March 1, 2022
Treasury is busy preparing for our upcoming annual audit of the financial records for 2021. Last year’s operating results enable us to add to our much-depleted reserve fund. We plan to continue to add a little each year to our reserves until we reach a level that brings us into compliance with North American Division reserve policy, allowing our conference to be on a solid financial foundation.
January tithe and Wisconsin Budget offerings have been received and they both show a positive gain over the previous year. We are thankful to be off to a solid start. The budget for 2022 is nearly complete as we plan carefully and prayerfully, being mindful of the inflationary costs and the unsettled times in which we find ourselves.
Our evangelist, Tom Michalski, is making preparations for the conference wide evangelistic series planned for March 31-April 30th. The meetings will be held live, Thursday thru Sunday each week, at the Waukesha Seventh-day Adventist Church and will be streamed live for free for any church that would like to participate. I pray many of you can attend either in person or online with a friend or neighbor.
Our Town hall meetings are continuing around the state through April. We have enjoyed meeting with many of you and look forward to seeing others in the upcoming sessions. We are also working on details for our upcoming camp meeting which will be held June 10-18 this year. We look forward to seeing many of you there once again. We plan to have camp meeting run as it did pre-pandemic, including cafeteria services. However, we will ask everyone to be respectful and mindful of careful sanitary practices as necessitated by the times in which we live. We are also looking forward to a full summer camp schedule this year.
As we seek to tell others about Jesus in a world that is out of control around us, I am reminded of a beautiful promise found in the familiar passage in Psalm 46:1 where the Psalmist states: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear…”
May that be our experience today.
Brian Stephan, Executive Secretary/Treasurer