Minutes of 5/14/17 meeting

New members. Paul welcomed Cheri Tyree and Ross Witt-Long as new members of the C4C team.

  1. Green Congregation status. Paul will double-check with Patti Babcock regarding her receipt of our Green Congregation/Level One submission.

  2. Greening of Sunday worship. Sally and Paul will continue seeking new ways for this to happen

  3. Greening of Fellowship hour. Cheri agreed to lead effort to leave paper cups in favor of mugs. She will explore with Ross ways to facilitate this.

  4. Next Sunday solar lunch/forum. Jean recruited helpers from attendees for various tasks (roving mike, sandwich pickup, set-up, clean-up, reminder calls, etc.).

  5. FCO involvement in Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative. Paul reported his election to the board, with expectation of his encouraging wide participation of Cape faith communities. Current focus is on UCC and UU congregations, using their Green Congregation and Green Sanctuary projects as programmatic focal points for networking and sharing experiences.

  6. Greening the FCO statement of covenant. After discussion, the team voted to endorse the proposed new statement (see below). It will now be considered by the Board of Living Mission in Action, then the Cabinet, and if they approve, by the congregation.

  7. New network of FCO members for internet action on environmental issues. After discussion of this proposal (see it in Paul's 5/11/17 message to C4C), the team voted to adopt the proposal. It will be reported for informational purposes to BLMA. Paul asked team members if any of them would like to serve on the small group leading this effort (Cheri volunteered), and also if any of them could suggest names of church members who might be invited to serve in this capacity. Paul hopes to have this three-person group named by C4C's next meeting.

  8. Next meeting: At 11:30 am, Sunday June 11.

Proposed new FCO covenant (with changes in bold print):

Acknowledging our long history as a covenantal church, we promise to be a faithful people, committed to justice and mercy in every realm of our lives, whatever it may cost us.

We trust in God revealed in scripture and mirrored in the life of Jesus. We respond to the love and power of God's Spirit alive among us and leading us into an unknown future.

We covenant to support The Federated Church of Orleans as we minister in Christ's name among all God's creatures: by gathering in worship; by respecting and listening to each other; by sharing in the joy of discipleship; by standing with the hurt, the hungry, and the excluded; by relieving suffering and alienation; and by working toward a time of peace for God's whole creation.

Attending: Jean Souther, Larry Minear, Sally Norris, Cheri Tyree, Paul Minus, Jeff Talmadge, Ross Witt-Long

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