In September 2012 there was some fanfare when St. Luke’s Palermo broke ground for a new church-community centre amalgam. The mayor and Halton regional chairman were there, along with various and sundry clergy; the bishop spoke and the project’s financial partner, the CEO of Diversicare, pronounced his secular blessing on the enterprise. The plan was:
to build a retirement residence (in partnership with FRAM/Diversicare) on land to the west of the church.
Alas, it seems that the financial arrangements with Diversicare have fallen through, leaving the diocese to foot the bill.
St. Luke’s, Palermo support – there are a lot of numbers that pertain to Palermo. The joint proposal with Versa Care [I am relatively certain that this should say Diversicare] is no longer financially viable, St. Luke’s will continue with the project without partnership and the Diocese is assisting financially to complete the Parish Centre.
A few other budgetary highlights:
There has been a 60% reduction in staff at the Synod Office since Bishop Bird was elected….
If some churches don’t have the money to pay the DM&M then how can the Diocese spend when they won’t be getting all they budget for?
If incomes increase so will the DM&M and how can we manage this with an aging congregation and declining attendance?
Parishes are delving into line of credits and investments, it’s a cascading affect that maybe we can’t afford to do
And my favourite – mainly because it is prime Anglican bafflegab:
We need to balance scarcity with abundance.