by Sue Griffin -
Displayed at the Welcome Table for the month of November.
Building Solomon's Temple during the 10am Children's Sunday School hour
Thanks to a grant from the Miller Foundation, FPC was able to host an evening concert by Cody Collier on the Bridge worship stage Sunday Oct 22nd.
Cody is from Goshen, IN and is well known for his musical ministry in addition to his on-air talents on WFRN-FM 93.7.
We have all heard the metaphor of the “Cloud of Debt”, when an institution or a person carries so much debt that their focus is on financial survival. During this time the important things in life get pushed aside. I believe the “Cloud of Debt” and the pain of actions needed to ensure our survival have distracted us from our real purpose-- to serve God.
You can imagine our delight within the Stewardship Commission and Session in finding that after years of struggle and some very hard decisions by our Session, a close examination of FPC financial data projected through the end of 2017 shows that we have turned the corner and are a financially healthy church with a sustainable future.
At FPC, the important thing in life is to do God’s Will through our ministry and mission work.
Every Christmas, Elkhart’s Salvation Army gives a basket of essential personal care items to 800 local families. Our Foundation has generously provided $800 to this cause - which will cover 25% of the cost of the baskets themselves. Other organizations will help provide the contents. Thanks to Foundation on behalf of Serving Commission, for funding FPC’s part in this year’s Salvation Army Christmas Campaign.
WFRN's Cody Collier will play at our church on Sunday, October 22nd at 7 pm. There is no charge to attend. Bring your friends!
We are preparing for Trunk or Treat on October 26th, please contact the church office if you would like to prepare a car, or assist just by hanging out. Trunk or Treat is great fun and I know you will enjoy it!
We also need candy to give out! Please bring a candy donation to the church office for us to give out to the neighborhood kids this Halloween. Please have donations in by Tuesday October 24th.
Oct. 14’s work on the Kulish Habitat home in Middlebury made good progress - not to be hampered by a bit of rain on and off. With the roof on and shingled, we were able to work both inside and out. Team spirits were high, and nobody was visibly worse for wear. Sloppy joes may not sound special, but after a morning’s effort, they never tasted better! Thanks to all who came out to work, and to our Foundation - that contributed generously to this project.
Kulishes hope to be moved in by Christmas, and we hope to host several of their talented musical family in worship at FPC in January 2018. Parents Ben and Nadya were there working, and are eager to visit our church to express their gratitude for our support. Stay tuned for a special morning of their music during Epiphany!
Mary Rasp and Lynnette Valentijn score flashing for gutter system.
by Tom Lefevre
Since 1999, Connie Minzey has faithfully coordinated our Student Peacemaking Recognition grants to four area high school Seniors. The purpose is to encourage and recognize graduating Seniors who actively promote justice and reconciliation, and conflict resolution among their student peers.
Each individual receives a $500 cash grant. In some years, this has been funded solely by member gifts - other times, by our Foundation - sometimes, shared. Because of pressing needs, special hurricane-related offerings, and our imminent Stewardship Campaign, we have chosen to focus on a Spring 2018 Peacemaking offering, to hopefully be matched by our Foundation, to raise the needed resources (~$2,500).
For more information, contact Connie Minzey and the Serving Commission