At our congregational meeting in June we adopted a budget that anticipated a slight increase in giving over the year. In part this increase was to enhance our ministry toward the Sunday School and Youth Programs. However, to date we’ve experienced a modest decrease in giving. While this often resolves during December with end-of-year and Christmas gifts, it seems good that we all intentionally consider doing what we can to get back on track with funding the ministerial goals that we set for the year. As always I am very grateful for the ongoing generosity of the congregation in support of our work together.
Also with respect to giving, for those of you who use offering envelopes, the 2020 edition is in the office. We will set them out for you to pick up at your convenience.
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Many thanks to Sherman Lee, Jim Wire, and Matt Bear for crafting and leading a meaningful Advent Center Service of healing, eucharist, and support of Project ARK to help families and children impacted by HIV/AIDS. And special thanks to our guest musician, Becca Grupe Burnett. This Sunday, by the way, is the last Sunday to donate toys and other physical gifts to Project ARK.
In the Advent spirit of anticipation we look forward with joy to the Children’s Program for Christmas which will be presented at the Sunday Service, December 15. Please come to see and hear our young people tell the everlasting story of good news for all.
Advent Hope to all,
Pastor Bill Yancey
– December 4, 2019