Pack-a-Sack

Bags are packed for January and ready for delivery!  How awesome to know that each Friday these bags will be delivered to 131 children that are in desperate need. We pack these bags with a whole lot of love and hope and we pray these children feel that in their hearts.

Thank you for all your prayers for this ministry…we sincerely appreciate.  We are preparing to re-stock our shelves, so if you’d like to help, here are a couple of our current needs.

  • Jif to go peanut butter cups – 1.5 oz.
  • Juice pouches or boxes
  • Granola Bars – kid friendly flavors
Nutritional Supplies to fuel young minds!

Just a reminder for our Amazon shoppers out there. 

Wesley (proceeds go to Pack a Sack) is now part of the AmazonSmile program.  For those who do not know – here is information on AmazonSmile:

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

To make sure Wesley is getting the 0.5% donation –

If you have any questions about Pack a Sack or purchasing items, you can always ask me at church on Sunday or feel free to call me Jamie Wright @ 813/967-3800 or contact Shaun Black.

Jamie Wright

Fellowship Feast Menu for January 2020

January 8 – Meatloaf Dinner Plate-Special Recipe Meatloaf served With Mashed Potatoes and Gravy with Green Beans. $5.00

January 15- Chicken Marsala – Boneless Chicken Breast Sauteed with Mushrooms and Onions finished Marsala Sauce over Egg Noodles.Served with Tossed Salad and Bread Stick $5.00

January 22 – Country Ham Dinner– Slow Cooked Smoked Ham served with Griddle Fried Potatoes and White Beans. $5.00

January 29- Sweet and Sour Pork Dinner-Boneless Pork Cooked with Pineapple and Oriental Style Vegetables in a Sweet and Sour Sauce served over Fried Rice with an Egg Roll. $5.00

Sonrise Cafe Menu for January 2020

January 5 – Western Omelette Special-A Fluffy 3 Egg Omelette Stuffed with Smoked Ham, Green Pepper, and Onions. Finished with Shredded Cheese, served with Choice of Side and Grilled Toast. $5.00

January 12 – Chicken Filled Biscuits– Two Buttermilk Biscuits Stuffed with Boneless Fried Chicken and Topped with Black Pepper Gravy. Served with 2 Eggs Any Style with Choice of Side. $5.00

January 19 – Pecan Pie Pancakes: Triple Stack of Pecan Pie Pancakes served with 2 Eggs Any Style with Choice of Side. $5.00

January 26 – Big Breakfast Bowl – Home Fries, Sausage and Scrambled Eggs Finished with Shredded Cheese and served with Grilled Toast.Gravy Optional   $5.00

Capital Needs List

Several people have asked me to share specifics on the list of upcoming capital needs I mentioned May 26. I have put them in priority order. That can always change.

Completed! – The youth room needs renovation. We do not have a cost on this yet.

Completed! – Termites in the trees. The trees around the perimeter are infested, the one in the playground in particular. We are treating the trees to see if we can save them. If they have to come out, the price we got was $41,000. However, a church member has stepped up and will be taking care of this.

Completed! – Termites in the sanctuary and throughout the main building. We have a contract with Terminix and they are treating the building.  Pending – – They have said that eventually we will need to tent the building and that will cost $21,000. When the time comes, we will get multiple bids.

Completed!The WIFI is now completed at a cost of $15000.  Total renovation.  Old lines removed and new lines and equipment installed.

Not Started – – New Sound system. We need to move to a digital sound system. This is a high priority. We have a bid to completely renovate everything from Sweetwater Sound for $25,000 plus installation. This will include new speakers, monitors, wiring, a digital sound board, eight wireless microphones, and a digital recorder. We need to update the sound for children and youth ministry.

Completed  — Two AC units at the FLC will need to be replaced, $22,000. We continue to keep them running through repairs but replacement is soon to come.

Not Started – –New lights. At the same time, we need to move to a digital lighting system for the sanctuary. We have a bid for $15,000

Not Started – – New gutters on the main building. $6,000.

Not Started – – The FLC roof needs to be lifted and repaired before AC units can be replaced. $62,000

Not Started – – The FLC needs exterior painting. It has not been painted since it was built. $16,000.   Waiting to hear if we will be on the schedule for Nomads this March.

Not Started – – The floors in the sanctuary and office spaces need replaced. $25,000.

Not Started – –The entry ways for a greater first impact and hospitality need to be renovated. No cost has been set yet.

Not Started – – The fire alarm system that has been malfunctioning off and on for a long while needs to be updated.  No cost yet

As you can see, the list is exhausting. We can expect $200,000 in capital expenses over the next few years. There are two ways to go at this. We can keep coming to the congregation every time there is a new emergency and someone or a small group of people can write checks. Or we can decide to be faithful now systematically, stick with the 10/10/80 plan and pay as we go, knowing these items are coming.

We have set the goal for the Hope for Tomorrow campaign and it is bold, a 30% increase in giving. This goal will take every person to reach, every sacrifice and commitment matters. When we reach our goal of $500,000 in annual giving, we will be able to be faithful to the 10/10/80 plan and set aside almost $50,000 a year to cover these expenses. This is doable, very doable!