Executive council minutes


  • Central United Methodist Church

    Executive Council

    May 19, 2019


     

    The meeting was called to order by Chair, Susan Ledbetter.  Susan began by praising the Easter Sunday activities and explained it all came to fruition because John Branning had a vision.  She also talked about the Trustee program which was the vision of Craig Hitt several years ago.  Her point was to emphasize how blessed we are as a church when we have people with visions and  who will step up to make it happen.

     

    Rev. John Branning led the devotion and communion.  Members present were Richard Beck. Kevin Ward, John McRae, Jerry Mason, David Barr, Susan Ledbetter, John David Barr, Paul Goldman, Mary Johnson, Tyler Walton, and Danny Broadfoot.  Church staff present were Rev. John Branning, Jan Hitt, Matt Farmer, and Glenda Thomas.

     

    The minutes from the March meeting were approved as written.

     

    FINANCES:  Jan Hitt presented the financial report.  She noted that we should be at 33% for receipts, but we are a little behind at 32%. A copy of the Finance Report is attached to these minutes.

     

    TRUSTEES:  Tim Allred asked Jan to ask for approval from the Council to lower the asking price for the Johnson home.  The original asking price is $199,000.  It has been shown a few times but no-one has made an offer.  Tim would like to lower the cost to $189,500.  Jerry Mason moved  to lower the cost as Tim specified.  Richard Beck seconded the motion.  Voted on and passed.  Jan will let Tim know.

     

    Jan has received two bids on the security cameras (8 dome cameras and 6 minidome cameras to be placed at all entryways, hallways, and trafficked areas).    ITG made a proposal for $9,709.67.   CSPIRE presented a bid of $14,580.00.  After some discussion, Kevin Ward moved that we accept the bid from ITG.  Mary Johnson seconded the motion. Voted on and carried.  $7,000 will come from the Capital Project Fund and the remainder will come from the maintenance account.

     

    STAFFING:  Rev. Branning reported for SPRC Chair, Kevin Hatch, who was unable to attend.  San, the part time custodian, is no longer employed with the church.  We have hired a new worker to take his place. With Benji Riddle leaving, SPRC is interviewing for the Youth Director position.  They have interviewed two prospects, but both have accepted other offers.

     

    LEAD PASTOR REPORT:  Rev. Branning talked about the success of Easter Sunday and is already planning for other special events in the fall and again next Easter.  The Ministerial Staff is meeting tomorrow to begin planning fall activities.  Start back will be the first Sunday in August and they hope to plan something special as a “kickoff” for the year.

     

     

    Annual Conference is coming up very soon.  Delegates are Jan Hitt, who is a Meridian District Delegate, Sharon Pratt, Winky Glover, Debbie Howze, BJ Branning as Youth delegate representing the District, Sabrina Williams will be filling in for Carl Young.  John asked that we be in prayer for Annual Conference.

     

    NEW BUSINESS:  With the new form of the Executive Council, Chairperson Susan Ledbetter is also Chair of the Finance Committee.  Susan had emailed everyone a copy of the debt owed by Central for discussion at this meeting, a copy of which is attached to these minutes.  The Building Debt balance is $871,208.  The debt on the Senior Pastor parsonage is $71,294. After much discussion on our existing debt, no action was taken.

     

    Rev. Branning announced that the third Sunday in August will be the 100th Anniversary of the first meeting in the Sanctuary.  He wants to plan a celebration and maybe ask everyone to make a donation on that Sunday towards the Building debt.  He will bring the final plans back to the Executive Council once the plans have been made.

     

    In closing, Susan Ledbetter asked that we be in prayer for the following:  the successful search for a Youth Pastor; Annual Conference; and discernment on how to go forward with our financial responsibilities.  She then closed the meeting with prayer.

     

    The next meeting will be on July 21, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

     

    Respectfully submitted by Secretary, Glenda Thomas



     


     


     





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