Thursday, September 24, 2020
Latest Update from Bishop Bob
All church campuses will be closed to all activities
Until Further Notice!
Click HERE to read the full announcement made on August 19, 2020!
Wesley and 'The Use of Money'
This week we welcome back Dr. Paul Hewitt to share a message while Pastor Mary is on her second week of vacation. Paul shares some highlights from Wesley's sermon and outlines the three rules of money. The music team performs one of the groups favorite pieces and Cheryl blesses us with a very special duet Prelude this week!
We can't wait to see you all online this Sunday for worship!
This Week's Scripture Verse
Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’
“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ “‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied.“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’ “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ “‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied.“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’ “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.
Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I wanted to give you an update on the appraisal. Both Troy Moser and I met by phone with the bank National Regional Manager from Bank of the West. I pleaded our case and gave several reasons to mitigate a reason to not have an appraisal. The appraisal is not a federal policy, nor is it a policy by the entity that oversees the bank. It is simply their bank policy and they absolutely will not budge on getting an appraisal. I felt there were many reasons why a simple "Site Visit" by one of their officers would not suffice. They were willing to do a limited drive-by appraisal, however they were going to charge us the same as a full blown appraisal. Therefore we opted to do a full blown appraisal at a cost of $4,200.00. The appraiser visited our church on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 and walked the property with Duane Smith, Chair of Trustees. We should have the results within 2 weeks. I did place the bank on notice that we are working hard to get our finances in a position to refinance and I plan to apply to refinance right after the first of the year; and it would not be with their bank. I told them I was not angry, however I was not happy and they were taking advantage of the pandemic and Nevada churches being closed. With a full blown appraisal, we should be able to use it to refinance and that appraisal is good for 6 months. If for some reason we go beyond the 6 months, we can have the same appraiser update the appraisal at a reduced amount and that is good for 1 year. I will contact the Bank Officer from the entity we are going to refinance with and share our updated financials, the appraisal and bring him up to date of what we have done. This will happen in early October.
With all of this said, I ask you all continue to keep our church finances in your prayers. I have seen a very positive upswing in contributions in August and September of 2020 over the same period last year. We discussed it at Church Finance Committee meeting last week and we may start a campaign to reduce our mortgage so we are refinancing less. I wish you all the very best and please stay safe.
Sunday, September 27, 10:00am
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Online Memorial Page
Losing a member of our church family is always difficult, but during the current pandemic and time of separation it has become harder to share our grief, share stories and celebrate life as a church community.
We have created an online memorial board and we invite everyone to please share your memories, stories and/or photos of church members who have passed.
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We hope this online memorial board will help bring us together as a community and not only share our grief, but help celebrate the life of the members who have been a vital part of the GVUMC community.
Although we cannot visit in person, please let the church office know if you or a family member are in the hospital so we on the visitation team can uplift you in prayer as well as visit by phone.
We on the visitation team also reach out to those who feel isolated at home, in assisted living, or in nursing homes.
Call the church office or Lynn Dunn at 702-435-1662 so we are aware of who would like visited by phone calls until we can meet in person.
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