Executive council minutes


  • Central United Methodist Church

    Executive Council

    Zoom  and in-person Meeting January 24, 2021


     

    The January meeting of the Executive Council was called to order by Tyler Walton in the absence of Chairman Kevin Ward.  Reverend John Branning opened the meeting with prayer.  There were 16 Council members, and 4 church staff members present.

     

    APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Bill Jacob moved that the minutes from the last meeting be approved.  Lindsey Prewitt seconded the motion.  Minutes were approved as written.

     

    INTRODUCTION OF NEW MEMBERS:  Rev. Branning recognized and welcomed Keith Martin, Teresa Partridge, Jeana Bennett, Mark Roebuck and Paul Goldman as new members to the Council.

     

    TRUSTEE REPORT:   Jan Hitt reported that the new carpet has been installed in the Fellowship Hall.  There are still a few finishing touches that need to be made.  She also reported on the gas leak from December.  The old line was capped, and it was rerouted through the garage to keep from having to tear up the steps and concrete on the 22nd Avenue entrance.  However, in capping the old line, they inadvertently shut off the line which heats the gym and water in the gym kitchen and in the Children’s Center.  The Gas Company will have to decide how to reroute a new line to remedy this situation.  The Children’s Center must have hot water and the gym needs heat. 

     

    Odis Howze asked about the progress on placing the new HD cameras in the building.  Jan reported that we had budgeted the original estimate of $30,000 for this project.  However, the new estimate is more like $39,000, so that project is on hold at present until we can secure an additional bid.

     

    FINANCE REPORT:  Jan reported that we ended 2020 with 93% of our budget received.  The same time in 2019 we had received 97%.  However, due to Corona shutting us down for most of the year, we spent approximately $100,000 less in 2020 than we did in 2019.  We paid our conference Mission Shares in full as well as our local mission items in the budget.  We paid $62,000.00 on the building debt, leaving us a current balance of approximately $736,000.  We also built in some maintenance reserve funds to our Maintenance Fund budget in the amount of $20,000 that we were able to transfer into a checking account which will help with any incidental maintenance that comes up in the future. 

     

    For the new members of the Board, Jan explained how to interpret the Children’s Center finances on the Financial Report.  She also reported that pledges to date were not going as well as in the past.  We have had only 131 members turn in pledges for this year versus 200 pledges in 2020 for a total of $973,000 or 61% of our budget.  This is due primarily to COVID-19 and members not being in attendance during the Stewardship campaign.  Odis Howze suggested that the Stewardship Committee meet to brainstorm ways to reconnect with the congregation.

     

    Lindsey Prewitt suggested that we put together a survey to go out to members to see how our members are doing, where their needs are and suggestions for church programs.  There was discussion about better ways to communicate with the membership without sending so many emails, etc.  Matt Farmer is already working on a better organized network where members can quick reference Central activities.

     

    Jan also reported that there is approximately $65,000 left from the sale of the Johnson house.  The parsonage is one area that needs repairs.  No action was taken on the $65,000.

     

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    SPRC REPORT:  Chairman Bill Jacob, reported that Youth Director Megan Hatch has given her resignation which will go into effect at the end of this school year.  The Committee will be searching for a replacement.  Lindsey Prewitt stated that she feels this position should be more than a part time position.  Others agreed.  Clair Huff suggested that a ministry through MCC could also be a part of our Youth program.  Rev. Branning stated that when a decision is made, we will need to make some adjustments to the budget when we go from part time to full time.

     

    Rev. Branning reported that there are requests for weddings to take place at Central.  We have had limited use during the virus.  He asked for permission to continue following the guidelines of the State and the Conference for the time being.  Those restrictions are open only to Central members; 25% attendance capacity; no food served (no receptions).  Jan Hitt suggested that we also should include a charge for security during the weddings.  Lindsey Prewitt moved that we accept these guidelines.  Clair Huff seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

     

    LEAD PASTOR REPORT:  Rev. Branning shared the information that Jonathan Crabtree, former Youth Minister at Central, is going to England to work on his PhD in Theology and is looking for financial support.  John asked permission to allow Jonathan to write a letter concerning his decision that we could pass on to members.  There was no objection to this request.

     

    John also reported that all staff has requested to return, and the assumption is there will be no staff changes this year.

     

    The next meeting will be March 14.  There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

     

    Respectfully submitted by

    Glenda Thomas, Secretary


     

     


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