STEP UP TO STEWARDSHIP
When he separated the light from the dark, God gave us Time, and we have been using and abusing it ever since. We are obsessed with time. Pre-history shows evidences of man’s efforts to record time with rocks and obelisks. The sun dial is at least 2,300 years old. Hundreds of thousands of time-keeping instruments have been invented over the centuries — hour glasses, water clocks, pendulum clocks, watches, chronometers, atomic clocks, and cell phones. The Oxford English Dictionary has six pages of definitions for time. The King James Bible has 623 references to time. Ultimately, God wants us to be wise stewards of time — our own time, time we have for others, and time with God (not necessarily in that order!)A wise steward manages time as well as money. Most of us agree that managing time is actually harder than managing money. There must be a balance between using too little of our time and using too much. The August Highlights will explore our stewardship of time further since there is not enough time to do so now...
TIME, TALENT, and TREASURES COMMITTEE
It's responsibilities are to oversee the church's finances, conduct pledge drives, and provide stewardship education.
BUILDING and GROUNDS COMMITTEE
It's responsibilities are maintaining the building and grounds. They coordinate congregational members and outside contractors to complete projects.
The Session met Thursday, June 15, 2017 and took the following actions:
THE STATE OF OUR STEWARDSHIP
We are pleased to report that the church's financial state and physical plant are both in good condition. We are blessed with a joyfully generous congregation, not only in its temporal giving, but also those who remember the church in their individual estate planning.
Our church building is well-used. Besides our own use of the sanctuary and ancillary areas, many groups are accommodated on a voluntary donation basis, which has aided in enhancing income. Of course, the blessing of increased use of a larger facility results in increased operation and maintenance costs.
We are pleased that the Session has approved plans to improve the appearance of the north entry to make it more attractive and inviting as it is the most used entry to the building. Plans are being formulated to revise the stairway and railings and to add a protective cover overhead before the new pastor arrives.
We are also in the process of renovating the rental house on West 7th. An evaluation was conducted to determine what would be necessary to restore the house to a good, livable condition in order to decide whether to rent it again, or to turn the property to some other use. It has been decided that the house can be restored and rented so that it can continue to generate income for the work of the church. That restoration is underway at this writing.
Of course none of this happens without you, the congregation, with your generous monetary support, but also your physical labor. Thank you, Your Stewardship Committee: