This is a reminder to everyone, we have a “No Loan Policy”, that nothing is to be taken from the kitchen. Recently there was a request to borrow some dishes and the people were not aware that nothing is to be removed from the kitchen. So many things have disappeared such as a fairly new roaster, 8 white tablecloths, various pans, utensils, sugar & creamers, etc. That is why this policy was put in place some time ago.
Our Bake Sale in November was a huge success and many thanks for those who baked and purchased the baked goods. Have you ever noticed that goodies always taste better when someone else makes them??
The Thursday Evening Circle has changed their meeting date to the first Monday of the month so we will be meeting on Monday, January 6, 7 p.m. at the home of Dorothy Norton – studying the second chapter of the book “Wounded Woman of the Bible.”
As I’m typing this, it’s actually the middle of December. Your Mission Committee spent a large part of the last meeting of the calendar year talking about where to send the funds remaining in our budget. The annual report (which will be available at the congregational meeting) will have a complete picture of our fiscal year, but I’d like to give you a thumbnail of who received donations in December. Local mission recipients included the Omaha Seminary Foundation, Covenant Network, Crossroads Prison Ministry and the folks who drive the bus for Crossroads, ACE Puppets, and immigrant families with children in Margo Forsythe’s classes. World mission recipients were Aqua Africa, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Project Homecoming and Los Chavalitos.
The Crossroads Ministry Meal and worship service at PCM was well received. A big thank you to Sara for a great message at worship. Also the ACE troop presentation was well received and liked if all the picture taking on cell phones could be used as indications for how the audience enjoyed the performance.
The “Per Capita” assessment is an obligation we gratefully accept to fund our Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly. This year, PCM is assessed $35.00 for each member of our congregation. Any member who does not pay their “PCM Assessment” will have their portion paid from the PCM General Fund.
The Deacons and the Mission Committee sponsored 41 immigrant families in December. These families have students in the OPS English as a Second language programs at Central Park and Mt. View Schools. On Sunday, December 15, PCM members brought fruit to worship. Long tables set up outside the sanctuary were overflowing with oranges, apples, and mangos. Those fruits were divided among the families and delivered to them before Christmas.
The Board of Deacons thanks the following Deacons who completed their terms in December: Lisa Cook, Rae Hale, Don Heins, Jean Heins, Becky Hepperlen, Callie Johnson, Diane Sorensen, and Marlena Witchell.
Did you notice that we were without a church administrator for six weeks? I would be surprised if you noticed. Members of the Church stepped up and made things continue to happen, knowing that it was temporary, but willing to give extra time and energy to keep things going. Many of them have also helped our talented new administrator, Diana Sorenson, get “up to speed” on her duties and oriented to our life as a Church.
The Session has scheduled the Annual Congregational Meeting for 2014. The meeting will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2014, following the second worship service.