We are preparing for an exciting Fall and Advent Season. God’s blessings through your faithful tithing continue to grow and meet the needs of Timberlake’s expanding ministries.
You will note in the financial summary that giving is strong and expenses remain under budget.
Our governance committees are in full swing after taking the summer off. The council is focused on the future and, most importantly, working with Finance and Staff Parish on our 2024 church budget and CDC budget. We are also excited to fill two important positions over the summer: Pastor of Discipleship – Rev. Jesse Caro, and most recently, Pastor of Visitation and Congregational Care – Rev. Joe Elmore.
If you attend the 8:15 AM Sunday Worship Service, you may hear our Carillon Bells playing from 8:00 AM to just before the service starts. Thanks to Ken Kiger and Vance Driskill for getting the bells working again. We are so blessed to have these bells as a call to worship.
The new Master Facility Planning Committee has begun meeting to discuss the future facility needs of Timberlake and to make plans for needed renovations and expansions. This committee is being co-chaired by members Steve Puckette and Steve Tibbs.
Did you know our young adult/college and career-age attendance is growing? Just last Sunday, we had nine new college student visitors. Our children and youth numbers are also growing.
During our last membership Sunday, we had 18 people commit to the membership vows of Timberlake Church.
As a reminder, please transfer your Timberlake United Methodist Church membership to Timberlake Church if you desire. Call the church office for instructions or complete the transfer form that is located in the table outside of the Sanctuary. This process is only open to those transferring their membership from Timberlake United Methodist to Timberlake Church. To transfer your membership from another church to Timberlake, please contact Jen Davenport through the church office.
To date, 527 individuals have transferred their TUMC membership to Timberlake Church. By transferring their membership, these individuals have actively expressed their commitment to Timberlake Church in attendance, tithing, service, and LifeGroup participation.
Timberlake Church membership is required to vote at our first Timberlake Church Members Meeting, scheduled for Sunday, October 29. In this meeting, members will be presented with the 2024 budget, the 2024 slate of lay leaders for our various committees, and our new bylaws. Members will vote on each of these.
A note about bylaws – after consultation with an attorney who specializes in church bylaws, we are greatly modifying the bylaws to only include the terms and information required by law as a church and a not-for-profit entity. This means much of the information regarding how we “do” church, and what we believe will be removed and placed in a new document titled, “Statement of Faith and Purpose.” Once this document is drafted and approved by the Church Council, it will be presented to church members to vote on. This will likely occur in the first or second quarter of 2024.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
- Rev. Mark Coleman, Executive Director