Information for the Congregation for October 28, 2018

Posted October 26th, 2018

Think generously. Practice generosity. And do so courageously.

Once the budget is set, two comments often arise, “What if we can’t raise that much?” and “Let’s go forward and see what happens.” Faith and courage are core elements a congregation needs; to pass a budget that stretches the limits of giving or to embark on a major fundraiser. To move forward with faith and courage the congregation must know its vision for ministry, trust the budget is efficient and trust the leadership who presents the plan. Every person must feel a part of the process – young, old, wealthy or living on a fixed income or minimal resources. Understanding every line item in the budget will help the congregation embrace the diligence and inspiration that created the annual budget. Narrative stories can be shared about line-items and can tell compelling stories about the ministry that happens because of giving. Year-end gifts and ‘special’ gifts are essential components to any generosity and giving emphasis. At the close of the year, most annual budgets rely on about 3% ‘extra’ giving. Those who are blessed with securities that increased significantly in the stock market should consider prayerfully gifting a portion of those appreciated shares to their church or favorite nonprofit. Members should be encouraged to make special Advent/Christmas/Year End gifts to the church.

Reasonable Faith is a series that illustrates that Christianity is fully compatible with the findings of contemporary science, humanitarian ethics, and critical biblical scholarship. On Monday, October 29, 7-8 p.m., Kirk MacGregor will present “Do Philosophy and Ethics Point to God?” in Mohler Hall, Room 212, McPherson College. Everyone is welcome.

First Fridays: McPherson College at The Cedars — This is a free educational series of classes that are open to all ages. On Friday, November 2, at 3 p.m., Professor Jd. Bowman will present “Broadway Musicals and the Nostalgia Effect.” For information, contact Kendra Flory (floryk@mcpherson.edu or 620.242.0432).

Kick off your Christmas shopping at the 14th annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market, planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, at The Cedars Conference Center. Charities benefitting people in need will provide opportunities for giving Christmas gifts that make a difference, donations in honor of your loved ones.  Fair Trade items will be available for purchase. Eighteen booths representing Heifer, Brethren Disaster Ministries, On Earth Peace, and The Cedars Resident Assistance Fund as well as other local charities such as STEP MC and the Omega House will greet and inform you. Lucy Bowman will again be raising money for the Malala Fund and Paul Ullom-Minnich will be promoting the Haiti Water Project initiative.  As an added service, we will accept credit cards this year. Come enjoy the refreshments and fellowship, and help make our market a success.

News from the Caregiving Ministries Team – Plans are in the works to review and renew the vision of the Caregiving Ministries Team. We will be resuming monthly meetings in November, and the team is interested in hearing from the congregation about how we can best serve our church family. Please share suggestions you may have with any of the Caregiving Ministries Team members.

Needed: Christmas Breakfast Coordinator – detailed ‘how to’ instructions provided (mentoring available). Plenty of volunteers to set-up the day before and serve the day of. Organized, detail-oriented person desired. Interested, call the Church Office (620-241-1109).

Church Cancellation

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.

2018 Month – to Date Financial Report

October 7

October 14 October 21 October 28

Total

Weekly Offering Needed

$8,000

   $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $32,000
Offering Received
$6,392.00 $6,600.00 $6,158.55

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