Council Minutes - 1-24-2011

First United Methodist Church of Baldwin City

Church Council Minutes

January 24, 2011



Council Members:  Council Chair, Bill Clement, David Cook, Donna Curran, Mike Curran, Carolyn Groves, Martha Harris, Adam Hazelwood, Chris Lawrenz, Darren Lawrenz, Colin Thomas, Kathleen Thomas

Advisory Members:  Katherine Cook, Debbie Oakleaf, Barbara Pressgrove, Michelle Swain, Becky Thomas, Janet Venable

 Staff:  Pastor Connie, Eva Durand, Shelly Todd

Members and Guests:  Judy Anderson, Loren Anderson, Kelley Bethell Smith, Christi Darnell, Hank Darnell, Fred Heinecke, Kelly Heinecke, Sue Ann Kleist, Tom Kleist, Robin Miller, Bonnie Morse, Robert Morse, David Simmons, and Stan Vickers


Bill called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Pastor Connie lit a candle representing the light of Christ that it might burn in the hearts and actions of the council.   The devotional was a recording of “The Christmas Guest” read by Reba McEntire.


Bill recognized new council members:  Carolyn Groves, Lay Leader; Chris Lawrenz, Pastor-Parish Relations Chair; Mike Curran, Finance Committee; and Kathleen Thomas, Lay Delegate, and Bill Neuenswander, Caring Ministries.


Donna moved and Adam seconded that the minutes of the December 13, 2010 meeting be approved.  The motion carried unanimously.


Martha Harris presented the financial report for 2010.  Although figures are not quite finalized, current numbers show $16,170 income exceeding actual expenses.  The line item budget for 2011 will be distributed shortly and will be made available on the bulletin board.


Bill opened the floor to members of the congregation who might want to address items on the agenda.  Discussion turned to wording and use of a welcoming statement.  Bill read the proposed statement aloud, and Pastor Connie reinforced content and wording from the Book of Discipline.  The committee chose to remove the word ‘fully’ from the proposed statement, leaving the following statement for consideration:

            Believing that all persons are created by God and loved through and by Jesus Christ,

            the people of Baldwin First United Methodist Church understand that our neighbors

            include persons of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation and identity,

            economic or marital status, and physical and mental condition and are welcome to

            participate in the life of our congregation.


Donna moved to accept the welcoming statement; Chris seconded the motion.  It passed unanimously.  The next task is to determine how to utilize the statement.  Council members were asked to consider this question and be prepared to offer suggestions at next month’s meeting.


Darren reported on behalf of the Trustees.  The bell tower repair project is near completion.  There is a new lower roof, and the upper roof has been braced.  The project will be completed when weather warms.  Walt Bailey is coordinating the stained-glass window project that has been pushed back to March.  Architectural and engineering studies are still underway; they may be concluded by April or May.  Two new notebooks have been purchased for bookkeeping.


Mike represented the finance committee.  They plan to meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  The committee is proposing the purchase of software for PowerChurch to replace Quickbooks in addition to a check reader, totaling approximately $450.  The Trustees will make a determination at their next meeting.


Mike reported for the stewardship team that pledges equaled 81% of the proposed budget for 2011.  This is a significant increase over recent years.


The PPRC was represented by Chris.  Their goals include establishing a process to indoctrinate new leadership prior to taking office, and considering a process to help the congregation deal

with the transition of pastors.


Donna reported on behalf of the 67 members of UMW.  At the end of their fiscal year, they were able to donate $1,300 to Hospice, CEF, the food pantry, Bill Clement’s Honduras Mission Trip, and Haiti Relief.  Feb. 6 is UMW Sunday.


Adam provided a list of the activities of UMM.  March 5th will see them host a breakfast for potential new members.  On Feb. 12th, they will join the trustees in a work day at the church.  They report helping with painting at the senior center and snow removal for the church and various community members.  Finally, they report a donation for supplies and building materials for Bill Clement’s Honduras mission.


Becky and Debbie shared their thoughts on the web site. They expressed appreciation for the work of Dennis Long in their endeavor to produce a quality site.  Debbie expressed a desire to be replaced on this project so that she might devote her energies to other areas of service.  The ladies were authorized to ask Mr. Long about the cost of having his involvement in the site become permanent.


Children’s Ministries opened a new class last week; Toddlers and Two is taught by Jennifer Rowland.  VBS will be held on July 10-14; the theme is Panda-monia.


Eva announced that 30 youth and 8 adults plan to attend this year’s mission trip to Indiana.  Numerous activities are planned throughout the month of February.


Pastor Connie expressed her opinion that 2010 was amazing, and she is excited about the fact that the church is becoming all God wants her to be in 2011.


Bill asked that committee chairs send a representative to the council meeting if they are unable to attend.  Members are to examine the long-range plan prior to the next meeting.


Colin offered a closing prayer.  The meeting was concluded at 9:20.


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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