August 12, 2018

SEEKING GOD - Please continue to pray with us as we ask God for wisdom, for clarity and for direction going forward.  Our Elder team has some difficult decisions to make in the near future.  Pray also for God’s financial provision, and for our own faithfulness as He calls each of us to invest our time, talent and treasure to accomplish the ministry to which He has called us. 
 
BEING THE CHURCH AT PRAIRIE LAKE - Thank you to everyone who participated in the school supply drive for students at Prairie Lake Elementary.  If you forgot to bring your items with you today, please see Donna Rodgers to make arrangements to get them to her in the next couple of days.  School starts tomorrow, and we want to deliver them to the school as early in the week as we can.  Your generous contribution is noticed and greatly appreciated by the administration, the teachers and the PLE students!

SOAPING WEEKLY - In order to prepare your spirit for the message each week, S.O.A.P. through a passage (read the Scripture, make your Observation, find a specific Application, and write a Prayer) in advance of Sunday service.  Suggested SOAPing Scripture passages for this month:  August 19 – Judges 9-10,  August 26 – Judges 11-12

RED PRAYER GATHERINGPlease plan to join us on Sunday, August 26th, at 4:00 pm, as we gather to pray for the students and leaders of RED Student Ministry.  All parents of students, and any other adults who are concerned for the spiritual health and growth of our students, are encouraged to participate.  A specific location will be announced next week.

 NEW SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITIES

Sunday Night Women’s Group – Every other Sunday evening, this group meets in the Conference Room at 5:30.  The new study, Living Life Together by Shauna Niequist, begins tonight.  This would be a great time to join the group.  All women – any age – are invited and encouraged to attend.

Financial Peace University – This study of Biblical financial principles, taught by Dave Ramsey, will be offered to everyone on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm, beginning September 19th.  It is a nine session course.  The group will meet every Wednesday evening through November 14th.  If you would like to get a better grip on your own financial situation, and you want to have a better understanding of God’s perspective of stewardship, this group will be just the ticket. More details will be available in the coming weeks.  For now, make this a priority, and block off the time on your calendar. 

FINANCES 8/9/18 – YTD DATA

OPERATING BUDGET  $ 183,350

OPERATING INCOME  $ 141,141

OPERATING INCOME OVER/UNDER BUDGET  - $42,209

MISSIONS GIVING  $ 8,627

BENEVOLENT GIVING  $ 1,840