For the first time since Fall of 2009 when the Family Night Committee took responsibility for preparing and serving the Family Night Supper, the Family Night Fund showed an operating loss at 2013 year end. While the increased cost of food supplies is the major factor contributing to this loss, the Committee met recently and discussed other means of controlling costs in an effort to prevent having to raise the cost of meals to those attending Wednesday night services.
 
If your family is on the permanent list of those planning to eat on Wednesday night, it is your responsibility to notify the church office by Tuesday at noon if you do not plan to attend. Food supplies are purchased based on the number on the reservation list at noontime Tuesday. On a recent Wednesday night, there were 18 no-shows resulting in $90 in lost revenue, wasted food, and unnecessary work for the staff and committee. In the future, if you fail to cancel your reservation in a timely manner, you will be sent an invoice for the cost of the missed meals. If there was a true emergency that prevented your attending (such as sudden illness), you may notify the church office.
 
The cost of paper products has also gone up significantly. In the future, there will be an extra charge of $1.00 for each carry-out. Please advise the teller at the time of checking in that you will need a carry-out box. If your family members come in at different times, we are asking that each family member, including the children and youth, check in with the teller. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for small children are available at $1, however if your child goes through the serving line, the cost is $5.
 
In the future, only prospects for church membership or speakers will be considered guests. When the church staff writes a welcome letter to visitors at the Sunday service, a guest dinner ticket for the first Wednesday night visit will be included in the letter.
 
We will continue shut-in meals as in the past. We encourage you to call the church office by noon Tuesday if you are willing to carry a meal to a member who is ill or house bound.
 
In 90 days, the Committee will assess the results of these cost cutting measures with the hope that it will be unnecessary to increase the cost of future meals. The Committee also wishes to express its appreciation for your cooperation and understanding of the necessity to make these changes.