2017-02 Finance Corner







We have a wonderful community that we belong to and I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You.  Thank you for your awesome generosity – throughout this year as you all have made it possible for us to make our bottom line!!  Thank you for serving – the Greeters, Ushers, Communion Servers, Sunday School teachers, Nursery workers, Power Point helpers, Office Volunteers, Disciples Diners, Place of Peace, Holiday Baskets Project Fresh Clothes and all of the others that I have missed.  Thank you for sticking with our church through thick and thin – It would be easy to give up and go elsewhere during the lean times or the tough times.  But the tough times make us stronger, help us to grow closer to each other and help our faith grow.  Thank you for inviting others – Our church grows primarily by word of mouth and it’s great to see new faces!  Thank you to the staff – You have all been awesome in watching your expenses and have played a huge part in helping us make our bottom line!!  I am so very thankful for all of you and for the generosity that you have brought forth this past year.  Thank you so very much.  God has blessed us greatly and I am proud to be a part of this congregation.

Through the financial gifts from each of you, our members and friends, we have been able to support the following agencies and organizations:

  • Interfaith Food Pantry
  • Project Fresh Clothes
  • Holiday Baskets
  • Jaipur Foot
  • Ghana Mission
  • Place of Peace
  • Umcor
  • Camp Scholarships
  • One Great Hour Of Sharing
  • Imagine No Malaria
  • Habitat for Humanity
  •  Midwest Distribution Center
  • Northcott House and more

We are a very blessed community of faith.  We lift up our cares and concerns to share with each other during worship.  After worship, we get together to visit, share stories, and welcome visitors and newcomers.  This community of faith has an invaluable gift to share with others.  Our commitment to making disciples of Jesus Christ requires inviting and welcoming newcomers into our community and then building our community together.  Included in this work of ministry are costs associated with many different teams.  The pastors are responsible for planning the Sunday Worship; we have a wonderful adult ministry and children’s ministry that both create amazing educational opportunities throughout the year.  We have been blessed with extraordinary gifts of music, which help to enhance the worship service and also deepen our relationship with God.  We are fortunate to have a paid child care staff which allows for the parents to be able to have a more meaningful worship experience. There are many “behind the scenes” teams that also are very committed – the Administration Office, the Technical staff, the Communication staff, and where would we be without a clean and repaired building?  There are also many others that I have not listed.  I am so very excited by the continued commitment of our members and friends as we grow our ministries and our community.  Thank you again for doing your part in building up in our community!!  God continues to do new and great things here!  I can’t wait to see what He’s going to do in 2017!!