Finance & Admin Tidbits
Dear Colleagues,

I hope you all had a happy and safe Fourth of July! We were busy with General Convention in Austin, and are now getting back to normal. I hope many of you will take advantage of Stewardship for the Heart and Soul, the August 11 presentation by stewardship expert Lance Ousley. Also, I encourage your congregation's delegation to Diocesan Convention to register now for the earlybird rate.

Feel free to contact me anytime with questions or concerns: ksmith@edsd.org.

Sincerely,
The Rev. Kirby M. Smith
Diocesan Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
Leave Roof Work to the Pros
A severe storm (or fire) rocks your community–and your church facilities. You walk around the buildings to inspect the damage and see that a couple of shingles have fallen. There is also a water stain on the ceiling in the kitchen, indicating possible damage to the roof. You think to yourself that maybe this is something that can be easily repaired—a couple of shingles nailed down, a little roof sealant around the flashing, that kind of thing. Maybe you think that this is something you can even do yourself to save some money.

Harrassment in the Church
When you hear the words “sexual harassment,” do you ever think of places that are supposed to be safe havens? Have you considered that harassment could occur in your own church, or has already occurred in your own church? Harassment is a pattern of behavior that makes another person feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Perpetrators of harassment can be anywhere. They may be in staff or volunteer positions or just be members of the congregation. Harassment in the church could occur in the workplace or in a social setting.


Stewardship for the Heart & Soul
Saturday, August 11 @ St. Michael's, Carlsbad
The Rev. Lance Ousley, reputed stewardship expert from the Diocese of Olympia, will help us gain a deeper theological and spiritual understanding of stewardship. He will help us use that foundation to construct a meaningful and effective annual pledge drive and explore tips for how to deepen your congregation’s year-round stewardship development. Lunch included.


Register Now to Receive Earlybird Rate for Diocesan Convention
Fri - Sat, Nov. 9 - 10 @ St. Dunstan's
Diocesan Convention is the one time each year when we come together to vote on the diocesan budget, discuss resolutions and elect leaders to guide our common life. All are welcome as we explore what it means to have faith like a mustard seed and grow in Christ. Register by August 31 to receive the earlybird rate. Payment must be received by August 31.