November 23rd, 2011 eNote

Dear Tonganoxie UMC Family,

I am writing early this week as the office will be closed tomorrow and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday. As I wrap up the short week I want to share a few quick things with you.

2012 Budget Draft Available

Last Wednesday evening our Finance Team met for about two and a half hours to draft a budget for 2012. Requests from ministry teams, 2011 year-to-date spending, historical spending trends, pledges from our “Better Together” campaign, and recent giving trends were all prayerfully analyzed and considered in putting together the budget proposal for 2012. The drafted budget was shared at Administrative Council last Sunday and will be voted on and formally adopted at Charge Conference on December 11th. If you are interested in seeing a draft of the budget, copies are available in the office. If you have any questions Corbin Hodges, the chair of our Finance Team, is available to visit with you about them (as am I). I want to thank our Finance Team for their hard work in putting together this budget! It is not an easy task and their faithfulness in the process is a gift to Tonganoxie UMC.

Church Christmas Decorating

This coming Saturday the 26th our Worship Team is heading up efforts to decorate the church for Christmas. Everyone is invited for this time of fellowship and fun as the halls are decked and our space beautified in preparation for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Decorators will be gathering at 9am and will work until the task is complete. This is a great opportunity to meet some people you might not yet know and to contribute to the life of our church family in a fun hands on way. Plan to come out for this fun time!

Advent Worship Help Needed

This Sunday the 27th marks the beginning of Advent, a season of preparation for Christ’s birth that consists of the four Sundays (and all the days in between) leading up to Christmas.  During the four Sundays of Advent we will have special readings and light special candles as a part of both of our worship celebrations.  If you (individual, couple, family, group of friends) are interested in doing one of these readings please email me and let me know which Sundays you are available (11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18) and for which service(s).  I made this same request in last week’s eNote and only heard back from one family.  There are still plenty of opportunities for others!

As I reflect on all of the things for which I am grateful this Thanksgiving, I want you to know that I am incredibly grateful for the privilege of journeying in faith with you and serving as your pastor. These last four and a half months have been an incredible blessing! I hope and pray that you might be especially mindful of all of God’s blessings this Thanksgiving and that you might find some time in the next couple of days to express gratitude to those nearest and dearest to you.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll see you in worship Sunday as we start our Advent Sermon Series, “Prepare The Way.”


Grace and Peace,




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