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Quarterly Letter, April 2018
Dear Church Family,
The first quarter of 2018 has come to a close for our church programming and financial stewardship. We are once again off to a wonderful start on both fronts.
Wednesday Night Suppers have been well received, following our mission to “Connect-Grow-Serve”. The Small Group study program has begun spring meetings with a strong offering for everyone. The Youth Group program continues to grow in numbers, offering our area teenagers an opportunity to connect with others in a Christian environment. The Children’s theater, led by FUMER’s worship leader, Brenda Austin, delivered an exciting version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, in February. This partnership with the Eaton Rapids Public Schools continues to grow in participation and attendance, showcasing the talents of our area youth.
The new Endowment Committee, under the leadership of Steve Peters, held an Estate & Life Gift Planning seminar, titled “Grateful Living & Generous Giving”, on April 16. There were 17 in attendance to hear the presentation by David Bell, President & Executive Director of the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan. Steve also provided an update on the “new & improved” Endowment Fund program.
Giving for the first quarter continued the positive trend experienced over the past three years, exceeding budget for this period. This has allowed the church to pay for budgeted expenses as well as better position us for some unexpected building needs. Recent improvements have included the purchase of a new screen and projector for the sanctuary, furniture and coffee equipment for the lobby. Projects underway involve the refresh of the lobby bathrooms and balcony improvements. Special thanks to Andy Dietz, Chair and the entire Trustee Committee for their hard work and commitment to managing our church operations.
Of course, all of this is a result of your support and generosity. On behalf of the Finance Committee, thank you.
Gary Wichman, Chair