Peanut Brittle is Here!
Heartfelt thanks is given to the people who helped crank it out and clean up afterward: Judy Patton, Freyja Davis, Barbara Lange, Darlene Chisholm, Connie Peltier, Jackie Holdsworth, Nancy Roush, Carolyn Gaswick, Evelyn Gedman, Millie Harrison, Ellen Wilch, and Pastor Jeremy. In six sessions we processed about 80 lbs of peanuts which equals 316 of those plastic containers on sale now through the church office, just $5.00 (same as last year) while supplies last! Thanks also to the people who contributed sugar and butter and money to help defray expenses, you know who you are.
You may purchase at the church office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, or it is available on Sunday mornings on the table in the lounge.
posted November 25, 2014
Again this year we are selling those delicious nuts. The cost is the same as last year $20.00 for a 36 oz. can. These make a wonderful gift. Don’t wait too long to purchase as last year we were all sold out in early December.
posted November 25, 2014
2015 Offering Envelopes
Envelopes will be prepared the first part of December. If you presently use envelopes and prefer not to have them or if you haven’t used envelopes and would like them please notify Carol in the church office soon.
posted November 25, 2014
At our congregational meeting after worship on August 3, we voted unanimously to go ahead with some major maintenance and upgrade projects in the building. Pastor Jeremy reminded everyone that a vote in support of the work was also a commitment to take a share in covering the costs. The work to be done is as follows:
- Replacing all the roof shingles that weren’t replaced seven years ago, with metal shingles. This will be about $103,000, and will be done by Metal Roofs of Michigan from Williamston.
- Replacing the old leaky casement windows on the west side of the building with new windows like those on the west side. This will cost about $63,000, and will be done by Ruff & Kreger of Albion.
- Installing a new smoke and fire alarm system. We are still securing bids on this. The likely cost is about $25,000.
- Redecorating and furnishing the Fellowship Lounge and Coffeehouse, at a likely cost of about $18,000.
- We may not get there this year, but once the roof is replaced, we hope to patch and paint in Wesley Chapel.
That adds up to about $209,000, not counting Wesley Chapel. The good news is that we started with over $80,000 in reserve, from a major gift list year, to put toward the project, and we also have received a generous commitment to support the redecorating and furnishing work. Because much of the work is urgent, we will borrow the remainder through a construction loan, so we don’t have to go through another winter with leaks into the building. Some of the funding will come from our endowment income, but we still need to raise the remainder through gifts to our Welcoming Spaces annual fund. So this fall, please consider seriously what you can give to support the fund.
posted September 16, 2014
Give If You Can
During each Sunday service an offering is taken. It goes without saying that is costs money to operate the church. In addition there are also special giving opportunities that you can specify by writing your designation on an offering envelope or on the memo line of a check:
- The House by the Side of the Road is a fund from which we help individuals in the community who need emergency help with bills.
- Missions support our missionaries overseas who are engaged in human service work aorund the world.
- The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is present around the world where there are disasters, whether it be hurricane relief on the east coast of the US or working with and helping refugees in Sudan or Turkey.
posted December 31, 2013
Many of you have asked if it could be possible. Now it is! First United Methodist is embracing technology and offering a giving option that may be more convenient for many of you, the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Program.
Here is how it works: you authorize a specified amount of money to be transferred directly from your checking or savings account to the church account. You choose a donation frequency: semi-monthly or monthly. Indicate the amount of the contribution and how it should be divided. Then complete an authorization form that will be made available (with name, address, and bank information), mail it to the church or drop it in the offering, and we will arrange for your savings or checking account to be debited as you select.
The EFT program is fast, safe, and easy. In fact, it is less risky than checks, as it cannot be lost, stolen, or destroyed in the mail, and the rate of accuracy is high. All EFT donations will be reflected on your quarterly giving statements, and your bank statement will provide you with a record of transfer as additional proof of your donations. Of course, you can cancel your authorization of transfer or change your donation amount at any time by notifying the Financial Secretary.
This program is sponsored by the United Methodist Church and was tested by the UM General Council on Finance and Administration.
The Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) program yields very significant benefits for our church and makes life easier for you:
- The satisfaction of giving to God first
- Less work for church volunteers in processing the collection
- A more predictable income flow for better planning
- Improved cash management with less labor
- Easier personal budgeting
Of course, the traditional choices remain, we understand that the EFT giving option is not for everyone. Some may feel that the act of writing out a check or putting money in an envelope is an important element of sacrificial giving. We will continue to provide offering envelopes for everyone. All donations for missions and special projects will be received in the traditional way.
posted May 26, 2010