Zion finished 2022 with some excellent financial news. Our average weekly General Fund income for the year was about $15,500 which is about $400 per week greater than we had in 2021. This represents an overall increase of 2.66%. Our December giving to the General Fund was up over 14% compared to the same month in 2021. Expenses for the month were about $4,500 less than a year ago. However, for the entire year, our expenses ended up 8.8% higher than last year. This amounts to an increase of about $61,000. For the year our General Fund expenses exceeded our income by about $8,000.
The Building Fund continues to be stable. Even though our December income for the Building Fund was down by about $8,000 compared to that received in December of 2021, we ended the year with total yearly income exceeding our mortgage payment by over $4,000.
The Finance Committee senses that we are continuing to not only recover but grow in our congregation’s commitment to its mission. While we started the year slowly, our giving has indicated that we are moving forward. We hope that this will continue as we take on new financial challenges of adding a second pastor and filling the remaining staff positions. Thanks to all of you for making this happen.