The end of the year often brings lots of activities to close out the year.
The Finance Committee has developed an annual missional budget for 2018. The Stewardship Committee had been working to develop the pledge cards you will get this Sunday. Once we have your pledge cards returned the Vestry will finalize the budget for the annual meeting.
Mark your calendar for January 21, 2018, for the annual meeting. Details to follow soon.
The interior of the church is almost complete. The final bit is to fabricate handrails in the front and rear of the church. The project will come in a little below budget. Thanks again to Bill McGlinn and the Sacred Space Committee for their work on the project.
The Vestry voted on two other small projects. We will be getting bids for additional plants to complete the landscaping.
The Vestry also voted to spend $5000 to do some minor upgrades to the restrooms. Last year we raised about $400 in special donations and this will be added to develop a plan for the restrooms. The plans are being developed and should be ready early next year.
The Vestry has a strategic plan. Last year the major item was the renovation of our sacred space. Everyone can see the fruits of this element of the plan. The Vestry decided to focus next year’s work on what we have called engaging with the outside.
The focus of this strategic initiative is to create a clear and concise identity statement. The Vestry will be meeting on January 6 to write up an identity statement and work on a graphic that will go with it. After that we will develop a strategic plan for how to create an evangelism plan, a marketing plan and a financing plan for the ways we engage with the outside that is consistent with our identity statement. This meeting is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
This quarter we have made some pretty amazing strides in making our congregation welcoming to new members and members of the community.
Godly Play, the children’s education program, has been initiated using members of the congregation as the teachers. Six people went for training on the program and at the present there are four regular and a couple of occasional members. We believe having a strong children’s education program is an important factor in encouraging new families with children to join us.
A mailing has been sent out to our neighbors inviting them to join us for Advent and Christmas. Again, this is to let people close to us now we are here and to invite them to join us.
The temporary Labyrinth has been placed on the floor. There is a cadre of people who have been walking and praying the labyrinth on a regular basis. They have found it to be an important additional spiritual practice. And again, it is an opportunity to engage with others. The labyrinth walk is once a month on a Tuesday evening. Check the bulletin for more information.
The Sunday before Thanksgiving several local churches along with the Redeemer Choir performed music and spoken word about the season with songs and words of gratitude. This was an important opportunity to invite people into our worship space. Several of our guests shared with us how beautiful they thought the church is. This was followed by a reception in the undercroft. Thanks to the Hospitality group that brought food and drink and displayed it in an inviting way. The Redeemer choir performs Vespers for us and invites others to join with us. Music continues to be a part of our mission.
Thank you for all you do to make the Redeemer community a remarkable place for worship and fellowship.
Reminder that Saturday, December 2, 2017, is the Christmas shopping for the shelter. We can still use volunteers between 10:00 and 1:00. You can help drive, play with the children, or just have fun meeting these families.