Due to scheduling conflicts, the Board is now meeting on the first Tuesday of every month. Three big topics filled this month’s agenda: visioning, a bequest to the church, and the building use policy.
The Board is continuing the work started last year on visioning and will be compiling common themes from last year’s visioning materials and from similar congregational input over the past 16 years. Once these themes are identified, a simple online survey will be distributed to everyone; your response and comments will be a very important step in the visioning process. We are not sure of the step after that, but, our goal is to have the vision statement ready in the late spring.
Dr. Jeffrey Harris left a generous unrestricted bequest to the church in his will. The Board voted to use this money to create The Jeff Harris Trust which will fund worship services on some of Jeff’s favorite topics including, but not limited to, Humanism, Science and Religion, and Ethics. The Trust will be managed by the Endowment Committee. Up to10% of the Trust will be available annually to the Worship and Inspiration Team to cover the costs of these worship services.
Rental policies for both the church building and the fellowship building are being updated. The Board is comparing our proposed fees to the fees charged at other local venues. Issues such as alcoholic beverages, cleaning fees, equipment rentals, and special requests are also being examined. We would like to provide spaces for local and community groups at reasonable rates, with some consideration toward trying to recover costs for maintaining the buildings.
I am happy to report that the Stewardship Campaign is well under way and we have already raised $116,330 in pledges. Please keep the bucket brigade moving – we’d like to have all routes completed by the end of November. Congratulations to the 4 teams who have already finished!
Coming up at future Board meetings: website policies, policies on political issues, and policies for hosting art/information exhibits.
Cary Browse for the Board
Rev. Wendy Bell, Chuck Agosta, SusanMary Redinger, Sally Steele, Imre Toth, Darrell Wickman