Fourth United Methodist Church
Friday, August 17, 2018
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Notes from the Pastor

Notes from the Pastor

 7/25/18
Community Outreach
Vacation Bible School has been a great week with 17 children and about as many teachers and helpers.  What fun to meet "Jim" our shipwrecked passenger and hear about how God, through Jesus, helps us during our daily trials.  Thank you to our coordinator Jen Wireman for her organizational skills.
Our bimonthly prayer walk will take place on August 18th at 2:30 pm.  If you wish to walk with us, meet at the Clarke Ave. doors.  If you are not able to physically walk, please reserve this time for praying for our church, our neighborhood and the surrounding community.  Prayer brings healing--and we all could use the touch of God in our lives!
 
Sprucing Up the Place
Our Capital Campaign is underway and many of you have met with Rev. Dr. Ed Zeiders for an interview.  The intention of these interviews is to hear and honor your history with and passion for your church. We are already in the process of replacing our heating and cooling systems with much needed equipment.  The estimated cost of this project is $700, 000.  Our goal is to repay a loan from M & T Bank in a three to five year term.  Pastor Ed is working on a Feasibility Study Report to present to the trustee committee, church leadership and visionary team and then have a church conference in which you (the congregation) will vote to approve the study and implement its recommendations.  I am excited to see the progress of this project by One Way Mechanical managed by Dave Vinson and also to hear some of the joy and concerns you have about the life of your church.  Please continue to be cautious in areas where there is construction.  We don't want any injuries!
 
School Supplies and Uniform Drive for Mission Central and Local School
We have been collecting school supplies and backpacks for our local schools.  We also are collecting white shirts for school uniforms.  Please contact Carolyn Fetrow if you have any questions.  We will be blessing these supplies in Worship on August 5th.
 
Worship
I will be starting a sermon series based on the Old Testament book of Nehemiah.  We'll be looking at the reconstruction of the walls of Jerusalem.  I've asked myself these questions:  What can we learn about being good stewards of our church building from this text?  How can our present renovation project be a witness to our faith?  Maybe together we can discover some answers. 
 
Hope to see you at Worship this week.
In Christ's Love,
Jane

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