The Connectional Table met on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm. The meeting was opened with prayer by Lyle Holland. The following reports were given:
We will need to bring in $48,000 in the next 2 months, but this is likely, and there is a good chance that we will close out the year in the black.
Improvements upstairs and in the sanctuary continue. A cross-training tutorial session will be held at 5 pm on November 18 for several people to learn about AV improvements, to include live streaming of worship services. There will be a dedicated iPad for the sound, and a dedicated laptop for video streaming.
As soon as carpeting is complete, they will begin moving pews and instruments back into the sanctuary. When one of the kneeling cushions was taken for cleaning, Heather was told that they are heirlooms, and probably should not be cleaned again. It was decided to use them through Advent and then to preserve them. There was discussion on how to reconfigure the handbells and pews in the left alcove. It was decided to add back 3 of the pews into the handbell area.
Reworking of job descriptions continues, a draft may be available to staff members by Thanksgiving.
She and Summer Jennings will be attending a consignment conference in January in order to be able to spend some one-to-one time with the people who created the consignment sale software.
Fall Festival was a wild success, and having to change to the front parking lot made it even better. Children’s Ministries still needs trees for the Christmas program.
Corey reported that the youth had just had a bonfire at the Cunningham’s home, and had a great time. They are participating in a Reverse Advent event in which they collect non-perishable food donations in the weeks before Christmas to give to JCOC.
The youth plan to help out with Toyland, and have a Progressive Dinner scheduled for their Christmas party. They will not be meeting on Sunday nights during December due to so many other activities, and will spend their Wednesday night times volunteering at JCOC.
The youth raised $700 from their fish fry, and those who had participated were eager to have Swamp John return. The youth are considering collaborating with a Sunday School class to do this again in 2020.
Lyle thanked the Connectional Table for a good year. A number of staff and volunteers met last week to do planning and calendaring work for 2020. This brought lots of new ideas, clarity, and collaboration.
He asked everyone to be in prayer for the General Conference (May 5-15,) and then the Annual Conference (May 31) during this anxious time.
The meeting was closed in prayer by Corey Burns at 3:50 pm.