Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
As an Elder Council and staff, what do you make of the global economic crisis (e.g. in Greece), especially as it may be a prelude to America's financial demise? Our unfunded government entitlement programs make our economy exponentially worse over time. How might Bethlehem adjust its budget & ministries in light of this reality?
For a decade Terry Kurschner has been the financial director at Desiring God. He came on staff after three decades of operation in own manufacturing company.
At his retirement luncheon last week he said with tears that he cannot imagine anyone in the universe he would rather come home to than Eileen, his wife of 45 years.
Paul Davies was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for his series of editorials at the Philadelphia Inquirer on casino gambling. Here are nine excerpts:
For more information, go to PocketYourDollars.com
Highlights from the first Strategy Meeting of the year included the election of a new elder, Michael Thiel; a Treasurer’s Report summarizing 2011 giving; the adoption of the 2012 Church & Missions Budget; 2011 ministry reports from Bethlehem leadership; and a South Site Property update.
Praise God for his provision to Bethlehem through your giving. He has equipped you to give about $8.8M in 2011 to our Church & Missions (C&M) expenses (and an additional $900K just in the last six weeks to TCT).
With one day remaining in our 2011 fiscal year, Bethlehem needs about $500,000 in Church & Missions operating budget contributions by midnight this Saturday, December 31, to meet anticipated 2011 Church & Missions (C&M) expenses.
See Pastor Sam Crabtree’s “Last Call for 2011” blog post for more details on how you can participate.
As of today (December 30, 2011), Bethlehem contributions are still about $500K under where we'd like to be to meet anticipated 2011 expenses (another $225K has come in since Sunday).
If we end the year without much more in contributions, the implications for the 2012 fiscal year will be a hard pill to swallow. God is good, whether our pills are hard to swallow or they go down like a spoonful of jam.
2011 Church & Missions Budget Update: