The Council of the University Congregational United Church of Christ met on May 20 via Zoom.
- Council reviewed the financial report prepared by Don Guthrie. Overall, we are in good shape. UCUCC did receive a $189,000 loan/grant from the Payroll Protection Plan via Home Street Bank and SBA to help maintain our payroll.
- While it is unsafe to gather in person, the University Congregational UCC Church Council will conduct the business of UCUCC’s Annual Meeting on behalf of the congregation, including the confirmation of council officers and at-large members. The following votes will be ratified by the congregation when it is next safe to gather in person.
- Council voted to replace the Restructure Representative with a third At-Large Representative, who will represent the church body as a whole.
Council approved and affirmed the appointment of Officers to the Church Council (see next column).
- Margaret Stine handed off the gavel to Terry Moore, our incoming moderator.
Council honored outgoing member Liz Wells (Restructure Liasion).
- Catherine and Kyna gave Council an update on the Parish Aid Fund. We have a good balance and need to encourage our community members to ask for help with these funds if needed. Catherine and the Parish Care Committee are revising the guidelines for use of these funds.
- Council appointed a Leadership Discernment Team to reconsider which leadership portfolios Amy and Catherine should hold. Any change, if approved by Council, would be effective whenever the new minister to replace Todd comes on staff.
- Council allocated $10,000 for Pastoral Search Committee expenses, including advertising, interview expenses, startup and relocation expenses, the money to come from the New Initiatives Fund.
- Council approved the formation of the Community Investment committee, as requested by the Stewardship and Finance committee. This committee will reach out and partner with Love and Justice to create a process/program.
- Council reviewed currently available, science-based information about what would need to be in place for us to re-gather in the building. The timeline looks to be well into 2021 currently. We will likely form a committee tasked with monitoring this information and bringing significant updates back to Council.
Respectfully submitted by Mary Sue Galvin