Thank you for your encouragement and support of the budget option I offered to try to decrease our expenses without decreasing our ministry here at Bethlehem. It is very appreciated. Please prayerfully remember that we will also need to increase our giving whenever that is possible in order to make this work out financially for Bethlehem. It won’t be easy, but I believe it is possible. Only you know your own resources and needs so only you can determine how much you can give financially. All of us also have other gifts of time and talents too so all of us are needed and all are part of this body of Christ we call Bethlehem. I believe any and all giving should bring real joy to the giver and is then pleasing to God. He loves us so much and doesn’t want us to hurt. May you find much joy this year in any gift you are able to share with our church family. Thank you and God’s Peace be with you. Your Sister in Christ, Connie Sider

P.S. I also want to thank Pastor Jean for her offer to go without any pay raise this year. That is an extremely generous gift. How many of us would even consider giving up our own raise? So thank you Pastor Jean and Jan.