Looking Ahead to Consecration Sunday
September 19, 2021, Rusty Russ
The act of consecration means to make holy or to dedicate to a higher purpose. With this in mind, we gather yearly to consecrate our gifts of time and financial resources for the upcoming year.
In the past, Consecration Sunday has often focused solely on our financial gifts. But equally important are the volunteers who contribute countless hours to serve on committees that maintain our buildings, our financial stability and help to build and strengthen the bonds of our church community. Our church would not exist without these important volunteers who give so generously of their time. We would like to recognize these volunteers on this Sunday for their gift of service during the past year and their continuing dedication of time in the years to come.
When we participate in honoring a new member in our congregation, we renew our covenant to “faithfully participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts and our service. That in everything, God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” As always, we appreciate your prayers and cherish your presence at Shallotte Presbyterian.
In the time leading up to Consecration Sunday, we encourage you to pray and seek God’s guidance in what you can commit to Shallotte Presbyterian Church financially and in service.
Rather than felling compelled to give, you should be able to give with joy knowing that whatever you consecrate to his higher purpose will be blessed and multiplied by our Heavenly Father.
As we move closer to Consecration Sunday, we will be having presentations to the Congregation by our various committees within the church explaining their functions and what their committee does in support of our Church and community. These presentations should give a better understanding of how our tithes are used to support not only the operation and upkeep of our Church, but also to support the functions and outreach programs our committees are involved in.
Property and Grounds Committee
September 26, 2021, Dave Green
In conjunction with our Consecration Season, I have been asked to tell you aloud the work of the Property and Grounds Committee.
As the name suggests, our committee is responsible for the upkeep and preventative maintenance of the church’s facility and grounds. Currently, our committee consists of a group of 8 persons, who meet monthly to review and update our list of priorities and assigns responsibilities for various duties.
The current members of the Property and Grounds Committee include:
Jimmy Durham, Chair
We meet the second Wednesday of each month at 8:30am at the church.
We take our stewardship seriously and operate out of an allocated budget of $121,300, where about 80% of that is required just to keep the doors open.
Like all other committees, Covid has added many additional items for oversight. Most recently, we added air scrubbers to all 13 of our air handler units, which kill bacteria and mold.
We develop an annual list of needs to be budgeted and usually add items to the list each month. This year’s list has started with 18 items and two capital requirements.
While our committee members will undertake many repairs, such as changing light bulbs, and light painting and plumbing issues, we rely on several contractors to tackle larger issues like carpet cleaning, lawn care, HVAC maintenance, and pressure washing.
So should you see items needing attention, please let Kathy know or flag one of our members down and we will see that it gets proper attention.
Lastly, should you have some talents in home repair, we are always willing to spread the fun. Give us a call.