Church Council Meeting
Monday, April 15, 2013
Attendees: Charlie Yund, Fred Claus, Gail Conschafter, Sheila Rader, Jan Garrison, Mike Fonte, Laura Mason, Chris Hipp, Ann Hipp, Liz VonWald,
Charlie called the meeting to order at 7:10 PM with the unison reading of the mission statement.
Charlie shared a prayer to officially begin the meeting and informed the group as to the explosions at the Boston Marathon.
God sightings: Limited injuries at the Boston Marathon. Gail shared how the seniors at CCA just recently returned from their mission trip to the DR. The impact was incredible. Nate shared that Jacob and his wife are in the hospital having their first baby.
Approval of March minutes: Minutes for the March meeting were approved as presented. Motion made by Fred and seconded by Jan Garrison. Minutes approved unanimously.
Changes to Agenda: No changes
Calendar Events: DR youth mission trip 7/10 – 7/17VBS July 28 – August 1 (evenings)
Crop Walk October 13
Fall Festival TBD
Women’s retreat October 11 – 12 at Asbury
One Starry Night 12/6-12/7
Garage Sale for youth May 17 – 19
Finance: Chris Hipp reported from the blog:
General Fund Giving - 1st Quarter 2013 vs. 2012
2013 2012 Difference
1st Quarter Gen Fund Income $ 83,499.97 $ 84,326.10 $ (826.13) Easter Offering March April $ 2,441.00 $ 2,679.50 $ (2,679.50)
Giving Units 209 190 Deaths 3 1 Left 1 4 Left - still giving 0 3 $20 or less 17 9
Conclusions: We are close to 2012 giving levels despite the above changes We need to continue carefully monitoring giving on a monthly basis It is too soon to make major corrections in planned spending, but restraint is clearly indicated
Recommendations: Communicate this information widely Encourage spending restraint consistent with our priorities Emphasize Trinity Fair and Christmas Offering Begin 2014 Budgeting Process in September
A giving unit is constitutes anyone that gives and signs “in” for one Sunday. They are not assigned a “number” until they sign in for more than two Sundays.
Discussion on attendance and how numbers for the 8 AM service is creeping up. All other services are holding their own with a few new ones. Numbers are stable and finances are in good shape.
CE: Liz reported that numbers have picked up with new families.From the Blog:
Spring is in the air and our students are getting ready for school to end. Our whole staff is hard at work at finishing out our school year strong. We are consentrating on Bible basics such as the Lord's prayer and certain key Bible Verses that we feel are fondational to a Christian life. Our teachers are giving us feed back to help us make adjustments to our education style to meet our student needs. We know we cannot meet all their needs, but if we cover basics we can at least start them down the road.
Speaking of School ending, we would like to have a year in review of some mountian tops we reached this past year. At our VBS we had our highest number of participates as we had over 70 students at each event. During our Trunk or treat we had over 300 kids going through our cars and all over our campus. We had a great Christmas play this past year with some extra help from a Chris Bedell. We are also recaping our Easter egg hunt which was bigger than ever. All in all God has blessed us. It seems as the whole year was a God sighting...
God is good.Yours in his service
Mark and Liz Von Wald
We are also currently working hard on VBS
Nate shared the Pastor’s Report that was distributed. There were a handful of people volunteering for new positions, and several wanting to continue to do what they are currently doing. We are looking for people to do ministries in that area. The necessary resources will be available for you to prepare you for the group. Between a passion and an interest, Larry and Nate will find a place for ministry that is well suited for that person. The surveys will be available for the next few weeks to make sure everyone has the opportunity to complete it and turn it in. Asking people that are new to our church may not be a bad idea. A personal invite might be just the thing they are looking for. Liz said she is looking to perhaps rotate teachers because there are some that cannot make the commitment of every week, but would like to be able to work in some capacity.
Discussion on Right Now ministries. Sheila questioned how to project what is on the computer to the entire group. Nate stated that if the interest is there, we will make it happen.
It would be nice to have new faces in leadership. Discussion on those on the attendance roster that are not attending the meetings. Charlie will look into the list. Gail will e mail it to him so he can follow up with the names.
Liz shared that there will be two Sunday school classes during the summer; one for the 9:00 service and another for the 10:30 service. More teachers will be needed.
Charlie said that the Hand of the Plow group met on Saturday, and there were a few less in attendance than last time. There were about 70 people with the topic being worship – how do you worship and what are the aspects of worship. What is our mindset?
There was a question on the “Post Christian Cities.” Nate reported that this refers to cities where there is the least amount of Christianity. There are very few people that claim Christianity as their faith. The reasons are too many to even begin to discuss. Buffalo has a large atheist think tank near the UB campus. (Center for Inquiry)
“What do we need to do?” How do we present the message to make an impact? Perhaps making it multi-sensory!!!
Some of the things that have been brought up at our meetings have been addressed. Ushers and Hospitality are moving in a positive direction. Once people are coming in, we want to make sure we are welcoming and friendly church. Charlie suggested that we contact those that we have not seen.
Next meeting May 20, 2013 at 7 PMNate asked for prayer for his brother and sister in law.