Have you ever wondered what happens to your money after you place it in the collection basket? As a stewardship people, we give of our money in much the same way as we give of our time and talent — recognizing it as a gift from God and offering Him our first fruits in gratitude for what we’ve been given. But where does it go? Surely the envelopes aren’t just stuffed in a bag and handed to the bank teller for Our Lady of Lourdes’ account! That would be a chaotic operation!
Indeed, it does not! There is a whole ministry of parishioners dedicated to organizing the funds we have given, notating the numbers, and depositing these funds into our parish account — the Collection Counters.
The Collection Counters work behind the scenes ensuring that the money collected during the offertory is properly handled, counted, and deposited so that we can use the funds appropriately within the parish to do God’s work.
“There are envelopes that come in for the offertory, as well as some for the priests’ retirement fund, for the Children of God, and for the capital campaign,” says Lisa Durham, the ministry’s coordinator. “It’s our job to separate the envelopes into the different categories, count the funds, and then deposit it all into the bank.”
Lisa has been serving with this ministry for eight years, and she says that as simple a ministry as it is, being a part of it has been hugely impactful for her.
“I have made some wonderful friends through this ministry,” Lisa says. “It also has allowed me to get to know our pastor better and to see what goes on in our parish office on a regular basis. Being there has opened my eyes to the needs of people, and there are great needs. Seeing the people in need who come into the office looking for help, and hearing some of the phone calls that happen have helped me to see what great needs are out there and pushed me to serve in other ways accordingly.”
The Collection Counters are broken into four groups. Each group serves one Monday a month for what typically amounts to about two hours.
“It is a simple ministry, and the time commitment is very minimal,” Lisa says. “But it is a necessary ministry. Someone has got to do it. And it really is a lot of fun! We spend time getting to know one another as we count and sort.”
If you are looking for a simple way to serve the Church, consider being a Collection Counter. Lisa says there is always a need for more, and the group would love to welcome you.
Lisa herself joined simply because she saw a note in the bulletin that there was a need — now, eight years later, she says she is a better person for it!
If you are interested in serving with the Collection Counters, contact Lisa Durham at 919-630-6320.