NOMINATING COMMITTEE ELECTED
In our Congregational Meeting last Sunday, the following were elected to serve to serve on the 2015-2016 Nominating Committee. They are:
They will bring their report to the church on August 23rd. If you would like to continue in your present position or change to new position, just let them know. If you are not serving in any church elected capacity and know where you would like to serve, they would be glad to talk to you about it.
BUDGET PLANNING TO BEGIN
We heard a good report from our Treasurer, Kathy Teat, how we are ahead of our budget and will have our best financial year in the history of the church. Department heads and Committee Chairpersons should present their requests to the Budget Planning Committee. They will present the new budget to the church on August 23rd.
Katie Teat - treasurer
Mandy Call - assistant treasurer
David M. Peers
COMMUNION NEXT SUNDAY
We have communion on the first Sunday of each month. It is always a holy experience for us. To prepare our hearts let us think on these things by Pastor Ryan Huguley:
1. Acknowledge your need
We have a tendency to suppress our sin - we mask it, hide it, ignore it and rationalize it. In suppressing the reality of our sin we unknowingly suppress the reality of our need for a Savior. Instead of ignoring our sin, we need to lean into it and allow it to drive us to our need for Jesus' sacrifice on the cross.
2. Examine your heart
Just one verse later in I Corinthians 11:28 Paul again instructs us writing, "Let a person examine himself, then and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup." What are the attitudes, actions, and behaviors not in full submission to Jesus? Whom, or what has captured your affection more than Jesus? Do the hard work of examining your heart in hope of unearthing the indwelling sin that inevitably exists.
3. Repent of your sin
To examine your heart and identify your sin is only half the battle. Realizing your sin is not enough, you must repent of it. Repentance is the gift of grace that causes a change of heart, mind, and behavior - it's turning your back on sin and turning your face to God, choosing to go God's way.
4. Take it by faith
As we take the bread and the cup it reminds us of the body and blood of Christ that has provided us with freedom from the penalty and the power of our sin and reconciled us to God. We take these elements by faith - not faith in the elements, but in the One to which the elements point.
Christ died once for sin, that He might bring us to God and restore to us the lives for which we were created (1 Peter 3:18). Communion is our celebration of Christ's sacrifice to save sinners. The severity of the sacrifice demands we celebrate seriously. Each time we're provided the opportunity let's acknowledge our need, examine our hearts, repent of our sin, and take this gift by faith.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY
On Wednesday, August 5, we will study the Fourth Commandment: “Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy.”
BUDGET REPORT THROUGH 7/26/2015:
Budget Requirements $ 120,160.64
General Fund YTD $ 143,628.00
Designated Funds YTD $ 26,953.00
Total Receipts YTD $ 170,581.00
Sunday’s Offering: $ 3704.00