First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Live and Share God's Love



A Financial Narrative for September 2018

Last month, in my ongoing description of how our church’s finances work, I described how much of our church’s spending is beyond our actual budget. There’s one aspect of that that I would like to expand upon. It’s what we refer to in our financial reports as the “in and out” accounts, which means that whatever is put into these accounts goes right out.

To some extent this is a bookkeeping strategy: The monies I described last month that are given for mission or as memorials are placed in here until the mission
money is forwarded to the appropriate agency at the end of the month or the memorial can be spent according to the giver’s designation.

But we also have a lot of other such accounts that you can be a part of. Donations for such local missions as the Personal Needs Closet and the 5th Sunday Community Meals are put into such accounts. As they are used and the accounts are depleted we will either have these as our monthly mission offering or put out a plea for additional funds. Fortunately, these two accounts are doing fine right now.

But there are other such funds that are lower and could use your support. Pastor Jayneann mentioned a couple of these last month: Family Camp, Defibulator, Vacation Bible School, and Worship Projects. Of course, there is always need to add money to the “Facilities Project Fund,” which is code for the parking lot fund. Every month we need to take $810 out of this fund to make our loan payment, and contributions have not been keeping up with this as well as we would hope. If you would like to contribute to any of these, put a note to that effect on the memo line of your check or on the contribution envelope.

You may have another special project that you would like to fund above and beyond your regular pledge. If so, just talk to Jayneann or Martie and they can set up a temporary in and out account for your contribution.
Wes Ebert, Finance Committee chair

Some of you have faithfully been writing checks to pay down the loan on the church’s parking lot. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Yes, we’re still taking funds for this excellent cause. You can write a separate check, or write a single one and identify how the money is to be split. Either way, we appreciate your contribution toward the physical structures of our church. Thank you, again!

Our Ministries

The ministries of First United Methodist Church depend upon the time and energies of many people. Maybe you know about some of them but unless you have been on this committee you’re probably unaware of this one group.

Since this is the season when our Lay Leadership Committee gets together to begin our work, this seems like a good moment to acquaint you with some of their work. But a word before I begin: All the people who serve or who are asked to serve on committees and ministry teams are approached so that First Church can be equipped to serve God and actively work to fulfill our mission in our communities to “Live & Share God’s Love.”

The Lay Leadership Committee is that group of people who work to discern the persons who they believe God is calling to leadership within the local church. Some of these people are already serving – in the kitchen, in the office, in worship, or on worship teams and committees. We prayerfully consider leadership positions and work to match those with the people who seem like they might be a good fit.

This group used to be called the Nominations Committee. I suspect the General Church was trying to make it more appealing when they changed the name. If you are asked to serve, I hope that you will prayerfully consider this opportunity. Ask God if it’s a right thing for you and pay attention for the Spirit’s reply. Thank you! Pastor Jayneann, Chair of Lay Leadership Committee