Members & Friends of Indo-Pak United Methodist Church,
I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope this season provides an opportunity for you to put aside your usual business and enjoy quality time with your family and friends around the Thanksgiving table. Take time to thank God for all his goodness and blessings during the past year.
I am thankful to all of you for your prayers, love, support and encouragement you provide to our family. We are thankful to God for keeping our family healthy. We were especially joyful to know that God has called Ashish into ministry.
Last year, all of us here at Indo-Pak/West Ridge UMC were quite concerned because the sanctuary’s heating system had begun to break down. There were Sundays when we did not have any heat. We initiated a Building Fund to raise money for a new system. Not everyone believed we could raise the funds. Yet, I am happy to announce that we have raised $28,000 between the two congregations, and received $5,000 in grant money from the Conference.
Our installation program began three weeks ago. Sadly, the city inspector has raised objections because we are adding an air-conditioning system, and the work on the project has stopped. The city has asked that we use architect, general contractor and secure another building permit for design and installation. That has added $15,000 to the cost of the project and raised the total cost of the project to $50,000. We are still trying to raise additional funds. If you want to contribute for this project, please talk to me. We are also investigating the possibility of installing a system without air conditioning. Please pray for God’s guidance and help as we proceed.
As I write this letter, I am also aware that we need to continue to pray and support the victims of terrorism in Peshawar, Pakistan and other places throughout the world.
Rev. Ernest C. Singh
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