Information for the Congregation
Summer Sunday School Schedule – Everyone Welcome
Adult/Youth Classes – as determined by individual classes
Misfits for Jesus; Explore Saving Jesus, led by Jessica Griffith, Church Social Room.
Children’s Activities – Education Building Multi-Purpose Room
August Newsletter – Printed copies are available today. Check for e-mail updates and stay up-to-date with church news by signing up for e-mail alerts. Visit www.macbrethren.org and enter your e-mail address in the left column of the screen under “Subscribe to E-mail Updates” and follow the instructions.
Camp Colorado Family Camp, Friday – Sunday, August 12 -14 — Everyone welcome!
A bonfire service is planned for Saturday evening. The Sunday worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck meal. Additional information is available on the church website (www.macbrethren.org) or contact Rosie Jones (303-688-4491), Keith Saffer (719-768-3379) or Lindsey Michal (719-768-3322).
2016 FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Month Current YTD Prior YTD
June 2016 June 2016 YTD June 2015 YTD
Offerings/Pledges: $33,258.59 $182,535.83 $185,958.12
Other Gifts 9,578.28
Expenses: (38,605.05) (205,843.72) (208,153.59)
Net Surplus (Deficit): (5,346.46) (23,307.89) (12,617.19)
For additional information, contact Carolyn Masterson
firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-227-3124
In the event of severe weather or a catastrophic event:
listen to local radio KBBE 96.7
watch rolling banner on bottom of screen on TV Channel 12
check KWCH Channel 12 website CLOSED list and the church Facebook page
When personnel can get to the office, an All Church Email will be sent.
May and June Leadership Team Update
Leadership Team and Ministry Teams have been busy the past two months. Included below are highlights of that work as well as information about the August Congregational Forum Meeting.
LT celebrated an outstanding week of Vacation Bible School and wants to thank everyone who helped. The Congregational Forum Officers and the Leadership Team have approved continued letters of employment for staff; following an evaluation process during April and May (this is the first year the evaluation process was moved to the academic calendar). In addition, we approved a recommendation from the Worship Team and Music Coordinator, Ellen Gilbert, to hire Becky Snell as the Director of Choirs, beginning in August. Special thanks go to the Personnel Team for their work on evaluations and to Josh Norris, for leading the worship choir the past two years.
Teams reviewed their goals from the past year and all have either met their goals or are in the process of completing them. I continue to be amazed at how our volunteers and staff are accomplishing important tasks and meeting so many needs of our community.
The Open and Affirming Committee proposed to Leadership Team, that a new team be formed to address the needs of all members of the community. The new team would focus on welcoming all people to our community by creating open, safe, and accessible space for all. This team would also work closely with Faith Formation and Fellowship and Hospitality Teams. Their efforts would address the needs and concerns of:
Refugees, Individuals referred to the church by community groups, as well as LGBTQ, Homeless, Poor, Young, Elderly, and Disabled persons.
Leadership Team affirmed this recommendation and will bring it as a recommendation for members to affirm at the August 28th, Congregational Forum, which will be held immediately after worship.
Financial concerns continue to be a significant part of our monthly discussions. The Stewardship of Finance Team recently met with Steve Mason, who is with Brethren Benefit Trust. They are in conversation about investing $80K of the operating cash to get a better return on this money. The Stewardship of Finance Team continues to work on the possibility of changing how the outreach budget is allocated. They are preparing their annual proposed budget for Fall Congregational Forum and will be seeking input and feedback from members at Cottage (small group) Meetings in September.
Youth Team presented a plan they developed for youth to earn service and participation points each year. This will help demonstrate each student’s commitment to the church and their appreciation and awareness of the financial support they receive from the church. This will also be used as a measure of participation for youth who seek additional financial support to attend events.
Lastly, the Leadership Team will be spending more time on big picture and vision issues that the church, district, and denomination will be facing in the next months and years. Feedback on these issues will take place during Cottage (small group) Meetings in September.
Please continue to keep our community, staff and volunteers, in your prayers while they continue the work of the church, peacefully, simply and together.
– LaMonte Rothrock, Leadership Team Chair