ALL are Welcome to join our Easter morning Celebration April 1
Worship 10:00 am in our Sanctuary
followed by Easter Potluck Brunch in lower level of Fellowship Hall
Christian Meditation- Meditation: Cathy McCormick's home, Mondays 10:30 am and here, in the upper room of Fellowship Building on Wednesdays at 5:30pm
Second Quarter Newsletter
United Church of Kanab-Fredonia
Newsletter April-June 2017
Message from Interim Pastor Ruth:
June 19, 2017
United Church Family,
“Auf Wiedersehen!” Until we see each other again is so much easier to say than Good bye. Cedar City is just over the mountain and has some great events and good eateries so when you are coming over the mountain, give me a call. Same bat number, different bat station. And, I know the way, two ways, over the mountain to see you.
It has been exhausting trying to keep you at arm’s length, as an Interim Pastor is supposed to, keeping mindful the understanding that their job is to teach and preach while the Call Committee finds the new Permanent Pastor. It is obvious to many of you that I did not do the best job of ‘not falling in love’ with you-all and with Kanab. My most fervent wish and prayer is that you received good messages and are prepared to welcome Pastor Martha. She is one very fortunate woman to come into your community. But, she was here before and liked what she saw.
Next Sunday, the message is, ‘Passing the Baton.’ We are similar to a relay team, all of us, in that we are commissioned to pass on the Good News. And so, my lap of the ‘teamwork’ is finished here and I am passing the Baton to Pastor Martha. You shall be in very good and experienced hands.
Blessings and love and Gratitude,
A cappella Hymn Sing
Summer long: Hosted by Amy Gaskin. Every Tuesday at 7pm at the United Church sanctuary, June 6- Aug. 29. Contact Amy at email@example.com for more information.
“Practice your sight-reading and be edified as we blend our voices as a community. Everyone regardless of denomination, faith tradition, religion (or no religion) is welcome to lead a song.”
Budget update: United Church of Kanab May 31st 2017
Income: General Fund $12,275 $14,840
Capital Outlay $300
Community Class $200
Interest $100 $6
Rental Income $500 $873
Mission Income $526
Travel Donations $1,500
Total Income $12,875 $18,510
Pastoral Expense $14,690 $10,286
Administrative Expense$4,556 $1,903
Committees Expense $1,045 $593
Facilities Expense $2,340 $1,294
Utilities Expense $ 1,755 $2,073
Community Class Expense $290
Compassion Fund Expense $38
Total Expense $24,386 $16,477
Profit (Loss) ($11,511) $2,033
· June 25 -Farewell gathering for Interim Pastor Ruth Kinney: immediately after service in the United Church’s Fellowship Hall.
· July 2- Welcoming Luncheon for Pastor Martha: immediately after service in the United Church’s Fellowship Hall.
Message from Council President
Transition, change, switch, and shift: all words to describe the ever constant ebb and flow of our lives. The one thing for certain is that change will occur. We are creatures of habit though and find comfort in stable patterns. Comfort is good, but can become so routine that we do not grow in our hearts and spirits.
Our church family is in another transition period. We knew that Pastor Ruth was an Interim Pastor, but have developed a relation with her. She is a good, caring person and will grow in her next Church adventures. United Church provided her with a charge over the last 8 months and has benefitted from her gifts.
Our church is in an exciting period of welcoming the new permanent Pastor Martha. She has taken a leap of faith and moved everything she owned across the country to lead our congregation. She is excited about our family and comes to us using Love as her guiding light.
I would like to invite everyone to join us for Pastor Ruth’s farewell reception on June 25. I also encourage all to come meet and listen to Pastor Martha’s message on July 2, with a luncheon following service. Pastor Martha will be leading us every Sunday for the first 100 days of her new position, so if you are out of town July 2- you’ll have an opportunity on a different Sunday that works with your schedule.
She asks that people wear their name tags for the first while, until she gets familiar with her new Church family.
Peace to all,
From The Pastor:
As we begin our second year together we’ve had some pluses and minuses, but most important is our worship together. When you know each face and where they sit in our lovely sanctuary it is a checklist of my heart when folks aren’t present, where ever you are know that you are held in prayer and missed. It also is a lovely surprise when new faces join us, if only as visitors passing through. I hope you will take advantage of my Wednesday through Friday office hours 2 – 6 pm and come share your hopes, concerns and personal faith story. Have a blessed summer, Pastor Martha
Many thanks to those who work to keep the church running smoothly!
· Grounds clean-up
· Payment for Romex (weed preventer)
· Donations to Care and Share
· Participation in church services
· And so much more . . .
Communication is key to an informed, happy, close knit and healthy church family. If you are the go-to person for any church responsibility, please let your secretary know.
For now, we have the following list:
All pastoral needs
Keep her informed of attendees/family who are ill, home-bound, hospitalized, or have a death in the family
Office hours—Wednesday through Friday, 2 – 6 pm
(If she’s not in the office, check the Sanctuary)
Council president (Cathie Toops)
Contact with any concerns about church business
Council Secretary (Bonnie Ward)
All member group emails, updates to church directory, to add or remove a church calendar event, to reserve an area of the church for an event
Council Treasurer (Linda Stone)
Church financial matters, reimbursement for approved church work, travel or purchases
Music (DeLynn Brainard, Kris Kowal, Joan Keller)
Custodial matters (Mary Ranos)