When Pat Scarborough began giving her report at our Quarterly Church conference you could tell things were different. As she shared highlight after highlight, everyone began praising God for the work He is doing through the volunteers and staff at Heart & Hands Ministry!
In response to the faithful stewardship of many good givers, Kenny Kelarek, chairman of our Finance Team, reported that we had a budget surplus of $59,538 in 2018. The Finance Team made the following recommendations which were approved by vote of those present at the Church conference.
At our most recent Deacon’s meeting, I listened in awe and appreciation as person after person related their experience during our Deacons’ year-end gift card ministry. It was a very simple approach. Each Deacon was given 1-2 gift-cards with the following instructions: Pray for a discerning heart and sensitive eyes; Ask God to show you exactly who to give your card(s) to; Distribute your card(s) to a needy person of your choice. No questions asked, no strings attached. Recipients did not have to be from Salado. The only requirement was that distribution was to happen sometime before Christmas.
Student ministries across the Country have witnessed the life-changing effects of Disciple Now (aka: DNOW) weekends. They have seen students and adults accept the challenge to grow as disciples of Christ issued during the intense format of a weekend focused on their walk with the Lord. DNOW has grown to be one of the most effective tools in youth ministry. Millions of students have participated in one of these life-changing weekends. Some of the most successful Student ministers in the country claim that DNOW has had more impact spiritually on their students than any event they do all year!
At our January Church conference, a report was given related to our Re-envision process. Pastor Travis spoke of having prayerfully read through every single one of the feedback forms which were turned in, and that the forms were being sorted and gleaned for common themes.