Hello, everyone. Prayers that everyone is safe. The October Board of Stewards meeting was held this week. We continue to enjoy both the limited in-person worship and the live stream worship services. We are so blessed by the pastors and the very talented staff who are assisting in providing us these connections.
The finance report continues to be one of hope as well as challenges. The blessings of the federal Payroll Protection Loan sustained us through the summer. The expense controls implemented along with the closing of the church facilities maintained a fiscal balance. The summer is over. We have reopened on a limited basis for worship and other activities. An increasing number of online activities are also open to all. As we move forward, we are making plans to cautiously expand in-person. Confirmation Sunday in November will likely see the first time that we will use the overflow plan as the sanctuary fills to COVID-19 capacity guidelines. Your support now and for the “A Generous Life” campaign is needed.
The 2021 stewardship campaign is reaching out to you for support for next year. The many programs and missions of the church need your support. We are a community of love, hope, and belonging for all. Participation comes in a variety of forms, be they financial, time, or creativity to name a few. I pray that you are able to help in the best ways for you.
The Trustees committee provided an update on a several insurance issues currently being monitored. A special shout-out to Roger Lind. His term as chair of Trustees is ending in December. He has led us through this very challenging year. We have been so blessed. I personally thank Roger and know that the committee is well positioned for the future. A significant “last act” was to document various practices and procedures into a comprehensive guide for future decisions.
Some questions have arisen regarding the technology project for the Sanctuary and the funds being expended. This project is financed through capital funds, which are separate from the operating budget of the church. As a note of clarification, the capital fund is a restricted fund that may only be used for expenses related to the buildings of AHUMC. This includes facilities construction and maintenance and is managed by the Trustees Committee. This technology project will install and upgrade the audio-visual equipment that we use not only for in-person worship but the livestream as well.
The church pastors and staff are diligently pressing forward to create a wonderful Advent season. Prayers of support for them as we enter this most holy time. Blessings to each of you and prayers for safety and security in these still unsettled times. May God continue to bless us.
Kathryn “Kitty” Meyers