“She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah” (1 Kings 17:15-16).
While I normally use these weekly Pastor’s Messages to raise up a single focus for the week, allow me to depart from my normal practice and to, instead, share with you three different points of communication.
#1 THANK YOU!
On this Commitment Weekend, THANK YOU for your strong and faithful response to this year’s fall stewardship campaign. We have been more direct in our asking this year than in most, challenging each of us to consider how we can grow our giving by ONE for the sake of Christ’s mission and ministry in and through our congregation. I am more than confident that, as this congregation has done for the past 148 years, we will rise to the challenge set before us. THANK
YOU for sharing your time. THANK YOU for sharing your talents. THANK YOU for sharing your treasure. I am a firm believer that the more we give, the more joy we discover in our giving. May the joy of giving overflow from this congregation into our neighborhoods, our communities, and the world as we continue to live out our mission to be and make disciples of Christ, in response to God’s grace!
#2 COME TO THE ANNUAL MEETING!
Next Sunday, November 18, we will gather at 12 noon for our congregation’s Annual Meeting. We will begin with a delicious lunch of homemade chili, hotdogs, and dessert, followed by the annual business meeting of the congregation. Action items on this year’s agenda include the adoption of our 2019 General Operating Budget and the election of leaders to our Leadership Board, Preschool Board, and Endowment Fund Committee. In addition, we will be awarding $16,500 in Endowment Fund Grants to a variety of ministries in our congregation, in our community, and across our state. Finally, we will be sharing information with you about how we are continuing to move forward with our BE BOLD Capital Campaign and our plans to improve the hospitality of our facilities! Your presence is needed and I invite and encourage you to come and be a part of the conversation!
#3 WELCOME, JESSE!
I am overjoyed to share with you that we have successfully hired a new Lead Custodian. Jesse Mably will begin his work in this new role with us this coming Monday, November 12. Jesse was one of over 90 applicants we had for this position and is a most impressive individual. In addition to his joyful and engaging personality, Jesse brings much experience to the role, having served as a custodian at Westside Christian Church for five years and, most recently, as a custodian at Rochester Elementary School. Jesse is from Pleasant Plains and is eager to return to work in the church setting. When you see Jesse around the building, make sure to introduce yourself and make him feel welcome! We are most blessed to have him joining our ministry team!
Again, THANK YOU! COME TO THE ANNUAL MEETING! WELCOME, JESSE! Three points. One mission: To be and make disciples of Christ, in response to God’s grace.
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