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
We 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!
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.