Kudos to the Adult Sunday School Class

We want to offer a big thank you to the adult Sunday school class, who through their donations, purchased  2 lovely cobalt blue flower pots for the prayer garden. They also paid for the pansies in the flower boxes.

Each Sunday, this class donates money, and Betty Drake keeps track of the donations. In addition to the most recent landscaping purchases, their donations have paid for:

  • socks and underwear for children of Family Promise
  • blankets for when we host Family Promise
  • Baskets for festival’s silent auction
  • a granddaughter of a local family who suffers from a rare skin disorder

The nickels and dimes do add up and continue to make a lasting difference in our community!

Diaper Drive Extended Through May 28

The church is excited to extend our wildly popular diaper drive through May 28.

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We would like to start a new tradition of celebrating the birth of our church babies by collecting disposable diapers (all sizes) and donating them to the expecting families.

Please drop off your donations in the barrel in the Narthex and keep these families in your prayers!

Need to Know: Clarifying The New Pledging Process

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We seem to have some confusion about what the intentions are with the changes we are making to the pledge process.  With elimination of the direct pledging to OCWM and our local charities we have no intention of eliminating our giving to either one.  Our goal is to coordinate the giving better and ensure what we give supports the valued charities we want to support.

With this change we will introduce a tithe for the Church, and if we tithe with 10%, we will give more to charities in 2017 than we did with our directed giving to OCWM and Local Charities in 2016.  Some of the tithe will come from our church budget and some of it will come from the Endowment Fund.  We will continue to abide by all the rules of where earned income from our Endowment Fund can be used.  By utilizing some of the earned income from Endowment for our charities it will allow us to utilize more of our giving to support the Church Mission.

Most importantly consolidating our giving into one budget will allow us to give more financially with outside ministries (like Washington UCC) and non-profits (like Hosea House) that we deeply care about are already invested in. Please reach out to Pastor Ryan or members of Finance or the Council if you have any questions.