During our last few years in Paraguay, our team’s treasurer left the field, and my wife, Becky, an RN, volunteered to fill his place. I guess if you can calculate what medicines to give, you can also calculate how to balance the books. She would admit the learning curve was great, but with the help of working remotely with a lady in Canada who had been a missionary treasurer in Niger, she was able to learn the job.
Each month Becky would reconcile the accounts of each missionary, mission expenses and the cash box. As we worked together I would hear her say, “We’ve been robbed there is money missing” when she couldn’t reconcile the books. And then several hours later she’d says, “The robbers brought the money back and I got a “0” balance. Yahoo!”
The Apostle Paul used these same financial terms when he said, “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Cor. 5:18-19). Yes, Christ has given us the job of helping others get their balance to “0.” He goes on to call us “ambassadors of Christ” who “beg” others to “be reconciled to God.” What a privilege each of us have in sharing in God’s passion to restore people to a relationship with their Creator.
Upcoming Missions month events:
October 22 9:30 AM Sakamotos’ Japan report
6:30 PM Charles Haines Report/Offering/Reception
October 25 6:00 – 8:00 PM “Fall Festival”
October 28 5:30 PM Missions Banquet – John Hutcheson
October 29 9:30 AM Combined Adult SS – John Hutcheson
10:45 AM Morning Worship- John Hutcheson
6:30 PM Evening Service – John Hutcheson
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
Charles Haines, Final Missionary Report, Reception & Offering
Scripture Memory Mountain Mission
Wednesday, October 25th
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Come in costume and join us for a night of games, trunk or treat, face painting, bounce houses and the Grapevine Food Truck.
If you can help with Fall Festival in the following ways, please let Heather Larsen know:
• Donate baked goods
• Trunks are still needed for “trunk or treating”
• Donate candy (Please bring your candy donations Sunday to the Welcome Center)
• Volunteer time
• Help with set-up
• Help with clean-up
Deadline to register for the Missions Banquet is October 24th. Dinner will be an international meal with a taco bar, sweet and sour chicken, beef and broccoli, rice, potato and cheese pierogis, polish sausage. A kid friendly meal of hotdogs and chips will be available.
Check out pictures of our International Missionaries on the wall behind our sanctuary.
Volunteers Needed for Missions Conference
• Kitchen prep work the week of the banquet
• Cooking, Prepping and Set up morning of banquet
• Preparers 2 to 2.5 hrs. before banquet
• Clean Up Crew
Contact Ethel Carter:
(H) 804.379.8918 (C) 804.363.5457
Pizza and Picasso, November 11th
9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Ladies join us for a wonderful morning of painting followed by a pizza lunch. The event is a great opportunity to bring a friend, a daughter, or a granddaughter. Each participant will paint an 11″x14” canvas print to take home with them. The cost is $10/per participant which includes all of the supplies and pizza lunch.
Virginia Capitol Cookout & Pre-Election Capitol Square Prayer Walk
800 East Broad Street, Richmond
5:00 – 7:45 PM
To register call JoAnne at 804.222.3686
Operation Christmas Child boxes are available in the back hallway beginning this Sunday. Boxes must be
returned by Sunday, Nov. 19th
Word of Life kids are collecting items and will pack boxes November 8!
Would you enjoy welcoming visitors, greeting members, and distributing bulletins on a Sunday morning? Contact Eric Key at 586.873.3406 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 22 – Charles Haines Final Report, Reception & Offering, PM
Oct. 25 – Churchwide Fall Festival
Oct. 28-29 – Missions Conference
Nov. 11 – Pizza & Picasso (Women’s Ministry)
Nov. 18 – *Labor of Love (note new date)