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Church Board Report to the Congregation – September 2018

The Church Board’s monthly meeting took place on Tuesday evening, September 4th.   Here is a summary report from the September Board meeting.


The Board continues to stay abreast of current attendance and contribution trends. Attendance was down slightly last month (compared to August 2017), however we had 2 Sundays where we experienced our highest attendance since April.   August contributions were up slightly over August 2017, but for the second consecutive month we were unable to make our $5,000 transfer from the General Fund to the Building Fund.   We are currently running a $9,000 deficit for the year and are approximately $60,000 behind our 2018 Spending Plan goal.   You can get more details by reading this month’s “Financial Report to the Congregation.”
Pastor Jim brought an update on changes taking place in Children’s Ministry, specifically in the area of security. A Secure Check-In System will be put into place at some point in October. Also, a set of glass doors will be installed at the top of the ramp leading into the Children’s Wing to provide an extra layer of security.


 The Board will be reaching out to Pauline Peifer (Director of Brethren In Christ Awaken Ministry and former Pastor and Bishop) to see if she would serve in the role of consultant as we continue to explore and discuss the benefits of having a woman as part of our staff.


Every year in the fall the Church Board is responsible for appointing (or re-appointing) members to the Discernment Committee.   Each Board member will be responsible for submitting 2 to 3 names for consideration at next month’s Board meeting, taking care to ensure that potential members are familiar with and support the theology (doctrine) of the Brethren in Christ.
In light of the many examples of sexual harassment taking place in various places (including churches) across the nation, the Board would like to move forward in putting together a sexual harassment policy for Five Forks.   The Board is looking to appoint Tiffany Bloyer (Director of Human Resources, Franklin County Government) to head this up, with Pastor Bill and Julie Tiedemann (office administrator) also serving on this sub-committee which will then report to the Board. It was decided that Harvey Payne will serve as the contact person for the pastoral and office staff if any issues should arise prior to the completion of this policy.
The Board continues to discuss and put renewed emphasis on our Anabaptist roots.   The Board watched a video presentation given by Pastor Zach Spidell (Dayton, Ohio) where he spoke about “How the Brethren in Christ Do Theology Together.”   This presentation was recorded at July’s General Assembly at Messiah College. Afterwards the Board shared their thoughts, including appreciating the way in which the presenter outlined a Simple view of theology, the emphasis on the Kingdom of God, and the priority placed on Community.
The Board met with Pastor Shaun at the end of the evening in order to discuss increasing the number of sermons he is preaching. The goal will be to increase Shaun from preaching four months here in 2018 to seven months in 2019.   The staff will work together to determine the particulars of what this will look like, and how Shaun’s other responsibilities will be handled.
Your Church Board consists of…
Staff:  Bill Shank, Shaun Kipe
Congregational Representatives (elected at Annual Council) :  Peggy Dawson, Sandy Gray, Matt Nolt, Harvey Payne, Angie Petersheim, Todd Smith, Joel Wenger, Lin Yoder
Deacon Representative: Mike Garland
Church Treasurer:  Gene Gorman
Recording Secretary:  Christina Martin (non-voting)