December 14, 2014

*CONGREGATIONAL MEETING *Our Elder team is in the process of negotiating a refinance of our mortgage. The new loan would be through the Alliance Development Fund, a financial subsidiary of the C&MA. A congregational vote is required to proceed. We will have a congregational meeting immediately following the morning service on Sunday, January 4th. All regular attenders are encouraged to attend to hear the details.

*DECEMBER SCHEDULE *During the month of December, we are taking a break from The Story, and will focus on Presence during the Sunday messages. The challenge is to spend less ($) and give more (quality time, personal presence), both to those we know and love, and to those who need to experience the presence of the Savior through us. Will you take the challenge? Will you join us on the journey and see what a difference Presence can make in your life, in your family, in your community?

*ONE LESS HELPS ONE *Will you consider buying one less gift for the people on your list this Christmas so that you can give the money saved to one of our International Ministry focus groups/ individuals? Your missions giving regularly supports Joe & Mercy Neiboer, Lexi McNair, No Child Hungry and our district’s Church Multiplication Fund. Indicate “ONE LESS HELPS ONE” on your offering envelope, and your contribution will be directed to one of these. And remember, this Christmas don’t just buy less, “Give More Presence”!

*CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE *There will be a candlelighting service on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th , at 4:00 pm. If your children are participating in the service, please have them here by 3:15 pm, with their costume and regular festive Christmas clothing. We will have coffee and hot cocoa, and cookies-to-go after the service. If you have questions regarding the children, please contact Amy Simpson or your child’s Sunday School teacher.

LOOKING AHEAD…..A missions trip to Haiti is being planned for June 19-23, 2015, for RED students and any interested adults. Details to follow. A great Christmas gift idea is a donation for that trip, made to the church to offset your expenses! Applications are now available.

FINANCES *12/1/2014 – YTD DATA*

BUDGET $278,460

General Fund Income & OTHER DESIGNATED INCOME $244,922

MISSIONS INCOME $6,563

TOTAL INCOME $251,485

TOTAL INCOME OVER/UNDER BUDGET <$26,975>

EXPENSES $287,008

TOTAL INCOME OVER/UNDER EXPENSE $<35,523>