2013 Year-End Finance Update

We are rapidly approaching the end of 2013 with less than two weeks left! The amount of Operating Fund donations for the remainder of the year will be very important in determining the financial health of the CUMC for the end of this year and the start of 2014. As of December 18, the expected Operating expense remaining for the rest of the year will be about $30,000 – with the two largest items being the month end payroll and our remaining 2013 Apportionments balance of $12,624. An additional $13,000 is needed to eliminate our current Operating deficit for the year, restoring our bank balance to a more prudent level and allowing continued progress towards funding Ministries and Missions. Therefore the remaining Operating donation needs to fully meet these goals total $43,000. While this is a significant amount, it is not unrealistic compared to Covenant’s year-end giving in previous years. Please help us to reach these goals by completing your Operating contributions for 2013 Tithes and Pledges, and prayerfully consider whether your circumstances will allow any extra-mile donations to the Operating Fund. We have authorized the Trustees to move forward with the replacement of the worn-out downstairs HVAC system in the Education Wing this week. This good news will benefit everyone who attends classes or meetings in that area. This replacement will be paid for using the current balance in the Trustees Fund. For that reason we also ask you to consider making designated donations to that Fund, so that the Trustees can pursue additional major repair and remodeling projects soon. The Finance...

Food Pantry Weekly

Greetings Foodies, Summitt Elementary, a partner with us now for more than two years, conducted another food drive. As before, they provided a small mountain of food! The teachers, counselors and students really out-did themselves. The 5th grade kids even helped carry the food out and loaded vehicles. I think it’s fantastic that these kids are learning first-hand about helping others. Tonight was a busy night – we were privileged to serve 45 households. Many were there with their adorable children. Kit brought a box of stuffed toys to give away, which brought smiles to little faces. Since Christmas and New Years fall on Wednesdays, there were lots of hugs and wishes of Merry Christmas as people left with bags loaded with tangible manifestations of God’s grace. And as a grace note to the evening, Randy, Keith and a room-full of carolers came to sing us glad tidings. And to all of you who supported us, helped us and wished us well throughout 2013, I wish you a merry Christmas and a blessed 2014! CarlThis week by the numbers: # Households: 45 # Individuals: 174 # Volunteers: 12 Donations from our great Summit Elementary supporters. Click the images to view them...

Adult Choral Workshop

Presented by San Antonio Episcopal Area January 31 – February 1, 2014 This event is open to all! You do not have to be a choir member to participate. Session topics include: Music for All Ages and All Seasons: Advent through Transfiguration & Lent through Christ the King Vocal Techniques for Singers Choir 101: Basic Musicianship, Reading Music, and Following Score Contemporary Music 101 Adult Choral Workshop Brochure & Registration Form (pdf) For more information about this event, click...

Donate Blood at Covenant UMC!

Save the Date to Donate Blood! Wednesday, February 5th From 3:30-6:30pm in Covenant’s east parking lot The Blood and Tissue Center will be sending a mobile unit to Covenant in February 2014! A sign up sheet is posted at the Welcome Center. For more information, contact Nancy McCain, or call the church office at 512-346-3124....

Food Pantry Weekly

Greetings Foodies, It occurred to me this week that I frequently praise and give thanks for our volunteers, and I’ll continue to do that I’m sure. But I don’t know if I’ve ever expressed gratitude to all those who support the food pantry through their monetary gifts. Practically speaking, this group of supporters is every bit as important as the rest of us, for every week we purchase food. So, to all you who give to the Food Pantry -Thanks! Your gifts are enabling God’s work to be done here at Covenant. After 31 months of food-pantrying, it is still often difficult for us to truly put ourselves in a Food Pantry client’s shoes. I was drawn into that place tonight. As we were hearing prayer requests, one lady expressed, with tears flowing, that this was not how it was supposed to be. She was not supposed to be at a food pantry. She has an MBA and a nice house. But then she was injured and unable to work. She now has a 20-hour low-paying job and next month expects to lose her house. It vividly reminded me how precarious our comfortable situations really are. One big domino falls – health, job, whatever – and all of a sudden everything collapses. We must humbly give thanks to God every day of our lives. Blessings & Peace to you all, Carl   For more information on the food pantry at Covenant UMC, click...