In the past spring conferences, we have heard God speak through His faithful servants to revive and encourage our congregants. Each year we witness great transformations: some of us courageously took on God’s challenge and calling in our lives, and some seekers joined our congregation after the conference. As this year’s conference approaches, we pray that God continues to speak to us and build up His church through this annual retreat.
The budget for this year’s conference is around $26,000. In light of the amendment by Revenue Canada regarding the definition of “gift” for tax purposes, any funds given to the church that will provide its giver with benefits cannot be considered a charitable donation. In the case of this conference, any costs related to our food and shelter is not tax-exempt. For this reason, we must adjust our registration fee so that it covers the majority of “benefits” we receive; donations above and beyond this registration fee can therefore be considered a charitable donation and will be tax-exempt. The fee structure that most reasonably encompasses our diverse range of congregants is as follows: $100 for adults; $50 for seniors (age 65 and above) and children (Gr. 8 and under).
In order to comply with Canadian tax law, and according to teachings of the apostles, we, for the Lord’s sake, submit to earthly authority. The Spring Conference Planning Committee has therefore decided to raise funds for the conference through the following stages:
Stage 1 – Starting immediately until the end of May, we will accept special offerings for this year’s Spring Conference (This is charitable gift for tax purposes, and tax receipts will be issued). We encourage all brothers and sisters, whether you are able to attend the conference or not, to pray with us, and to support the conference financially as God leads you.
Stage 2 – Registration will begin on April 5 for four weeks until April 26. Registration fee will be $100 for adults, and $50 for seniors and children. Registration fees are not tax-deductible.
Should there be any difference between the amount collected and the actual expenses, the corresponding surplus or deficit will be included as this year’s general fund income or expenses.
2015 Spring Conference Planning Committee
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
(Gal 6:2; NIV)
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
(2 Cor 9:6-8; ESV)