The meeting was called to order at 7:04 by Denise Molinari, Vice Moderator.
Cabinet members in attendance: Denise Molinari, Vice Moderator; David Sheibley, Treasurer; Diane Sheibley, Clerk; Gordon Brailsford, Board of Trustees; Bill O’Neil, Board of Christian Outreach; Kathleen Mosher, Board of Stewardship; Terry Reynolds, History & Memorials Committee; Jane O’Connell, Women’s Guild & Fellowship; Ellen Crawford, Music Committee.
Also present: Gail Wershing
Denise opened the meeting with a prayer.
The meeting minutes from the May meeting were presented and reviewed. Ellen Crawford noted that she was not listed in the “Cabinet members in attendance,” although she was present and noted later in the meeting minutes. Diane apologized and noted the change. Dave Sheibley motioned to accept them as amended; Terry Reynolds seconded. The minutes were approved.
Pastor’s Report – Rev. Beth Stotts (see written report)
Rev. Beth was not present at the meeting but had submitted a written report. People were instructed to direct any questions about it to Rev. Beth via email or phone.
Treasurer’s Report – Dave Sheibley (also see written report)
Dave noted that giving is on track for where it should be on the budget. $43,000 has been taken out of the endowments this fiscal year, and no more is likely to be needed. Dave reported that the proposed 2022-23 budget that Cabinet approved and presented to the congregation was approved at the budget meeting on June 12.
Food Pantry – Bill O’Neil (also see written report)
Bill reported that the Boston Food Bank is resuming providing frozen food, and we will be going back to receiving some from them starting next week. A few new signups for the pantry have happened in recent weeks. They have continued to get frozen foods from Aldi and Stop & Shop, and they continue to buy gift cards for distribution. They’ve spent about $16,000 on gift cards so far this year.
Dave Sheibley noted that on the written report submitted by Jack Melcher, it showed that no cash donations had been received in May, but Dave noted that that was in error. $1,070 was actually received.
Stewardship – Kathleen Mosher and Gail Wershing
Kathleen was pleased to announce that Gail Wershing and Carol Chaffee have both offered to help with the work of Stewardship. Gail announced a new project for Stewardship, that came out of her concern for the new budget and its $43,000 deficit. Stewardship is launching the 40 For $40k Project this Sunday. If 40 people step up and either increase their current pledge by $20 or more a week, or add a pledge for $20 or more a week, that deficit will be erased. The project is on the website, and it was presented. It will be announced in church on Sunday, and will appear in the July Steeple Sounds. It was asked if people could still pledge if they wanted to make payments on a schedule other than weekly (monthly, quarterly, semi-annually), and the answer was yes. The form they fill out asks them to specify what frequency they will be paying on. It was also asked about how many of our members pledge. The ballpark estimate was 50%.
Kathleen also added that if anyone has any ideas, to please see her.
Trustees – Gordon Brailsford
Gordon shared the Trustees’ continued concerns over the deed restriction that the town is requiring in order for us to receive the CPC grant for the steeple work. They are concerned that they are only providing funds for the steeple, but the deed restriction will apply to the whole building. They feel that we should get commitments on the other phases of the project before we allow a restriction to be put on the whole building.
They are also concerned about the portion of the deed restriction contract that requires us to do needed maintenance on the building or be in breach of contract; but with our operating budget in a deficit situation, there may be “needed” maintenance that we cannot afford, and then they might want to come after us legally. The town has also not been able to provide us with a grant agreement that meets with our approval, no matter how many times we ask.
The Historical Church Restoration Committee has also discussed seeking out other grants, but they want to be sure we’re ready to move forward with the work. Most grants have a time limit, so once we are awarded one, we have to move forward on that portion of the project.
The lawyer will be looking over our agreements; once he’s done that, we can go to the congregation to consider them (if he approves).
• The Steeple Sounds deadline for the July issue is TODAY (or maybe tomorrow).
• The calendaring of the 2022-23 church year took place at the meeting.
• While Sunday School for the children is confirmed for the Advent, Heifer, and Lent seasons, it was as yet unknown if there would be someone to teach it in September through November.
The meeting adjourned at 8:02pm.