Summer is often a quieter time around the church with children out of school and people off on vacation. There are, however, a number of things happening at PUMC.
First, all of this month and through the first Sunday of September (Sept. 2, Labor Day weekend), we will worship as one body with a combined-style worship service at 10:00am. Worshiping together will give us the opportunity to get acquainted across services and share our favorite elements of worship with each other as we honor God in our diversity. Please be sure to mark your calendar so that you don’t miss any of the great worship we are planning.
Second, our A/V Team has been busy at work this summer accessing our needs for new sound and video equipment for worship.
They have met with and obtained bids from three different providers to ensure we get the best system for our needs at the best possible price. In mid-July they made their recommendation to the Trustees and Ad Council and the project has been approved! Work will begin soon. The bid accepted for the project is for a new projection system, sound board, speakers and monitors and will cost $23,566. There will be some additional costs for electrical work and media cabinet rework that are expected to be fairly minor. We are also in conversation with a provider to install a Loop System to work with hearing aids that have a t-coil to provide better sound for our hearing impaired friends.
Trustees have pledged up to $15,000 for the project from their Capital Improvement Fund and approximately $8,500 has been given from our memorials fund. As you can see we are very close to funding this project (depending on the unquoted expenses).
If you would like to help fund this project, allowing Trustees to keep more in their Capital Improvement account for future unexpected projects (like boiler repairs, etc.), please use one of our offering envelopes and clearly note that it is a gift for the “Sanctuary A/V Project.” Thank you in advance for your generosity above and beyond your regular pledge!
Third, SPRC is pleased to announce our newest staff member, Beth Feldpausch. Although Beth has worked with our youth since January on a volunteer basis, she has agreed to take on the official position as our Director of Youth Ministries beginning August 1. Beth has done an excellent job with our youth and we are looking forward to the blessings to come. Please be sure to welcome her and give her your prayers and support. On a similar note, SPRC is still looking for someone to lead our Children’s Ministries. If you are interested, or know of someone from the community who might be well suited for this position, please contact me or Betsy Myers. Our children are a vital part of the ministries of this church and this position is critical for ensuring a well-organized and engaging program.
Fourth, this fall, with the help of Lifetouch, we will be putting together a new photo directory. It’s been about seven years since our last one, and it is overdue. Please read the insert in this newsletter for more details and make plans for your family to participate.
Fifth, it is time to make plans for fall groups. Our Groups Ministry Team is busy filling the Group Source Catalog with opportunities to Connect, Grow and Serve. This is your opportunity to put together a group. Would you be willing to serve as a facilitator? Training will be provided.
Connect Groups– to have fun and get to know one another – a card group, dinner group, trail walking group…
Grow Groups– to study scripture and learn from one another as you grow in Christ. This year our all-church study is Make A Difference: Following Your Passion and Finding Your Place to Serve. (P.S. if you would like to donate funds so that everyone might have a free copy of this book, please contact me).
Serve Groups– to make a difference in the world through service in Christ.
As you can see, there is quite a bit going on! I hope you will prayerfully consider getting involved in all of it. Remember, the body of Christ isn’t complete without YOU!