A Note From Stephen Nov 2016

SAVE THE DATE—IV
Sunday, November 13th
God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do. Ephesians 2:10.
Earlier this year our congregation reflected on what are the good deeds that God has already prepared for us to do, right here in Kearney, and right now, in this year and the next. After reflecting on that question, we picked three special ministry emphases: 1) Ministries of Compassion, 2) Nurture the Young and their Families, and 3) Outreach to Inactive Members.
Which begs the questions: What’s up with that? What difference has it made? Has anything been accomplished? Are there any plans for the future?
The time for answers will be Sunday, November 13, at 9:00 am. The place will be the Family Life Center. The setting will be a special brunch for the whole church family.
We will get an update on what is happening in our church, on the work done by the special ministry emphases teams in 2016, and what is just around the corner as we go into 2017.
We will get an overview of the financial situation of the church, its strengths and challenges, and how the 2017 budget will be put together. (We will be dedicating our estimates of giving at the service on Sunday, November 20.)
Yes, this is a “church” event. Yes, this is a “stewardship” event. Yes this is a “ministry” event. But it is more than simply a church stewardship and ministry event, because we have worked very hard this year to discern and do what “seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us” (Acts 15:28). We are accountable to God, both individually and as a congregation. This brunch is an exercise in accountability. But don’t let that frighten you off. Because, as we will all see, there is a lot to celebrate in what has already happened, and what will happen next year, as we go forward with God into the coming year and take up the good deeds already prepared for us to do.
See you on the 13TH!
Stephen