Meeting called to order at 7:01
Cabinet members in attendance: Rev. Beth Stotts, Pastor; Anne Malmquist, Moderator; Diane Sheibley, Vice Moderator; Kathleen Mosher, Clerk; Dave Sheibley, Treasurer; Ed Buckland, Board of Trustees; Margaret Wielhouwer, Board of Christian Education; Terry Reynolds & Beth Basler, Women’s Guild & Fellowship; Barbara Morey, History & Memorials Committee; Diane Glass & Lynn Pietras, Board of Deacons; Ellen Crawford, Music Committee; Gail Wershing, Growth Committee; Bill O’Neil & Rob Basler, Board of Christian Outreach
There was a brief passing of the gavel ceremony from outgoing Moderator Diane Sheibley to our new Moderator, Anne Malmquist.
Minutes from the June meeting were reviewed. Dave Sheibley motioned to accept the minutes as written. Rev. Beth seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Pastor’s Report- Rev. Beth Stotts
Rev. Beth has been working with the Bridgewater Interfaith Council and BSU. A food packaging event was co-hosted with the Offices of Student Involvement and Residence Life, with several church members as well as other community members helping. The Book Fairy Pantry Project is ongoing. The Spiritual Enrichment hour hasn’t been working, so it will not be held going forward. There are enough volunteers to have the children’s Spiritual Enrichment time during worship hours, so it will once again be held immediately following the “Moment for All Ages”. Rev. Beth was accepted into the Collegeville Institute for Writers and has been working on preparing her materials for that.
Confirmation will be on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 24. We will be hosting the Community Thanksgiving Service on November 26th at 7:00pm. Youth Group is going along great. The annual leaf raking event will be held on Saturday, November 16, to raise money for next summer’s youth mission trip. The mission trip will be to Vermont June 28-July 3, 2020
Treasurer’s Report- David Sheibley
We are 1/4 way through the year and giving is down. Hopefully that is due to the summer. We raised $1200 through the Summerfest dinner and a few other events this summer. The Golf Tournament raised $4400, although much of that came in in the last fiscal year. We had to transfer $12,000 from investments to stay afloat so far this fiscal year. Thankfully, the investments earned $11,000 in the same time period.
Anne Malmquist went over the new format for presenting information at Cabinet. Boards and committees should share any upcoming dates and events of importance, as well as any requests for input, advice, or help from Cabinet. Celebrations and achievements should also be shared.
Growth Committee- Gail Wershing
We had 99 entries for the puppet Tracey Doherty made and donated for AutumnFest. We added 30 new e-mails from those entries to the church email list. On December 1, we will have a Pop-Up Christmas Carol Choir from 12-2, during Christmas on the Common. All are welcome to participate.
Fair Committee- Diane Sheibley
The fair is November 1-2. The turkey supper is Nov. 9. Volunteers are still welcome to participate.
Diane motioned for Cabinet to approve a 50/50 and pick a prize raffle at the fair. Bill O’Neil seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Rev. Beth Stotts made a motion to add Marcy Langevin to the Board of Christian Education and Gordon Brailsford to the Board of Trustees, each for a one-year term. Gail Wershing seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Historical Renovations Committee- Barbara Morey
Barbara reported that they have selected the architect they would like to work with — Brian Neely of Gail Engineering Co. Brian wants to visit the church and meet the congregation. Barbara requested that the Moderator call a congregational meeting to approve engagement and signing a contract with Gail Engineering. It was decided that this meeting will be held on Sunday, November 3. Barbara also reported that they have been working with a grant writer that will be looking for all kinds of grants to apply for to help with funding, in addition to helping with the grant application Community Preservation Act funds from the town of Bridgwater.
Board of Christian Education- Margaret Wielhouwer
The “Taco Bout the Stars” family event originally scheduled for Oct. 26 has been cancelled due to EEE (the observatory is not open in the evenings yet). We may reschedule for December 7th.
Women’s Guild and Fellowship- Terry Reynolds
The blessing bag project will be on November 24th. There was some discussion about holding the event after church. This will be looked into.
Governance Task Force Discussion- led by Anne Malmquist
The changes in church boards and committees, originally introduced on Jubilee Sunday last month, were discussed. Everyone was in agreement that change needs to be made and brainstorming ensued. Some see a value in keeping the Boards and Committees as is and some see a need for more structural change to more accurately reflect the way our church is currently operating. Some people feel pressure and burnout. Others feel we need to do more to get different people involved. Some boards and committees are running fine and others are struggling to find people to join. There was a discussion about the Jubilee Year giving us time to innovate and try to find a way to get the congregation excited about the work we do. “It is time for people to find their joy in the work and not the weight of it.” We need to show people the why and not just the need. Kathleen Mosher, Anne Malmquist, and Rob Basler volunteered to join a task force to look into how other churches have handled such change. We will be working on more people to join in the upcoming