Ministry Spotlight – Finance Committee

After a holiday break, we’re back with more CABC Ministry Spotlights, highlighting the various and diverse ministries found right here at CABC! First up for 2020 is the CABC Finance Committee!

Ministry Spotlight: Finance Committee
Ministry Chair Person(s): Mike Enslen

Now that the holiday season is over and the new year has started, we’re all ready to budget, tighten up our spending, and balance some checkbooks, right?! Well, okay maybe we’re all not that excited about finances in that perspective… but our CABC Finance Committee sure is! (anyone else hear crickets chirping?)

CABC is blessed to have a wonderful Finance Committee dedicated to tackling the big (sometimes stressful, but important) questions and concerns of being stewards of God in regard to monetary matters. The committee holds to the words of Paul in his letter to the Philippians saying, “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).”

The committee’s primary purpose is to oversee the financial activities of the church and to maintain its books and financial records. The committee itself is made up of five areas of service: a chairperson to serve as the Church Treasurer, and Elder representative, the on-staff Bookkeeper, the Financial Secretary and anywhere from 2-4 members of the congregation.

The Finance Committee has many important responsibilities (as do all our wonderful ministries) that help keep our financial records organized, secure and honest. Some of those responsibilities include: preparing the annual church budget by consolidating individuals budgets from all staff, committees and ministries within CABC; regularly reviewing the financial condition of the church and providing leadership and the church body as a whole with reports reflecting the health and/or needs currently found; establishing goals and priorities for the Finance Committee itself based on the church’s objectives and long-range plans as defined by the Elder Board; and finally, maintaining insurance policies for the church, ensuring adequate safeguards are in place to control and limit access to the church’s monetary funds, and providing for the audit of the church’s books and financial records every third year.  

Chairman, Mike Enslen, has led this committee for the past six months and is doing a great job (along with his team!) working with all levels of leadership and effectively and openly sharing updates, praises and concerns with the congregation. In his words, “The Finance Committee has an important responsibility, not only to create the operating budget, but to oversee the flow of money into and out of the church throughout the year.  We take this responsibility seriously as we seek to be good stewards with what God has provided CABC to serve the body, the surrounding community, and the world.”
 
You’re encouraged to join the Semi-Annual Business Meeting coming up at the end of the month (and the Annual Business Meeting at the end of June) for more in-depth updates and details as it pertains to the financial health and goals of the church. The committee is always open to new members to join as well. Feel free to find Mr. Mike Enseln on Sundays (though perhaps not while he’s in the drum cage) to discuss more about this ministry at CABC if you want to know more. 
 
Tune in next month for another CABC Ministry Spotlight!

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Ministry Spotlight – Women’s Ministry

Ministry Spotlight: Women’s Ministry
Ministry Chair Person(s): Kristine Gardner
 
CABC’s Women’s Ministry purpose is to draw closer to God (amen sisters!); to know Him and demonstrate Christ’s love by fostering a community of service that is encouraging, loving and supportive. And these ladies know how to do just that!
Led by Kristine Garnder, the Women’s Ministry committee includes Bethanie Freeman, Deb Trojak and Carol Crawford. The team works together to plan and implement opportunities for fellow women of the church and community at large to fellowship throughout the year. Some of their plans for service and fellowship include blessing others through meal prep service projects, pot lucks, the women’s tea, game and fellowship times, weekend retreats, Bible study groups and devotional times sprinkled throughout.
 
The main goal of Women’s Ministry is simple: to promote fellowship among the women of CABC, as well as to reach out to those women outside our church walls and in our community and to share Christ’s love with them. They are working to encourage and invite more ladies to attend each event to foster that spirit of fellowship, and they additionally commit to having a time of devotions and intentional prayer to help meet the spiritual needs of those being served during each event.
 
Already this year, this group has blessed numerous families with dinner meals prepared during their first meal prep service project, And if that isn’t sweet enough, each meal includes a verse of encouraging scripture written on on the dish covering to remind those who enjoy them that both God and your CABC family is here for you. The next opportunity to enjoy some sisterly love and fellowship will be a the Women’s Ministry Clothing Swap happening on Friday, November 8th at CABC. Alongside a time of devotion and prayer, this will be a fun evening for ladies to come together and… well, shop! Because the only thing better than shopping is shopping (FOR FREE!) with your (fashionable) sisters in Christ!
 
Kristine says she loves being a part (and now leading) this ministry. “I’ve only been to a few events and the retreat, but just during those times I have loved being able to get to know the other women in the church and build new friendships. Had I not gone, there are quite a few ladies I don’t think I would have even really met. But besides the friendships we can build with each other, I love the opportunity Women’s Ministry gives for ladies to serve together as a family and grow in our relationship with Christ.”
 
If you are interested in joining this group of wonderful ladies who work to provide opportunities for sisters in Christ to connect, grow, love and serve, then connect with Kristine or come out to an event and see for yourself! And you can always see what’s happening on their ministry web page.
 

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Ministry Spotlight – CABC Preschool

Ministry Spotlight: CABC Preschool
Ministry Chair Person(s): Miss Crystal Johnson, CABC Preschool Teacher and Miss Vicky Bange, CABC Preschool Aide
 
CABC Preschool has officially started back up again for the ninth year for the 2019-2020 school year! Miss Crystal and Miss Vicky are perhaps two of the best teachers a child could ever have (obviously not biased at all… but honestly, a little jealous I didn’t get to have them as my preschool teachers)!
 
CABC Preschool exists to meet the basic needs of each child to be loved and accepted and to affirm their uniqueness. It strives to encourage each child to grow at his/her own pace (physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually and spiritually), help them grow and develop in trustful and loving relationships and to provide a strong, solid foundation for further education. CABC Preschool not only provides a warm and loving educational environment for the children of CABC and our surrounding communities, but seeks to provide each child with various age-appropriate learning experiences as well as spiritual and Bible-based education.
 
And for anyone who thinks running a preschool  for 3 and 4-year-olds is pretty easy and not very involved, please… continue reading.
 
Miss Crystal and Miss Vicky work year-round to prepare and implement each school year’s curriculum, work with CABC staff, pastors, edlers and deacons on all Preschool-related and CABC-related functions, communicate with the CABC Preschool board with updates, changes, challenges and successes, communicate with area public schools to know what is required for students going into Kindergarten and to implement those skills into the CABC Preschool curriculum, enroll new families to the program, communicate with parents, grandparents and other family members throughout the year and from year to year and then care for and educate children ages 3 through 5 for 2.5 hours per session (and for you math nerds there are a combined total of 7 sessions in a week for 3 and 4-year-olds).
 
All that to say, there is more than just fun and games taking place in CABC Preschool each week… but boy, can Miss Crystal and Miss Vicky make learning feel like all fun and games!
 
“I love my job because it is never boring, ” says Miss Crystal. “I never know from one moment to the next what might happen or be said. And I absolutely love this age because they are so new, fresh and innocent. I get to lay the foundation of education that will be with them for their entire lives. I get to teach them the basics that will be used day in and day out forever; like colors, shapes, writing their name, cutting, numbers, letters and so much more!”
 
And when the two of them are not teaching in preschool they can be found running VBS at CABC, volunteering at our Wednesday Night programs, teaching Sunday School, loving on babies in the CABC nursery and so much more.
 
If you are looking for a great preschool for your child(ren), there are still a few open afternoon spots in the 4-year-old classes and CABC Preschool enrolls year-round! If you are interested in getting involved with CABC Preschool, volunteers are always needed to be on-call should Miss Crystal or Miss Vicky be sick and unable to teach. Background clearances are required to volunteer in this capacity.
 
For even more information on this great CABC ministry, be sure to check out their website and follow the fun on Facebook! And tune in next month for another Ministry Spotlight at CABC

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Ministry Spotlight – Staff Relations

We are excited to kick off an new monthly series highlighting one of the many ministries and inner workings of CABC! This is a great way for you to learn more about the various ministries found right here at CABC and, if you’re really interested, how to get more involved. So lets get started!

Ministry Spotlight: Staff Relations
Ministry Chair Person(s): Bethanie Freeman

The Staff Relations Committee (SRC) at CABC can be summarized by two verses from scripture. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17) and “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). The purpose of SRC is to foster constructive communication between the Congregation and its pastoral leadership and staff employees. SRC works as a representative of the Congregation in matters relating to the professional and personal well being of all staff members and is an investment in our staff and therefore CABC’s long term ministry as a whole.
 
The goal of Staff Relations is to simply support and partner with each CABC staff member. Through encouragement, annual interviews, collective feedback, and team building/staff appreciation activities, SRC ensures that each staff members is able to fulfill both their personal and ministry goals and objectives. Each committee member serves as a representative to one or more staff members to pray for and encourage them throughout the year. The committee also help to provide staff with multiple team-building and appreciation activities throughout the year that.
 
SRC meets with staff every year to conduct evaluations and yearly interviews to help better meet the needs of the church and staff alike. SRC helps fill new or open positions as they become available and works alongside the Elder and Deacon boards and Finance committee throughout the year.
 
Or in the words of SRC chair, Bethanie Freeman, “I believe that CABC has an amazing staff. But part of keeping an amazing staff is forming a connection between the congregation, the leaders and the staff… which is the whole purpose of Staff Relations. We seek to support our staff in any way we can to make sure that we keep such wonderful people to lead our church.”
 
(And for the record, this staff member sure does appreciate that support and encouragement from SRC and the CABC church body as a whole!)
 
If you would like to be a part of this committee of caring, encouraging and accountable people, be sure to talk to Bethanie to learn even more! Tune in next month for another Ministry Spotlight!

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National Day of Prayer

This Thursday, May 2 is the National Day of Prayer.
 
As Christians, we know that prayer is an incredible gift enabling us to talk to our Heavenly Father; as humans we know that prayer can sometimes be pushed aside as we get caught up in our busy days.
 
So this Thursday we are challenging and encouraging YOU to join us for intentional time devoted to prayer throughout the day.
 
Prayer prompts for our state, country and world will be posted via social media:
 
We invite you to stop by the church if you are available to spend some intentional time in peace, quiet, and before the feet of God. Our church pastors will also be available if you would like someone to pray with you or for you. The church will be open from 9:00am to 2:00pm in observance of the National Day of Prayer.
 
The National Day of Prayer organization will be live streaming at 7:30pm. Click here to view
 
But no matter how you spend your day, we encourage you to take the extra moments to spend time before our mighty Lord and Savior, to remember his love and mercies, and to pray for those around you.

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What’s Your Legacy?

by Pastor Josh Trojak
I can be a sentimental man. I hold onto stuff longer than I should. One example of this are the t-shirts that I have received from the many different teams, musicals, groups, and trips of which I have been a part since high school. As growing up and growing out catches up to me, I am not able to fit into any of those shirts from high school, or sadly even college. However, I can’t part with these mementos of good times of many kinds.
 
Many years ago, my grandmother took my high school shirts and created a beautiful quilt to make my shirts, that were useless to me, become useful again. She later made one from my college shirts and this past Christmas my wife commissioned Heidi Bortner to turn our old camp shirts into a blanket as well. I hadn’t given these quilts much thought until we moved into our new house in Spring Grove just a couple of months ago. With new bedroom assignments and beds to go with them, we needed to use these blankets that I have acquired. That first blanket from high school is now one of the covers on my son’s bed to help keep him warm on our chilly nights.
I never would have thought the swimming or musical shirts I got while in school would someday help keep my kids warm. Judson finds the different patches of shirts interesting, but they simply don’t mean to him what they mean to me. What it made me think about is the legacy that those shirts have and the ability to adapt to a new purpose.
 
We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. (Psalm 78:4, NIV)
 
We don’t know what effect the works of our labors will have on the next generation. This view of the past affecting the present gives me more of a reminder to make sure I am investing in things that will have a lasting impact long after I am gone. I don’t want my kids just to know about my school adventures. Those blankets will eventually be thrown away. The legacy Jesus can have on their lives and the lives of those they share Him with will last forever. What legacy are you leaving behind?

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