Welcome to my first-ever Mid-month Harbinger article. I thought since we just had our Annual Meeting I would report some of the topics we discussed as well as introduce a few other ideas. (But don’t worry, we will still have more information for the regular Harbinger that will come out in a couple of weeks.)
Vote Report Five men were nominated to continue their service on the Board. Elder: Todd Clevenger; Danny Pease. Deacon: Fred Bessell; Richard Kramberg; Ken Worcester. All five men received at least 89% favorable vote, so all have been re-affirmed for service on the Board. Congratulations to all five. We look forward to your leadership over the next few years.
Faithlife The church is moving to Faithlife.com as the media platform. You will need to set up a Faithlife account to be able to be a part of the online community. Go to: fl.vu/f and download the Faithlife app. Create a Faithlife account (username and password) and search for the name of our church in the list. Click on our church and join the group. You have now entered a wide world of possibilities. If this does not work, bring your smart phone to church with you Sunday and we will have people here to help you join. If you want to see how wide the world is that is opening to you, go to equip.faithlife.com and enjoy examining all the possibilities. Just a few of the features available through Faithlife are: new website (coming soon); online giving (available now – text Give and amount to (217) 651-4845 to try it out), Faithlife tv; and much more. If you have questions, we can find people who have the answers.
Financial Report A summary of income and expenses to date as well as the budget for 2021 were presented at the Meeting. Copies of these reports are available on the table outside the church office.
Church Revitalization University We want to establish a Strategic Leadership Team composed of about 12-15 people who are interested in working to help identify who we are as a church and where we want to go. Four weekend workshops (beginning in January and meeting one weekend a month) will lead the Team through identifying the Mission, Core Values, Pathway to Discipleship, Vision, and Implementation Plan for the church. The Team will be composed of women and men, young and not-so-young – anyone who is interested in helping to forge the future of this church. If this sounds like something that fits your passion for the church, please talk to Rick about further details.
Homecoming Update We are still planning on having our 185th Anniversary Homecoming (remember, we aren’t counting 2020) April 25, 2021. Greg Lee will preach in the morning service, John Plunkett will preach in the afternoon service, and in between we will serve lunch on the grounds and then be led in a Concert of Praise by Dr. Dinelle Frankland of Lincoln Christian University. Our theme is “Honoring Our Heritage; Forging Our Future.”
Lamoine Christian Service Camp We just received this request from Gordon Blankenship at camp. You have an opportunity to increase your wardrobe and Covid-19 mask collection and also provide funds for the camp. Here is Gordon’s email: “Hey all! I pray things are going good with you, your families, and the churches you serve. I would like you all to share the following link with your congregations regarding a fundraiser that our t-shirt guy is doing for us (at no cost or risk to us). We get $10.00 from every shirt and $3.00 from every mask. Please share this link: Lamoine Christian Service Camp.”
The link will take you to a place where you can order masks or t-shirts, or both. Because of Covid-19, camp was unable to meet this past summer. You can imagine the damage that caused to the bank account as expenses did not stop because of Covid-19. New heaters and A/C units had to be installed, in addition to the regular maintenance and upkeep of the camp. Order some masks (keep the government happy) and order some t-shirts (make yourself happy) and help the camp. They could make great Christmas presents and stocking-stuffers. And, you would be helping the camp.
I hope this brings you somewhat up-to-date. If I could have done so, I would have included some of the tasty calories we enjoyed at the Annual Meeting, but I could not copy and paste them into this newsletter. Guess you’ll just have to attend our next “Caffein, Calories, and Conversation” evening.
Thanks for reading,
PS If you have any difficulty trying to set up your Faithlife account, please bring you phone or computer to church Sunday and we will have people available to help you join. You will be glad you did.