The meeting was called to order at 7:03 by Anne Malmquist, Moderator.
Cabinet members in attendance: Rev. Beth Stotts, Pastor; Anne Malmquist, Moderator; Denise Molinari, Vice Moderator; Dave Sheibley, Treasurer; Diane Sheibley, Clerk; Gordon Brailsford, Board of Trustees; Kathleen Mosher, Board of Stewardship; Connie Chandler, Board of Christian Outreach; Margaret Wielhouwer, Board of Christian Education; Barbara Morey & Terry Reynolds, History & Memorials Committee; Ellen Crawford, Music Committee; Bette deKoning, Women’s Guild & Fellowship.
Also present: Deborah Lancaster, Congregational Administrator
Rev. Beth opened the meeting with a prayer.
Diane Sheibley did the roll call and verified that a quorum was present.
December Meeting Minutes
The minutes from the December meeting were reviewed. Dave Sheibley motioned to accept the minutes. Gordon Brailsford seconded. The minutes were approved without any changes.
Pastor’s Report [also see written report] – Rev. Beth Stotts
Rev. Beth reported that it was a weird month – tremendous COVID pastoral care, although she loved how many people reached out for a meal, and for how many people stepped up to provide them. There are also many others going through various big transitions. She met with Jack Melcher from the food pantry to help meet the needs of people for an individual meal or two.
“Christmas was awesome.” Rev. Beth did a blue Christmas service at the senior center, as well as a 5pm and 10pm at CSCC. They were well-attended. She also met with the Deacons to clean out the closet and the sacristy last weekend. Next Sunday, Greta Macrae will be the guest preacher. Looking down the road, the Lenten book study will be “No Cure for Being Human” by Kate Bowler, and Rev. Beth will be doing her end-of-life planning workshop on Holy Saturday. She is also very thankful to Ellen Crawford for putting her in touch with the BSU archivist, who has historical materials about CSCC.
Treasurer’s Report [also see financials] – Dave Sheibley
We are still plugging away, and OK. The giving is only $300 below budget. Dave reminded everyone that the fair did very well this year, especially with the participation in Christmas on the Common. Expenses are OK, and the investments are doing well. $20,000 was transferred out of investments so far, as planned.
Congregational Administrator’s Report [also see written report] – Deborah Lancaster
Deborah reminded everyone of the mask mandate in the church building, and spent some time making signs and sending out reminders to building renters. She is also making sure that our contact info for the outside groups is up to date. She also spent time making signs regarding the change in worship back to virtual. The furnace was inspected. Diane Sheibley noticed the entry on Deborah’s report regarding culling and cleaning the email list on Constant Contact, and asked that she not delete anyone off this list. Deborah noted that the cleanup of the Servant Keeper list (database of church members and visitors) is ongoing.
Food Pantry Report [also see written report] – Rev. Beth
Rev. Beth reported that she and Deborah have been discussing how much time Deborah spends on food pantry work. She suggested asking the Food Pantry people to contribute to Deborah’s compensation. Deborah estimates that she spends 45-60 minutes per day on the food pantry (out of the 4 hours she works per day). Rev. Beth noted that it was very difficult at Thanksgiving and Christmas to get everything done that had to be, with Deborah spending so much time on the pantry.
Anne asked Deborah to keep track of her food pantry time spent. It was suggested that the food pantry people also might want to keep a log of their time and tasks.
Historical Church Building Committee Report – Barbara Morey
Barbara reminded the Cabinet that we had a DAR grant given to us for $10,000, and we had 12 months to use it or we’d have to give it back. So it needs to be used by April. Chris Burgess, who has a steeple jack, quoted replacing the louvers on the steeple and re-glazing the windows, and said he could do it for $10,000. She also has a quote from someone else in the amount of $13,870 to do the repairs needed on the ceiling (just for painting and repair of affected areas).
Board of Stewardship – Kathleen Mosher
As the new member of the Board of Stewardship, Kathleen remarked that Stewardship had always seemed like a project that had an end, but she noted that Stewardship doesn’t end – it just keeps evolving. She’d like to see more people get involved in it, although not necessarily becoming a member of the Board. She would like to see the Board’s efforts be more inclusive, and for people to know it’s an important part of our church. “Stewardship is love, and taking care and loving the church.” It’s not just about money. She sees it as there is no “big goal” – it’s about the journey. Anne encouraged people to reach out to Kathleen (email or text is best) with their thoughts and feelings.
Women’s Guild and Fellowship – Bette deKoning
Bette asked if there has been any discussion of groups not being able to meet in the church. The Trustees did discuss the issue, and decided that with masking, groups can continue to meet. Bette reported that the Women’s Guild meeting was a planned Zoom meeting, and the presenter will be Dr. Kathleen M. Laquale, and her topic will be “What Does Healthy Eating Look Like.”
• Gordon Brailsford voiced his concern over a letter he received from the UCC, encouraging people to contact their legislators to vote in favor of the voting rights act currently before Congress. He is concerned that this is a violation of separation of church and state. He recommended sending a letter to voice that concern. Rev. Beth clarified our relationship with the UCC. She also suggested to Gordon that the appropriate people to talk to about this are our delegates to the UCC, John Sharland and Deb Sorgman. They would be the ones to carry any concerns of our congregation to the UCC. Gordon then revised his original statement and noted that it was a letter from the National Council of Churches, not the UCC.
• Anne was asked if she’s still planning on re-convening the constitution committee. She is.
• Sunday School: Terry Reynolds reported that she and Krissy Cannizzo have been doing online lessons for the kids, relating to the Heifer Project. The Living Gift Market that was scheduled for January 30 has been postponed until (likely) springtime, where they might be able to have it outdoors. She let Dave know that he might see some Heifer donation money coming in to the church. Terry thanked Rev. Beth for all her work on the Heifer program, and for even making some deliveries of materials to Sunday School families.
• Gordon reported that he met with the Food Pantry people regarding their new racks, and gave them the OK to build in the “middle” room in the basement. They are trying to get all the food donations out of the Fellowship Hall.
Rev. Beth closed the meeting in prayer at 8:05.