Your remarkable response to the 2014 year-end appeal 2014 allowed us to complete the repair of the Carriage House (under budget). In addition to paying ongoing bills with your year-end donations, we continue to set aside reserves for roof replacement, for vehicle replacement and for other anticipated and for unexpected needs for church campus maintenance. This year’s upcoming need is to make necessary repairs to the rear wall of the Church which has bowed out from the foundation. It is non-supporting wall but it requires strengthening and reattachment to secure the structure. Like us, the Church is aging.
Our season on Grindstone has come to a close. We look back on a very successful, week-long 125th Anniversary celebration that culminated in a luncheon in the Church courtyard. The History Committee did an outstanding job and we have the permanent timeline in the rear vestibule of the Church to mark this special anniversary. We are thankful for the leadership of our Summer Minister, Rev. Jeff McArn who celebrated his tenth anniversary as our Summer Minister. We are also rewarded with the additional spiritual leadership of Art Couch, Charlie Moehs, Rex Ennis and Rev.Joe DeGroot. Visiting ministers Dr. Khalid Sindu and Rev. Tom Mousin provided additional richness to our services. Book Study was initiated with a weekly discussion of McLaren’s Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road. The Sunday School program for our youngsters continued under the leadership of Jeri Couch and Lindsey Bogacz.