Minutes - April 2012

Baldwin First United Methodist Church

Church Council Minutes

April 23, 2012



Staff:   Pastor Paul Babcock, Shelly Todd, Bill DeMoss

Council Members:  Council Chair Bill Clement, Donna Curran, Mike Curran, Carolyn Groves, Martha Harris,

Adam Hazelwood, Christine Lawrenz, David Reed, Kathleen Thomas

Advisory Members:  Katherine Cook, Michelle Swain, Stan Vickers


Bill called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. with a devotional based on the Book of Job and the

works of Philip Yancey and Charles Swindoll.

Adam moved and Carolyn seconded the motion that the minutes of the March 26 meeting be approved.  The motion carried.


Financial Report

Martha and Mike shared the quarterly report and its implications.  The checking account balance is $93,584.  Of that, $31,164 is restricted to the parsonage account.  As of March 31, 2012, our loss to date was $18,714.  This is made up of a $10,927 shortfall in giving and expenses that are

$7,787 over budget.

Bill reported that Bill DeMoss has been hired as the bookkeeper.

Carolyn moved that the financial secretary will be responsible for counting and recording the money, the bookkeeper will write checks and be in charge of report generation, and the treasurer will serve as an overseer of the finances of the church and serve on the Church Council.  Kathleen seconded the motion.  The motion carried.



Adam reported that a baby changing station has been installed.

The trustees are still working on the recommendations for this year’s project.  They are still considering whether to focus on fire safety or renovation of the downstairs bathrooms and youth room.  Concerning possible improvements regarding fire safety, David shared that he will be speaking with the city and the state fire marshal to determine what requirements may be enforced.  Adam asked direction from the council to determine if they preferred one area of improvement over the other.  He also asked whether finances are available to pursue


Bill recommended that the trustees proceed to determine the best avenue to pursue at this time.

They will gather facts and figures and make a presentation to the congregation.

Adam asked about the parsonage fund.  Mike responded that we will retain the $31,000 for a year.  If the sum is not needed for unexpected expenses, the money will be put on the balance of

the loan to reduce monthly payments, leaving 5% of the value of the home in the fund.

Adam also reported that the trustees would like to have the stained glass windows appraised so that a rider can be added to the insurance policy.



Chris welcomed Bill DeMoss as treasurer.  A committee is meeting to interview an assistant youth director, and policy manuals will soon be in place.


Children’s Ministries

Shelly is working on plans for VBS.  Once again, members of the congregation will be able to sponsor a child for approximately $20.  This will cover the cost of supplies and snacks.


Youth Ministries

Eva reported via e-mail that the recent car detailing brought in just over $800 for the youth

mission trip.

She offered congratulations to the Baldwin High School Real World Design Team for winning

the national competition.  Several members of the team attend Baldwin First.

She requested prayer for wisdom and the safety of the students during Prom on May 5th.


Pastor Paul

Pastor Paul offered several reasons to celebrate:  the welcoming of six new members with the possibility of more to be confirmed, and the beginning of our denomination’s general


Baker University choirs will be singing this coming this Sunday.  George Wiley will preach at

Baker’s Baccalaureate.

The recent district clergy meeting brought several forms of recognition.  Pastor Paul received a certificate for the church for meeting an increased percent of its apportionments for World Service and Conference Benevolences for 2011.  BFUMC was also recognized for having the highest average amount of giving per attendee in the Five Rivers District.



David shared that the men’s group collaborated with the Lion’s Club to purchase a 46” TV for Vintage Park.



Donna  reminded us of the pot luck dinner this coming Sunday and the Spring salad supper for

ladies on May 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Donna and Bonnie recently attended the district meeting where they were recognized as a 5-star unit.   They will host the fall district meeting here in September.



The next meeting will be rescheduled for Tuesday, May 29th at 7:00 p.m.


Bill closed the meeting with a prayer at 8:26 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Katherine Cook


News Flash

Last Sunday of the Month


One worship service only

10:45 a.m. Blended Worship

Traditional Service at 8:30

We have added a traditional worship service at 8:30 on Sunday mornings. Our 10:45 service is still a contemporary/blended service. Come and join us for worship!

Food Pantry
A reminder that there is an increasing need for donations to the Food Pantry.  We are serving 100-plus persons each week.

Contact Information


704 8th St.
PO Box 25
Baldwin City, KS 66006





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