2021 Annual Report
A Message from Pastor Tim
How do I sum up 2021 which, in many ways, was a continuation of 2020 and the long reach of the coronavirus into every area of our lives including our church lives at CAC? Bottom line, through all of the ups and downs, joys and sorrows, sickness and health, and mandates and restrictions, I believe God proved himself faithful to us.
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
As the Canby Alliance Church, we believe God is calling us to Encounter Jesus, Reimagine Church, and Change Together.
In these turbulent times in which we live, it’s imperative that we center our personal and church lives on Jesus and not let him become coopted by the pandemic or politics or the economy, etc.
As we center our attention upon Jesus, we believe he will guide us to reimagine church in the new realities in which we live so that we become a touchpoint for the work and advancement of his kingdom.
As we encounter Jesus and reimagine church, we will experience change in our personal, family, and church lives. Change involves risk, but happens best when we change together in mutual support, understanding, and purpose.
As we move into 2022, our aim is to identity some steps or practices to help us live out our vision.
During 2021 we reopened CAC for ministry use as well as for outside groups (like TOPS and the Seventh Day Adventist Church). We continued to offer our hybrid model of in-person service and livestream connection. Our in-person attendance ranged from 25% to 50% (in December) of our pre-COVID attendance. The number of devices turning into our livestream ranged from a low of 30 to a high of 97 for an average of 55. A device could represent 1-2-3-4-5? people. As we seek to rebuild and reimagine ministries, it’s a challenge to find volunteers to serve. A big thank-you to all those who stepped up to help!
CAC Leadership team
One way in which I experienced the faithfulness of God in 2021 was through our leadership team of staff, Elders, and Administrative Board. They were rock solid from January–December. Each group stepped up to meet the various challenges we faced throughout the year. God richly blessed us with unity in the midst of our differences. I am blessed, blessed, blessed to serve alongside the following people -
Staff (my day-to-day team) – Pastor Joshua, Pastor Nick, Rachel Keen, John VanAcker, Melinda Beck, and Alan Rudy.
Elders (my always-available team) – Ken Baker, Marlin Myers, Jeff Reister, Brad Wilson, and Mel Yamase.
Administrative Board (my finances, facilities, and policies team) – Brent Beck, Rick Ellis, Joe Minson, Ellen Ostbo, Kristin Payne, Jenny Schuening, Eileen Swigert, and Michael Vissers.
We thank God for his faithful provision of finances to meet our needs and to give away to kingdom causes locally, regionally, and globally. I highly respect our Administrative Board who seek to be God-honoring stewards of the resources he provides us. We are blessed by God to be a blessing to others!
General Fund – our total giving for the year came to $660,123 with a net gain in income of $49,392.
27th Miracle Sunday Offering* - $67,062.
Great Commission Fund (supports our Alliance International Workers) - $37,768 plus $17,062 from our Miracle Sunday Offering plus $7500 for our Alliance International Workers in Guinea from our Miracle Sunday Offering for a total of $62,330.
*total giving of $1,138,413 in 27 years for an average offering of $42,163!
One of the effects of Covid across the country is the reshuffling of church people. This is happening throughout our family of churches in the Alliance Northwest and in our own community. Sadly, we have lost people we love and we miss them. And we’ve gained some new people for which we give thanks. We continue to trust in God in Christ to build his church during these uncertain times.
Pastor Tim Barton