BLAIR ROAD UMC COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
September 12, 2021, 7:00 PM
Attending: Barry Price, Vince Foster, Gary Moore, Bob Southern, Tom Latimer, Rhonda Hermann, Jeff Workman, Al Miller, Pam Binkley, Peggy Dulin, Al Millman, Loree Heimbach, Barbara Bingham, Rita Mabes, Kim Heimbach, Katie Heimbach, Becky Barnes, Lee Madden, Kathy Madden, Connie Puckett, Pat Cray, Lynn Smith, Renee Hatley
Chair Barry Price opened the meeting and Co-Chair Vince Foster gave the opening prayer.
The July 11, 2021 meeting minutes were presented for approval. Al Miller made the first motion to approve followed by Gary Moore’s second motion. Minutes were approved.
The following committees provided updates:
Trustees: Chair Pam Binkley reported a quote had been secured for fixing the leak on the Heritage building. Other projects in progress include addressing the leak out front, fixing the refrigerator, working on the fence and bench back of the Heritage building and cleaning the path to the pond area.
Finance: Chair Jeff Workman reported through the end of August, revenue exceeded expenses by $26, 270. However, this amount includes the $50,885 PPP loan and $10,000 in pastor’s assistance provided by the Conference. Givings through September 5th are short $20,390. The PPP loan has been forgiven.
Kim Heimbach, a member of the congregation, shared some thoughts about the relationship between BRUMC and the BRUMC preschool and after school.
Generosity/Stewardship: No update
Lay Leaders: Gary Moore reported average attendance at the 11:11 service is in the 70’s and the people are feeling safe. He praised the energy and dynamic worship at this service. Barry reported the combined attendance for both services has been averaging between 150 – 160.
Missions: Lynn Smith reported approximately 60 book bags were delivered to elementary schools. Pat Millman is taking over the Book Bags of Love activities. The October Missions meeting will be devoted to planning for Advent. Steve Denison is coordinating the One7 mission meal which is provided every 3rd Friday.
Worship and Music Ministry: Pat Cray reported work is being done to get back screen working for the 11:11 service.
United Methodist Men: Al Millman reported work is underway for the Christmas Marketplace. 36 vendors have already signed up. A BBQ is in the works for the same day. Advertising will be through social media and local newspapers. New vendors are coming. All items are handmade crafts. A Silent Auction is also being planned.
UMM will be providing the One7 meal in October. Al expressed his appreciation to the scouts for their participation in the recent roadside litter pickup.
Faith and Fellowship: Lynn Smith reported “Trunk or Treat” is planned for Wednesday, October 27th. Rita Mabes said handbells are starting back up. She and David Hodges are hoping to get the children’s music going again on Wednesday nights, beginning September 22nd. Pastor Tom will be featuring a Pastor’s Bible study on Wednesday evenings, from 6:30 to 7:30 beginning September 22nd.
Staff-Parish Relations: Chair Al Miller reported Karen Henry has been hired to fill the Financial Secretary position. Karen began work on September 7th and is being trained by Lee Madden and Tami Brown. Al expressed his appreciation to Lee for volunteering as the interim Financial Secretary while a search was underway for Tami’s replacement.
Financial Responsibility Team: Al Miller provided an update that this team and the Staff Parish team had worked together to make a recommendation on the church’s actions for the 2022 budget. It was not an easy decision. Staff Parish has signed off on the recommendation
ACTION SAVINGS EFFECTIVE DATE
Reduce Health Ins. Benefit 25% $4,750 Jan 1, 2022
Reduce Apportionments $30,000 Jan 1, 2022
Discontinue Continuing Education $3,800 Jan 1, 2022
Discontinue Youth Director $47,230 Jan 1, 2022
Position. Utilize volunteers for this
Reduce Lead Pastor Salary $10,000 July 1, 2022
Total Savings $95,780
Bob Southern, a member of the Financial Responsibility Team, assured the council, the team did not rush into this recommendation. Many different scenarios were looked at on how to save $100,000. Countless hours were spent to determine the least number of people impacted. Barry Price, another member of the FRT, shared that a lot of agonizing thought had been put into the recommendation.
Rita Mabes asked who will be handling the technology “non youth” activities the current Youth Director is doing. Pastor Tom stated some pieces are to be determined. Johnsie Littlefield is gradually doing some of the web technology. Pastor Tom reiterated the ad hoc team and Staff Parish were motivated by how do we continue to go forward and live within our means. We will not stop preschool, scouts or youth activities, but will work to meet those needs with the fruit God has given us. Gary Moore encouraged staff and laity to step up to meet the youth needs.
Al Miller made a motion to present the Financial Responsibility Team’s recommendation to the Finance Committee for guidance in planning the 2022 church budget. (A second motion was not required since the recommendation was coming from a committee.) Council approved the motion. Pastor Tom abstained from voting.
Becky Barnes, a member of the congregation, asked when the congregation would be informed. Pastor Tom indicated it should be soon, over the next month once the Finance Committee has a financial plan for next year. Becky also questioned why no financial information is going out on a regular basis. Jeff Workman said the financial updates in the Musings had gotten dropped during Tami’s leaving.
Connie Puckett, another member of the congregation, would like to see more transparency and additional information (Church Council minutes, church leaders, etc.) posted on the church’s website.
Becky also questioned why the Church Council minutes were not being distributed to the congregation. Pastor Tom and Barry will coordinate this with Johnsie. The minutes should not be distributed until they have been approved.
Clergy and Staff updates: Pastor Tom expressed a big “Thank You” to Lee Madden for filling the gap when Tami left.
Today’s worship service and music (Barry Price)
Al Millman (Lee Madden)
Al Miller coming back to choir and a new choir member (Rita Mabes)
Vacation Bible School: (Gary Moore)
Staff Parish for their hard work: (Peggy Dulin)
Pastor Tom adjourned the meeting with prayer.
Next CC Meeting is November 7th at 7:00 PM. Charge Conference will probably be the following week.
Respectfully submitted by,
Renee Hatley, Church Council Secretary
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BLAIR ROAD UMC COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
July 11, 2021, 7:00 PM
Attending: Barry Price, Sarah Price, Jennifer Damm, Bob Southern, Tom Latimer, Rhonda Hermann, Jeff Workman, Al Miller, Peggy Dulin, Al Millman, Loree Heimbach, Lynn Smith, Barbara Bingham, Becky Barnes, Kim Heimbach, Renee Hatley
Chair Barry Price welcomed the attendees and provided a devotion from the “Upper Room”.
The May 16, 2021 meeting minutes were presented for approval. Al Millman made first motion to approve, followed by Loree Heimbach’s second motion. Minutes were approved.
The following committees provided updates.
Trustees: No update was available.
Finance: Chair Jeff Workman reported the June YTD budget is negative $30, 676 (after considering the impact of the PPP loan proceeds). The process has started for forgiveness of the PPP loan. Jeff is optimistic the forgiveness will be given. Paperwork for the ERC (Employee Retention Credit) has been filed. The tax refund credit may not be received until next year.
Generosity/Stewardship: No update for this meeting.
Staff-Parish: Chair Al Miller reported the Staff Parish committee has completed employee meetings to review duties and responsibilities. There are some changes to what the staff is doing.
Lay Leaders: Sarah Price reported the Prayer Team is going well. It meets at 8:15 AM on Sunday mornings. Sarah has talked with Pastor Tom about forming a second Prayer Team to accommodate the 11:11 worship service attendees. Sarah would co-ordinate the second team. The two Prayer Teams can share the prayer concerns list. The Prayer Team sends letters to the persons on the prayer list.
Missions: Lynn Smith reported a new chair is needed for this team. The next team meeting, Thursday, July 15, will focus on missions involvement in Reengagement (a time of rebuilding our ministries) which starts on September 19.
Worship and Music Ministry: Pastor Tom reported David Hodges had recently participated in a music week at Montreat. He came back with some new ideas. Tom commended the music teams for their recent performances. Technology is now working okay in the 8:45 service, but improvements are still in process for the 11:11 service.
United Methodist Men: Chair Al Millman reported Blair Road UMC will have a Marketplace in the gym and fellowship room November 13 from 9 – 3. Approximately 55 invitations to participate have been sent out and 12 vendors have already signed up. A BBQ and Silent Auction will also be held in conjunction with the Marketplace. Al and Johnsie Littlefield will be working on the social media platforms to advertise the event.
Another roadside pickup will be held at end of July or first of August. No exact date has been determined.
Faith and Fellowship Team: No report was available.
Age-Level Ministries: Pastor Rhonda reported VBS is coming up July 19-22. Seven boys and seven girls, ages 6 – 8, will be attending Camp Lydia in August.
Youth will be leaving Sunday, July 18, to participate in ASP work in TN.
VISION TEAM: Tom reported a change in direction for the Vision Team. This team had been focused on a longer term “30,000” view of what our church should become. This team is now focused on a shorter-term view with more urgency on our coming out of and bouncing back from the pandemic. Another item requiring attention and careful consideration is how our church will navigate through the major decisions the United Methodist Church will be deciding next year regarding human sexuality.
RENEWAL TEAM: Lynn Smith reported on the work the RENEWAL Team is doing. The last two weeks in August, Pastors Tom and Rhonda will be leading worship focused on “Out of the Wilderness” and remembrance of losses we’ve experienced during the pandemic. Beginning September 12, the focus will be on renewal with a “Family Reunion” theme. Activities scheduled include a picnic, petting zoo, children’s custard ice cream and bake sale. September 19 will be a time of Reengagement to welcome and engage folks into small groups, and to see all the opportunities for participation in missions support. September 26 brings a time of Revival where we focus on renewing our spiritual life and our commitment to God.
New Ad Hoc Team: Pastor Tom commented on “signs of hope” coming out of the pandemic. Folks are gradually coming back to worship for the first time and visitors are showing an interest in Blair Road. The pandemic has resulted in attendance and givings being down, and the church needs a plan if this does not improve. Tom and Council Chair Barry Price presented a motion to form an ad hoc team of church leaders who will meet over the next 2 -3 months to plan for 2022 and beyond. The following persons will be invited to participate on the ad hoc team: Al Miller, Jeff Workman, Pam Binkley, Sarah Price, Gary Moore, Bob Southern, Vince Foster, Barry Price and Tom Latimer. This team will look at the spending and givings in detail, and all items must be evaluated. Planning for 2022 needs to move forward taking into consideration the PPP loan and pastoral salary assistance that will not be available after 2021, and the 2022 United Methodist denominational decisions. Recommendations from the ad hoc team will be brought to the Church Council. Church Council members approved the motion to form the ad hoc team.
Becky Barnes, a member of the congregation, spoke at the end of the meeting. She expressed her opinion that the congregation should be informed of the forming of the ad hoc committee and the purpose. She said she is concerned the general membership does not understand the seriousness of this situation. Council agreed Tom should send a constant contact to the entire congregation explaining the committee, the members and its purpose.
102 attendees in 8:45 service today (Barry)
In person VBS (Lynn)
Office Guild back (Rhonda)
SS class bouncing back in attendance and new visitors (Bob)
Pastor Tom adjourned meeting with prayer.
Next Meeting date to be determined.
Respectfully submitted by,
Renee Hatley, Council Secretary