HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – A historically cold and snowy winter has churches struggling to get people in their doors.
“It seems tough,” said Randy Clark, Pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Huber Heights. “It seems like it’s snowed every Sunday.”
With fewer people walking through the doors, it means less cash is coming in to help keep things running smoothly.
When the congregation is around 125 people, every little cent helps.
“People generally don’t pay when they’re not here,” said Clark. “They pay with a check or they put cash in the plate. So it their body is not here, their money is not here.”
It may seem like a small chapel, but keeping the temperature warm in this brutally cold winter is a big task.
Pastor Randy Clark said this winter has been cutting into the budgets of smaller churches like his that rely on weekly offerings to help pay for things like utilities.
He is digging into reserves to help cover some of those extra costs.
“Our heat bill is up,” said Clark. “You’ve got to have the parking lot plowed a couple of times a week. That’s not been our normal thing.”
He is thankful for the people that continue to show up despite the conditions outside.
But you can bet he is praying for some warmer weather to come.
“Yes, I am,” said Clark. “I am definitely ready for summer.”