January 2015 Tidings VOLUME 55 NUMBER 1
WE ARE JOYFULLY GATHERED TOGETHER BY GOD’S GRACIOUS LOVE IN JESUS CHRIST TO WORSHIP HIM, TO GROW IN FAITH AND TO PROCLAIM JESUS BY WORD AND SERVICE.
Celebrating God’s Story
Throughout the year 2015 we are going to celebrate 75 years of Trinity Lutheran Church being rooted in the good news of Jesus Christ here in Vancouver and witnessing to God’s great story through-out history.
A 75th Anniversary Committee is busy planning events for the year, including an open house event in the spring, a block party event in the summer and a sanctuary banquet celebration in the fall.
We want to be intentional about making ourselves(Trinity) known in the neighborhood as well as intentional about telling God’s story. Starting in Epiphany (after the twelve days of Christmas) we will be using some of the great stories from the Old Testament as well as the New Testament in our worship to tell God’s story.
We look forward to the creative opportunities for all of you to be involved in different ways to help celebrate God’s story and our 75th year together. And we look forward to the burden of expectation, that through this effort God will speak something new and fresh into our ears. By His word, He always does. So, get ready to hear the great stories of Abraham and Sarah, Joseph, Moses, David, Daniel and such, all bearing witness to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus!
I am excited, can you tell?!
Special Congregational Meeting
“Reaching the unreached for Christ”
On December 7, 2014 Trinity held a special congregational meeting to consider what the Lord would have us do with the gift we received from the sale of the cell tower lease. This sale resulted in a $615,000 windfall which was invested a in Vanguard ac-count until we could deter-mine how to use these proceeds. In parallel with these deliberations the council had been working on an over-arching vision for Trinity based on the work that had started with the 5-year plan and accumulated in the Gathering Steam meeting. This resulted in what we have called the “Big Idea” – Reaching the unreached for Christ. In addition, the council recognized the need to assure the church could continue to be financially sound. We had been using the lease proceeds in the past to augment the operating budget by $40,000 a year. With the sale of this lease that annual revenue would no longer be available. However we did take approximately $55,000 to support the annual budget this church year and part of the prior budget. The two efforts, along with concern about the loss of the funds received from the lease, had come together in three proposals which were presented at this congregational meeting.
The congregation approved the following proposal:
To divide the remaining $560,000 three ways: be-tween Local Mission, Global Mission and Congregation Support. Local Mission and Global Mission would each have $100,000 of the proceeds initially and the remainder would be available for Congregation Support. The Congregation Support account would allow us to continue the use of the proceeds to augment our operating budget. A task force would be formed for each of the three mission areas. The goal of the congregational support task force would be to work over the next 24 months to establish a sustainable budget model.
So what does that mean to you and me? Well, I believe this seed money will allow each of us to continue to grow in God’s calling to bring His word to those who have not heard of His saving grace. Whether it be locally through after-school programs, assisting the elderly or our continued effort to as-sure the homeless a warm place to sleep. Globally it means we may be able to bring others who have never heard His Good News to Christ. We will do this by getting our financial house in better order over the next 24 months. SO, does one of these areas excite you? We hope so, because this action only provides the money to begin these efforts. To be successful, we need you to bring your time and talents to one or more of these mis-sion areas. After the first of the year you will have the opportunity to join one of these task forces. I would ask that you pray about how the Lord can use you to reach the unreached for Christ!
TLC Council President,
Financial Report: December 2014
By Robert Ellingwood
On December 7, 2014 a special congregational meeting was held to discuss the disposition of the remaining proceeds from the sale of the cellular tower lease contract previously held with AT&T. A motion was made and passed to dedicate $350,000 to continue to support the Operating Budget, while $100,000 each is allocated local and global ministries. A Task force will be appointed for each of these three areas to establish goals, and objectives and help implement programs. Common to each area is the goal to establish within a 24 month period a solid financial plan to address the continuing deficit in giving income to meet established expenses. Currently, TLC is utilizing $40,000/year in proceeds from the sale of the cellular contract. In addition, the balance of the Rainy Day fund has been utilized, requiring liquidation of invested funds received a number of years ago from an estate bequest to meet current expenses. We are currently projecting to finish the fiscal year with a deficit in income of $20,000 to $25,000 based upon the current rate of giving.
As part of the goal to reach financial stability within the next 24 months, TLC would be extremely grateful to receive your year-end gifts to offset the current shortfall in income. Typically, year-end gifts have helped TLC to achieve a balanced income vs. expense outcome. This did not happen the last fiscal year and is trending to repeat a deficit without additional giving. Even though giving income at this time has increased over the same time period of last year, TLC’s expenses have risen and are significantly contributing to the shortfall in giving income. Wherever the Lord leads you in your commitment to stewardship will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your consideration of the needs of TLC.
Children’s Christmas Program Success!
Many thanks to all of those who participated in this year’s Children’s Christmas Pageant: Just a Little Christmas. The congregation really enjoyed the play and songs, and the children’s efforts really paid off. Thank you, kids! Kudos go to Maddie Stevenson for her creative direction of the play, and to all the helpers who made it happen.
Adopt a Family
The Giving Tree is a partnership between Salvation Army and Trinity Lutheran Church, where the church has an opportunity to bring joy to families in need during the holiday season. Thank you big time to Sharon Swanson, Pat Swiercinsky, Jean Mellesdal, David Haas, Bob Ellingwood, & Fred Johnson. A big thank you to all of you that bought gifts and food for the Trinity Giving Tree. Also a big thank you to Dominique and David Miller. I really do appreciate your support.
~Mary Ann Olson
May God give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed. – Psalm 20:4
Happy New Year 2015!
Celebrate Your Birthday with your Trinity Family!
Please sign up for a coffee hour after the Sunday Worship service during your birthday month. The sign up sheet is posted near the Chapel in the Narthex. If you have questions, Carol Jensen at 256-3496.
If you would like to be added to the Birthday List or if there needs to be a correction to your date of birth, please contact the church office at 695-1221. Thank you.