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     “It takes courage to be connected.” – Hedy Schleifer

 

In addition to the day-to-day activities of our church, the Assistant Minister Search Committee continues its work to meet and interview prospective Assistant Minister Candidates.  Interviews and other activities have been conducted with potential candidates, and if all goes well, hiring of an Assistant Minister may go forward.  The Planning Committee continues to plan and prepare for the implementation of the feasibility study for the Growth Fund Canvass Drive as the next steps to achieve in our church’s Strategic Plan.

The membership approved the growth capital fund drive feasibility study at the last congregational meeting on May 20th. In her presentation about the study, vice president Sally Wood reported that in preliminary discussions with Marsha Cuddeback, an architect who has provided her services to the church previously, suggested that one exciting alternative that could be considered is the construction of a new sanctuary, and modification of the current sanctuary to serve as a multipurpose building.  This particular suggestion has turned up some concern with some members.  Sally explained that this was not a specific goal, at this time, simply an interesting alternative option that might be possible, depending on the membership's funding and support.  In response to some concerns raised, the Planning Committee discussed this issue, and recommended to the board a motion, which was approved at the last board meeting, to reaffirm that the focus of the ongoing and future efforts will be consistent with the strategic plan, as approved by the membership at the February 2012 congregational meeting:

1.     Assistant Minister:  An Assistant Minister to expland our professional ministry capacity

2.     Enhanced Facilities:  Added or improved facilities, specifically sanctuary improvements, parking lots and meadow improvements, and         remodeled existing space to provide staff offices

3.     Assessment/Programming/Outreach:  Provide for regular assessment of, and planning for, enhancing the church ministries, programming   and outreach and administration by additional support staff.

4.      Administration:   Ongoing review of administrative structures as church staff and programming grows.

5.     Capital Growth Fund Drive:  Conduct a capital fund drive to provide for new and improved facilities and initial funding of a second minister position and other staff positions, as well as prepayment of the current mortgage.

 The planned activities and congregational meetings for this summer and fall activities are:

    Summer 2012 - Our church will conduct discussion groups on the strategic plan goals and implementation.  Our consultant Mark Ewert will conduct a feasibility study, to be reported to the board by August 23, 2012.

    Sunday September 2, 2012 - Congregational Meeting: The board will present the findings of the feasibility study to the congregation, and submit a resolution to the members present for approval of the implementation of the capital growth fund drive, which will be conducted over the next few months.

    December 1, 2012 - Congregational Meeting: The results of the capital growth fund drive will be presented to the membership, along with a resolution to approve the appointment of a building steering committee, to hire an architect, and manage and oversee planning design, and implementation of construction of projects.

    The Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet on July 12th and August 14th at 7:00 pm in the church office. Interested members are welcome to attend.  If you have a question or concerns, or need to contact me directly, please call me at 225-931-6270 or email me at michael_hebert@bellsouth.net.