Pastor Bruening's Message
Things to Celebrate
Family Theater with a cast of 50 members and friends performed to
the joy of all in attendance. Thanks to everyone who put in many
hours of time sharing their talents with us. Special thanks to
Marnie Smith for organizing and directing this musical.
Education program: We have all Sunday School positions filled and
are offering a variety of adult education programs. Thanks to all
who have helped put this together.
Our parochial school began with all teachers returning, giving many
hours of dedicated work for which we are truly thankful.
Last Spring I was hoping that the Board of Finance would be able to
come up with a revised balanced budget that they would present to
the September 20 Voters Assembly allowing us to begin the Call
process for a new pastor. That statement was based on our ability to
lower some expenses and on anticipated increased income due to the
results of the pledge drive. Another factor was that only 6 students
graduated in June leading us to believe that the school would see an
increased number of students. However, the enrollment has not met
these expectations and we anticipate a reduced income, which in part
results in a deficit budget.
On Saturday, October 24, the Coordinating Council has scheduled a
retreat to do goal setting. One of the major points of discussion at
that meeting will be to address our financial situation. We will set
financial goals and discuss strategies to reach them. I have every
confidence that we as a congregation will work our way through this
A Ministry Goal: Involve Members in Calling on the Homebound.
This goal was given to the Board of Elders and they have responded:
With the arrival of our Comfort Dog, Angel, Handlers go with Pastor
Phil to make visits to the homebound thus increasing the number of
members seeing our homebound people.
In His Service,