The FUMCC Church Council met on Thursday, December 7 for a gathering of discernment and holy conversation. The meeting was first convened as a Charge Conference for the purpose of receiving and acting on the 2018 Pastor Compensation recommendation from Staff Parish. The Church Council adopted the 2018 Pastors Compensation recommendation from Staff Parish. Click here for the approved Pastoral Compensation.
Suvas Chitnis was recommended to begin as a Conference Certified Lay Speaker.
The Charge Conference then concluded.
Lighting of the Christ Candle and Opening Prayer
The meeting was called to order 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 ‘God’s Provision.’ Linda cited examples of the many different leaders with varying talents God has provided for FUMCC’s Building to Serve Project; God is our Joy and our Provision during this season of Advent, and will be during the Building to Serve Project.
Forward Thinking Goals
Maureen Sawchak asked the group if any explanations were needed, or if there was anything to be lifted off; there was no further discussion.
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.
Maureen Sawchak questioned if there were things that may have served their purposes and needed to be re-evaluated; none was noted.
Finance Chair/Assistant Treasurer, Lisa Varani provided the group with the Finance Committee’s proposed 2018 Ministry (Operating) Budget, and she gave a review of budgets, actual expenses and giving, and projected giving, from 2012 – 2017. A motion was made to approve the 2018 Budget proposed by the Finance committee, and the group present approved the budget unanimously. The total Ministry Budget for 2018 is $2,995,763.70. Please click here for the 2018 budget.
Lisa reported the Finance Committee will be reviewing bank proposals for financing Phase I of the Building to Serve Project; to be presented at the January 4, 2018 Church Conference.
Cody Hand, Staff Parish Relations Chair, asked that the group be mindful of all that transpires at FUMCC during Advent, and to remember FUMCC pastors and staff during this Advent season.
Hal Belk reported the Emergency Task Force met the preceding week and has a remit to develop an Emergency Preparedness Plan.
Building Committee Update
Curtis Westbrook, reported J.D. Beam Construction has been chosen for Phase I of the Building to Serve Project (New building and Templeton Building renovations) with a bid of $7,051,907.00; this amount includes $943,000.00 owner costs and $320,000.00 contingency (5%). Phase I is anticipated to take 60 weeks, or 14 months. Reverend Carl Frazier noted this information will be presented at the January 4, 2018 Church Conference, and subsequently will be presented to the District Board of Church Location and Building on January 16, 2018.
Senior Adult Day Care Task Force
Christine Hildebrand 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 they have looked at requirements for offering different levels of service. The current thinking is the Center will be a ‘Social Center’ (as opposed to Medical), and, ‘Total Life Centers,’ is an organization currently being considered as an administrator for the center at FUMCC; the task force observed this operating model working well at Garner UMC. The Senior Adult Day Care Task Force will begin conversations with Total Life Center and the Building Committee to determine space and location then a proposal will be submitted the Church Council for discernment.e
Task Force on Race and the Church
Linda Hodges reported the task force will meet for the third time the week of December 11, 2017. The group met last with Jason Franklin, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Cary Academy, who is providing training to the FUMCC task force, pro bono. From the training, the group is learning to affirm and value the differences and similarities of all people, with the goal of helping us to create a church atmosphere that is inclusive and safe for everyone. The task force is also reading books that challenge our world view.
Celebration Service Task Force
Reverend William Green reported the Celebration Task Force’s purpose is two fold at the moment. They are evaluating the future of Celebration – what Celebration may want to do due during Phase 2 of construction, and they are examining what is best for reaching the ‘unchurched’ population.
Reverend Carl Frazier announced the 2018 dates for MannaFest, September 29 and 30, 2018. Carl and Reverend Colin Snider will host the first Table Talk series of 2018, entitled, ‘The Practice of Holy Conversations.’ This series will delve into how we, as a Church, discuss issues that are potentially divisive, and the remit is to suggest principles for having such conversations so relationships (i.e. the church) prevail over disagreements. Carl noted this matter is important to the Church’s future, and suggested the group read, ‘The Theological Task,’ in The Book of Discipline.
Church Council Chair, Maureen Sawchak led council members in a closing prayer, and the meeting was adjourned.