January 4, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

*CONGREGATIONAL MEETING TODAY *As we continue to work to be good stewards of God’s resources, 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, and will reduce our interest rate, our monthly payment, and potentially, the term of our loan. A congregational vote is required to proceed. We trust you remember that that meeting is scheduled immediately following today’s service. All regular attenders are encouraged to stay to hear the details. The meeting will be very brief.

*SECOND WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14 *January is Sanctity of Life Month. We will have a special guest, Rev Jim McGarvey, leading our Second Wednesday Prayer Gathering next Wednesday, January 14th. Plan now to attend this Life-focused prayer service.

*THE STORY CONTINUES *Today we return to The Story journey. If you fell a little behind in the fall, now is the time to get caught up. This week’s reading will be chapter 14, *A Kingdom Torn in Two, *and all small groups will be discussing the readings for chapter 14. Books are available, as well as the list of guided readings. Contact the church office.

*HAITI, HERE WE COME! *We are looking ahead to June, 2015, when we will participate with No Child Hungry on a missions trip to Haiti. If you are at all interested in being a part, contact either Cassie Largaespada (students) or Gayle Stanley (everyone else). Applications are now available.

*FOOD PANTRY NEEDS HELP *We are looking for someone to administer the Food Pantry Ministry which involves being at the church building for about 1 ½ hours on Thursday mornings, meeting with those who request assistance, distributing food, and mostly, giving the gift of your compassion and presence. If this Ministry opportunity is calling you, contact the church office. We are so grateful to Jeanine Mauvais, who has served faithfully in this capacity for several years! Jeanine has taken a full-time job, and is no longer available to volunteer her time. This leaves a huge hole to fill! Thank you, Jeanine, for your gracious, effective and compassionate service on behalf of Westwood Church to this community!

FINANCES *12/29/2014 – YTD DATA*

BUDGET $310,284

General Fund Income & OTHER DESIGNATED INCOME $279,747

MISSIONS INCOME $7,606

TOTAL INCOME $287,353

TOTAL INCOME OVER/UNDER BUDGET <$22,931>

EXPENSES $312,250

TOTAL INCOME OVER/UNDER EXPENSE $<$1,966>