Council Meeting Recap: September 2015

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In an effort to improve our transparency and communication as your Council, we are sharing a recap of last week’s Council meeting. The minutes will be posted on the Council bulletin board in the basement after they are approved, but here are some highlights in the meantime.

After assembling in God’s name, we discussed campaign priorities. Based on feedback from members of the congregation, we decided that we will no longer include staffing in the capital campaign funds.  We will work on a more specific job description and focus on incorporating the position into a future budget.

Current priorities for capital improvement:

  • Install elevator
  • Replace red doors
  • Update entry & stairwell
  • Update electrical
  • Reconfigure second floor office and meeting spaces
  • Update third floor sunday school space with dividers and flooring
  • Update bathrooms
  • Replace/encapsulate basement floors

Misti Peppler gave an update on the status of the “as built” plans. We have received a detailed contract from a second architecture firm. We are giving the original firm a chance to counter, then we will reassess. The council will vote after we receive an official recommendation from the Capital Building Team.

We reviewed the treasurer’s report. Expenses were up due to a payment to Kairos, the firm we are working with on the capital campaign. Going forward, the budget will reflect that such expenses are to be paid out of the capital budget and not the operating budget.

The council gave thanks and departed in God’s name.

Hopefully this gives you a little glimpse into our process and keeps you informed as to what we are talking about right now. As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to work for you!

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Council Meeting Recap: August 2015

plansIn an effort to improve our transparency and communication as your Council, we are sharing a recap of last month’s Council meeting. The minutes will be posted on the Council bulletin board in the basement after they are approved, but here are some highlights in the meantime.

The council assembled in God’s name.

Dan Bierne, of Urban Acacia, gave a brief recap of the ministry’s efforts over the last year. He requested a $2500 donation from LMC as one of Urban Acacia’s partner churches. It is the same amount we gave last year. We will let him know how much we are able to give as we work through our budget for next year.

We formed several new council work groups for projects that will need to be tackled over the next several months and into next year.

Next, we reviewed our progress on preparing for the upcoming capital campaign. The council will be requested to give their campaign pledges prior to kick-off. We are also being asked to track our volunteer hours as council members. We discussed the reprioritization of capital improvement projects as cost estimates are coming in.

We reviewed the contract proposal for JSA, an architecture firm, to render our “as built” plans, which will need to be completed before moving forward with much of the work that will be taking place in the building. We discussed several revisions and voted to approve the contract with those revisions in place. The next step will be to send the contract back to JSA with our changes and will re-vote to approve as necessary.

Ben gave the treasurer’s report. He will be working with the Stewardship Team on a budget update to be included in the September Voice. He also gave us his schedule for completing next year’s budget beginning with budget requests going out mid-September.

The council gave thanks and departed in God’s name.

Hopefully this gives you a little glimpse into our process and keeps you informed as to what we are talking about right now. As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to work for you.