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Church Board Report to the Congregation – October 2017

The Church Board’s monthly meeting took place on Thursday evening, October 5th.    Here is a summary report from the October Board meeting:


Pastor Bill reported that our average Sunday morning attendance in September was 670, down 28 from last September (698).   Our average Sunday morning attendance for the year stands at 733 (763 last year at this time). Giving for the month of September came in at $74,023 compared to last September ($77,282).   Our giving for the year stands at $806,148 ($810,232 last year at this time).
Pastor Shaun gave an update in regards to our search for a Youth Director.   There is a potential candidate who has met with the Search Committee, led the most recent Wednesday Youth Group meeting, and is being called back to meet with the Search Committee once again this week.


  • Approved the renewal of Lay Minister’s License for Sherri Flohr, Ray Rottler, Barb Harbaugh, Todd Smith and Roger Nowell.
  • Established figures for the line items in the 2018 Spending Plan that fall under the responsibility of the Church Board.   Next year’s figure is $2,850 below the 2017 figure. (The Finance Committee will be meeting in November to establish figures for a majority of the line items found in the 2018 Spending Plan.)
  • Approved assignments for this year’s Community Christmas Dinners. Board members assume responsibility for different facets of the dinner, such as resetting or putting away tables/chairs, recruiting some of the volunteers, etc.
  • Approved a motion to bring to Annual Council a recommendation that would allow the Church Board to decide whether or not to retain a Director (as opposed to a Pastor) when the Director’s current term expires. There would be a 10-day period for the congregation to provide input/comments that would be weighed by the Church Board before a decision is made.   More information (pros/cons) will come out ahead of Annual Council in late January.
  • Voted and approved to place Pastor Brian’s name on the ballot to be voted on by the congregation for another 5-year term. While the Board recognizes and affirms Brian’s gifts and abilities, there are some concerns that the Board is working through with Brian.   The Board believes the congregation should have the final vote as to whether or not Brian serves another term.
Your Church Board consists of…
Staff: Voting members: Bill Shank, Shaun Kipe. Non-voting members: Ray Kipe, Brian Black, Jim Recard, Josh Roach
Congregational Representatives (elected at Annual Council) :  Matt Nolt, Harvey Payne, Angie Petersheim, Todd Smith, Joel Wenger, Lin Yoder
Deacon Representatives: Darwin Chamberlin, Mike Garland
Grounds & Maintenance Representative: Mike Hawbecker
Church Treasurer:  Gene Gorman
Sandy Gray serves as the recording secretary (non-voting member)