Trustee Meeting September 2016

Fall is in the air and signs of Autumn are starting to appear everywhere, including at our church with the resuming of our monthly Board meetings.

The year-to-date treasurer's report was presented and reviewed. The income from pledges is down a bit from this time last year - 90% compared to 96% respectively. But this is not worrisome and overall the budget is on track.

Paul Minus as Chair of the newly formed Care for Creation Committee attended the meeting to briefly inform the Trustees of their mission. Paul presented results from an energy audit done by Cape Light Compact suggesting conservation measures available to the church could create savings of $2,400/year. The audit will be further analyzed in conjunction with our Solar Panel Project. Further discussion was tabled until the analysis is complete.

Steve Downs provided an update on the Solar Panel Project. The panels will be sited beyond the back edge of the parking lot and the number of panels will be reduced from the initial proposal of 119. The annual savings to the church would be about $2,400. Further study is required to see how this project overlaps with the Cape Light Compact audit. A discussion followed as to how to best communicate these proposals to the congregation for their review. All Meeting House School maintenance items are completed.

Bill presented a Preliminary 2017 Budget. The use of Endowment Funds to balance the budget will be required in 2017. Because the existing authorization allowing the “use of up to 5%” of our Endowments over and above the amounts already in the budget expires at year-end, a new proposal will require congregational approval at the Annual Meeting.

The Stewardship Committee hosted a BBQ lunch after church on Sunday September 25, followed by an informational session on Planned Giving. The committee is also busy developing a theme and activities for the annual pledging campaign. Pledge letters will be sent out on October 26 and Pledge Sunday will be November 13.

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162 Main Street, PO Box 761,

East Orleans, MA, 02643

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