2004 Annual Meeting Minutes

January 25, 2004

Our moderator, Phil Johnson, called the meeting to order at 10:55 a.m. 79 people were in attendance.

The moderator motioned to dispense with the reading of last year’s minutes; this was seconded and approved. It was also motioned to accept the various reports contained in the Annual Report without reading them aloud; this was seconded and approved.

Nominating Commission’s Report: Tony Lucia, Marcia Waugh and Jeff Langill were added to the slate of offices presented in the Annual Report. A motion to accept the amended slate of offices as presented was made, seconded and approved. Raymond offered a reading from Corinthians to all those who were commissioned, followed by a prayer.

Approval of the Budget: Treasurer Hugh Penney reported on last year’s budget. The year ended with a deficit of $45,446 due to the painting of the church, the steeple repair, the Tower Day School renovations and higher utility expenses. The budget proposal for 2004 is $376,360. Discussion on the budget followed, including questions and comments. Following the discussion, a motion to approve the 2004 Budget was made, seconded and approved. Hugh informed the congregation that in addition to last year’s $45,000 deficit, 9 of the past 10 years have ended in a deficit. To cover this, we have had to use our reserve funds. This has reduced our future monies by $500,000. He stressed that it is critical that we find a new way to move forward with our giving and stewardship programs in order to avoid this in the future.

Moderator’s Report: Phil thanked Parish Council for their work and support. He informed us that the UCC had good news and bad news to report. The bad news is that our future success as a church is not guaranteed based on our past successes. The good news is that people are spiritually hungry and we can share our faith. Phil encouraged us to focus on our strengths and the many good things we already have here at CCC. Yet, in order to develop and grow our church, we will need to change some of our long-standing trends. Those include:

-we have no deliberate recruitment of new members

-we need to move forward with our fund-raising, stewardship and planned giving efforts.

Other new ideas include alternative worship and communion services. Phil presented the first step in a more aggressive development and growth plan for CCC. An anonymous pledge of $10,000 has been made specifically with our goals in mind. The purpose of the pledge is to enable us to hire a consultant to oversee our efforts to establish an endowment, a planned giving program, an every- member stewardship campaign and an aggressive recruitment of new members. The terms of the pledge are that the church match the gift. Phil requested a vote from the congregation to use money from our "Special Endowment Fund" to match the gift. A motion to do this was read and seconded. The motion was opened up to questions. Discussion of the motion and questions followed. The motion was then put to a vote and accepted.

The congregation was then asked if there was any new or unfinished business. Finding none, Raymond led everyone in a closing prayer. The moderator thanked everyone for coming and adjourned the meeting at 11:45 A.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Lambe, Recording Clerk