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The 2018 Flower Chart and Radio Chart are now on the wall outside the office. Please sign your name on the date you wish to sponsor. Flowers are $25.00 and the Radio broadcast is $70.00.
Prayer List Updates
In an effort to keep our prayer list current, we will remove names after three weeks unless you call the office (651-5990) with an update on a person's situation and ask to keep their name on the list. 

Also: Please call the office if you know any of the people on our military list. We need to know if they are still in the military. We want to continue to pray for those who need it and would love to celebrate those who have completed their service.
Greeting Ministry
For the next several months I am going to look at different areas of the church at how we might improve and enhance our worship experience. If there is an area that you would like to be involved, please let me know.

On any given week of the year, millions of guests step foot into a church. How they are greeted plays a huge role in determining if they come back. Greeting ministry should be one of the easiest things to pull off each week for a church, but over and over again I see churches that are doing a horrible job at it. I will admit I think we do a pretty good job of it, but keep reading.

Some churches make the mistake of not even having a greeter ministry, which is like inviting guests over and saying “just let yourself in.” Others make an even bigger mistake of having the wrong people serve as greeters. I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard from guests who have been turned off before they ever walk through the church doors. All it takes is a wrong look or a poor choice of words for a first-time guest to become a last-time guest.

So, how can we make sure that doesn’t happen? 
How can we have a greeter ministry that gives a great first impression?

1.Greeters should be people who smile. I know this sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many sour-faced greeters there are in churches all over the country. 

2.Greeters should open the door. New Spring Church in South Carolina has a policy that says no guest should ever have to open a door. They place volunteers at every entrance of their church to open the doors for their guests. We should do the same. 
It’s a simple way to serve our guests and a great first impression of our church.  

3.Greeters should be good at remembering names. One of the most valuable tools in ministry is a good memory, especially when it comes to remembering names. Greeting guests with a smile and handshake makes a good first impression. Remembering their name when they come back a second time makes a great second impression. By remembering a person’s name, you’re placing value on them, which makes an enormous impact on people. Something I need to get better doing.

4.Greeters should reflect who our church is trying to reach. People of all ages.
If our greeting ministry reflects these four simple ideas, we will automatically see more guests come back to our church.

What are some other ways we can make the church more welcoming to guests?



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Lost and Found

The lost and found is now in the office. If you have lost anything or if you have found anything, please check in the office. 
We have a new monitor that the choir and pastors can see from the front of the church!
I would like to encourage and remind anyone who might wish to contribute to our Shared Space section of the church newsletter. Deadline is the 15th of each month. 

Shared Space…..
I invite you to share times where people from our congregation have made a difference for you or your life. I welcome you to provide your own experience of where our church has made a difference…persons, activities, memories, events, etc. It doesn’t have to be long or detailed, and if you need help writing or sending it electronically, just let me know (659-4688). Submissions can be sent to leroque@charter.net and to the church, fumcsturgis@gmail.com 

Thank you!!

Blessings,
Jessica Walsworth

NEWSLETTER SPONSORS NEEDED FOR THE NEW YEAR:
We have been able to mail the monthly newsletter during 2017 thanks to the many families that have sponsored the postage cost. We are beginning a new year now and are asking anyone who is willing to sponsor a month to please sign up on the board outside the sanctuary.  Unfortunately, the cost has gone up – the new monthly rate is approximately $80 per month. Thank you for considering this much needed and appreciated offering. 
New Placemats. WE need your help. 

New placement are going to be printed for us to use at all church breakfast, lunch, and dinners. The placemats will consist of squares and you can purchase a square for $40.00 to advertise your business or a square in memory or honor of loved ones. The chart is in the office for you to select a square. Bring your $40.00 and let Sandy know what your square should say. Questions? Call John Blanchard 651-5879.
TRUSTEE NOTES

   I would like to start by saying thank you to Carol Sybesma who was Trustee chair for the past 2 years. Carol managed to keep the church and Parsonage up to date and made many improvements without breaking the budget. She will make it a tough act to follow.

  We wish Carol the best in the next chapter of her life.

  We have a good group of Trustees this year, but I like to think that every member of the church is a trustee of it. If you see a light on and room is not being used, turn it out. If you see trash on floor, pick it up. If you are the last to leave, be sure the door locks behind you. If you see something that needs repaired tell a trustee or leave a note in the office. If you use the kitchen, leave it cleaner then you found it.

In February we have a Trustee Meeting scheduled for February 7 in addition to our safety information meeting set for February 4 at PM in the Parlor.

Chair, 
John Blanchard

2017 Completed Projects 


Parsonage: 
 New water softener, power washed and sealed parsonage deck, cleaned up flooded basement and reworked the drain so it should not happen again 

Outdoor church projects:
Sealed and striped the parking lots, Memorial Garden on South side of church, weekly church yard duties

Church building:
Scraped, sealed, and painted the Gathering room, installed an A E D machine and had a training class, replaced church organ fan motor.

Community:
Adopt-A-Highway program participation

Extras:
The many routine maintenance projects that pop up throughout the year