Executive council minutes


  • Central United Methodist Church

    Executive Council

    Zoom Meeting July 19, 2020


     

    Members Present:  Odis Howze, Richard Beck, Kathy Busbee, Kevin Hatch, Mary Johnson, Tyler Walton, Bill Jacob, Amy Nelson, Kevin Ward, David Barr. Staff: Tim Wise, John Branning, Jan Hitt.

     

    Members Absent: Susan Ledbetter, Tim Allred, Jimmy Carle, John McRae, Matt Cassell, Lindsey Prewitt, Clair Huff, John David Barr, Glenda Thomas.

     

    Kevin Ward, Chair called the meeting to order.

     

    Rev. John Branning opened with prayer.

     

    The minutes from the previous meeting were presented for approval. Kevin Hatch made the motion that they be approved as presented, seconded by Odis Howze, motion carried.

     

    FINANCIAL REPORT:  Jan Hitt presented the financial statement for June. The statements were emailed prior to the meeting to the members along with a comparison of June 2019. We have received 46% of the budget in 2020, same percentage as 2019 at the end of June. Our spending is down this year by $109,000.00 from last year due to COVID-19.

     

    TRUSTEE REPORT:  Jan Hitt reported that a new inside HVAC unit had to be replaced due to a large leak in the coil. The unit controls the Narthex area of the church. The cost was $3000.00. It was brought to the group’s attention that due to problems throughout the church, we will need to install additional wi-fi access points.  An engineer with CSpire walked the building pointing out areas where an access point would be beneficial in helping with current problems. A quote from Kelly Cluff for equipment and installation is $6,947.00. CSpire quote for equipment only is $4,100.00. The church can purchase the equipment that was quoted on Kelly Cluff’s quote at a much-reduced price but will need to see if he will install the equipment only. Tim Wise presented a proposal regarding the Fellowship Hall. The proposal was emailed to the members prior to the meeting. Tim spoke on the reasoning behind his proposal to paint areas around the stage black. After discussion, Odis Howze made the motion to approve the proposal in full, Tyler Walton seconded, motion carried.

     

    STAFFING REPORT:  Bill Jacob, SPRC Chair spoke concerning staffing. It was mentioned that John Thomas Goldman has been hired as an intern to help with the technology effective July 1. Rev. Bob Peden retired from his full-time position effective July 1 but will be remaining on staff in a part-time capacity as Missions Coordinator.

     

    LEAD PASTOR REPORT:  Rev. John Branning spoke concerning the Bishop’s request for all United Methodist Churches in Mississippi to cease in person and drive in worship to help curve the spread of COVID19. We will await his direction as to when we can resume in person worship. He mentioned that our Children’s Center is set to open August 10th. noting that this date will be pushed back should the school systems change their start date. John encouraged the members of the committee to send thanks to the church support staff for all they have been doing during the pandemic to keep members informed and safe. John expressed a need for volunteers during this time due to many of our volunteers fall within the group of vulnerable individuals and are not able to serve at this time.

     

    There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned.

     

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Jan Hitt, Acting Secretary

     

     

     

     


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