May 2019 Newsletter
*From Pastor's Thoughts
*Redeemer Lutheran Ladies
Pastor's Thoughts - May 2019
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
We celebrated a joyous Easter! Christ is Risen, Indeed! We heard the good news of the Risen Christ through the witness of the women at the tomb and the men who needed to see for themselves. The followers of Jesus were locked in a room and looked in fear. Then Christ was among them. He didn't judge the actions of Peter or any of the disciples. Instead, he came among them with the words "Peace be with you." Love, mercy and grace were the gifts of the Risen Christ to us all.
Easter Sunday was also a time of blessing for the Gaiser/Edwards family as Alise and Red's daughter, Lena was baptized. Each time there is a baptism, we as the congregation, participate in many ways:
1) We are the witness to the baptism, of one being washed clean of sin in the waters and emerging a reborn, a new child of God.
2)We confess our faith together.
3) We are reminded of our own baptism and its meaning in our journey of faith.
4) We are also reminded that all the baptized are brothers and sisters in Christ. ALL the baptized of the universal Church.
5) We take on the responsibility to care and nurture the baptized in their faith through prayer, worship, Scripture and teachings of living the life of a believer. All the more powerful is the message of resurrection and salvation on Easter when the Sacrament of baptism is included.
On Mother's Day, we will celebrate another celebration of the Risen Christ. May Christ's death and resurrection AND ascension be awe-inspiring, faith building and hope lifting. Remember the joy, mercy and love of Christ in the words "Peace be with you!"
2019 Elected Executive:
Chair: Heddy Mueller
Vice Chair: Rick Norberg
Secretary: Kathy Maxon
Envelope Secretary: Sharolyn Molnar
Treasurer: Dorothy Raynor
Financial Committee: Rick Norberg, Wally Tetzlaff, Ed Podjan
Mission Committee: Kathy Maxon, Arlene Pottinger, Sharolyn Molnar
Parish Committee: Shelley Kretchman, Jerry Erickson, Don Wrobleski
*Indoors and Outdoors at the Church
Saturday, May 25th
Do you have a favourite Hymn??
Let the worship committee know.
We will use then this summer in the services.
Finance Report: April 2019
Council met on April 17th, 2019
For the month of March, envelope Giving and PAR was $7208.36. Our Year-To-Date shows $-174.64. We are keeping our financial stewardship strong. Thank-you to everyone for their support.
On the expense side, our expenses for the month of March reached $9011.93. That was $193.74 over the budgeted amount. Year-To-Date on expenses shows a deficit of $246.95. Pretty nice shape overall.
The financial position will change over summer as we normally see a decline in attendance and we have some large expenses come during the summer.
Our piano project saw gifts received to the end of March reach $1380.00. As of the time of this writing, April 29th, The funds have reached $2585.00. We are $1615.00 away from our goal of $4200.00. Council thanks all whom are contributing to this project.
I have been in contact with Mark Cramer this past week and he is looking forward to refurbishing out piano. It looks like it will happen sometime in late June or early July.
Rick Norberg, Wally Tetzlaff & Ed Podjan
Profit & Loss Budget vs. Actual
March 2019 Budget
Par Contributions 1840.00 5471.00
Envelopes – Other 5368.36 5500.00
Total Envelope 7208.00 7340.00
Initial Offering 0.00 0.00
Loose Contributions 140.00 208.33
Other 0.00 0.00
Bequests & Memoriums 0.00
Other 0.00 41.61
Total Other 0.00 41.61
Argyle Lutheran Parish – Mileage 92.80 148.25
Argyle Lutheran Parish – Pastor 300.00 300.00
Canadian Lutheran 0.00
Church Supplies Received 0.00
Coptic 750.00 750.00
Debt reduction contributions 0.00
Faith Life Fellowship Grant 0.00
Faith Life Matching Grant 0.00
Piano Fund 1380.00
Samaritan House Winter Shelter 60.00
Subscription Revenue 20.00
Total Specific Contributions 2582.80 1198.25
Sunday School 11.00 7.50
Fall Supper 0.00 0.00
Pancake Supper 967.00 1000.00
Sunday Brunch 270.00 500.00
Total Suppers 1237.00 1500.00
Total Income 11180.26 10295.00
Accounting 221.00 221.00
Advertising 9.43 10.00
Bank Charges & Interest 11.50 10.83
Benevolence 166.67 166.67
Choir/Library 0.00 6.25
Church Supplies 0.00 66.67
Insurance 0.00 0.00
Internet 80.62 83.33
Janitorial 189.99 200.00
Office 119.25 83.37
Organist(s) 578.29 400.00
Book Allowance 41.66 41.67
C.E.P Expense 50.00 50.00
C.P.P Expense 223.58 229.00
Dental/Health/Benefits 358.37 320.42
E-Transfers 3.00 3.00
E.I Expense 124.44 124.44
Housing Allowance 1000.00 1000.00
Pension 403.34 403.34
Wages 4041.66 4041.66
Total Pastor 6246.66 6213.63
Property Tax 0.00 0.00
Repairs & Maintenance 427.08 250.00
Special Projects 0.00
Repairs & Maintenance 0.00
Total Repairs & Maintenance 427.08 250.00
Specific Contributions Expenses
Travel Re: Argyle Parish 92.80 148.25
Winter Shelter Project Expense 0.00
Total Specific Contributions Expenses 92.80 148.25
Subscriptions 0.00 0.00
Suppers Expense 0.00 0.00
Telephone 61.68 58.33
Convention/Assessment Fee 0.00 250.00
Total Travel/Convention 525.00 250.00
Utilities 523.21 500.00
Water 38.87 0.00
Total Expense 9011.93 8818.19
Net Income 2268.33 1477.56
A weekly offering of $1510 is needed to meet the 2018 budget of $78,500
Samaritan House Winter Shelter
Toiletries for Men & Women:
Shampoo (Travel Size)
Feminine hygiene products
Cold Weather Wear for Men & Women:
Women's Underwear (Sizes M & L)
Men's Underwear ( Sizes L & XL)
Socks (Good Quality)
Kraft Dinner (Individual Serving)
Soups/Meals (with Pop-off Tops)
Redeemer Lutheran Ladies
Monthly Meeting: There will be no meeting in May other than the Westman Gathering Saturday, May 4th. Registration & coffee 9:30 a.m. Guest speaker from the Green Spot. She will demonstrate container gardening.
Ladies Breakfast: Saturday, May 18th 9:30 a.m. Chicken Chef
Bible Study: Tuesday, May 21st 1:30 p.m. at the Church
Westman Ladies Spring Gathering: At Redeemer Lutheran Church Saturday, May 4th. Registration & Coffee at 9:30 a.m.
Wind up: Monday June 10th 11:30 am at Lee's Buffet
Members wishing to donate items to the Church are asked to speak to a Council Member prior to bringing the item(s)
Debt-reduction fundraising ideas can be put in the suggestion box in the Narthex
*Our Mailing Address:
Redeemer Lutheran Church
114 Ashgrove Blvd
Brandon, MB R7B 1E1