From the Financial Officer: The 2020 average monthly amount budgeted for Undesignated Donations (Anticipated) for Ministry Investment is $7,667. You donated $5,920 in May. Thank you!
You donated $40.00 to mortgage reduction in May (to be applied toward the principal balance). Since inception, a total of $89,567 has been donated to the (Happy Hearts – Hopeful Future) debt reduction campaign.
The mortgage balance was $ 137,157.12 as of 05.31.2020.
Update on Members Hospitalized or receiving care
Art Raney: Tom and Julie reached out to Art this past week and learned that he is back at St Mary Healthcare. During the conversation Art made the comment that he would not still be here without all the prayers. So, keep sending those prayers of healing for Art! He can feel them. It has been more difficult this spring since he hasn’t been allowed visitors (even family) due to COVID-19. He would love to get phone calls and cards/letters. His room phone number is 563.484.3570 and he loves cheese popcorn and diet orange soda.
Dru Novak: Dru was recently diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. They have set up a Caring Bridge Site to keep friends and family informed. https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/drunovak and would appreciate prayers. Michael can be contacted at 317-446-3504, but please text him first with your name and ask if it is a good time to talk (he is still working).
Congratulations on your retirement Wanda. I had asked Wanda to put a little something together to share with her All Saints family about her career in teaching. Kristen
Yes, I did retire this year after teaching for 20 years at Davenport West High School. I think ¨West is the Best¨! The staff is wonderful and the student body is so diverse that it makes every day an adventure! I have also taught in Washington State, Alaska, Nebraska, and Minnesota. In addition, I have lived in Montana, Colorado, and Arkansas. I am also a KU professional developer and it has been rewarding to teach teachers strategies to help all students learn more effectively. I am so thankful for all the experiences and opportunities I have had in my teaching career. I will miss all my colleagues and the students (but not all the paperwork!).
My plans are to visit Kyle, Jamie, and Sawyer and also Kristen in Arizona and Ryan and Grace in Ohio, but the timetable is uncertain at this point. I did tell them that now I can stay as long as I want! I also plan to spend time with my mom in Montana, but I need to wait to do that. While I´m there, I hope to camp and hike. I want to do some international traveling once our current situation reaches a ¨new normal¨. In fact, the kids and I are planning to take a trip together (destination TBD) to celebrate.
However, I´m not retiring from church so you´re stuck with me. All of you have been such a support to me and I want you to know how much I appreciate your love, kindness, and thoughtfulness.
Important Upcoming Dates (dates are subject to change due to Covid-19)
Forum: The forum that was scheduled for Sunday, March 22 will take place later, date still to be determined. At the forum titled “Vision for the Future” we will discuss what lies ahead for All Saints Lutheran Church.
Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting (Note 2nd date change): The May semi-annual congregation meeting will be combined with the November/December semi-annual congregation meeting which will take place on Sunday, December 6, 2020 (elections, celebrations, and budget).
Thanksgiving in July: For the fifth consecutive year, Churches United of the Quad City Area will partner with local businesses and churches for Thanksgiving in July, a state-wide, non-perishable food and essential items drive. Churches United competes with other food collection agencies in Iowa to see who can collect the most goods for their community. In 2019, CUQCA won.
All donations collected by Churches United will stay in the Quad Cities area and go directly to our 26 food pantries, 2 hot meal sites, and Winnie’s Place Shelter. Donations will be collected throughout the month of July.
Thanksgiving in July is a major campaign for us because it helps us restock our pantries and support our other ministries at a time of the year when people don’t usually think about food drives. It’s especially important this year as people struggle financially with the impact of COVID-19. Our pantries have continued to serve throughout the crisis. Our meal sites had to close in March but we have worked in collaboration with other community organizations to make sure that the most vulnerable in our community have daily meals. We hope to be able to reopen our meal sites soon. The success of this drive is vital.
Annual Delegate Assembly: The Annual Delegate Assembly is scheduled for Thursday, August 27th at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church 2601-15th St, Moline, IL 61265. Registration begins at 6:30 pm and the meeting will commence at 7:00 pm. The evening will include music, words of witness from our clients, and special reports.
Because of the partnership with Churches United of the Quad City Area team, we wish to honor you, All Saints, with a special presentation during our program for your service with the ministry. Please RSVP by Friday, August 14, 2020.
Thank you for your contributions and support throughout the years!
Rev. Dr. Melvin Grimes