Anyone who is having troubles should pray.James 5:13

As most of you know October found us $1,000 behind. I attended both services to let people know the situation and asked for prayers. I even got specific and asked everyone to pray at 7:00 each night. My phone chimes every night now at seven and I know that other people are praying as well. Well, at the end of the month, we were left with a $300 bill to pay and had $200 in the checking account before the last October Sunday Collection. I believe prayer works.

Read more: A Word on Finances 12/12

All of you together are the body of Christ.  Each one of you is a part of the body. 1 Corinthians 12:27

I just love i-tunes. Whenever I think of a song from the distant past that I haven’t heard since Bob Steele played it on his morning radio show (I did say the distant past) I start goggling it and more often than not I am able to find it and download it. (I’m still looking for Two Buffalo’s) Then I throw them on my i-pod shuffle and I get quite a mix as I’m out walking my 10,000 steps.

Read more: A Word on Finances 9/12

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.  Psalm 23:1 

The kids looked up the twenty third Psalm this week in Sunday school and decided that there were a lot of things that they wanted but didn’t get.  This led to a discussion about the difference between wants and needs.  And isn’t that something we all need to remind ourselves of?  We are all too aware of the things that we want and sometimes we are completely oblivious to the things we need and the fact that we already have them!

Read more: A Word on Finances 5/12

 “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you: never will I forsake you” …Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever”     Hebrews 13:5 & 8 

Administrative Council approved the 2012 balanced budget and we continue to have faith that our income and expenses will be as we anticipate. One of the unknowns right now is the fund-raisers. I hope all of you will support the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day corn beef dinner and silent auction. All current bills have been paid and our apportionments have been paid through the end of March. Thank you all for your generosity in helping to run this church financially. 

Read more: A Word on Finances - March/April 2012

Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11

And so another year ends. We had a tough challenge to try to balance a budget in a year when expenses are either fixed or sky rocketing. (we budgeted $17,000 for utilities and we paid $22,300) and income seems to be disappearing. I am happy to report to you that despite all the obstacles we ended up with a balanced budget for 2012. Thank you all for the gifts and resources you have given to the church to get us to this point. The new year brings new challenges but I’m very optimistic that God will provide. We are still accepting commitment cards. I want to thank all of you who have handed in your cards for 2012. We could not make a budget without them. The Finance Committee has developed a budget for 2012 that is as balanced as it can be in these uncertain economic times.  I hope you’ll take some time to look over the 2012 budget and feel free to ask questions.

I believe we are a manna church when it comes to finances. Our history has many examples of God providing what we need when we need it. With that said I want to start this year by asking for your prayers. Will you commit to praying for this church and its finances every day? I’ve done that since the first of the year and by January 10th I was seeing concrete answers to my prayers, (and from the most unexpected places!). Just imagine what could happen if more of us could make that commitment.  You can start by praying these words. 

Our God and our Father, help us to remember when we worry about the future to ask for enough for today. Just as the Israelites found enough manna for their days needs, so help us to find enough money for today’s requirements. Thank you that we have money to pay our bills, health to do your work, and faith to trust you with tomorrow. AMEN

God Bless,

Sherri

Sherri Willhelm

Finance Chair

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