Do you need a statement of giving for 2017? If you used checks or envelopes then records have been kept. Let the office know if a statement from Carol is needed.
The Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 28th after worship.
After worship and before the meeting, steadfast likes to provide a brunch for the congregation. We are asking for somme extra help with the menu, so if you could bring something please let Carol Hawley know. She will be in the kitchen during coffee hour today (Jan 14th) and will appreciate any offers.
Carolyn Learch will be collecting any size winter coats for the Methodist Church Thrift store. She will collect the coats here or pick up if need be.
Please read the following about the Christmas Joy Offering through the Presbyterian Mission Agency. This offering is collected to provide critical financial assistance to church workers and their families when they find themselves in a crisis situation (say, if a pastor had a house fire, an emergency deposit can be made in her bank account within hours). The offering also helps to give scholarships to future church leaders at racial and ethnic schools affiliated with the PCUSA. Please consider giving generously out of joy and gratitude. Envelopes should be available in the pews. Remember, like all gifts through the PCUSA, 100% of what you give goes directly to mission, and none goes to administrative costs.
Would you like to remember or honor someone or express your thanks for a special blessing? Instead of live Poinsettias we will again decorate with our artificial ones, but we will still list our thoughts of special people or events. For a $10.00 donation per listing, see or call Jill Russom. The listings will be in the bulletin before Christmas as well as Christmas Eve. The $10.00 donations this year will go to Bruce Boulton’s prison ministry.
Reminder that the Thanksgiving Service is Tuesday, November 21st at 7:00pm at the Methodist Church.
Hanging of the greens will be Thursday November 30th at 4:30pm. A potluck dinner will follow, so we ask everyone who will be joining us either for the decorating/dinner or just for the dinner to bring a dish to share. Please let Barb Sperry know if you will be at the dinner so she can plan accordingly, and let Peg know if you will help with the decorating. This is a time for fellowship and to begin celebration and joy of the Christmas season. We hope many of you will join us.
Since 1888, Presbyterian Women have joyfully expressed gratitude for God’s blessings by sharing their blessings with those in need at home and around the world. The Thank Offering funds programs that provide education, safe housing, clean water, health care, help for prisoners, justice for women, and so much more. Fifteen life-changing ministries are chosen each year to receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. At least 40% of the money collected each year is given to health-related ministries. In the past, women of this church have gathered at Jeanne MacCorkle’s house to share a meal and give a donation for the Thank Offering. This year, we are asking those who want to give to this offering to give anytime during the month of November. You can put a check in the offering plate made payable to Presbyterian Women, cash in a labeled envelope, or you can give online at www.presbyterianwomen.org/thank.
Once again, the church will be a Trick-or-Treat Warming Station and rest stop for those out having fun. The warming station will be open from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Oct. 31st.
With your help, the Sunday school students have filled the tube and collected $130 worth of quarters. Through the Presbyterian Mission Agency, that money has been used to buy the following: a family of chickens to provide multiple eggs per day for a family in need, school supplies for three students in a refugee camp in Lebanon, a basket of food and essential supplies for a refugee family who has lost everything in war or natural disaster. These items will make a difference in the lives of those who receive it. We are proud that the children of this church are already learning that Christ’s call includes showing love and kindness to those less fortunate.