October 2013, Page 2

It is fall, and the foliage will soon be in full glory.  I would like to share with you a poem my husband wrote.                                                                 

Oh, leaf,
Is it for death
You don your party dress
And gaily dance while drifting down
To earth?

A bit bittersweet, but we must keep in mind that spring will come again.  So enjoy the colors, even if they do seem to presage death.  See you in church.

Treasurer’s report for August
Income: $16,398;
Expenses: $9,582;
Check book balance of $16,267
minus pass-through and memorial fund= $13,546.

Vestry approved Treasurer’s report and minutes from last meeting.
New Business: We started a discussion about the possibility of joint vestry meetings with other Episcopal churches to discuss common challenges and successes and about an outreach feeding ministry.
We discussed Stewardship campaign and designated Nov. 3 as Stewardship Sunday.
Annual meeting will be on Sunday, Nov. 17.
We assigned jobs for budget, vestry report, election of convention delegates and vestry members.
Senior and Junior Wardens will be on signature cards for garden fund at Edward Jones.
We approved Strings for Friendship Dulcimer Club to use fellowship hall every other Thursday at 6:30PM.

Old Business: Mary and Cindy+ will fill out forms for church credit card.
One more organizational meeting for Christmas bazaar will be announced.
Allen will call and order cards from Kroger and put together brochure with instructions by next meeting.
Photos for church postcards are pending. 
Sr. Warden’s Report: Audit completed. 
Jr. Warden’s Report: Discussed air conditioner issues and sprinkler system. 
Stewardship/ Finance/ Publicity: Audit scheduled for August 20.
Worship/ Fellowship/Hospitality: Discussed worship/picnic at Easy Walker Park on Sept. 22.
Christian Formation: Sunday school for youth is going well with plans to make bird feeding hangers.
Outreach: Quilts for St. Agnes House have been delivered.
Next meeting: Sunday, October 6 after worship.

Cindy+ will be away from 14 Oct to 25 Oct for training.  She will be attending CREDO in Prescott, AZ and then, Kentucky Council of Churches in Gilbertsville, KY. We will have Morning Prayer on 20 Oct.

The Blessing of the Animals will take place on Wed. October 2 at 6 p.m. The Gateway teens and First Presbyterian Church’s minister and member have also been invited. Bring your animals for this wonderful service.

The Daughters of the King will hold their monthly meeting on October 6, after church. All Daughters and anyone interested in finding out more about the order are welcome to attend.  We will continue the study guide for new members.

The date for our Christmas bazaar is 9 November. We would like people to make home-made crafts and Christmas crafts, such as wreaths, scarves and kitchen towels, which sold well last year. Watch for announcements for organizational meetings.

A letter and pledge form will be sent out from the vestry with the goal that everyone will make a pledge by the Stewardship Sunday on Nov. 3.  Please prayerfully consider what you will give monetarily, in addition to your time and talents. The Finance committee has already begun to work on next year’s budget, and they will need to know what you are willing to tithe in order to present the congregation with a 2014 Proposed Budget for approval at the Annual Meeting on Nov. 17th.
Gateway Children’s Services:  Ascension is working weekly with the Gateway children on building life skills, which includes the children preparing dinner once a month after the Wednesday Evening service.  There is always an on-going need of the following items for the Gateway Teens: socks, undershirts (large and extra large), twin sheets, towels, pencils, drawing pads, journals. PG-13 movies, games, puzzles, puzzle books, soap, shampoo, lotion, and hair elastics

M&M Food Pantry: They always need food, donations, and substitute workers. They especially need baby food, canned fruit, dried beans, Spaghetti O’s, tuna fish, and tuna helper dinners and powdered milk.  Please continue to bring your offerings for the plate and our basket.

Other: The American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive cancer patients in our community to and from their treatment appointments. Or you can become a volunteer with St. Claire Hospice. See Sally Purvis.