On Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. in room 200, we will hold a called Charge Conference prior to the Church Council meeting. The purpose of the Charge Conference will be to elect church officers for 2016-2017. Following the Called Charge Conference, the Church Council will have a strategic discussion exploring strategies for ministry focus, proposed changes to First UMC Cary’s Employee Handbook will be introduced as well as a Bereavement Meal Proposal from the UMW. Everyone is invited; members of the Church Council may vote.
Welcome and Introductions
The meeting was called to order by Church Council Chair, Linda Miller at 7:00pm.
Lay Leader, Mark Schneider, led a devotional based on Genesis 12:1-5 encouraging all to listen for and to answer God’s call.
Church Council members shared and celebrated the way in which FUMC shared the heart of Christ from the heart of Cary since the last meeting.
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Building study presentations
Ash Wednesday Service
Advent/Christmas Eve Services
Baskets of hope
1st on Chatham – 2nd Service
Youth Led Sunday
Habitat House Completion
Christmas Eve Offering
Table Talk Series
ASP- Adult Team
Stop Hunger Now Event
Hispanic Ministry Dedication
Back Pack Buddies
Ray Hildebrand-Valentine Day’s UMM
New Members and Baptisms
ASP Stock Sale
Positive 2015 Financial Results
New Stephen Minister Class
Forward Thinking Goals
Linda Miller addressed the Forward Thinking Goals submitted by ministry committees and no items were lifted off for discernment. Please click here for the forward thinking goals.
Finance Committee Chair, Maureen Sawchak provided a financial update suggesting a very strong position YTD with a cash status of 113% funded. Members were made aware of the endowment (donor designated fund) and long term (board designated fund) savings. Both will be reported in the future. Please click here for February’s financial report.
MCC Enrollment for 2016-2017 is decidedly lower than normal. Traffic and the difficulties in accessing the facility due to construction were cited as reasons. MCC does have strong retained earnings to sustain an anomaly year.
John Huffman, Trustee Chair presented the Town of Cary feedback with regards to the Zev Summit Easement. The Town of Cary requires the egress /ingress easement be 20 feet wide rather than the original 16 feet. The Town of Cary also requires a utility easement (118.91×20’) be granted by FUMCC to the Town of Cary for a waterline which will be capped allowing FUMCC to tap into the line if needed in the future. The issue was presented to council members for discernment and all were in consensus. Please click here for easement documents.
Brad Henke communicated 3 items in the Staff Parish Relations update.
• Kim Chesnutt tendered her resignation in February.
• Karen Schreiner now reporting to Rev. Emily Mills.
• Performance reviews are underway and going very well.
Music Academy Update
Rev. Martha McLean reminded church council members of the Music Academy conceptual proposal made by the Music Committee in August 2015. The committee is addressing additional questions before bringing a full proposal before council. The presentation will likely be at the May meeting.
Executive Director, Christine Hildebrand shared RSI meeting updates and facilitated a discussion of the 11 Fatal Mistakes Churches Make during Capital Campaigns document. Church Council members were reminded of their responsibility to generate and maintain focus for the campaign within their spheres of influence. Suggestions were made by council members to create more awareness of the remaining Town Hall Meeting where the recommendations of the Building Study Committee will be shared.
A Stewardship Statement recommendation came before the council for discernment. This statement is meant to provide intention and focus during the 6 weeks of the capital campaign. After discussion of how the statement might be heard, interpreted, and implemented by the wider congregation, church council members came to consensus in support of the following statement:
The Church Council, recognizing the top-level priority of the Capital Campaign for FUMCC’s missional future, has discerned that during the period of the Capital Campaign, our church-wide focus will be on the success of the Capital campaign. There will be no competing messages, fundraisers or events impacting the congregation.
Closing Observations – Reverend Martha McLean
Reverend Martha McLean offered thanksgiving for the healthy conversation and unity of purpose that guided the meetings discernment. She also recognized the Trustees, RSI Team members and the Building Study Team for their extensive efforts.
Church Council Chair, Linda Miller led council members in a closing prayer and the meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.
The next church council meeting will be on May 26 at 7:00pm in room 200. All are welcome to attend.
The Church Council will meet on Thursday, March 17 at 7:00pm in room 200. We will receive an update regarding the easement. All are welcome to attend.
Welcome and Introductions-Mark Schneider
The meeting was called to order by Lay Leader, Mark Schneider at 7:00pm.
Staff Parish Relations Chair, Brad Henke led a devotional speaking to God’s steadfastness and faithfulness.
Building Study Update – Reverend Carl Frazier
The architect is completing a video which will allow a conceptual view of what is being proposed for both the interior and exterior of the building. The proposal is a result of much input including the current Building Study Committee, the Joel Committee, and previously approved changes proposed by the long range planning committee 3 years ago.
The intention of the changes are missional and reflect the character of who we are as a church. Some anticipated changes include more liturgical space at the front of the sanctuary, more mid-sized/multipurpose space, a fellowship hall, youth space and handicap access. There will be no change to the traditional look on Academy Street.
There will be a called church council meeting in late February for further discussion.
Capital Campaign Recommendation – Maureen Sawchak
Finance Committee Chair, Maureen Sawchak led the Capital Campaign discussion. After researching 3 companies, members of the finance committee recommended RSI to provide supervision and support of our campaign. There was an intangible connection with President, Joel Mikell in wanting to come alongside us for this effort. He brings in-depth understanding of how churches work as well as knowledge of age group demographics. RSI will provide services for a fixed fee of $80,000 and will include:
• Assessment of our current stewardship
• Evaluate giving potential for this program and establish financial goals.
• Roadmap with tactical steps for future stewardship initiatives
• Provide primary direction and supervision to the stewardship program
• On-site consulting and training
There was consensus by church council to proceed with RSI.
Second Year Evaluation of 1st on Chatham –Reverend Colin Snider
Pastor of Outreach Ministry, Colin Snider provided an overview of the 1st on Chatham worship service. The 160 seat venue provides an intimate setting where multiple generations participate and serve. There is value placed on participation over performance. The stated goals for the service have been met.
• Connect more persons to Christ in worship
• Create new leaders
• Foster a smaller community within a larger community
• Create space in the sanctuary at 9:45
2015 average attendance was 131 which equates to 82% capacity. The members vs. new attendee ratio is roughly 60:40. There has been slow, steady organic growth without a robust marketing plan. The service has helped to reclaim members who were not worshiping. Twenty one new members have joined the church through this service. There is prayerful consideration of adding another service.
Strategic Conversation – All
Church council members reflected on 2015 ministry programs that aligned with our vision and mission. This process is the standard by which all FUMC ministries are measured.
Closing Observations – Reverend Carl Frazier
The next meeting will be a discernment meeting held on March 17th at 7pm.
Lay Leader, Mark Schneider led council members in a closing prayer and the meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
We write to say thank you. Thanks to you and your extravagant generosity in 2015, we as a congregation were able to…
…widen our circle of welcome and hospitality for our Hispanic neighbors by expanding Eugenia Molina’s role as Hispanic Ministry Coordinator to full-time (that decision is already bearing fruit in this ministry and lives are being changed);
…deepen our reach of care and concern to two primary constituencies with the additions of Heather Wong to our staff as Pastor of Senior Adult Ministry and Emily Mills as our Pastor to Youth;
…and dream of new possibilities for our church campus as a place of witness and mission as the Building Study Committee has continued its work (by which we hope to respond to God’s call and claim on us to make disciples of Jesus Christ into the 21st century).
Those are just three examples of the many ways your generosity has touched people, changed lives, and witnessed to what God is doing.
And thanks to you, and your commitments and intentions for 2016, it is our hope that we will…
…explore expansion of our worship offerings, especially 1st on Chatham, as ways to reach more people for Jesus Christ;
…reach more young adults (millennials) for Christ through new ministries and service opportunities targeted for that age group;
…and further develop our plans for the church campus as a mission tool for the future.
Thanks to your intentionality, 2016 holds the promise of being the best year yet in our 145 year history!
A generous 2015! A hopeful 2016! We write to say “thank you” for being a part of Sharing the heart of Christ from the heart of Cary!
Grace and peace to you.
The Church Council will meet on Thursday, January 21 at 7:00pm in room 200. We will have a strategic conversation reflecting on our ministry in 2015 and a second year evaluation of First on Chatham. There are no areas of discernment. All are welcome to attend.
The Church Council met on Thursday, December 10, 2015 and approved the 2016 Budget recommendation from the Finance Committee.
Please click here for the budget summary.
Please click here for our November financial report. If you have any questions, please contact Christine Hildebrand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Church Council will meet on Thursday, January 21 at 7:00pm in room 200. All are welcome to attend.
The church council will meet on Thursday, December 10 at 7pm in room 200.
There will be holy conversation with our District Superintendent, Leonard Fairley and the church council will consider the 2016 Budget recommendation from Finance. All are welcome to attend.
Our annual Charge Conference was held on Thursday, November 17, 2015. The charge conference received and acted on the 2016 Pastor Compensation recommendation from Staff Parish.
Please click here for the approved Pastor Compensation from Staff Parish.
If you have any questions, please contact Christine Hildebrand at email@example.com or at 919-459-4691.
Our annual Charge Conference will be November 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The charge conference will receive and act on the 2016 Pastor Compensation recommendation from Staff Parish. All are welcome to attend.