Susan Herold • January 22, 2022
“Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.” Psalm 112:5
A month ago we were celebrating Christmas and the magical season of giving. Is giving your love language? It is for my sister. She has always had the gift of generosity. She literally has given clothes off her back to people in need. I witnessed it more than once. She loves to give good gifts to those she loves and also to total strangers. It brings her joy to see the smile on a person’s face. If you go to her house you will not leave empty handed. Do you know someone with that generous spirit? I am so thankful she is my sister. Not just because she gives me great gifts but because she challenges me to be more generous too.
If you read all of Psalm 112 there is no promise that everything is great in the life of this generous giver. It speaks about how the generous giver is “not afraid of bad news” because he trusts in the Lord; “His heart is steady” it says. The psalm talks about him “distributing freely;... giving to the poor”.
December is the month when an abundance of offerings come in resulting in erasing any shortfalls we had during the fiscal year. This year was no different. Your generosity was amazing this calendar year and will pave the way for great things here at Meadows Christian Fellowship. Thank you for your faithfulness and keeping a “steady heart'' in times of uncertainty.
You will notice the income number is higher than the report sent out earlier in the month. That is the case in December due to the gifts received postmarked Dec 31st and the online gifts received in January. Thank you so much for your faithfulness to give so generously. The income this month provided 208% of the operating budget. Expenses were a little higher than last month. The one significant expense was due to repairs done to our HVAC equipment replacing a duct on the roof that completely rusted through and the installation of a new sensor so that the boiler would work properly among other things that were found during the maintenance in the fall.
Today you will receive your giving statement by email. The rest will receive it by mail if there is no email in our records. If you need a printed version please let me know at the welcome center. God’s richest blessings to each of you in 2022.
Susan Herold • December 25, 2021
This blog post will be published on Christmas Day! Merry Christmas! What a blessed time of year. I do hope you have a lovely time today and remember how your Heavenly Father loves you enough to send His son to be with us and save the world. I do hope your celebration is filled with laughter and love.
This report is about our November financials. Although our income was less than the amount budgeted our operating balance recovered well from the large, out of the ordinary, expenses in October. The operating balance recovered due to the expected but unusually low expenses. I have a historical spreadsheet that goes back to Fiscal year 2005-06 and none of the previous years show operating expenses as low as they were for November. It was expected because our staff is now 3 part-time employees with no benefits. We anticipate finishing this calendar year strong.
One expense that we know will take place in the new year are repairs to plumbing where we need an expert to come in and do the job. How do we keep our costs low here? We have amazing volunteers like you who come on Church Work Day to help maintain the building. Amazing volunteers who organize events, closets and design graphics or marketing materials. Willing congregation members who organize outreach events from start to finish. Is God calling you to serve in some way? Even if you are not sure where you might serve please fill out this form to let us know: Serving Survey
Finally, I want to remind you that the end of 2021 is coming quickly. Plan accordingly to have your giving counted toward this calendar year. Gifts by mail must be postmarked by December 31st. In person and electronic gifts need to be received no later than Dec 31, 2021. meadowsfamily.org/giving
Susan Herold • June 05, 2021
Believing the Best
As we begin a new fiscal year, I believe the best about where it will take our church. Just as January brings new hope to each new year and we make resolutions for the year ahead, the new fiscal year is the same for the leadership who devise the annual budget. This version of these 4 verses sums up what I am hopeful to see in the new fiscal year :
4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. 6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 1Cor 13:6-7 (Amplified Bible Classic)
These verses about love are not just for weddings they are for everyday life with ALL the people you encounter. Jesus asks us to love God and love others. (Matt 22:37-39) I picked the Amplified version above because it asks us to believe the best of every person in verse 7. What does it mean to believe the best? Believing the best has the essence of grace at the heart of it. The only way to extend grace to all the individuals that you meet is by allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you and in you to change your heart.
How do you anticipate this “new year” will be at Meadows Christian Fellowship? I would appreciate hearing from you to know how you will be instrumental in God’s plan for this fiscal year 2021-2022. The graphic above shows we are off to a good start in the first month of our fiscal year. Thank you for your faithfulness with your time, tithes and talents. We ask for your prayers daily as you ask God where he will use your gifts and talents as well as prayers of protection for His church. Pray for wisdom and discernment for our leadership and for people to know us by our Love.