The year 2017 has been a wonderful year of stepping out on faith to reach out to our community, remembering and trusting God’s goodness here at Second Avenue. We have reached those who are in need of God’s love through Meals and More, Vacation BIble School, Fall Fest, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Angel Tree, Night in Bethlehem, Coat Drive, etc. We transferred three of our members’ membership to heaven (Ruth Doxzen, Bob Frazier, and Carol Griffin) and welcomed Jim and Lynda Boggs, Dawn Broderick, Wayne Wilke into our fold in 2017. We have taken in $199,653 toward the budget in 2017, compared to $201,727 in 2016, which is about 1% decrease in the giving. It’s been a busy but a wonderful year and on behalf of our dear Second Avenue United Methodist Church, I thank you for all your prayer, presence, gifts, service, and witness to Jesus Christ!
We had an excellent stewardship campaign headed by Jim Burton. It was such a grace-filled time preparing for the campaign with Jim and talking with all the presenters. From the stewardship moments by Emily Embree, Betty Albers, Lee & Lani Roberts, Amy Astin, and Jim, I learned how much we care for our church and the community we have created here at Second Avenue. It was a time of affirmation for our purpose and mission. By the Commitment Sunday, we have received 36 Commitment Cards (estimated giving cards) for 2018 totalling $141,110 toward the budget and $3,900 toward the designated fund for youth. Again, on behalf of our dear Second Avenue United Methodist Church, I thank you for all your support, commitments, and participation!
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your prayer, presence, gifts, service and witness; for it is a soul-saving work here in our community. As you have already memorized, our goal and purpose is for us to know Christ and make Christ known in our community. Thank you for being a diligent, busy, generous body of Christ! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers each and every day. If you need pastoral visit, prayers, and counseling, do not hesitate to reach out to me. May God bless you with many good things in 2018!
Standing in the Grace of God with You,
Rev. Millie L. Kim