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By Nancy Gilbert, Board President

 At the Board Meeting in July, the Board received information from Becky Cureau, Outreach council chair, and discussed the “open question” of how it should fulfill its obligation to the Congregation.   It welcomed six new members: Mimie Laurant, Lisa Fultz, Marty Gibson, Anna West, Cindy Levy and Terry Howey. The Board accepted the proposed charge for the “Meaning and Mechanics of Membership” or "Three M" task force, which is expected soon to commence its work. Lastly, it discussed the potential Board vacancy due to Wade Adam’s health concerns; and, after subsequent discussions with Wade, a leave of absence is being considered.  It is hoped he will return to active Board duties in the Fall and, in the meantime, the Board will continue its work.

 The August Board meeting will be held on Thursday, August 14, and will begin at 6:30pm. At this August meeting, the Great Expectations Steering Committee will present architect Marsha Cuddeback's proposed design for the parking lot and landscaping. The Congregation has an opportunity to receive this same information during the presentations to be held during August, as listed in the Great Expectations article in this newsletter.

 In addition, the Board will receive information concerning the Ministry Team’s goals for achieving the Church’s Annual Vision of Ministry (devised in May at a joint retreat of the Staff and Board) and the proposed preliminary 2015 Budget for achieving those goals.  Notably, to fulfill the staffing goal in the Great Expectations plan, one item in the proposed budget will include the hiring of additional church staffing (specifically, an Executive Director) sometime during 2015.  A presentation of the 2015 preliminary budget will take place after church (12:45 PM) on August 24th.

 The agenda for the September 7th Congregational Meeting will be issued later; however, at this time, please note that congregational members will be asked to vote on the following motions on that date: 1) to accept the recommendation of the Board to approve the Master Plan design for parking and landscaping, and to authorize funding of $50,000 (to come from GE capital/growth fund of $50,000) for the creation of construction documents and initiation of the bid process; 2) to accept the recommendation of the Board to establish a staff position of Executive Director; and 3) to approve the preliminary 2015 operating budget.

 As you can see, the lazy months of summer will soon be over, and activities will be in full swing at the church.  I hope you’ll make plans to attend the informational presentations and the Congregational Meeting.