Trustees Meeting October 2019
This is a busy time of the year (each year) as the Trustees and several of the committees that report to the Trustees work on a number of matters that are critical to the financial health of the church.
In October, an audit review of the 2018 finance records was completed by our Audit Committee. The records passed the review. A letter from the Committee will be submitted to the Trustees soon.
The Stewardship Campaign began on October 1 when the 2020 Pledge letters were sent to members and friends of the church. On Sunday October 20 the Stewardship Committee hosted an apple pie and ice cream social during Fellowship Hour. And Sunday, October 27 was Stewardship Sunday, when all the pledges submitted by then were blessed during the worship service. The Pledge Campaign theme for 2020 is "The Way". We hope that as you considered your pledges that you reflected on all the ways that the church is important in your life.
And, the Finance Committee has been meeting weekly to develop a draft budget for the new year. A lot of work and prayerful thought goes into this process. Our pledges are the most significant source of income for operating the church and to help support our many charitable missions. If you have not yet made your pledge for 2020, please do so as soon as possible. Knowing what our pledge income will be is a critical part of the creation of the budget.
Emmaus House continues to be one of the church's oldest and important local missions. We are continuing to provide soda and pizza night each month for the residents. And beginning in September we are now providing birthday cakes, which are so appreciated. Thanks goes to Carol Sylver who organized a whale watch for the residents in October. Emmaus House has a new director, Krista Butler, who is a delight to work with. And the Emmaus House Committee welcomes two new members: Ken Chase and Suzanne Calsson.
The Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships to three of our young church scholars: Will Fischer, Emily Boyle and Alexandra Calsson. The total amount for 2019 is $3,500.
Finally, the Investment Committee had its annual meeting with the Cape Cod 5 Bank to review the church's investment portfolio. Our three main funds (Virginia Cook, Mildred Chamberlain and Vitality) are all performing very well with an average year to date return of 7.2%. The Board of Trustees wishes everyone in our church family as well as those whose lives we touch through our missions a blessed and joyful holiday season.
Mary Lee Mantz, Chair