Highland Park Pres Family,
Over the past few years we have been blessed by the remarkable generosity of a strong and growing congregation. Thank you for your continued faithfulness in the midst of these extraordinary times. We also want to address some of the more pressing questions you may have about the church, our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and other more financial-related issues. Additionally, our website hppres.org, has all the most updated information, as well as resources for those who need help.
What is the church doing in outreach and compassion? This unprecedented time presents unprecedented opportunities for HP Pres to share the love of Jesus and respond to peoples’ tangible needs for healing and hope. We are increasing our work of compassion and mercy for the most vulnerable in our congregation and throughout our city as we tighten operational expenses to get the most impact from every dollar. Here are some examples:
Where do we stand with the budget? In recent years, our Session and finance teams have worked diligently to steward the church’s resources and build a sound financial base. At the end of February, we were ahead of budget in our giving and below budget in our spending. So, we entered this crisis in healthy shape. However, as you might expect, giving to the budget has been impacted during this crisis. We are currently re-evaluating all aspects of our spending very closely. We want to continue to operate as God has called us, but to do it with the utmost stewardship of his resources you have so faithfully entrusted to us as a church.
What’s the situation with the Transform Project? At this point the Transform construction is on schedule and work continues. Over $65 million in gifts have already been received, which is a true blessing. We will send out a separate Transform update in the near future.
What can I do as a member to help? First, pray for our leaders, staff, and congregation. Prayer is not just an afterthought—it is the work of God’s people, especially in times like this. Secondly, be bold in connecting with others. Don’t let social distancing become spiritual or relational distancing. Draw closer together and then tell us how you are doing. Finally, join in on the many online prayer gatherings, growth courses, and opportunities for spiritual formation. See the latest serving opportunities at hppres.org/give-help.
What about my giving? As you are able or feel led to give, the most impactful thing you can do is to continue supporting our general budget as a church. The need for a strong and outward-facing church is more important now than ever.
Thank you for your faithfulness in generosity, prayer, and service. We have been overwhelmed by the eagerness of our church family to give, reach beyond themselves, and continue growing as followers of Jesus. Together we will become stronger as we face these trials together. If you need anything, please connect with us.
Grace and Peace to you,
Governing Elder, Moderator of Admin. & Finance Committee