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Finance Committee News

Good news from the Finance Committee–the church’s operating budget ended calendar year 2016 with a $77,000 surplus. This was the first year in recent memory that the church spent less money than it received, meaning it did not have to dip into its savings to cover its yearly expenses.

The surplus was the result of several factors. On the funding side, garage income was $292,074, about $47,000 more than budgeted. Giving was also greater than anticipated, with loose/unpledged offering at around $40,000, 25% more than planned. We also received a one-time unrestricted $18,000 bequest from the estate of Jean Keller. Thank you, congregation, for your generosity and the Stewardship Committee for your efforts in this regard.  Read More

Welcome Martha Hopler, Shared Breakfast Resource Coordinator

Martha_smallWe are thrilled to have Martha Hopler from Companis as our new Shared Breakfast Resource Coordinator!

Martha will be on hand during Shared Breakfast to direct those in need of additional services, including food, shelter, clothing or medical care, to the right service provider or agency. Martha is currently a lead medical case manager at Project Access. She has deep experience working with children and families and people with disabilities. Be sure to say hi to Martha if you see her on Sunday mornings!

Lenten Season Study

 

71TL6ZHN0zLThe season of Lent is often described as a journey to the cross.

This Lent we will take that journey together using Dr. James Cone’s book The Cross and the Lynching Tree as our guide.

The cross on which Jesus was executed was one of thousands of crosses the Romans utilized as a way of intimidating and controlling the oppressed people at the margins of the empire, much like the ways lynchings of African Americans in the US were used as a tool to terrorize the whole of the black population and keep them in “their place.” Exploring the connections between the cross and the lynching tree will help us better understand the life and teachings of Jesus as well as the impact that some of the most horrific chapters of US history had on our current political climate. With the recent rise of the “alt right” it is more important than ever to look at the uncomfortable aspects of our culture and hear anew Jesus’ call to love and justice.

Opportunities to engage the lessons of the cross and the lynching tree will be offered in Lenten small group meetings, pub theology, adult Sunday school, and a lunch and learn session. Stay tuned for more details.