At the last Administrative Team meeting (February 28) they voted to approve the 2023 budget. This is a deficit budget of 153,000. The finance team is looking at areas that could be cut further without cutting staff. You can help by increasing your pledge for 2023 or to pledge if you are not currently pledging. The team is also looking at ways of increasing income, they will be looking into applying for the ERC-Employee Retention Credit. While this will help this year, they are also looking at ways to increase income in the coming years.
One of the ways of increasing revenue, long-term, is leasing the parking lot. The church has been approached by a developer to build affordable and possibly workforce housing on the parking lot. The Administrative Team and representatives from the district will be meeting with the developer to hear their ideas as to how we might utilize the parking lot as a source of income for the church and a mission to the community. Once they have a more concrete proposal, we will present it to the congregation for further input.
The District Superintendent is aware of this, and the Bishop and the cabinet are taking this into consideration as they look at whom they will appoint to Laguna Country when I retire. Exciting and challenging times lay ahead for the church, but I know that with God’s help, you are up to the challenge.
See you in Church,