2013 Newsletter

November 2013

Dear Friends,

Each year we report to you on the welfare of our church. We also ask you to support it with a year-end gift, without which the church would face severe financial difficulties. Your contributions are vital and they have allowed the church to minister to Grindstone Island's needs sine 1890.

The church has a particular need this year; for the safety of everyone, the Carriage House requires structural repair and site alterations due to the collection of water in the crawl space. Although much of the required work has been donated by island residents, the cost of repairs will still exceed $15,000. We sincerely ask that you reflect on this addition need when considering a year-end gift.


Another season on Grindstone has come to a close. We look back over the years at the transition that has occurred on Grindstone Island. Formerly, we had a vital year-round community with two active schools and a year-round church. The schools have closed, the permanetnt population has lessened, but the church not only remains but thrives. We are thankful for the leadership of our Paster, Rev. Arthur Couch, and that of our Summer Minister, Rev. Jeff McArn. We are also rewarded with the additional spiritual leadership of Rev. Andy Davison.

Bible Study continued, as did the Sunday School program for our youngsters. We particularly cherished the attendance of visiting friends, neighbors and relatives at church services and at the Pancake Breakfast and Turkey Dinner.

It is said that "Mission is the love of God manifested through works." Each year the congregation selects one domestic mission and one foreign mission. In 2013, the congregation raised over $3,000 for the Clayton-area Food Pantry and, in addition, donated over seventy bags of groceries. We also provided $2000 in support of a Rainbow Center Christian Coalition orphanage in Burundi. Our Saturday medical clinic continued through the goodness of Drs. Charlie Moehs and Bruce Baird and Nurse Mary Taylor.

We ask that you include the Grindstone Island Church in your remembrances because without your year-end gifts, the church cannot survive. Weekly collections do not meet the church's overall expenses. Year-end donations are necessary to meet the needs of the church and of its facilities.

Luke 12:33-34 "Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. for where your treasure is, there you heart will be also."

We are a unique and diverse congregation. Our strength is in our unified love of God and in our love for each other. With your support, we can look forward to many summers of worship, fellowship and reaching out to communities near and far. Until we gather once more at our most beautiful river...may the peace of the Lord be with you all.

Rev. Arthur Couch, Pastor

Rev. Jeff McArn, Summer Minister

Ken Larson, Chair of the Church Council (2013)

Betsy Fitter, Chair of the Church Council (2014)

Ken Deedy, Church Treasurer