A word from Beth Mercer, TLC Council President
September 2018 - Summer is drawing to a close as I write this. This season was a bittersweet one for me, as we saw our oldest child graduate high school and prepare to go off to college. I was recently blessed with the opportunity to sing with her one last time on a Sunday morning, which I am so grateful for. She will be studying at U of M-Duluth, while I’ll be here studying how to let go. This new “normal” will take some getting used to for me!
Having said that, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves. Bring on the distractions! The Church Council listened carefully to concerns that you voiced regarding the drop in giving we experienced earlier this summer. I’m happy to tell you that after we communicated that to the congregation, we had an outstanding amount of giving in July. As you’ll see in Jerry’s financial report we are right back on track for the year. Thank you! If you aren’t up to date with your annual pledges towards the general fund or the capital campaign, please rectify that as you are able. Please give this careful consideration throughout the fall season as you call to mind the ways you have been blessed by God and how you will continue to give with a heart of thanksgiving, so that TLC can continue to be a blessing to its members, friends and neighbors in Bloomington and the wider community.
In my last letter I encouraged the congregation to look at the new groups being formed in support of the Strategic Plan. Now is the time for this exciting work to get off the ground. If you haven’t yet found a place to get involved, please do! These groups will provide opportunities to work in fellowship with each other towards all of our common goals. Don’t stay on the sidelines! I’ll continue to pray for God to lead me in helping TLC to move forward. Our church and it’s missions are so very important to me, and the work I can do to help is an honor and a privilege. Thank you.