Inn.
We have a long standing relationship with “A Woman’s Place” in Doylestown, a shelter for abused women and their children. Each month we ask you to donate personal care items. At Christmas we send gifts for the women and children and in May we make up Mother’s Day gift baskets.
During the Thanksgiving season, we collect over 100 food baskets that are delivered to our mission congregation, Grace Lutheran Church, in Philadelphia. The baskets are distributed to the Mantua community.
Because very few of us cans ay cancer has not touched us or someone we love, we have participated in the Amercian Cancer Society Relay for Life the last two years. Our team raised over $3400.00 last year. We also make up “Jared Boxes” to be given to children undergoing cancer treatments.
The Christmas season brings our “Giving Tree” which is quickly emptied of tags by the second week of December. The Narthex becomes filled with presents that our congregation volunteers to take from the “Giving Tree,” and the presents are delivered to children and senior citizens.
I’ve used the pronoun “WE” a lot, but our committee is just the facilitator…YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN! Your generosity is overwhelming, and your support of our programs is very much appreciated.
There are many faces of Women’s Ministry and they all are emerging in a positive way.
Women’s Book Club- This group will chose a book to read…usually a new and exciting choice. The club then schedules a meeting to process and discuss the book. Meetings are held in the church library and are announced in advance.
Trips- Trips are sponsored for the women and organized by a professional trip planner who is a member of the St. John’s congregation.
Each month, the men of the Church meet at the Eagle Diner in Warminster for breakfast, fellowship, and to discuss the needs of the Church. As a group we do such projects as the Property Committee may request, or our usual activities such as outdoor cleanup, hanging the greens and wreaths at Christmas, delivering flowers to the homebound at Christmas and Easter, and so forth. We meet at 9am, on the fourth Wednesday of the month [except in November and December when it's the 3rd Wednesday]. All men are welcome.