At its December Council Meeting, the Congregational Council voted to ask Trinity’s Forward Leadership Team to facilitate and guide congregational conversation around matters of staffing and vision. Included in this conversation will be “Why?” questions Pastor Sara Anderson, Associate to Bishop Jim Hazelwood, asked of us on Sunday, December 10: “Why do we do what we do?” If you have questions, or for more info, please contact Mary Tarquinio (email@example.com).
An important part of transitional process is consideration of the 2018 Budget. The Council invites and encourages all members to be part of the 2018 Budget conversation. On Sunday, January 21, information sessions will be held at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to present the budget and respond to questions. The Finance Committee, Personnel Committee, and Congregational Council have been working hard to address the reality of decreased pledge amounts and anticipated increased operating expenses in the 2018 budget.
Plans are also being made for a follow-up campaign to the Renewing+Restoring+Rejoicing Capital Campaign that will raise funds to repay the loan from the ELCA Mission Investment Fund that provided some of the monies needed to complete the building repairs and installation of the new heating and fire alarm systems. The 2018 operating budget will be approved and preliminary plans for the loan repayment campaign will be discussed at the Congregational Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 11:15 a.m.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Council officers:
- President Jessica Sutherland (firstname.lastname@example.org);
- Vice-President Jacob Schur (email@example.com);
- Treasurer Scott Baeder (firstname.lastname@example.org); and
- Secretary Susan Brown (email@example.com).
Also, Pastor Nathan continues to encourage you to reach out to him with any and all questions you might have about this transition process and moving forward. He can be reached by Phone: (508) 753-2989 Ext. 13; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or, feel free to drop a note in his office mailbox. To God be the glory!