Executive council minutes


  • Central United Methodist Church

    Executive Council

    November 17, 2019

     

     The meeting was called to order by Chair, Susan Ledbetter.  There were 10 members and 4 church staff present.  The devotional and communion was led by Rev. John Branning.   The minutes were approved as written.

     

    FINANCE REPORT:  Financial Secretary, Jan Hitt reported that by this time last year, we had received 77% of our budget.  This year we are at 74%, but we are only $13,000 behind where we were last year and is hopeful that we will catch up by the end of the year.  We were a couple of months behind our paying into the Conference Mission Shares but were able to make a payment and a half this month.  A copy of her Financial Report is attached to these minutes.

     

    Jan reported that Blue Cross Blue Shield is going up and at the present the church is paying full amount for 6 full time lay employees.  The 2020 rates increased 18% which totals an additional $11,000.00 per year.  After some discussion about options, Tim Allred moved that the church pay 80% for each employee and the employee pay the remaining 20%.  Richard Beck seconded the motion.  Motion voted on and carried.  Jan will amend the budget to show the increase and will email the corrected budget to each Council member.

     

    Council members were notified that Jan was having some problems with the staff using the church credit card and not turning in receipts in a timely manner.  No action was taken from the Council other than asking John to talk with the individuals involved and give them a chance to do better.

     

    There have been 187 pledges made totaling $1,146,000.00 which is only 70% of the 2020 budget.  Hopefully more pledges will come in in the next few weeks.

     

    Susan Ledbetter reported that some stock has been donated to the church.  The church does not have a signed agreement with AmeriTrade.  She presented a copy of a resolution giving church Financial Director, Jan Hitt, and the Church Treasurer, John David Barr, the authority to dispose of any stocks.  Tyler Walton seconded the recommendation. Motion voted upon and carried.  A copy of this recommendation is attached to these minutes.

     

    Jan also announced that the Johnson house has been sold for $177,000.00.  After closing costs, some upgrading, real estate commissions, home inspection fees, etc., and pay to Tim Allred for his cost on renovations to the home, the church will have a profit of $111,932.82.

     

    Jan highlighted several areas of the church in need of repair:  the roof on the sanctuary, an air condition on the youth floor, air condition in the gym kitchen, and the carpet in Fellowship Hall.  An estimate given in 2018 by Daniels Roofing for the roof repair was $22,985.00.  Tim Allred moved that we use part of the money from the sale of the Johnson Home to repair the sanctuary roof by Daniels Roofing as long as the total does not go more than 10% over the 2018 estimate.  Danny Broadfoot seconded the motion which was voted on and carried.  The Council decided to wait until the new year to decide how to use the remainder of the money from the sale of the Johnson home.

     

    Jan also reported that the Memorial Fund will pay for 30 new chairs for the Sanctuary choir.  They actually need a total of 35 chairs, but individual donations have been made to cover the extra five chairs.  Hopefully, the chairs will be in place by the first of December in time for the Christmas activities.

     

    SPRC:   Kevin Hatch, chairman, reported that his committee met with each clergy member individually.  As a result of these meetings, he found that one of the issues that clearly stood out was that there is a need to be more involved in missions.  SPRC also recommended that all clergy be reappointed next year and each clergy member would like to remain.  One of our clergy may be retiring during the coming year, but that is an issue that will be dealt with when that decision is made.

     

    Tim Allred reported that Wesley House will be packing bags for Thanksgiving on Thursday from 4:00 pm. until 5:00 pm. and would welcome any volunteers to help.

     

    PASTOR'S REPORT:  Rev. Branning announced that there will more than likely be a plan of separation at General Conference in May.  We won't know what that looks like until it happens.  In the meantime, he suggests that we just be patient and calm and let the Lord work.  He was very grateful and excited about the extra giving total this year.  He had challenged the church to raise $15,000 to be divided between three local charities.  The church collected $32,150.00. 

     

    John reported that Chairman, Susan Ledbetter has asked that someone else be elected to act as chair in the new year.  John asked for a volunteer, but none was forthcoming.  He also announced that Kevin Hatch, who is a member of the Council as SPRC Chairman, will be coming on as a Council Member.  Bill Jacobs will be the new SPRC chair and will also be on the Council.

     

    Susan Ledbetter thanked Council members who are rotating off the Council:   Jerry Mason, Sherry Howell, Paul Goldman, Danny Broadfoot, John David Barr.  However, since John David Barr is the Church Treasurer, he will remain on the Council.

     

    Next meeting is January 26, 2020.

     

    There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned

     

    Respectfully submitted by

    Glenda Thomas, Secretary

     

     

     

     


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