November 4, 2018
Present: Marjory Bankson (recorder), Peter Bankson, Ken Burton, Joan Dodge (worship), Michele Frome (angel), Elizabeth Gelfeld (angel), Judy Lantz, Sandra Miller, Trish Nemore, Brenda Seat, Keith Seat, Margreta Silverstone, Deborah Sokolove (moderator), Glen Yakushiji.
Absent: Cynthia Dahlin, David Lloyd, Vincent Shepherd, Jacqie Wallen.
Visitor: Liz Gould-Leger.
Worship: Joan read “The Future is Possible” by Sonya Dyer.
Housekeeping: Stewards will next meet on Sunday, December 2, 5:00pm at the church.
Moderator: Joan Worship: Sandra
Recorder: Peter Angels: Elizabeth & Judy
1) Rosa Campos & Larry Rawlings have volunteered to coordinate Thanksgiving Dinner at Seekers. Trish is willing to help them and Sandra offered to oversee the buffet.
2) Stewards Christmas Party will be hosted by Cynthia. Michele is willing to help. Stay tuned for directions.
3) Brenda got positive feedback for her suggestion that we have “Friendship Dinners” hosted by different Seekers (beginning with Stewards) in their homes. Add this to the January agenda.
4) Stewards agenda calendar for 2019 was passed out by Brenda. She urged people to bring it each time to track major issues. Year-end financial report will be moved from Jan 6 to Feb meeting.
Draft 2019 budget presented: Marjory for FOG
No changes were suggested.
Note: in order to balance the operating budget, Building Ops was lower than requested by $2,000 and Art Gallery lower than requested by $200. FOG urged Time & Space to use the reserve fund for major items if needed. Final vote will be in December.
Circle Time /Gathering Time Discussion: Michele for Celebration Circle
Michele described the timeline for this experiment (focus sharing on seasonal theme, no announcements or clipboards, 2-minute call stories twice/month), which began in June. She invited all non-CC Stewards to speak about their experience with the changes:
Dave (from a recent letter): noted worship is getting longer which makes it difficult for adults in Sunday School; signups for School for Christian Growth have been more difficult (leaving a clipboard on the side table doesn’t attract enough attention).
Liz: would like more space between thematic sharings.
Glen: no opinion because I am usually not at circle time.
Marjory: misses announcements as a sign of community activity and personal sharing (it gets me beyond the silo of my mission group).
Margreta: as an introvert, I rarely have anything to say; rhythm of connecting sharing question with liturgy helps; appreciates CC efforts to shepherd the discussion; P&J candle has been longer than expected.
Judy: likes the theme as a threshold to worship; is usually with the children and wonders if they should/could be in circle time?
Trish: likes the thematic sharing and 2-minute call stories; wonders if P&J candle could be more prayer and less sermon – maybe pick people to model this for a couple of months?
Joan: likes the thematic sharing (“it helps to center me”); does like to hear announcements and critical personal sharing (like Mary Carol’s fall); hopes Friendship Dinners will strengthen community links.
Sandra: notes that 2-min call stories are usually longer; values short announcements and chance to describe things like Thanksgiving Basket project.
Keith: likes deeper sharing generated by theme; appreciates 2-min call stories; likes some announcements and occasional clipboard signups.
Someone in CC said that they would continue to make adjustments regarding announcements. Michele said that their intention was not to eliminate personal sharing and CC would report back on the experiment, probably in January.
Pastoral concerns – no notes.
One Steward to share: Sandra shared her recent love for making paper and other aspects of her life.
Meeting ended with Soul talk.
Submitted by Marjory Bankson, Nov 10, 2018
BUDGET PLANNING DOCUMENT (Nov 4, 2018)
|2019 Budget||% of budget|
|Building Use/Min of Place||39,741||40,000||31,475||44,000||16%|
|TOTAL Unrestricted INCOME||281,652||273,000||197,966||277,500||100%|
|Ministry of Place (T&S)
Ch of the Saviour
Covenant: Tksgivng Dayspring Church
NGOs helping Skrs
Stillpoint @ RRidge
Down the Road
Growing Edge (MSG)
Holy Spirit Fund**
|* Mission Groups||2017||‘18 Bud||’18 spent||2019|
**$5k added to HSFund July 1, 2018 Cap Reserve (Nov, 2018): $54,485