February 2012 Council Documents
Floris United Methodist Church
Council Report to the Congregation
Highlights from this Month’s Church Council Meeting
As the governing board of Floris United Methodist Church, your Church Council meets monthly to review and approve the strategic activities of your church. Your Church Council is made up of leaders you elect at the annual charge conference, who set policy and strategic priorities and then provide prayerful leadership to our church in a host of ways. Here are highlights from this month’s council meeting:
This month we held a brief Charge Conference where we updated pastors’ salaries for 2012 to include a 2% increase as recommended and approved by the Council, SPRC and Finance Committees after the Charge Conference held November 29, 2011. Tom Berlin also submitted a list of 70 names of members for consideration for removal from membership. The list contained member names, their last known address, original date submitted for consideration for removal, and last known date of attendance. This process was completed as required and in accordance with the Book of Discipline.
We heard from two guests who each shared their recent experiences in key areas of our ministry:
- CRC/Mercy Hospital Sierra Leone - Dave Stenger: Dave works at the Naval Research Lab (NRL) in Washington, DC, and helped facilitate gaining research and development funding to benefit both NRL and Mercy Hospital. His efforts resulted in satellite communications, Wi-Fi access, renewable energy and battery packs, and a solar lab that links the research with local academics and also benefits Mercy Hospital. In the past 12 months, they’ve reinvented the laboratory to focus on “what makes everyone sick?” to discern subtle differences in malaria and illnesses with similar symptoms but requiring different treatment. This involved new cell phone technology, structured SMS reporting, and a handheld blood chemistry analysis tool – all now directly contributing to saving lives. Read more information at Helping Children Worldwide.
- Celebrate Recovery - Michael Hale: Mike leads and facilitates Celebrate Recovery, our Christ-centered recovery program at Floris that deals with “hurts, habits, and hang-ups.” The group meets every Tuesday at 7pm for worship, music, and testimony/lessons. The group then breaks into smaller, gender-based groups for “step studies” over a 9-month period. Everybody is welcome, and the group provides an environment where all feel loved. Mike expressed that tremendous healing is taking place among many people struggling with issues such as unemployment, anger, addictions (drugs/alcohol), sexual impurity, financial troubles and suicide. More information is available at Celebrate Recovery at Floris UMC.
We also discussed our Strategic Priority #4 on Inclusivity, and Priority #1 on Evangelism. We are beginning to see some synergy between many the strategic priorities. Tom Berlin commented that he noticed more collaboration than ever before across the various staff teams, and highlighted several examples
- The upcoming “Music Man” production had collaboration across evangelism, music, and outreach which strengthened linkages and connectivity across the staff.
- Staff is thinking about how to enhance our existing events in ways that will make them more accessible to larger portions of the congregation.
- We’re looking at events and activities held at the church through an “evangelistic lens” to seek opportunities to bring participants back to church or come for the very first time.
We are hopeful this trend of enhanced collaboration will continue to grow and develop.
- Ed Federico updated the council on the current Administrative Review process which is under way and SPRC will have some recommendations for the council next month.
- Barbara Miner gave us some insight on new directions for our Congregational Care Ministry, and Jim Stiefvater gave us an update on the status of the Capital Campaign.
As I write this, I am once again aware that we are very blessed to have such highly involved, deeply caring and very giving church members.
We remain committed to ensuring that our ministries are in alignment with our mission: Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World. You can find our February agenda along with our monthly Ministry reports and Strategic Priorities below.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, 703-834-3378 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It is my privilege to serve as your Council Chair.
Council Chair, Floris UMC
Worship Monthly Report
Grow Monthly Report
Serve Monthly Report
Connections Monthly Report
Lead Pastor Report
Capital Campaign Report
Strategic Priority ONE Monthly Report
Strategic Priority FOUR Monthly Report
Charge Conference Minutes