Letter to the Congregation – 29 April 2020

Dear Members

Just a finance update for our congregation. Whilst we are in lock-down we have not had any church services, and as a result, we have not received any money through the open plate, or tithes, that are normally given in the envelope through the open plate.

We still have expenses to pay each month, such as our Minister’s Stipend, the Church Secretary and Caretaker’s salaries, insurance, security armed reaction, internet connection, our Minister’s Pension Contribution and his family’s Medical Aid and also the medical aid for our retired Minister Danie van Zyl.

Our income for the past 2 months during lock-down has been R 35,000 for March and R 25,000 for April. Our expenses have been R 76,000 and R 60,000 respectively. We are grateful to 3 members who donated R 35,000 this past month to help cover our shortfall. However, this has still left us with a shortfall of R 41,000 for March, and May is looking similar, thus an R 80,000 shortfall for 2 months.

At this stage based on communications from government it may seem that churches may only resume towards the end of June if not later. As and when we receive information we will communicate to the congregation as such.

The Session met last night to discuss the well-being of the congregation and its members and to pray for each member in the congregation. Again, if you are needing prayers, or are aware of anyone needing any pastoral assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We kindly ask members, if at all possible, and you are willing to please EFT your weekly open plate / tithes, into the Church Bank Account so that we can pay the necessary salaries and meet our monthly obligations.

The congregation’s banking details are as follows:

FNB Current Account
Account Number 62 594 789201

Pick n Pay Digital Voucher

We then explored other ways for members who are NOT able to do EFT’s into the church bank account, and there is a “DIGITAL GROCERY VOUCHER” available from Pick n Pay. Pick n Pay digital grocery vouchers are a safe and easy way to get groceries and utilities like electricity, data and airtime to someone in need. Surprise a loved one with a gift, support a local charity or help someone who needs it most!

Vouchers range from R50 – R1 000, can be sent to anyone via SMS or email, and are redeemable for goods and utilities at any Pick n Pay store nationwide. This can be purchased at any Pick n Pay till point.

Should you wish to purchase a digital voucher instead when you do your shopping, you can then send us the voucher over whatsapp / sms / email and the congregation can use it to pay it’s Telkom and City of Tshwane Accounts at the Pick n Pay till-point, so indirectly we are still receiving your open plate / tithe, and then using it towards our expenses. We will provide you with proof that we have recorded your tithe / open plate via the voucher) and showed you where we have used it to pay church expenses, so that we remain open and transparent.

Once again, thank you to everyone in our congregation who are essential services, giving tirelessly of their time and skills to help the country.

Also thank you to all members who continuously pray for our congregation and its members. Please feel free to communicate with any of the elders or the Minister at any time. We are here for our members.

Kind Regards,

Session Clerk

Published by St. Columba's Presbyterian Church Hatfield

St Columba's Presbyterian Church in Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa is a Christian Church. Our vision is to be a Christ-centred, bible-believing church that calls all to come and experience the love of Christ, in a welcoming and caring body of believers.

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