Our Share the Plate Partner for August is Petree Elementary

Support of Petree Elementary School is a large part of our congregation-wide Social Justice focus. Share the Plate funds in August will help provide uniforms (navy, black or tan pants and navy, white or red shirts) for students in need.  Such clothing and gift certificates can also be donated outright through SAC. All cash and designated checks (write "share the plate" in the memo line) collected via the offering our worship services will be shared 50/50 with Petree Elementary during the month of August.

Gift List

Several Committees have asked about ways to let our Members and Friends know about special initiatives needing funding. These are items which our Fellowship has not been able to fund in the regular budget process. Recent donations of this sort have enabled us to install our high-tech security camera system and to appropriately fund our planned Website upgrade. Long-time members will recall our Approved Gift List which has served to communicate these needs in the past. The updated version is shown below and the website version will be updated as needed.

No Ice!

Our 17 year old ice maker is no longer working and it is beyond repair. As many of you heard, I made an unsuccessful plea at last year’s budget town hall to add the appropriate funds into Building Reserve and I reported at the May congregational meeting that the Building Reserve was negative. The Board put available funds from last year’s surplus into the reserve to cover the upcoming anticipated issue with the office HVAC, which has a freon leak. Unfortunately there is no money to replace the ice maker from the reserve until our pledge levels allow for adequate funding. All events need to bring their own ice. --Tom Ricono, Chair of Building Committee.

Share the Plate - July - Food Bank Garden

July’s recipient of our "Share The Plate" offering is the Betty and Jim Holmes Food Bank Garden. This all-volunteer-run garden, located on Reynolda Road at Crossnore, yields over 10,000 lbs of produce annually. All the produce is distributed to those in need through some 400 agencies in Forsyth and the other 17 counties served by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. Volunteers are also needed. Brochures are available on the SAC table in the lobby. Sallie Brewer is the STP ambassador.