Things are busy within the Stewardship-Administration ministry!
Personnel Committee has been working on some needed revisions and clarifications to the Personnel Guidelines, and a proposal is going to the Church Council in June. They are also engaged with leadership staff team evaluation and direction, and are putting together a task list for themselves for the coming year.
Stewardship and Finance Committee continues to pay attention to the overall financial health of the church’s ministry. Look for a note in this issue of Church and Home with their invitation for us all to catch up on pledge contributions; our current contributions receipts are below budget and have been for the last couple of months.
The Audit Committee has met following the operational review by Battershell and Nichols performed last December. The committee plans to present a report with some recommendations in the next couple of months.
2019 Pledge Campaign
And Sven Peterson is getting the Fall Pledge Campaign underway! There are some spots available for those who would like to help with some short-term tasks, as we find ways to share the ministry of the congregation, and the value of support to undergird all we do. And watch for a return of the Good Works Bazaar on Sunday October 21! This was a big success last year and plans to collaborate to produce it again are taking shape.[The Good Works Bazaar started in 2017. It is a chance to fellowship over a light lunch, check out displays created by our various ministries, and find out how you can get involved in a committee or action team.]
Facilities and Equipment Committee
Facilities and Equipment Committee continues to do great work with UCUCC Facilities Manager Robert Moore, who is also doing great work. Some construction projects are scheduled for Summer 2018 in the 3rd Floor North Wing, as the Childcare Programs prepare to move Trettin Drop-In Preschool to the north wing later this year. Other work is being planned for the 1st Floor South Wing, where Trettin is currently located, after Trettin moves.
The committee acted on recommendations from Wendy Blight, who was tasked with a couple of special projects when David Anderson returned from Sabbatical. Wendy has researched and recommended a process for securing a Reserve Analysis for the building. This will help us with long-term planning and budgeting, and has been a hope since the New Cornerstones campaign. In addition, Wendy researched and recommended a company to help us with an evaluation of our insurance coverage to be sure our coverage is adequate. With Wendy’s help, these two evaluations will proceed in the coming months.
In addition, the committee approved a recommendation to add a storage closet in the SW corner of the Ostrander Hall Dining area. This will allow for more efficient chair storage, free up some other closet space for needed Teen Feed storage, and will allow us to move some things out of the O Hall kitchen pantry that should be stored away from food. This closet will use some of the floor space between the south kitchen door and the wall, and will go part way to the stairs that come down into O Hall. There will still be space for milling around and gathering in that area.
And wider than Stewardship-Administration but a significant aspect of our infrastructure support, the South End Action Team (SEAT) continues their work to discern the best use for the 1st floor south space that will be available when Trettin Drop-In Preschool moves to the north wing. They thought they were in the home stretch with a joint proposal from two nonprofit agencies, but both agencies had to withdraw late in the process due to significant changes in each of their agencies.
SEAT has clarified some parameters for the space use and availability, and has posted the notice of availability in a variety of settings. Work will continue to identify a candidate(s). SEAT plans to present a recommendation to the Church Council in the coming months. Feel free to ask Church Administrator David Anderson or SEAT Chair Wayne Wilson for the posting to share, or download link >> here
All of this work is crucial to undergird and support our ministry. I’m grateful for all who are involved to help keep us on track and in good stead. We do amazing ministry here at UCUCC, and these committees are significant in making that possible.