Annual conference has come and gone and what a great time I had as the alternate delegate. The entire experience stirs my soul. The worship services are spirit led and I always come away with this refreshed feeling of hope and encouragement.  The work we do as Methodists is a blessing to all that we…

A special thank you to everyone who made a special Mother’s Day donation to the Epworth Children’s Home. This annual offering supports the children of Epworth and our church always is generous to give. As Memorial Day weekend approaches we are reminded of the start of summer. I hope you all have vacation plans to…

It is with much delight I report that we have paid off the mortgage on the church. This was a loan taken more than 10 years ago to add the Narthex, the two restrooms, the bride’s room and small conference room at the front of the church.   There are a few of us still…

I saw this on face book recently and though I would use it in my article this month.   “Do You Want to Fast this Lent?” – In the words of Pope Francis Fast from hurting words and say kind words Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude Fast from anger and be filled…

Happy New Year – 2018   I wanted to start out the new year by expressing my appreciation to my two outgoing finance committee members; Gary Devall and Colleen Christensen.  Thank you for your service!   I would like to welcome my two newest members to the committee; Danakee Clegg and Deb Sudrovech. Welcome aboard!…

Happy New Year!     As we walk with God into 2018, prayers and blessings to you all. Here is a recap of 2017 expenses and accomplishments in the area of our church finances: We paid $8,958.27 to SCE&G for our electricity/gas. We paid $1,068.54 to BJWSA for our water. We paid $1,557.51 to Century link for…

In this season of Thanksgiving, I find myself reflecting on how many ways God has blessed me and my family as well as our church. I hope you find yourselves doing the same.  It reinforces the scripture found in Matthew 6:25-33 where we are told to not worry about our life, what we will eat,…

Well we have certainly seen our share of disasters this year.  Wildfires, strong storms, hurricanes, and senseless killing.   As Methodists, we are always there when disaster strikes.  The best way to help is through “The United Methodist Committee on Relief” or better known as UMCOR.   UMCOR is the not for profit humanitarian agency of…

Another successful budget/finance session has been accomplished.   Our 2018 budget was finalized by Finance Committee and approved at Church Council. Here are the highlights: Budget increased by only $1,006.   2017 budget was $153,848.00 and budget for 2018 will be $154,854.00. Our Church Apportionments went down by $495.00 from $16,546.00 to $16,051.00.   We want to continue…

I am keeping it short and sweet this month.   It is budget time and Charge Conference time and everyone is running around with their hair on fire.  Please don’t try to extinguish, it’s what keeps us going……. J   The District Superintendent and Conference are requiring more detailed financial information this year and I am…

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