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Long Awaited

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"I thought Christmas Day would never come
But it's here at last, so mom and dad, the waiting's finally done
And you gotta get up, you gotta get up, you gotta get up"

Rich Mullins in his song "Gotta get up" really captures the anticipation of Christmas day and the excitement that surrounds the celebration.  

In the Old Testament we can read about the same type of anticipation.  For years the arrival of the "Long Awaited" King was not just foretold...but expected.  Many times we forget that long before the busy, frantic, consumer driven day there was anticipation. Anticipation for the birth of Jesus Christ.

During the coming weeks join us at UABC as we remind ourselves about the one that was the "Long Awaited" KING!!

Dec. 4, 2016 -   Predicted & Promised - Isaiah 7:14 - 2 Samuel 7:12-13
Dec. 11, 2016 - Proclaimed - Isaiah 9:6 - KidTown Christmas
Dec. 18, 2016 - Prophesied  - Micah 5:2 - Young-At-Heart Christmas
Dec. 24, 2016 - Christmas Eve - 6pm Candle Light Service
Dec. 25, 2016 - Christmas Sunday Morning 

Financial Frustrations

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Talking about money in the church is always difficult, but it’s a conversation that needs to take place. It’s often been asked, “How does the finance committee come up with the budget numbers?” “Don’t we have a ‘fund’ with a large amount of money?” “What is the corporative program?” "Who is 'Annie' and 'Lottie' and why are they getting some of our money?"

As we lead up to acceptance of a 2017 operation budget we will take 3-4 weeks to discuss the budget and how each of us has a responsibility to the ministries here at UABC.

Together let's consider these the following questions that Dr. Thom Rainer, President of Lifeway, has suggested that the Church needs to consider when putting together a budget.

  1. If you were to start your church’s budget from scratch, how differently would it look than your present budget?
  2. Do you have programs and ministries that, if they were discontinued, would have little negative impact on the church or the community?
  3. How much of the church’s expenditures reflect “the way we’ve always done it”?
  4. Are there clear lines of accountability for spending at every level?
  5. How much of the church’s funds are used to impact the community?
  6. Is the church spending its personnel dollars in the most effective ways?
  7. Who are the true decision makers on how church funds are spent?
  8. Do some of the expenditures reflect preferential treatment toward some of the members?
  9. Is debt hindering your church from doing effective ministry?
  10. What are the potential unintended consequences of making significant changes in the budget and expenditures?
  11. Do you know clearly how church funds given to support missions are being used?
  12. Does your church spend too much or too little on physical facilities?
  13. Does the church have adequate funds for training and development of staff and laity?
  14. Does the church’s budget reflect faith, futility, or foolishness?
AN ATTITUDE OF ABUNDANCE

If we really trust that God will provide for our churches in all areas, including finances, we may realize that we do not have a money problem; we may have a stewardship problem. These fourteen questions can be a starting point to help you move toward a realistic and faith-based approach to church finances.

 
 

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