Many thanks to all of you who are continuing to fulfil the pledges you made last year for the life and ministry of the congregation in 2020! We are truly blessed that our giving and expenses are tracking pretty closely to the budget we adopted in January. We are nearing the season when we will ask about your giving plans for 2021. We recognize that the financial situation for many of us has changed. It will be helpful for us to know if you anticipate that your giving will be changing in 2021 – whether increasing or decreasing. You may communicate that information privately to Kim, our administrative assistant, who will share the dollar differences (without the names) to the session budget committee for their planning purposes. You may reach Kim at the church phone # 425-776-4334, or by email at OfficeEPC@frontier.com.
Gardeners! We thank you!
Have you noticed the church grounds lately? Many thanks to lawn mowers Eric M and Tim A, weed whacker Don I, garden tenders Donna P and Sue S, and everyone else who has snuck in to help pull weeds or water plants – we thank you! Contact Gay H or Pastor Amy if you’re able to help, or just stop by!
Per Capita Reminder
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 2020 per capita assessment is $49.70, and is divided in this way: NWC Presbytery ($40.50), Synod ($0.25), 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!
Dollars and Cents
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.
Bird Watcher News
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!
Per Capita Reminder
Thank you to all who have donated toward our annual Per Capita payment which we make on behalf of the membership of the church. We give $49.45 per member, and have received $945.05 this year toward our total due for 2019.
Per Capita Reminder
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!
2019 Per Capita
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.
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