Christian Meditation- Meditation: Cathy McCormick's home, Mondays 10:30 am and here, in the upper room of Fellowship Building on Tuesdays 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,