New Song Council Meeting
November 19, 2019
The meeting was called to order at 6:00pm by President Sue Clark.
Present were Sue Clark, Pastor Paul, Doug Gab, Holli Spangler, Art Clayton, Lauren Thomas, Sue Pollman, Kathleen Goulding, and Melissa Williams. Brenden Fjelsted and Todd Enerson were absent. Shani Fjelsted was also present.
Pastor Paul opened with a prayer. Lauren Thomas gave the devotional. Pastor Paul will lead the devotion in December.
No ministry report was given. The Friends in the Desert will present in December.
Pastor Paul’s Report:
Memorial Service: John McCall, October 29th and a Veteran’s burial on November 12th. John Korthius, November 2 (Rev. David Miller).
Upcoming Memorial Service: Mary Turner, November 23rd.
Baptism: Florida Armstrong in the Jordan River, October 26th.
Wedding: Amelia and Travis Hesse, November 10th.
Advent plans include: Midweek Soup Supper, Intergenerational time and Holden Evening Prayer December 4th, 11th and 18th. The Sermon series will explore the trip to the Holy Land, “Views from the Holy Land…on the Journey to Bethlehem.” Gershon and Pastor Paul are working on a midweek programming.
The campus transition has taken place. Church office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9am – 3pm. The church doors will be unlocked, while the academy doors will be locked. People are encouraged generally to come through church doors to keep the academy separate.
Melissa Williams led our stewardship campaign, which was organized well, although our results have left a budget challenge that will be addressed at the November Church Council meeting.
Pastor Paul met with Health and Wellness team. Sue Steaffens had agreed to coordinate meetings for the future. Kitty is looking to return yoga, and we informally discussed a sort of rest for caregivers ministry. Kitty has had training in this. Pastor Paul spoke with OPTICS about this as well. If the congregation show an interest then the team hopes they can build a program for 2020
As leader of Stephens Ministry, Sheila Siino approached Pastor Paul about hosting an information session for the national organization in the fall of 2020. This opportunity was approved.
We will welcome and bless Patty Weakly, our new Academy director the first weekend of Advent.
Pastor Paul led the invocation and benediction for the Sun City Veterans group on Veterans Day, November 11th.
Miller and Debbie Baird shared their Encouraging Word program on the weekend of November 16th and 17th. The New Song community was invited to sign Christmas cards for prisoners throughout the country.
On November 16th, Up and Running Again, the group that Pastor Paul coached this fall, celebrated their preparation to participate in the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon at the church. Some of the members shared their testimony during the worship.
Sue P. presented the end-of month financial report for October 2019. Our average attendance is still down when compared to last year. Our monthly revenue from offerings was down 15% from last year, while our year-to-date revenue is up 5% from last year and 2% from our 2019 budget. This is lower than our September reporting. Our cash flow is positive by approximately $40K, about half of what it was in September.
Any purchase of equipment before the end of the year has been put on hold.
The Council reviewed the preliminary 2020 budget. Based on the revenue projection from the giving statements, the Academy, Ministry and programs, investments and other sources, we will not be able to support the projected expenditures. The Council looked at all expenditure items and made reductions. They also discussed how the $10K Match Challenge that was communicated last month could be used to reduce our deficit. The budget will be finalized at the December meeting.
Nothing new to report.
Nothing new to report.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:05pm, followed by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, December 17th, at 6pm. The January meeting will be on the 21st.
Melissa Williams – Recording Secretary