October 15, 2018

Summary of September 2015 Council Meeting

At its September meeting, the church council:

  • Reviewed a video of the UCC General Synod and heard Pastor Kevin’s report about some of his experiences at General Synod sessions and workshops.  Because of the interest in the subject and the extent of Kevin’s notes and experiences from General Synod, Council decided to have a fuller report from Kevin part of the program for the fall church Town Hall meeting, which will probably be held in mid or late October.
  • Reviewed a number of recent activities of commissions and committees, including the 11 am Worship leader hiring process, and planning for the November 7 Leadership Retreat.
  • Discussed upcoming events, including the Black and Blueperformance on October 4, which grew out of the sacred conversations on race
  • Discussed the upcoming 2016 sabbatical with Ross Livengood and Dottie Dwyer of the Sabbatical Committee.  The sabbatical, which was approved by the congregation at the January congregational meeting, is being planned and designed as a time for renewal for both the pastor and the congregation. Although there was some hope for a funding grant from Lilly Foundation, that application was not successful.  Council, the committee members, and Kevin discussed a wide range of sabbatical-related topics, including plans for Kevin and the congregation, funding, communications with the congregation as the sabbatical plans proceed, and the sabbatical’s purposes and benefits.  After the discussion, council unanimously voted to “heartily” reaffirm its support for the sabbatical.