October 4, 2015
CPC SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE
Fall and Winter Schedule
8:30 a.m. – Early Church Service
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Children and Adult Sunday School
11:00 a.m. – Church Service
Kindergarten through 3rd grade is excused to “Church School” after “Time with Children”. Older kids get to grab a black chair and sit up front on the floor, if desired! No Church School on Communion Sunday, so kids can partake of Communion.
Nursery is available in Room 11 starting at 8:00 a.m. every Sunday.
TOGETHER IN CHRIST, PEACE IS POSSIBLE – Conflicts between nations, peoples, and ideas put peace at risk everywhere. We can help by donating to the Peace & Global Witness Special Offering. Our gift works to address deep seated problems by supporting efforts to inspire, equip, and connect Presbyterians engaging in ministries of reconciliation and peace around the world. If you choose to give, please find an offering envelope in your bulletin.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: The session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, October 18th at 12:15 p.m. (immediately following worship service) to vote on Pastor Tom’s Terms of Call.
PW NEEDLEWORK – Will meet Wednesday, October 7th at 1:00 p.m. in Room 1. Knitters are needed! Please come and join us. Yarn, needles and instructions are available.
WOMEN’S LUNCH BUNCH will meet at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 8th at Olive Garden, located at 6305 S. State St. in Murray. To reserve your place, call Virginia Hartsook at 801-274-0489 by noon on Wednesday, October 7th.
BOOK SALE: You may begin to bring the books you have been saving at home. We need books in good condition. No text books or magazines but children’s books are very welcome. The boxes for collecting books will be in the hall outside of the gym near the big mission box. We thank you for keeping your books at home because we had no room at the church to store them earlier.
COMING SOON! – Our first PW event since last we met! On Saturday, Oct. 17, at12:00, we are meeting in the Fellowship Hall for a potluck luncheon (bring a dish to share) followed by a FUN time of knitting/crocheting caps, fistula squares and/or prayer shawls. Yarn, needles and instructions will be provided. The Thank Offering will be taken. Sign-ups will be taken after both services, and call Carol Shutts,801.2741781or Sherry Tyler, 801.944.3827.
ALL CHURCH POTLUCK: On Sunday, October 11th, following the 2nd service, we invite you to an all church Potluck. Bring a dish to share as we celebrate God’s faithfulness and goodness in our community life. The Giving in Faith – Building in Joy committee will take a few minutes to inform the congregation where we are in our fundraising at the end of year two. We will also have a silent auction, primarily consisting of needlework and quilt work that Alice Astroth began and Connie Silliman has completed. The proceeds will go towards paying off our loan.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTIAN ED: Greetings to All, at our recent congregational retreat, Pastor Tom reviewed our progress toward meeting the goals we set for ourselves. One of the key goals was welcoming young families and children of all ages. While the numbers of children in our congregation has grown, the number of teachers in our Christian Education program has stayed about the same. So help is needed in ourSundaySchool classrooms. If you are interested in teaching please contact Pat Kristensen for more details.
FINANCIAL UPDATE: Welcome to autumn! I hope you all enjoyed summer, doing fun activities with family and friends. I thought it useful to provide an update on where Cottonwood stands financially now that we have left summer behind us. For the most part Cottonwood emerged relatively unscathed financially. I say relatively because our actual income received was above the budgeted projections for the first eight months of the year; budgeted amount for the period of January to August was $181,000 while actual income came in at $184,000.
However for this same time period, Cottonwood is running a deficit of approximately $11,000. This isn’t a real surprise for a couple reasons. First, income received in the summer months typically is lower than other times of the year. We were running a surplus through June but turned negative in July and August. This was partially caused by lower than average income received in June and July. The second reason stems from the fact that Cottonwood’s budgeted bottom-line is a deficit, meaning we put in place a budget in which expenses exceed income. In the past few years deficit-budgeting has not caused a strain on the church. How that plays out this year remains to be seen.
I sincerely appreciate everyone who provides Cottonwood with financial resources, and would like to thank everyone who has generously kept current on their pledged donations. Your support of our church is well beyond measure.
I know that each of Cottonwood’s committees take careful consideration on how they spend funds, but sometimes there are no corners to cut nor costs to duck. And where there are opportunities to lessen the burden, the committees take care to do just that.
However, we are still presented with the reality of being “in the red.” Thus, going forward my plea is to ask that at the very least we hold steadfast in continuing to support Cottonwood, and at the best we graciously consider adding a tiny bit more. Let’s see what we can do to turn red to black!
In His love, Bruce Ratzlaff - Elder of Finance, Stewardship and Budget
PRAYER AND STUDY GROUPS
SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY: Through October the class will meet each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in room 1 for the purpose of immersing ourselves in the Scripture passages that we will focus on during worship. We invite you to join us.
ADULT CE IN FELLOWSHIP HALL - "A SEASON OF PEACE" - Jesus calls us to be peacemakers in our own lives, churches, communities, and world. This five-week series will explore the various ways we can be peacemakers in our complicated world. Each week we'll start with a Bible study and then relate it to issues of our day. Please join us Sunday mornings at 9:45, in Fellowship Hall for a lively conversation.
CROSSROADS URBAN CENTER foods of the month for October are canned tomatoes and soup but all non-perishable foods and beverages are appreciated. Also, small hotel size shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc. are needed for hygiene kits that are given out. CROSSROADS THRIFT STORE items of the month for October are coats and blankets.