By SharperIron Dec 23 2011 Christmas 1386 reads There are 6 Comments Merry Christmas, Sharper Iron Family! Ed Vasicek - Fri, 12/23/2011 - 9:04am Things NEED to slow down around the holidays. Our church boards avoid meeting in December except during an emergency. We publish our church newsletter 11 times per year: our December/January issue is combined and is issued the last week of November. Most of us are way busy at Christmas time and we have learned to flex with reality. If the year were steady, how boring life would be! So to Aaron and the SI administrators who do all the work, I want to say "thank you" as a token SI participator. You folks are Tony the Tiger G-R-E-A-T!!! Merry Christmas!!! "The Midrash Detective" Thx, Ed Aaron Blumer - Fri, 12/23/2011 - 9:50am For me, this year's been a bit crazier than most on that score... some new ministry efforts, plus school teaching part time. So it's really nice to be able to sleep in a little and just kind of loaf for half a day (which is what I'm doing right now). Views expressed are always my own and not my employer's, my church's, my family's, my neighbors', or my pets'. The house plants have authorized me to speak for them, however, and they always agree with me. Changing church fiscal year M. Osborne - Fri, 12/23/2011 - 11:01am Ed Vasicek wrote: Things NEED to slow down around the holidays. Our church boards avoid meeting in December except during an emergency. We publish our church newsletter 11 times per year: our December/January issue is combined and is issued the last week of November. Good idea. I've thought of recommending that our church begin and end its fiscal year some time other than January, because getting together budget recommendations, officer nomination slips, etc. is very difficult to do in December in advance of January meetings. The church Christmas program is wonderful and worthwhile, but time consuming. Merry Christmas. My day off will be Monday, so it's back to work for me. Michael Osborne Philadelphia, PA Happy times Susan R - Sat, 12/24/2011 - 7:11am Hope everyone has a great holiday. [img ]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_W8k_-zfUyVg/THGh1TxhbUI/AAAAAAAACdg/3LUbwZ-kzh... ] Scenescape Media Fiscal Year Ed Vasicek - Mon, 12/26/2011 - 7:45pm We end our fiscal year at the end of April and begin our new year May 1. There is no good time for annual meetings and elections and annual reports, in my book, but the end of the year has to be among the worst, IMO. Christmas is crazy enough as it is! "The Midrash Detective" Relaxed "year" Aaron Blumer - Tue, 12/27/2011 - 9:25am At church, our fiscal year officially ends Dec. 31, but we just keep going on the old budget until we adopt the new one in Feb retroactively. Might seem a bit odd, but it works pretty well. All budgets are retroactive anyway if you adopt them after January 1. It's just a question of how much retroactivity you're comfortable with. Formerly, our Annual Meeting was in mid January, and we found it quite difficult to prepare in time. So we moved it to Feb. (Elected ministry roles go from March 1 to end of Feb each year... I suppose we could just do this w/budget, too and simplify things, but "If it ain't broke...") Views expressed are always my own and not my employer's, my church's, my family's, my neighbors', or my pets'. The house plants have authorized me to speak for them, however, and they always agree with me.