Springdale UMC Leadership Board
Minutes for January 31, 2018
The SUMC Board met Jan. 31, 2018 with the following present: Steven Grace, Jim & Ruth Farmer, Deborah & Jim Schoenfelder, Dan McElderry, Nicki Brick, Rhoda Barnhart, Austin Richards, Jo Leighty, Diane Heick, Pastor Kamara, and Saffi Kamara.
—Opening Devotion & Prayer by Jim Farmer began our time together.
Trustees: Dan reported that no action has been taken on the doors yet. He said two new furnace filters need to be purchased. He can do so with the funds coming from General Maintenance. Dan has been replacing the light fixtures in the Upper Room as the bulbs burn out. It was noted the new ones provide considerably more light than the old ones.
Stewardship: Copies of the Treasurer’s report were distributed. The report showed the ministry Spending plan for 2017–and all the income & expenditures for the entire year.
It is encouraging that we’re in the black for 2017. The 2017 Income was $45,699.12 and expenses were $43,464.01
- Licensing School for Pastor Kamara. He’s doing the paperwork to participate in the school in May. When completed he will be qualified to perform Communion, Baptism, and Weddings. Many thanks to Rev. Paulus who has been helping out with Communion most months since Momodu arrived last July.
- Contact with members: there was lots of discussion about updating the mailing lists and making sure the baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc. are being recorded properly.
- Lenten Services-This year WBARC is planning to offer Lenten Services twice for each service. Bethany Lutheran will host the Ash Wednesday services at Noon & 7 pm. on Feb. 14. Maundy Thursday services will be held at Springdale UMC on March 29, and Good Friday Services will be at the West Branch UMC on March 30.
Pastor Kamara shared questions & ideas for the Springdale UMC. He’s currently using the Lectionary for messages, but has been contemplating other options such as a series with a theme or concept..
As he’s getting to know our congregation Momodu feels we could reach a higher level of focus. His challenge to us is to raise our discipleship experience. HOW? Pray for God to guide us. As Believers we have the Holy Spirit within us. Be attentive to possible nudges as to ways you can help make disciples.
Next meeting: Match 28, 2018 6:30 (SPRC); 7 p.m. (full board)
Closing prayer—Jim Farmer Secretary, Rhoda Barnhart
Thanks to Saffi for delicious pizza as we concluded our meeting.