The Church Council met on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in room 118. Susan Barrier, our Lay Leader, opened our meeting with the lighting of the Christ candle and worship. We then prayed over our pastors, thanking God for their ministry and asking God to continue to fill their hearts and minds with his spirit and guidance. We spent time celebrating our accomplishments of Connecting with God, Connecting with People, and Connecting with Service since the last time we met in January. Some of our celebrations included, our Lenten study, Holy Week, Outreach to the Hispanic Community – Mighty Mondays, Hospital Visitation, and Congregational Care workshops. Ralph Gordon, our Church Council chair, led us in prayer thanking God for all that he has done in and through our congregation over the past three months.
Carl Frazier, our Lead Pastor, discussed the new district lines, names and structure of NC Conference of UMC to the Council. The link to this information can be found in the ‘Spotlight’ box on our webpage at www.fumc-cary.org.
Our Trustee’s Chair, Curtis Westbrook, Sr. shared items from the Trustees Committee with the council. Trustees will most likely make a recommendation regarding a security system for the church at the July Council meeting. The Council also discussed replacing the louvers in the bell tower with stained glass windows. A design committee is to be put together and an update will be given at the July Council meeting.
Chip Kitchings, Finance Chair, reported that our first quarter financial results are tracking to budget. He also shared with the Council that we will pay off our parking lot loan this summer. A financial snapshot can be found at www.fumc-cary.org/churchcouncil.
Ralph Gordon closed our meeting with prayer. The Church Council’s next regular meeting will be in July. There will be a called charge conference on Sunday, May 20th at 12:15 p.m. in room 200. The Council will take action on the Nominations and Lay Leadership report of the 2012-2013 positions.