Someone's got to count the beans ... and that someone counts. OK, go ahead. Make fun of me. I'm the nerd behind the books and receipts. Lucky for you, I've got a good sense of humor and a good sense of what I can do for the church. Not everyone is called to be a pastor or lead bible study, but all of us can be called for something.

“Now there are varieties of gifts but the same Spirit ... To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” — I Corinthians 12:4,7.

I don't expect our pastor to be an accountant any more than I expect myself to be a pastor, but my church makes me feel like each of our roles is as important as the next. I do what I do best so that others can do what they do best — with a roof over our heads and with walls still standing around us! We've all seen those scandals in the news about church embezzlement. Who wants their church to be next? Financial mismanagement only leaves the leaders and members feeling frustrated, disappointed, embarrassed and hurt. I want to help us feel safe today and secure for the future. Every church needs someone to watch their finances so we can all watch the church grow in security and community. Many UCC churches tend to think ahead. When my own church started to grow, our financial system wasn't exactly ready to grow with it. Instead of growing more frustrated, I stepped in to serve as treasurer. Not only do I keep the books, but I also helped create new systems to manage our money and finance our services in ways that are consistent with our mission.

Sometimes we catch a glimpse of God’s Realm as we gather around the communion table. To that table we bring ourselves, our resources and even our “brokenness.” Our members give generously. Sometimes members have special projects that they want specifically to fund, and I have a commitment to assuring that your support goes where you see it’s needed. When you give to the church, I work to give back peace of mind. Just like any business or organization, our sound finances involve not only monitoring our taxes, insurance and security, but also managing accounting, payroll and preventative maintenance. But, unlike many businesses or organizations, our sound finances help our church as we strive to bring forth the promised Realm of God. As a “numbers man,” of course I feel a sense of satisfaction in what I accomplish, but as a member of the church, I feel a sense of call, devotion and duty. I feel like I count.