Well, where should I start with this month’s column. I am coming up to the end of serving as your Council President. To say the least, it has been quite interesting, and I mean that in a good way. I think I have had my ups and downs during the two-year period. I think we have accomplished much, but there is much to do. My first year was wrapped up in our Shared Ministry with St. Paul. We worked very hard in accomplishing much between our two churches, as we both have similar strengths and weaknesses. It was our goal to continue to work on ways we could come together as one. Then present that to both congregations for approval. We were not able to pass a resolution to move forward, so those efforts fell short. One last word on this – I understand it is very difficult and emotional to possibly close one church and combine with another, but in our current times, this is becoming a necessity to continue spreading the word of God and outreach we need to do in our communities.
My second year became consumed with the finances of the church. It was difficult for committees to function at 100% because of cash flow. Committee Chairs were digging into their pockets to fund programs so they could continue. We had a “Catch-up” Sunday in August to help folks to catch up on their summer giving. That helped to a smaller degree. Every conversation I would have seemed to involve cash flow and finances.
For some good news, we were able to update more of our heating and cooling systems, install new doors, update the kitchen and women’s restroom, and several outside areas were improved. Most of this was because of the Fuchs Fund and private donations by our congregation.
I will end this with my sincere appreciation to Council, Pastor Bill, and the congregation for your help during my tenure as President. But, if you so choose, I will be changing chairs on Council to be the Finance Chairperson. This will be quite the challenge and you will again be hearing some tough love from me early in the year.