2013 was a great year in the life of our church on a variety of fronts.
- The Capital Campaign, for example, was launched this past year with pledges amounting to nearly $400,000. Work has begun in the sanctuary as a result of the campaign’s success.
- Giving was amazing this past year. The “70 in 7” project was a great achievement. The church was able to raised nearly $70,000 in 7 weeks in order to meet its financial and mission obligations. Thanks to the faithfulness of our church members, our congregation will once again pay 100% of its apportionments.
- Twenty-six people joined the church this past year, marking the best year for new members since 2007. Thirteen children (and adults) were baptized in 2013, which marks the highest total since 2005.
Many more examples of great ministry can be highlighted from this past year. There is certainly much to celebrate when reflecting on Lake Cities United Methodist Church. While we can be proud of our work, we must be careful about become complacent in our ministry. We cannot allow ourselves to become overly confident in our witness. Our average worship attendance, for example, suffered a loss for the first time in over four years. Average worship attendance dropped over 6% from the previous year.
I anticipate that 2014 will be another amazing year for our church. A newly renovated sanctuary should be opened by Easter. With new “rooftops” being built in our surrounding neighborhoods, I am excited that we will have new ground in which to flourish and grow. Our work will not be easy in spreading the Good News but the rewards of fulfilling God’s call are anticipated to be life-changing for our community.
Thank you for your service.