November 4th, 2011 eNote

Below is my weekly email to the Tonganoxie UMC congregation.  I share it here so that others can keep in touch with what the church is up to.  Let me know if you’d like to be added to the list to receive the note weekly.


Dear Tonganoxie UMC Family,

I am in the midst of final preparations for the all church retreat we’re holding tonight and tomorrow as well as for worship on Sunday, but I wanted to take a minute to send a quick note with a couple of updates and reminders.
Better Together Campaign Update and Thanks!
Thank you to everyone who has already made a commitment to support the church’s ministry in 2012 by turning in a pledge card.  To date we have received 47 commitments reflecting an incredible number of families praying for our community of faith, regularly being present with the community of faith, supporting the community through giving and serving and witnessing to others by inviting them to be present in worship.  The financial commitments received so far total $103,104.00.  As a point of reference, the total amount pledged for 2011 was $56,486.24.  Again, a big thank you to everyone who pledged already!  If you haven’t yet turned in a card, know that you can do so this Sunday in worship.
All Church Retreat Prayer Request and Invitation
I am excited about gathering with so many of you for our planning retreat this evening and tomorrow morning.  If you are unable to be physically present with us for this time, please hold us in your thoughts and prayers.  It will be most appreciated!  If you are not yet signed up, please know that you are still more than welcome to come!  We’re meeting at the historical society at 201 W. Washington.  We will begin tonight at 6:00 by sharing a potluck meal.  We will end tonight by 8:30.  Tomorrow morning we will meet from 9-12.  Childcare is available at the church from 5:45-8:45 tonight and from 8:45-12:15 tomorrow.
All Saints Remembrance in Worship Sunday
Worship on Sunday will include a special time of remembering those who have passed from our community in the last year.  We will take time to remember, to pray for, and to celebrate those who are no longer with us.  Our community of faith has experienced many deaths in the last year and I invite you to come and to be present as we remember and celebrate those lives.
I look forward to spending some time with many of you this evening and tomorrow and to being in worship with you on Sunday.  Enjoy this beautiful sunny fall Friday and be well.
Grace and Peace,

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