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7/19/23 Final Blog

I have been Moderator for 2 years and have written a blog almost every week. You have been a great audience—frequently thanking me for the weekly updates to what is going on in our church community. I appreciate your feedback. I couldn’t have done this without the heavy lifting of Tege and Wendy, our office »

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6/20/24 Relationship Agreement

Relationship Agreement/Harassment Policy You may remember that we agreed to a Relationship Agreement last year in the fall. We will read it out loud at the Annual Meeting on June 30. It is in the packet and available on our website at: https://ashlandpeacechurch.org/relationship-agreement/ This agreement refers to a Harassment Policy—that didn’t exist at the time. »

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6/13/24 Council

Last night, I held my last Council meeting as Moderator. We had the old & new Council meet together over a potluck. It was fun getting to know everyone better and finalizing some old business. This Council has done SO MUCH GOOD WORK this year, partly because other committees have done SO MUCH GOOD WORK. »

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6/6/24 Pledging Update

I have Good News & Bad News! First, the good News is that we have received commitments that are almost equal to last year’s total pledging: $248k from 83 pledges. There are pledges outstanding that I expect to come in and estimate that we will end up about $280k from close to 100 pledges. This »

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5/30/24 InGathering

This Sunday is our InGathering Sunday. This is a celebration & blessing of our pledges. Many of you have already sent in your pledge cards—they will still be blessed just as much. The sermon will be delivered by Dr. Prakash Chenjeri, a professor of Philosophy at SOU. Following the 10:30 service, we will all go »

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5/23/24 Leadership Retreat

Last Saturday, we had a very energetic, interesting, inspiring Leadership Retreat, led by Fred. There were 33 of us—many long-timers, a few very new people, and a good many in between. There were a few big takeaways: We are not bones and sinews—we are our stories. Fred talked about what our stories are made of, »

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5/16/24 Budgets & Pledging

One of the purposes of pledging, besides our own need to make a commitment and follow through, is to provide the Finance Team with guidance on how much pledging income they will have to work with in our next year budget. Pledge Income is roughly 90% of our budget. And we have a good idea »

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5/9/24 More on Pledging

In this church, the commitment to pledging is strong. I am receiving questions from people about how they are doing in paying out their pledge for this fiscal year, that ends 6/40/24. I am happy to answer, but I will also be sending out reports the beginning of June. Alternatively, you can log onto Breeze »

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5/2/24 Pledging

Our current pledging is coming to an end on June 30th. After 83% of the year, 85% of total pledges have been paid. A third of pledges made have been fully paid, and most of the rest are well on their way. Of the 92 pledges made, it looks like 3 will not be fulfilled. »

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4/25/24 Stewardship

This is the time of the year for us to think about our next fiscal year, beginning July 1st. Your existing pledge comes to an end on 6/30/24—time for a new commitment. The Stewardship Committee has put together a program to educate us all and support our thinking about what it means to give to »

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