The meeting was called to order at 4:05pm by Holli Spangler. Due to our stay-at-home order the meeting was held via ZOOM. Present were Pastor Paul, Art Clayton, Larry Edsall, Doug Gab, Neal Husak, Holli Spangler, Lauren Thomas, and Melissa Williams. Absent were Stephanie Wasano and Kathleen Goulding.
Art Clayton opened with a devotional reading and a prayer. Larry Edsall will lead the June devotional.
Pastor Paul and the council would like to recognize members of the congregation that have gone above and beyond in supporting New Song Church. First, the members of the Stay Connected Team for their hard work in preparing the guidelines for re-opening: Chair, Sue Steaffans; Council liaison, Doug Gab; Mary Ann Cohen, Anne Danielson, Patty Duffey, Gershon Gordon, Karen Kennedy, John Robinson, and Sheila Siino. Next, Doug Gab and Matthew and the work they did with the audio/video team to secure HD cameras and other equipment to enhance virtual and in-person worship. Finally, all the members of New Song who have continued to support our church with tithes, prayers, and patience as we continue to carry on our mission during this uncertain time.
The Tuesday sunset service continues to develop. Different members will be hosting the event each week. Patty Duffey was the host on 5/26 and Brad Enerson on 6/2.
The living room has been converted into a chapel. Members are encouraged to visit the chapel for refection and prayer.
Pastor Paul will begin a new sermon series, Spiritual PPE.
Shani distributed the end-of month financial report for April 2020. Our average attendance was down when compared to last year due to the suspension on in-person worship. Our monthly revenue from offerings was down 39% from last year, while our year-to-date revenue is down 13% from last year and down 7% from our 2020 budget.
Our cash offerings are down significantly, the council hopes that this will increase as we begin in-person worship.
The council discussed the action to re-look at our 2020 budget and determine if any adjustments are needed based on the significant decrease in our revenue. Neal will lead this effort. The goal is to project future revenue and then look at our spending.
The council received an update on the $87,000 loan we secured from the federal PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) program. We have spent 75% on payroll and 25% on utilities. Once more guidance is received, Shani will submit the paperwork that shows how the funds were spent. We are anticipating that we have fulfilled the requirements for our spending so the grant will not have to be repaid.
The team has purchased three HD cameras that will allow us to improve our social media and in-house presentations during worship. Additional equipment such as cables and a switcher were also purchased. A big thank you to the generous donors that purchased this equipment for the church.
The team is trying to purchase supplies that would are needed when the church reopens. We will have a limited supply of masks, gloves and cleaning supplies for the reopening. The purchase of masks, portable touchless sanitizing stations and sanitizer refills will not be available until mid to late June.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:47pm, followed by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, June 23rd, at 6pm.
Respectfully submitted, Melissa Williams – Recording Secretary