October 11, 2015
CPC SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE
Fall and Winter Schedule
8:30 a.m. – Early Church Service
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Children and Adult Sunday School
11:00 a.m. – Church Service
Kindergarten through 3rd grade is excused to “Church School” after “Time with Children”. Older kids get to grab a black chair and sit up front on the floor, if desired! No Church School on Communion Sunday, so kids can partake of Communion.
Nursery is available in Room 11 starting at 8:00 a.m. every Sunday.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: The session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, October 18th at 12:15 p.m. (immediately following worship service) to vote on Pastor Tom’s Terms of Call.
SAVE THE DATE: Cargo Day will be held Saturday, November 7th at 9:00 a.m.
BAKE AND BOOK SALE: On Sunday, October 25th, in the gym, Cottonwood’s PW are having their “Ghostly Goodies” BAKE SALE with Cottonwood’s much anticipated BOOK SALE. Buy a treat and buy a book (hopefully more!) Bakers, please bring your homemade goodies to the big kitchen by9:00 a.m. Buyers, look for our tables near the serving window,we thank all who bake and all who buy. All proceeds go to our mission projects.
You may begin to bring the books you have been saving at home. We need books in good condition. No text books or magazines but children’s books are very welcome. The boxes for collecting books will be in the hall outside of the gym near the big mission box. We thank you for keeping your books at home because we had no room at the church to store them earlier. We will need lots of help on Saturday, October 24th, 12:00 p.m., to get the tables out, books sorted, etc. The early helpers get first choice to buy books. This is not bribery but encouragement.
PW LUNCHEON – Our first PW event since last we met! On Saturday, October 17th, at12:00 noon, we are meeting in the Fellowship Hall for a potluck luncheon (bring a dish to share) followed by a FUN time of knitting/crocheting caps, fistula squares and/or prayer shawls. Yarn, needles and instructions will be provided. The Thank Offering will be taken. Sign-ups will be taken after both services, or call Carol Shutts,801.2741781or Sherry Tyler, 801.944.3827.
HALLOWEEN POTLUCK AND BUNCO PARTY: OnFriday, October 30th, Wasatch Presbyterian’s PW has invited us to join them for a Halloween POTLUCK and BUNCO Party. The festivities begin at6:30 p.m.in their Fellowship Hall, 1626 South 1700 East. The cost is a $5.00 donation for the Thank Offering. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Prizes will be awarded for most buncos, most wins, most losses and best costume! Sign up after both church services or call Carol Shutts at801.274.1781or Sherry Tyler at801.944.3827. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, October 27th. If needed, we can carpool from Cottonwood at6:00 p.m.
FINANCIAL UPDATE: Welcome to autumn! I hope you all enjoyed summer, doing fun activities with family and friends. I thought it useful to provide an update on where Cottonwood stands financially now that we have left summer behind us. For the most part Cottonwood emerged relatively unscathed financially. I say relatively because our actual income received was above the budgeted projections for the first eight months of the year; budgeted amount for the period of January to August was $181,000 while actual income came in at $184,000.
However for this same time period, Cottonwood is running a deficit of approximately $11,000. This isn’t a real surprise for a couple reasons. First, income received in the summer months typically is lower than other times of the year. We were running a surplus through June but turned negative in July and August. This was partially caused by lower than average income received in June and July. The second reason stems from the fact that Cottonwood’s budgeted bottom-line is a deficit, meaning we put in place a budget in which expenses exceed income. In the past few years deficit-budgeting has not caused a strain on the church. How that plays out this year remains to be seen.
I sincerely appreciate everyone who provides Cottonwood with financial resources, and would like to thank everyone who has generously kept current on their pledged donations. Your support of our church is well beyond measure.
I know that each of Cottonwood’s committees take careful consideration on how they spend funds, but sometimes there are no corners to cut nor costs to duck. And where there are opportunities to lessen the burden, the committees take care to do just that.
However, we are still presented with the reality of being “in the red.” Thus, going forward my plea is to ask that at the very least we hold steadfast in continuing to support Cottonwood, and at the best we graciously consider adding a tiny bit more. Let’s see what we can do to turn red to black!
In His love, Bruce Ratzlaff - Elder of Finance, Stewardship and Budget
PRAYER AND STUDY GROUPS
SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY: Through October the class will meet each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in room 1 for the purpose of immersing ourselves in the Scripture passages that we will focus on during worship. We invite you to join us.
ADULT CE IN FELLOWSHIP HALL - "A SEASON OF PEACE" - Jesus calls us to be peacemakers in our own lives, churches, communities, and world. This five-week series will explore the various ways we can be peacemakers in our complicated world. Each week we'll start with a Bible study and then relate it to issues of our day. Please join us Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m., in Fellowship Hall for a lively conversation.
CROSSROADS URBAN CENTER foods of the month for October are canned tomatoes and soup but all non-perishable foods and beverages are appreciated. Also, small hotel size shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc. are needed for hygiene kits that are given out. CROSSROADS THRIFT STORE items of the month for October are coats and blankets.
Almost time….the weather is getting chilly and it’s time for the Harvest Festival. Plan to come to the SOUL Garden on Saturday, October 24th
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited- bring your kids and grandkids. We’ll have hay rides, pumpkin painting, a hot dog roast, scary stories and lots of other surprises. There’s no charge.
TAIZE’ VESPERS - Tonight, October 11th, at 7:00 p.m. at
All Saints Episcopal Church -1710 Foothill Drive.