The Skinny: November 17, 2019

Headlines & Sunday Announcements

Sunday, November 24, 2019 ~ 11:30am 

Join us for the Fall Soup-athon! Plan on serving your best soup recipe and devouring some delicious offerings from each other. Once again, it is a contest and the prize is beyond fabulous! Bring your family, friends, and and big apatite!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 ~ 7:00pm-9:00pm

We have a beautiful tradition in our community of gathering before the season of Advent to build advent wreaths. An advent wreath is a table-top wreath that holds candles that will be lit each week as Advent progresses to mark the coming of Christ and our expectant waiting.

We will gather to create our own wreaths (instructions and supplies provided!) that can become a visual reminder of what we are waiting for in the season. And as our eyes are drawn to the light of the wreaths on our tables, may our eyes be drawn to the Light surrounding us.

Since we will gather in various homes across the city, once you register you will be informed which host home to attend.


It’s good to remember that when we give to the church, it not only enables our building and ministries to function beautifully and our staff to maintain healthy rhythms, but it also enables us to support local and global justice partners, provide assistance to people in our church and beyond, and host events that allow us to deepen relationships with each other while having an impact on our city. We look forward to sharing more about these opportunities as time allows and unfolding a coordinated giving strategy for regular general fund tithes and special offerings in the months ahead.

Practically speaking, although our new budget is $100,000 less than last year, we have much less cash on hand than last year and a smaller giving base (You can download summaries of the previous fiscal year and the new fiscal year to get the details). As such, if giving levels remain the same, we will likely continue to experience a gap between expenses and giving, but an increase of $6,000/month would alleviate any concerns.


We’ve been invited once again to hang out with K-8 students as Reading Mentors! We’d love to help keep classrooms full this year so that every child has a Buddy. As of last week, they still need 16 volunteer mentors. If you were involved last year, you do not need to take the Active Reading Training class again. However, you WILL need to complete the CMS Pre-Approval Form.

There are opportunities to participate in the HELPS program where you will be partnered with three 3rd graders for 10-15 minute one-on-one tutoring sessions. This is a one hour, once a week commitment. You can also connect with the new Augustine Literacy Project that works to improve the reading, spelling and writing skills of low income children who struggle with literacy.

Stuff You Should Know


At the end of every month we send out an email letting you know what we’ve got coming up. If you’d like to be on that list, email Cameo Carter.

You can always find the latest on our Community Calendar, and on our Facebook page.

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