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2020-2021 Mid-Year Business Update

Our church year runs from May until April, so at the end of October we crossed the 6 month mark through the church-year. We do an Annual Business Meeting in May, but have begun doing a mid-year update to keep everyone informed.

Below you will find some points of celebration or wins, some prayer requests and some financial updates. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments about what is shared here.

Some Wins from our Ministry Departments

SENIORS – A strong sense of community (transparency & trust) is apparent among the seniors.
SMALL GROUPS – Incredible Fall sign-up for groups!
OUTREACH – Both of our Big Give events reached over 150 people each.
MISSIONS – Incorporating our Missionaries into illustration and prayer time at church.
KIDS MINISTRY – Trunk-or-Treat was a huge success, thanks to all the volunteers.
COMMUNITY CARE – Training of leaders and launch of Celebrate Recovery (CR)
FIRST IMPRESSIONS – Being able to greet people with a mask and a smile at in-person services again!
BUILDING TEAM – Upstairs washroom is completed and functional
WORSHIP TEAM –The return and addition of new team members and team members taking more responsibility.
YOUTH MINISTRY – Teens have been re-engaging well after the shut-down.

Some Prayer Requests from our Ministries

SENIORS – for the seniors to not allow discouragement or fear to defeat them (especially in this time of covid-19)
SMALL GROUPS – that more people will engage with small groups and do it safely.
OUTREACH – Christmas Outreach to our surrounding community
MISSIONS – Someone with a heart for Missions to step up and assist Pastor Jamin.
KIDS MINISTRY – More volunteers so we can better serve the wide age range of kids we have.
COMMUNITY CARE – Prayer for all who attend CR - leaders and participants. Commitment, strength protection from spiritual attack.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS – Finding ways to be welcoming and friendly in the middle of restrictions and hard rules.
BUILDING TEAM – Looking for volunteers and to know what skills people have
WORSHIP TEAM – We need 2-3 more sound/media tech volunteers to commit to serving once a month. 
YOUTH MINISTRY – Help for the youth as they navigate school and all the changes from COVID.

Financial Updates

We budgeted $167 741 in spending for May 2020 – April 2021. By the end of Oct 2020 we had: 

Received
$79 858

Spent 
$76 985 

 

This leaves us with about this much in the bank: 

Operating Account $18 181  

Savings $7 495 

Benevolence $688 

Missions $1 837 

Mission Trips $4 741 

Building Fund $1 331 


That puts us about $4 000 behind what we hoped, but with our reduced spending we are still in a healthy position. 

Wrap-Up Thoughts

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tragic in many ways, and has been felt in our volunteer base, our finances, our ministries, our community and our attendance. 

But, God has provided, and we are still seeing the Kingdom of God taking ground here on Earth. We are here in the middle of this to press on and stand in the gaps. We may not be breaking any records, but we will survive this, and we will be ready for the day the pandemic ends. And yet, even after saying that, lives are being saved, and even one life saved makes all we do worth it. 

Prayer 

God, we desperately come to you for wisdom to know what we should be doing, and to provide and do what only You can do. 

Last Sunday's Message 



It is pretty natural to be ashamed and want to run away from problems we have created. But when we do that, the problems linger and cause more problems the longer they are unresolved. The only way to fix them is to stop running away and start facing them.

What We Learned:
Genesis 44:32-34
Resolution comes from repentance, not running away.

Reminder Phrase:
Confession Resolves
 

Full Message Podcast


Listen to our messages on our website, on SoundCloud, through our ChurchLink App, and as a Podcast on iTunes!

What's Happening

Christmas Wrap-Up: Around the Block (NEW)
There are people living within reach of the church who have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This Christmas, we want to show them the love of Jesus with the hope of other conversations to come. We are purchasing 45 ten dollar gift cards from McDonald's, and McDonald's has agreed to donate ANOTHER 45 gift cards of the same value! Praise God! This allows us to bless 80-90 houses!

We will attach the gift cards to a Christmas card. On the Christmas cards we will make an offer to help people with gas, groceries, winter clothes, or yard work. In order for them to receive help, they will need to contact the church. When this happens, we will share the request with the church and look for volunteers to step up and bless these people with their request. The details of how this will play out will be shared later.

On Saturday, November 28 at 9 AM, we are inviting church attenders to join the team at the church to prep the Christmas cards and deliver them Around the Block.
As well, we will be doing Christmas Cheer boxes. The list of food items will soon be made available at the church.

Let's show the people the love of Christ this Christmas. Let's share the Gospel with those right on our doorstep.

Christmas is the Worst
As soon as November and December come along, it is hard to ignore, Christmas is on its way.  Holidays are hard when we are grieving and Christmas can be particularly difficult.  Everyone is busy preparing for the holiday and we just cannot seem to “get into the spirit”.
 
Drop in to enjoy a cup of coffee and get some information about getting through the Christmas Season while we grieve.  Grief is not “choosy” it affects individuals and families, children are welcome.  Registration is not required but is helpful. Please call (902) 667 0689 if you plan on attending.
 
Saturday Nov 28th - 6:30pm-8pm

Konnect Kids
We are launching Konnect Kids again! Kids ages 2-12 can join the fun on Sundays on-site at AWC at 11am! Parents can register their kids when they register for the worship service!

Celebrate Recovery 
The God of the Bible, The Father, Son & Holy Spirit are THE higher power – the only one that can be in control.
Only 1/3 of people who attend Celebrate Recovery (CR) do so because of a chemical addiction, the rest are hurts and hang ups. Hurts: abuse, emotional, physical and sexual. Hang-ups: bitterness, anger, trust, do not measure up Habits: behaviours and addictions
You don’t need to hit rock bottom before starting recovery. The 8 principles are based on the beatitudes and the 12 steps flow out of the principles. Join us Tuesday nights, the doors open at 6:15 pm (starts at 6:30). Masks are required and physical distancing will be observed. You can register HERE or call the church at 902 667 9126.

Flamingo Season is Here
When you flock someone, flamingos will be placed on their lawn for 24 hours. (You must personally know this person.) 
These flamingos will be placed with a message from you to the target. The message will include what the event is, how long the Flamingos will be there, your name, as well as a personal message from you.
The money raised will be going to the youth ministry at the Amherst Wesleyan Church. 
Click here to fill out the form and get flocking!

AWC-Online
Did you know that you can do church wherever you are? We put together special content each week so you can do church at home! You can find our videos here!

Register for On-Site Services
If you'd like to attend AWC on-site (live in-person on Sunday), you can register ahead of time by clicking here, (you will also see all of our safety measures and instructions listed there) or you can call us or show up on Sunday and register there. We have limited seating available due to COVID-19 so seating is provided on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Mobile Sites
If you'd like to continue doing church where you are, in your home or someone else's home, and would like to become an official AWC-Mobile Site to receive extra support and resources, click here to register!

Small Groups
We have a number of small group options this year, using in-person and online connection methods. Click here to see the options and sign-up now! 

Konnect Kids Online
If you've got kids, or grandkids, nieces or nephews, and you'd like them to grow in faith, character and wisdom, you might want to check out our online resources for kids! Since we can't effectively do in-person kids events every week, we are trying to put together high-quality online resources each week.
Check out our Konnect Kids facebook page!
Find our Konnect Kids videos for pre-school (Bible Adventures) and school-age students (Konnect HQ) on our Youtube Channel Here.

Thursday Prayer
We are starting back up our Thursday Prayer & Fasting time. We encourage everyone to take Thursday at noon to fast and pray. You can join us on facebook Live on our AWC facebook page Thursdays at noon sharp too!

EDGE Youth
Our teen ministry is using a combination of online and in-person events and services to connect teens with their faith and each other. You can find out more on their facebook group here.

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