Thank-you for your pledges toward the 2020 budget! The session will be drafting a budget to be presented to you at the annual congregational meeting in January. Please hold the session in your prayers as they do this work on your behalf.
A neighbor has heard a great horned owl hooting on our property in the evenings. He suspects that it is a male searching unsuccessfully for a mate. Prayers are appreciated, I’m sure. To learn more, check out the Seattle Audubon page (where the photo is from) on owls: www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/Learn/SeasonalFacts/Owls.aspx
A big thank-you to the saints of the church who spent up to five days in a row at the church, hedge, and tree trimming, repairing, sanding and painting. The cross and eaves have been re-painted. 5.6 TONS of yard waste were taken to the transfer station for composting. If you see them, please thank Eric M., Don I., Nancy E., Jerry & Jean G., Kathy M., Kathryn G., and anyone else I may have missed. Thank-you to all!
Our congregation is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Synod of Alaska- Northwest, and Northwest Coast Presbytery. Each year we are assessed an amount per member (per capita) to support the operations of each of these governing bodies, including salaries, meeting expenses, and travel expenses. The 2019 per capita assessment is $49.45, and is divided in this way: NWC Presbytery ($40.00), Synod ($0.50), and General Assembly ($8.95). If you are able to pay for your per capita, that keeps this expense out of our general budget. Please put “per capita” in the memo line on your check, or place the amount in your per capita envelope when you send that in to the church. Thank-you!
This coming year the amount we contribute toward the work of the denomination at the Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly level will total $49.45 per member. Per capita is one way our members and congregation annually support the work of the whole church as that church also supports us in our ministry in this place. Your separate contribution of this amount is appreciated, as it keeps this expense from impacting our spending plan for 2019. Please mark your contribution as “per capita.”
We are starting our stewardship season. As we look at the needs and hopes of the congregation in order to build an appropriate spending plan for 2019, it is helpful for the session to have information about your 2019 planned giving (especially if the giving is a change from the previous year). Pledge cards are available in the pew racks. You may put your pledge card in the offering plate, or mail it in to the church office. We will dedicate our pledges during worship on Sunday, November 18th.
We are almost halfway to our goal! If you have not paid your per capita for 2018, please do. If we don’t collect the full amount, the rest will come from our general operating budget. If you have paid yours, consider paying for a friend as well. The money that is collected goes to support the work of the larger PCUSA denomination, including our Northwest Coast Presbytery, the Synod of Alaska Northwest, and our General Assembly.
The session carefully monitors income and expenses throughout the year. January income was as anticipated. February income was less than expected. If you feel led to give a little extra this month it would help.
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