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From Pastor David

Tis the season to be budgeting . . . Wait, what did you say?  Don’t be a Grinch.

Are your Christmas celebration plans (dreams) exceeding the time or the cash available to make them happen?  Indulging every Christmas wish with credit can leave you exhausted, broke, and in debt come January.  If you can make your Christmas plans match your available resources, the joy will spill over into the new year.  You will not suffer the dread of receiving bills you cannot pay. 

Creating a budget requires making a sober estimate of expected resources and making decisions in advance about how those resources should be used.  You may have already begun thinking about your personal budget for the new year.  Likewise, this is the time of year when your church leaders are working on a budget.

The Finance Team is projecting that offering income for 2017 will total approximately $11,000 less than budgeted income.  That is only a 2% shortfall.  Given the kind of crisis the church has been through in 2017, we should all be very thankful for the continued faithful giving of so many.  God has used your faithful support to provide for the staff, the materials, and the facilities (both maintenance and improvement) for the ministry that goes on in and through First Church of Christ.

The experience of 2016 (and many prior years) gives us faith and courage to project bold plans for 2018.  Even though we are in a transition period, we do not want to suspend or diminish our ministry efforts at all.  We should not even be content to only maintain.  Remember, we are eager to “discern what is best” (Philippians 1:9-11).  We should be expecting God to lead us to new opportunities for effective and productive ministry.

Bold plans will have a cost attached.  Don’t they always?  How will the necessary provision come?  God may have already put the resources in the hands of his people.  What portion will he prompt you to give in the new year?  We must believe that God will provide what is needed as we faithfully and generously respond to his promptings.

See you on Sunday!
Pastor David

NOTICE:  Sunday, December 24, we will have a combined morning worship service at 10:30 AM.  The Christmas Eve Program will be presented at 4:00 and again at 6:00 PM that day.

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