March 18, 2019
 
Extravagant Generosity!
This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way… 2 Cor. 9:11, The Message 
 
Thank you for turning in cash register tapes from Super One Foods and Econo Foods, and UPCs from Our Family brand products. In 2018, we received $945.54 from Super One Foods, and $681.37 from Econo Foods for the cash register tapes, and $25 for the Our Family UPCs that you turned in. The grand total is $1,651.91. Thank you!
      Please continue to turn in cash register tapes from Super One Foods and Econo Foods, and UPCs from Our Family brand products. The money we receive goes to the General Fund. Collection boxes are in the narthex by the Carpenter Ave. entrance and on the bulletin board by the west door to the Sanctuary.
 
 

Brother’s Keeper Fund 2018 Year-End Report

Many thanks to those of you who gave to the December Mission of the Month for the Brother’s Keeper Fund. December’s generosity came to $430 (deposited in January)…with a special gift from the Martha’s Circle. Your generosity is a blessing to the people of this community who have special needs and circumstances. I consider it an honor to have this money available when people call or come to the church looking for assistance.

I use certain criteria as consistently as possible, i.e. verification of need with landlords, utilities etc. wAssistance once a year for each family.
wVerification of driver’s license and auto insurance.
wEncouragement to consider this a loan.
wReimbursing us will create the opportunity to help others who fall on hard times.

In talking with people, I look for those little openings that allow the light of God’s love to shine on the family. Always, people need to be reminded that God loves them and that they can experience that love most strongly within the congregational life of a group of disciples who know each other and care about what happens to their brothers and sisters. Yes, I invite them to come to church! And to our Community Meal. Pray God they accept the invitation! I pray that they will find the healing and help that God intends for them, in and through and with those of us who follow Jesus. Amen!        Pastor Geri

Brother’s Keeper Fund Accounting,  January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018
Balance Jan. 1, 2018 $237
Dollars received $969
Dollars spent $1060
Balance Dec. 31, 2018 $147
Reimbursed $88
Thank you again for your generosity to this special mission of the church.
Presenting Needs and Distributions:
19 families approached me. Not all of them received assistance.
There are some gas cards that haven’t yet been used.
Housing, 2 families, $300 distributed
Utilities, 2 families, $161 distributed
Gas cards, 5 families, $195 distributed
Food cards, 4 families, $125 distributed
Furniture, 1 family, $50
Auto repair, 1 family, $204

 
 
Financial News from our Treasurer, Jack Noyce:   The end of the year is here! All the joys and challenges of this busy season blend together to make it a truly unique time of year. The many blessings we have had as a church this year should encourage us as we move into 2019.
      The financial goals we have set for 2018 include meeting all of our operating expenses and paying off our operating loan at the bank. The balance of the loan is $8,716. We are counting on everyone meeting their annual pledge and contributing to the 13th month campaign to reach this goal. The proceeds from sales of poinsettias also go to the General Fund to help meet our operating expenses.
      Sunday, December 30 will be the last opportunity to make contributions for 2018, since the church office will not be in operation on the 31st.
      Please prayerfully consider how you can help Trinity finish the year in the most positive financial way. Merry Christmas!
 
 

The Finance Committee and Church Council wish to express their gratitude to all who contributed to the recent boiler repair fundraiser. Because of the generosity of those who gave to repair the boilers, the expenses for those repairs were completely covered, and no funds from the Bleecker endowment distributions had to be used.

The Finance Committee and Church Council would also like to express gratitude to the United Methodist Women for their contribution of $2,000 to reduce the balance of the loan taken out to cover operating expenses. Once again, the ladies of UMW come through in support of the church they serve so well. Thank you, UMW.

 Financial News from our Treasurer, Jack Noyce: The month of September finished with our regular offerings & our previous bank balance to be within $100 of paying all of our operating expenses for the month. Our bank loan for operating expenses has remained at $11,300 for the past three months. The interest on this bank loan was $48.65 for the month & is $215.46 for the year. The goal for the year remains to meet all of our operating expenses & to pay off this loan balance. We are blessed when we return to God part of what he has given us to share.

Thank you for continuing to turn in cash register tapes from Econo Foods & Super One Foods. In 2017, we received $2,141.79 from Econo Foods & Super One tapes that you turned in to us. We also collect UPCs from Our Family brand products. Money that we receive for the tapes & UPCs goes to our General Fund. Collection boxes are in the narthex at the Carpenter Ave. entrance & on the bulletin board by the west door to the Sanctuary.

Financial News from our Treasurer, Jack Noyce:

During the month of August, our operating expenses and our weekly offerings were nearly in balance. There was no need to borrow additional funds from our operating loan at the bank.  The balance of that loan stands at $11,300.  In the remaining four months of the year, our goal will be to meet all of our regular expenses and pay off this operating loan. Please continue to consider how you can help us continue our service to our world through your generosity.

Financial News from our Treasurer, Jack Noyce:

During the month of August, our operating expenses and our weekly offerings were nearly in balance. There was no need to borrow additional funds from our operating loan at the bank. The balance of that loan stands at $11,300. In the remaining four months of the year, our goal will be to meet all of our regular expenses and pay off this operating loan. Please continue to consider how you can help us continue our service to our world through your generosity.

Financial News from our Treasurer Jack Noyce, July 6: The June operating expenses exceeded the June offerings. It was necessary to borrow an additional $3,400 from the bank to meet all of our financial commitments for the month. The balance of the bank loan is now $13,300. The interest on this bank loan was $42.62 last month. The interest paid for the year is $114.08. Please keep the financial responsibilities of our church in your plans & prayers.

 

A new leaf, in memory of Barbara Sandberg, has been added to the Endowment Tree in the Gathering Room.

Financial News from our Treasurer, Jack Noyce/May, 2018:          The balance of the bank loan required to pay our 2018 operating expenses to date is $6,050. The first quarter of the year follows a familiar pattern from years past of small weekly offerings early in the calendar year.  The joy this year is we had a surplus from 2017 and a substantial gift to the General Fund in January.  There were some generous gifts for Easter flowers in March, as well.    

      The challenge is that we still have to borrow money to pay our bills!  The operating expenses for these months have been consistent with the 2018 budgeted amounts.  Please prayerfully consider your role in meeting Trinity’s financial responsibilities. 

 
 Direct Deposit Giving (DDG) By Dean Laitinen

Oh, no…I didn’t put in my offering this week. Wait, yes, I did. In fact, I’ve given for many weeks now, without doing a thing. I have Direct Deposit Giving, and I feel great. I’ve been giving what I feel I can each week. Supporting my church. And I haven’t even noticed.

I have actually had this thought before. It’s a great feeling to know that I designated what I felt I could give, the interval of time I could give it, and let it go from there. If I need to change the amount, I can do that instantly and confidentially.

I found that I didn’t even realize the amount I gave was gone; and I never had to say, “Oops, I forgot to put in my offering this week.”

DDG has been on the rise at Trinity, and that is great for the consistency and stability of our general fund. It’s so gratifying to know that I am consistently helping to support this special place, from which God does so many great things through the many great people who gather here. Please consider joining us in this by talking to Sally and filling out a DDG slip. Thanks, and God bless!


Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) option is available. It’s a quick and fun way to get your offering to the church through the banking system. You fill out a form with your bank’s routing number and your account number (or attach a canceled check) and bring it into the office. We’ll make the rest of the arrangements for you through the Church’s bank…First National. Easy. Fun. And your offerings will be a blessing to us all!
 

 
Trinity United Methodist
808 Carpenter Ave
Iron Mountain, MI 49801
(906) 774-2545
Email: imtrinityumc@gmail.com
 
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