Rambling with Raymond

16:29 20 September in News

It’s amazing what God will do!

By Ramond Hendrix, Treasurer

After 18 years of service as the treasurer of the South Carolina Synod and reaching the age of 84, I informed Bishop Herman that I would retire on June 30, 2016. I thought it was time for the Synod to have a new, young, fresh treasurer. But, I was nominated, elected and accepted the call to serve part of another term. Is this the work of the HOLY SPRIT?

Eighteen Years ! Where has the time gone? It seems like it was yesterday I reported to my first Synod Council meeting, and selected a chair. Before I could sit down, Bishop David said, “Raymond, you are to sit at the table next to me.” Since then, I have been under the left hand of Bishop David and Bishop Herman.

There have been a few rough spots in the road and some unusual potholes during the past, but for the most part it has been a joyful ride. I give thanks to God for allowing me to serve as treasurer, and I also thank each one of you for your support.

I would like to introduce you to Mrs. Charlene Fink, the Synod Administrative Assistant for Finance. Our readers, Charlene, Charlene our readers.

AND NOW the report for the first six months of 2016 as compared to the first six months of 2015.

Mission support is down $24,700.00 from the prior year and is also short by $110,000 in meeting the budget for the first six months.

What can we do? The Synod can tighten its belt or the members can loosen their billfolds. When we tighten our belts, which we have done in the past years, we can not carry out God’s ministries that we have planned for. When we tighten our belts, then we have to cut funding for our ministries, such as campus ministry, candidacies, synod staff, etc. When we loosen our billfolds, we can carry out God’s ministries that we said were important. So for this year, let’s loosen our billfolds, be good stewards and then we can say, It’s Amazing What God’s People Will Do.

Thank you for all the ways you live out “God’s work, Our Hands”.

The report for the first six months of 2016 as compared to the first six months of 2015. Current Year Prior Year Mission Support $1,132,212.00 $1,156,992.00 Expenditures $1,203,825.00 $1,239,391.00 Expenditures over Revenue $ 71,613.00 $82,399.00 (does NOT include investment income)

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