Church Council meeting summary
October 16, 2019 Council Summary
- Erin Lovejoy-Guron will be leaving UCUCC, as she accepted a position as church administer at Ronald United Methodist Church on Aurora. We will celebrate her in worship on November 24. Friday, Nov 22, will be her last day at UCUCC.
- St Luke the Evangelist Orthodox Church approached UCUCC to see if they could hold a Sunday evening service (7 pm worship; 6-9 overall) at our church. They are a very tiny group and will be using the chapel. They will use (natural) incense, and we’ll run the Chapel HVAC overnight after to dissipate it. This is an open and affirming congregation with a female bishop. David sees this as a good partnership; this is an in-kind use.
Futures Task Force Report
Council voted to receive the report of the Futures Task Force and to dismiss the task force with deep gratitude to the task force members: Co-chairs: Kathy Kripps and Pris Kloess; Steering Committee: Pris Kloess, Mary Kollar, Kathy Kripps, Becca McMullen, Catherine Foote (leadership staff liaison). Members: Carol Bryant, Tim Croll, Joan Davis, Mary Sue Galvin, Tim Johnson, Bart Klingler, Emily Morishima, Ellen Naden, Mary Jean Phipps, Margaret Stine, Denis Streeter.
Voted to affirm recommendations:
- The present leadership structure including 3 pastors and a church administrator be reduced to 3 pastors, with search for a Business Manager to begin immediately.
- Voted to appoint a church Business Manager Search Committee composed of: Terry Moore, Virginia Felton, Roger Garratt, Rich Folsom, and Catherine Foote, Pastor. Committee is charged to review and revise position description as appropriate, search for and find an acceptable candidate, and present the candidate’s name and credentials to the Church Council for approval. Moderator is authorized to expand the Search Committee if needed for balance, workload, efficiency, or other reasons. Committee will choose a chair
Council agreed to defer further action for one week to allow council members time to read the report.
Voted to renew the Spirit Workshop Convener Contract with Beth Amsbary for the calendar year 2020. Funding to come from the Spirit Workshop Revolving account, established by the Imagine campaign. Beth Amsbary reported some highlights of the program (now named Gathering Ground). 280 people attended the Carrie Newcomer concert.
The Gathering Ground Steering Committee is taking more initiative and moving towards becoming financially independent. A UCC national grant has been applied for, response pending. There are funds left in the Imagine campaign which will cover another year of operations.
October 23, 2019 Council Summary
To further consider recommendations from the Futures Task Force
Margaret Stine made a motion that council adopt a ¾ rule for this vote. With 12 voting members present, the motion would need 9 votes to carry. Motion carried.
The Futures Task Force report proposes:
- a leadership team of three pastors, with one pastor also responsible for leading the team, helping the team articulate goals, objectives, and common understandings and expectations. This pastor would also have authority and responsibility to provide for supervision and evaluation of all leadership team members individually. This work is to be done in close collaboration with the Personnel Committee. All three pastors would have more specificity and authority in their designated areas of responsibility. Other detail for all three pastors was articulated in the proposal.
Following a lengthy and faithful discussion, the vote was called. The motion failed to pass by 75%.
Vote was 8 yes, 4 no, 0 abstentions.
Council members then joined hands in prayer and expressed our sentiments once around the room. The meeting was then adjourned.
Following the meeting, moderator Margaret Stine drafted a resolution to charge a Staffing Proposal Committee to develop a proposal that grows out of and incorporates information in the prior Futures staffing report, gives some additional definition for responsibility, authority, accountability, and the role of the Personnel Committee and Church Council. Committee will begin in November and report at the January council meeting — moving ahead with deliberate speed. Council will vote on the charge at the November meeting.