Parish Council Minutes

June 27, 2006

The moderator began the meeting at 7:11 P.M.  Council members present were Mike Dunfee, Linda Ladd, George Hayden, Dwight Decker, Chris Gehret, Phil Johnson, Sue Johnson and Sue Lambe. Debbie Cotting and Betty Hayter of the Pastoral Search Committee also attended. Linda Ladd offered the meditation. The minutes from the May 23rd council meeting were approved.

Search Committee: Phil and Debbie recapped the search process to date. The committee received 70 profiles, from these 7 invitations to interview were sent. 5 candidates accepted the invitation. After extensive interviews, discussions and church visits, the group is happy to report that terms of call have been agreed upon between CCC and an excellent candidate. The congregation will have a chance to meet and greet our prospective pastor on Thursday, July 20th. Candidating Sunday will be July 23rd. After the service, members will vote on the candidacy.

Pastor’s Report: Mike informed council that the chairs in the pastor’s office will need to be replaced. Mike distributed copies of his letter of resignation as well as an interim evaluation form that he would like returned. Evaluations will be collected by Phil and sent to Mike.

Stewardship Report: Sue J. informed council that 75 pledge cards are still outstanding. Increases received so far have been minimal.

Missions Report: Chris reported that the knitting group completed 180 afghan squares and sent them to the Red Cross. They were most appreciative.

Tower Day School: The lofts in the classrooms have been removed; the schedule for summer includes replacing linoleum and painting classrooms.

Moderator’s Report: Phil has given a copy of the proposed revision of our bylaws to Rand Peabody and our Pastor-elect. Copies will be made available to other church members. Phil has sent council a 1st Draft of our endowment proposal. It is made up of 4 separate funds and will be discussed in-depth at a later meeting. Our new interim minister, Rand Peabody, will begin on July 1st, Dwight Decker will introduce and welcome him on Sunday, July 2nd. Communion for July will be on the 9th; communion for August will be on the second Sunday. Phil presented and reviewed a proposed committee structure for Fall. The current  Parish Council will remain in place until the Annual Meeting in September. He informed us that our pastor-elect would like to have a Pastoral Relations Committee in place and that it should include some members of the Search Committee. The council meeting for July will be rescheduled for a later date. The moderator adjourned the meeting at 9:10. Mike led the group in a closing prayer.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan Lambe, Recording Clerk