Jay Weessies, UUMC Finance Manager:
“Unprecedented Times – Unprecedented Challenges”
September 29, 2020
Hi University United Methodist Church,
My name is Jay Weessies and I am your Financial Administrator. I am the guy that processes your gifts and cuts the checks that pay our bills.
My life and my job have changed since the pandemic. My wife had a small cut in her paycheck and works in our basement every day. My son attends 10th grade in his bedroom. I come in to my church office 2-3 times a week instead of 5, working from home on the other days.
I want to thank each of you for your generous gifts. The church did receive some money from the government’s stimulus package, which helped greatly, but it is really your support that has allowed us to continue and make preparations for when we can all worship together.
2021 will be our next challenge. It is difficult to know what the future holds, but there is no doubt that our church will count on your financial support. Some of our activities have been curtailed, but many expenses are fixed and continue, pandemic or not. For example, we still have a mortgage payment. We were able to reduce our rate recently, but we still have a monthly payment of around $9,600. Our current balance is just below $700,000. In other areas, we have had to spend more money, as we felt the need to improve our online service.
We cannot count on another stimulus package. Also, other revenue sources have diminished, like parking for MSU students and football tailgating. The bottom line is that your support sustains the church. Please keep this in mind as you are thinking about your 2021 commitment.
UUMC Financial Administrator
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