Category Archives: Local Church

A Morning with Pastor Montgomery

Jenny and I had a very productive meeting this morning with Pastor Wayne Montgomery, discussing transition issues. We’re thankful for all that Wayne has done at Abilene First and honored and humbled to be following him. The more I talk to Wayne, the more excited I am about Abilene First UMC, and I was plenty excited before I started talking to Wayne.

Historical Postcards

We’ve collected a number of old postcards. A slideshow can be found below. You can click on the play button to begin watch the show. You can also click pause for a longer look at an individual image, use the left and right arrows to click through individual slides on demand and click hide captions in order to see the whole photograph unobscured. Clicking anywhere else on the image takes you to the gallery homepage.

General Fund Balance

As of the end of November, the general fund stood at -$4,532.92 (that is a negative number). The unaudited number at present is -$3327.57 (better, but still in the red). A few months ago, I took a look at historical trends in giving over a year’s span here at First United Methodist Church and found that although we always gained by the end of the year, when exactly we gained has varied all the way from August to December. We have cost cutting measures going into effect next year that should more than make up the difference, but I still hope, for the sake of the church’s mission, that we can end the year in the black.

To that end two reminders are in order. The first is that the project to install pews in the sanctuary is being paid for out of memorial funds and has had no impact on the general operating fund. The second is that we provide a receipt stating that tithes or offerings were received in 2010 only for giving that is received in time to be deposited in and credited to the church’s account in 2010. Your accountant may tell you differently, but we must go by what our accountant tells us. We’ll do our best to make sure any last minute gifts make it in before the deadline.