FUMC Church Council Meeting Minutes
October 5, 2017
Lighting of the Christ Candle and Opening Prayer
The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm by Church Council Chair, Maureen Sawchak, who led the group in the lighting of the Christ Candle and gave an opening prayer.
Linda Hodges, Lay Leader, delivered a devotional regarding the ‘condition of our heart.’ It was noted our true identity is found in Christ; we belong to God. As we move forward with Building to Serve, we recognize hardened hearts exist, and this must change. We must teach that All are loved by God, help those amongst us to see with God’s eyes, and plan for every/any heart to feel welcome and loved in the new facilities.
Church Council members shared and celebrated the ways in which FUMC shared the heart of Christ from the heart of Cary since the last meeting.
Reverend Carl Frazier led a breakout session regarding discipleship and the role our building serves in the making of disciples. Those present brainstormed to produce a list of potential principles for use of the new building. FUMCC staff will review/refine this list, present it to the Trustees, and report back to the Council at the April 2018 meeting.
Status/progress updates were provided as follows.
Christian Formation/Young Adult Ministry
Karen Albritton reported that a meeting is planned with parents and students representative of the 18-22 year old age group to assess needs and possibilities going forward to best utilize resources available to serve this population. Campus lunches provided at area colleges and the 11:00 Sunday School have been discontinued to free up resources for reallocation.
Christian Formation/Family Ministry
Reverend Martha McLean noted structuring of the Family Ministry and realigning of associated staff and ministries continue.
Cody Hand reported there will be one final consignment sale in the spring sponsored by UMW’s Sarah Circle, and Deanna Day stated the UMW is looking at ways to get new people involved in a UMW Circle.
Finance Chair/Assistant Treasurer, Lisa Varani reported as of the end of August, funds remain consistent with the same timeframe of previous years. Requests for 2018 budget needs were received from committees in a timely manner, and information for the 2018 budget will be available in December. The UMCOR Hurricane Relief fund will be the major recipient of State Fair Booth proceeds this year. Click here for the August reports.
Cody Hand, Staff Parish Relations Chair, announced to the group as part of the Family Ministry structuring, Kollin Absher-Baer will be devoted fully to the Young Adults Ministry going forward, and an announcement for a new First on Chatham Worship Leader will be forthcoming.
In the absence of Curtis Westbrook, Reverend Carl Frazier reported bids from contractors are anticipated in November, and construction is to begin in January 2018. Carl pointed out that due to the building boom in the Triangle area and increases in cost of materials due to recent hurricanes, bids may exceed the previously agreed seven million dollar cap for the new construction phase of the building project, though we will strive to keep costs at or below this cap.
Note: During the course of the meeting Carl received word from Curtis that the Town of Cary had approved the site plan and special use permit for the proposed Youth and Community Center.
Carl stated that he and Reverend William Green would be meeting the following week with a task force that has been formed to discuss the future and structure of the Celebration Service.
Senior Adult Day Care Task Force
Reverend Heather Wong provided an update regarding the Congregational Care Ministry goal to establish a Senior Adult Day Care at FUMCC. The task force has visited centers in the area and is in the process of evaluating how different models might work to best serve the community with space that will exist as per the building plan.
Task Force on Race and the Church
Reverend Carl Frazier reported the task force has been formed and currently is in the process of evaluating where we, as a congregation, are going and where the task force will take the congregation.
Reverend Carl Frazier pointed out the extensive need for volunteers to work the Fair Booth. The next Council Meeting will be December 7, 2017 with a remit to approve the 2018 budget; a Charge Conference to approve pastoral compensation for 2018 will immediately precede the Council meeting. Church Council Chair, Maureen Sawchak led council members in a closing prayer, and the meeting was adjourned.