September 2019 UCUCC Council Meeting Summary
~Mary Sue Galvin, Council Secretary
The Council of UCUCC met on September 18, 2019
We reviewed the budget and expenses to date. Revenue from lot C is lower than projected and expenses are very slightly over budget. For 2018, we have received 99% of pledges, either in 2018 or in 2019 as “Prior Year Pledge Payment”.
Council received an update from the Pledge Campaign. The budget committee, hopefully many of the same people as last year, will begin work soon.
Kathy Kripps reported on the work of the Futures Committee. Over the next week an updated Vision statement will be drafted as will recommendations for staff and leadership structure. Nearly 200 members participated in the recent survey and the Listening group of the committee will be finalizing their report incorporating these results. The October Church and Home includes a summary of some of the findings of the Research Committee which looked at churches that are thriving and growing despite trends for churches across the country. If people are interested in finding out more about our consultant Don Hill, they can look at his website which describes his consulting work: https://donhillconsulting.com/. He brings information and expertise from the larger context of UCC churches and was specifically hired to help us see our “blind spots”.
A committee is being formed to look for a successor for David. One of their first steps will be to write a job description which will articulate with the recommendations of the Futures committee for UCUCC’s leadership structure.
Calling and Engagement Committee
The Calling and Engagement Committee reported on the fall campaign “Let Your Light Shine” and reviewed the planned activities which include a Help Desk before and after church and several Dependable Strengths workshop. The goal is to encourage 150 members to sign up and complete their profile on MyUCUCC.
Current and future UCUCC leaders are invited to attend the Leadership Retreat on October 5. This will include a Dependable Strengths workshop and additional discussion with the Calling and Engagement committee. Please register for this event using MyUCUCC or in the church office. Another leadership retreat to continue work on Racial Justice is in the planning stages for early 2020.
Pacific NW Conference
The Pacific NW Conference is holding a fall gathering titled “Weaving Together to Win: Progressing from Value Statements to Concrete Action” Oct 18-19, at Shalom UCC, Richland, WA. People are encouraged to attend and more information can be found at: http://pncucc.org/fall-gathering