The Church Council met on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m in room 200. Susan Barrier, our Lay Leader, opened our meeting with lighting the Christ candle and worship. We spent time celebrating our accomplishments of Connecting with God, Connecting with People, and Connecting with Service since the last time we met in July. Some of our celebrations included: MannaFest weekend, Disciple Classes, Beginnings, Way of the Child, Blessing of the Animals, Mighty Mondays, Fall programing, Bell Retreat, Fair Booth, Mission Teams, Youth Kickoff, Consignment Sale, and MInisters of Hospital Visitation.
Carl Frazier, Lead Pastor, led us in a discussion of “Inside the Large Congregation” by Susan Beaumont. The council was asked to consider the following questions: In what areas do we feel we are effective/functioning? In what areas do we feel we need improvement? What is our focus and where are we going? The council felt that the following areas are effective and functioning: our staff team design and function, clergy leadership and governance and board function. The council felt that our strategy formation and execution needs improvement. The council felt that we have so much going on that it is difficult to focus at times. The size of our leadership team is too large. Maybe we should change our council meeting schedule to every other month, with one meeting being business and the next meeting be a strategy/visioning session.
The Council discerned and took action on the following items:
- The council discerned and approved the Funeral Handbook & Policy as presented by Linda Miller, Worship Committee Chair. These guidelines were much needed and are new to our church. Linda pointed out that when people are grieving, they need assistant and guidance. The funeral fees are similar to our wedding fees and are appropriate. Honorariums are suggested to members and non-member fees are as follows: Pastor $275, Organist $250, Audio $75, Custodial $100.
- Skip Dyer, Long Range Planning Chair (LRPC), presented the conceptual Long Range Master Plan for our church campus. The master plan was developed by Tice-Kiester from the responses to our church-wide survey. The church council approved the conceptual building locations, which included an identified location for the columbarium.
- Chip Kitchings, Finance Chair, reported that our September YTD expenses are exceeding our donations by approximately $200,000. Giving is down and we are expecting a shortfall of $100,000 by year end. Chip is asking everyone to catch up on their pledges and to participate in the stewardship campaign. The Sanctuary Camera system is currently on hold.
As an act of leadership, the church council brought their Advancing Through Faith Commitments forward. Carl led the council in praying the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer:
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low by thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
Ralph Gordon closed our meeting with prayer. The Church Council’s next meetings are as follows: All are welcome to attend.
November 18 – Charge Conference, 2:30 p.m. at Macedonia UMC
December 13 – Budget Approval Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in room 200
January 24 – Next Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m. in room 200