August 7th, 2017
WE’RE JUST ABOUT READY
Our new church year begins on September 1, 2017 and runs through August 31, 2018. The Budget Planning Committee met on Monday afternoon and planned a budget to fund our ministries for the coming year. On Sunday, August 27th, we will have a Congregational Meeting following worship to make it officially our giving goals for the year. On Sunday, August 20th, the proposed budget will be handed out to everyone and on Wednesday, August 23rd, we will discuss it and seek to answer questions. Also, the Nominating Committee will present on August 27th their recommendations for leadership in all elected church positions.
THE CLAPPING OF NAIL-SCARRED HANDS
Can you hear them? We can envision our Lord saying to all of our faithful workers who have served this year “Well Done, Good and Faithful Servants!” He sees how much you have done and how freely you have given of yourselves. Listen…You can hear Him! Now – hear Him renew our Mission for the coming year in what He said, “Go back and tell John what’s going on:
“The blind see, The lame walk, Lepers are cleansed, The deaf hear,
The dead are raised, The wretched of the earth learn that God is on their side. Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves most blessed!” (Matthew 11:4-6)
MUSIC NOTES FROM GENE
Keith Green wrote the lyrics and tune for "O Lord, You're Beautiful," today's Praise Hymn. Born in 1953 in Sheepshead, NY, Keith lived only until he was 28 years old (1982). Green took to music at a young age, becoming the youngest person ever to sign with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) when he was eleven. Disillusioned by unfulfilled plans, Green became involved in drugs until one day, according to Green, "God’s love broke through my calloused heart." He turn to Christ to begin several outreach programs, one involved donating over 61,000 copies of one of his albums. Green was killed in 1982 in an airplane crash along with two of his children. Green also wrote, among other hymns, "Create in Me a Clean Heart."
CHANGES IN FOOD TYPES NEEDED FOR FOOD DISTRIBUTION (Mary & Marthas Ongoing Project)
This year the M & M's will focus on local missions and as a result we will be collaborating with the Boardtown Church of Christ to help provide food for local families. Originally we had a very limited list of food that the Boardtown Church wanted for their food pantry. However, after delivering food last week, Linda found that any packaged, boxed, canned, jarred or pouched non-perishable food is acceptable, including condiments. Please make sure that the donations are not out of date.
Please put your donations in the bin provided in the Narthex. If anyone is interested in helping to drop off these donations, please see Linda March. They can be dropped off Thursday's between the hours of 10 and 12. Thank you for your generosity to your local communities!
BUDGET REPORT FY 9/1/2016 THROUGH 8/13/2017:
Budget Requirements $ 158,700.00
Tithes & Offerings YTD $ 152,703.00
Sunday’s Tithes & Offerings $ 2,531.00