Reworking of job descriptions continues, to be finalized by the end of the year. The SPRC recommended that Pastor Compensation remain the same as 2019. This number is required to be approved and turned in at the Charge Conference meeting on Sunday, October 20, 2019.
Financial reports indicate giving increases from August. As of the end of September, reports indicate that we have used 72% of our budget, which is right on track for the third quarter of 2019. Lyle called attention to the Solvency column of the Operating Budget Financial Report Clarification; how that number had risen steadily since January. Considering all the change which has taken place this year, and which is still taking place, this is a very healthy sign.
Renovations in the MAC are complete. Carpentry and wiring for the sound system in the sanctuary are complete, and painting continues. We have had an offer to purchase the old choir chairs which will be accepted. This income will help to offset the cost of the 2 new HVAC units which were an unexpected expense. The lighting in the sanctuary will be changed over to LED bulbs (while the scaffolding is in place for painting), which will be brighter and much more economical. Refinishing the front doors of the church will be the last item on the list.
Children’s Market: We are very close to closing out expenses for the 2019 Fall Consignment Sale, which was a great success.
Children’s Ministries participated in a Music & Missions project recently in which the children created a bingo game to be given to the patients at Legacy Village. This morning, the children visited the residents there for kid-styled worship and played the bingo game they had brought to give the residents. Everyone had great fun!
Cub Scouts: There has been a renewed interest in Cub Scouts. We will hear more on this as it develops.
Fall Festival: Help is needed to man the games for the Festival. There will be no Trunk or Treat this year, instead we will have a short contemporary worship service.
Quite a few youth have signed up to man games at the Fall Festival. Soup and chili are still needed.
Corey reported that with large attendance numbers on Wednesday nights, they are looking at reconfiguring the Youth Room to better handle the crowd. During December, Wednesday UMYF will not meet here, but will volunteer at JCOC to help with mid-week chores there.
The youth continue to park cars at the church for JSU home games. The cost is $5 per vehicle, which is less than most other places. So far they have raised over $200 to be spent on future activities.
They are looking forward to a Fish Fry event on Saturday, October 26 from 4:00-7:00 pm. There will be takeout plates cooked by Swamp John for sale at $13 each. All orders will be takeout. Tickets are sold by youth and Corey.
Lyle reminded the Connectional Table about Charge Conference next Sunday, October 20, at Piedmont UMC. Everyone is encouraged to attend. A Nominations Report was distributed for CT to approve nominations to replace those who will rotate off committees this year. Thursday, October 24 will be the Bishop’s Day in the District at Talladega UMC at 6 pm. Sunday, October 27 is Fall Festival here, but is also the Gathering of the Orders, for which Lyle is in charge, so he will be unable to attend Fall Festival.
Lyle reported that 2020 Estimate of Giving Cards would be going out in the next few days, with Ingathering Sunday set for November 3.
Reactivation of the Security Team to patrol the church during worship is becoming a higher priority with shorter daylight and so many fall and winter activities. We will need people to help with this effort.
The next meeting was set for Sunday, November 17 at 3:00 pm.
The meeting was closed in prayer by Corey Burns at 4:10 pm.