The meeting was called to order at 7:00 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 & Ed Buckland, Board of Trustees; Bill O’Neil, Board of Christian Outreach; Barbara Morey (via zoom) & Terry Reynolds, History & Memorials Committee; Bette deKoning, Women’s Guild & Fellowship; Mike Bundock, Growth Committee; Ellen Crawford, Music Committee
Also present: Carol Chaffee, Food Pantry Liaison; Deborah Lancaster, Congregational Administrator
Rev. Beth opened the meeting with a devotion and a prayer.
Diane Sheibley did the roll call and verified that a quorum was present.
May Meeting Minutes
The minutes from the May meeting were reviewed. Denise Molinari motioned to accept the minutes. Terry Reynolds seconded. The minutes were approved without any changes.
Pastor’s Report – Rev. Beth Stotts [see printed report]
Rev. Beth reported that she was scheduled to give the opening speech at the upcoming Juneteenth celebration in town. She also noted that there has been much pastoral care recently, and that there is a lot of anxiety related to things opening back up in our society. She encourages us all to center ourselves with Christ; to breathe; be gentle with ourselves and with others; and not to be afraid to say “no”. In addition to pastoral care, the prior month has also been focused on the preparations for reopening the church building. Rev. Beth also gave a brief summary about the Bee Fellowship Project, and her preparations for going on sabbatical next month.
Online Viewership – Rev. Beth Stotts [see printed report]
Rev. Beth called our attention to the handout provided by Paul Holmes regarding the viewership of our online streaming worship services. There are three platforms we utilize: YouTube, Facebook Live, and BTV. The numbers are phenomenal, often over 200 views. Remember, too, that each “view” is often more than one person, or a whole family.
Treasurer’s Report – David Sheibley [see printed report]
Dave reported that we’re doing OK, a little better than projected. He noted that the money we are having to take out of the endowments for this year has been all earnings, as the stock market has been strong. It may not always be that way, however.
The golf tournament was briefly discussed, and it was noted that pulling one together for this summer is probably not feasible. This is unfortunate as it is a substantial line item under “income”. But maybe we can hold one next spring, perhaps May or June to keep it within the next fiscal year.
Anne reminded people that if they have a fundraiser idea (small or large), they shouldn’t hesitate to suggest it.
Congregational Administrator Report – Deborah Lancaster [see printed report]
Deborah reported that there is a lot to do day to day. She helps people making donations to the food pantry. She’s been reaching out to previous building users with the new reopening guidelines and building availability, with a good rate of response. She’s asking them to fill out new applications with their needs and current contact info. She made sure Rev. Jim got keys to the building. She also worked on getting all the calendar requests input into the online calendar in preparation for tonight’s meeting. She noted that she will check email and voicemail on Fridays while the office is closed, from home.
Food Pantry Report – Carol Chaffee
Carol reported that things are running as normal, and attendance has dropped off a bit. Bill noted that attendance at the St. Thomas pantry is down some as well.
Historical Church Building Committee Report – Barbara Morey
Regarding the deed restriction: it has come back from the town with some comments and minor changes they want; it now needs to go to Brian Pfeiffer to review/incorporate. He is going to bill us for another $4-5,000, but it will be reimbursable by the town. After that, Trustees, Moderator, and building committee will review it, then it needs to go to the Mass Historical Commission. Then it goes back to the CPC. After that it gets filed (by the church attorney?) with Plymouth County. It seems it will be well into the Fall before it’s all done.
It was suggested that we have a banquet to cap off our anniversary year. We could open the time capsule. Maybe go to a restaurant, with folks paying their own meals?
New Building Use Guidelines – Trustees [see printed report]
The new guidelines were reviewed. The kitchen was asked about since it wasn’t noted in the guidelines. It was decided that the kitchen is still closed for all uses until further notice. It was also noted that the floor still needs to be repaired.
The kitchen use will be reassessed in September. The food policy while the kitchen is closed: if groups want to bring in prepared food or beverages into their meeting space, that’s OK. Deborah will confirm with outside groups that this is the policy. It was also decided that groups should “leave no trace” in their meeting space, so needed to clean up and take their trash with them.
The balance of the meeting was spent adding and discussing events and meetings onto the church calendar for the coming program year.
The meeting closed in prayer at 8:55pm. The next Cabinet meeting is scheduled for September 15.