Thanksgiving Day naturally leads one to consider what there is to be thankful for. One of my greatest thanks is that I pastor a really great church.
Together we recently had the opportunity review what had been accomplished in 2007. It was totally amazing. Here's some of the numbers:
155: The average number of children, youth, and adults who attend Sunday School each week. That puts the church in the top 5% of all UM churches in Iowa and number one in the South Central District.
60: The average number of Jr. & Sr. high school students who attend PROS (Persons Relying On their Savior) each Thursday evening.
100%: The increase in our financial support to Safe Water International Ministries so far this year over 2006's total.
7: The number of adult discipleship groups presently meeting.
40: The average number of elementary students who attend GEMS and Cadets on Thursday.
12: The number of young people who confirmed their faith last spring.
15: The number of years that Rev. Kevin Glesener served the New Sharon UMC before moving on to become a workplace chaplan.
8: The number of part-time lay staff persons who provide excellent leadership in all areas of the church's ministries.
26: The number of youth and adults who spent a week serving others at a workcamp last summer.
9,300: The dollars raised to send those individuals to the workcamp.
88: The number of keys on the baby grand piano which now sits in our sanctuary.
1: The number of gods the people of the New Sharon UMC faithfully serve, to whom belongs all glory and honor and thanksgiving.