Posted here are the unapproved minutes of our monthly Council Meeting for October 20, 2017. The monthly minutes are our monthly newsletter so everyone is up to date on where we stand. These minutes will be reviewed and approved at the November 24, 2017 meeting. Do notice we have some financial needs at this time. Use your scroll button on your mouse or on the screen to read the minutes. Use your back arrow or click on "The Council Minutes and Agendas" link in the left side navigation bar to return to the Council Agenda and Minutes Index page.
Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
MEETING OF THE COUNCIL
October 20, 2017
380 W. First Street Elmira NY
All are welcome
OPENING AND QUORUM:
Council Members present were:
Rev. Shawn F. Benedict - Appointed Pastor
Veronica Floyd - Moderator(1/2019)
Lisa Frost- Corp.Treasurer (1/2018)
Council Members absent were:None
Ray of Hope Church Members and Friends present: None
Meeting called to order at 7:07 pm by Veronica Floyd
Opening Prayer offered by Veronica Floyd
1. AGENDA REVIEW & APPROVAL Motion to approve: Br. Benedictsecond
favor-0 against-0- abstain
2. REVIEW & APPROVE Minutes of Sept 1, 2017 Council Meeting Motion to approve: Br. Benedict secondLisa Frost
Vote:3in favor- 0 against0-abstain.
1. MODERATOR'S REPORT: (Veronica
Floyd) -We need everyone’s input at the
Council meeting and tonight it is very disappointing to not have any
congregational support and attendance.The Council meeting is for the congregation to come and share in the
governance of the organization.All
ideas are much appreciated and welcomed as we work together for the Glory of
2. VICE MODERATOR’S
REPORT: No Vice Moderator at this
REPORT: (Lisa Frost) – Verbal report
received. Treasurer needed to
transfer money from the Building improvement fund to the Building fund and
General Fund since last meeting.Although adjustments were made to offerings by some to account for extra
weeks in the month, we still are in a situation where the monthly offerings are
not keeping pace with the monthly expenses.
Currently up to date on all operational expenses.Balances in the accounts are as follows:
General Fund - $749.98, Building Fund - $902.59, Building
improvement fund - $3500.39 and credit card balance - $2052.80.
4. CLERK'S REPORT: ( )
— Nothing new to report
5. APPOINTED PASTOR
REPORT: (Rev. Benedict) —Continued attendance at the Elmira Clergy
meetings and participated in World Communion Sunday service.Continuing with Bible Enrichment study on
Tuesday nights in which all are welcomed.Spent tie designing the banner for the front of the building to aid in
people being able to find the chapel.. the emphasis is on “God Says My House
shall be a house of Prayer” Isaiah 56:7 and“You are as welcome here as Christ Jesus himself”.We thank Cheryl Allen for her generous
donation of $280 to secure the banner and personally seeing the project through
from beginning to end.Br. Benedict and
Jane McDermott donated funds for hardware needed.
Preparing to officiate a wedding in November and have had 3
meetings with the couple thus far.
Hosted many visitors to the chapel over the past few weeks.
Upcoming Worship calendar:November 19th – Feast of Christ the King, Advent wk 1 – Nov 26th,
Advent wk 2 – Dec 3rd, Advent wk 3 (Gaudete Sunday, Pink Party) – Dec.
10th , Advent wk 4 – Dec 17th, Christmas Nativity celebrated
– Dec 24th.
6. VOCATIONAL MINSTRY TRAINING PROGRAM- (Rev. Benedict) —No applications at this time
MOTION TO APPROVE OFFICER’S REPORT’S :Veronica FloydSecondBr. Benedict
Vote:3in favor-0 against- 0 abstain
III. LOCATION UPDATES:
1. Ithaca Bible Study- Inactive
2. Syracuse - No new updates
3.Southern Tier Extension –
Good participation at World Communion Sunday service from the music to Lisa
Frost reading Gospel, Cheryl Allen opening prayer, Br. Benedict assistingwith Eucharistic Prayer and two of our Eucharistic
ministers assisting with communion. The church banner was also on display.
IV. Committee Reports of Ray of Hope
1. St. Benedict
of Nursia Memorial Library Committee: No new
2. Pride Month
Committee (June 2018) –
3. Building Reports:
Elmira Building: Annual inspection of Fire extinguishers
Fundraising:Bring more people to hear and share the
good news of Jesus Christ..
5.. Westcott Street Fair: A big
thank you to Robb Bacon for coordinating the garage sale that currently netted
$300.55 for Building Improvement fund.
7. Technology Report:Website continues to be updated.Please remember to use the website as a
resource to introduce new people to the church.It is all at your finger tips.
8. Pastoral Search
Motion to approve the
committee reports: Lisa FrostSecondBr. Benedict
favor, 0 – against, 0 - abstain
V: OLD BUSINESS:
Motions 6,8 were
tabled at 4/26/2013 meeting due to time constraints.
MOTION # 6 -
MOTION: I, Michael Quinnell, move that a new outdoor faucet be
installed on the east side of the building at 380 W 1st Street,
RATIONALE: Currently the exterior faucet is located on the west
(Davis Street) side of the building. Placing a faucet on the opposite side of
the building would decrease the possibility of vandalism (water being turned
on) and would facilitate outdoor activities by being located closer to where
the activities would be occurring (i.e. watering gardens).
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: I spoke with John McGee who, as I
understood him to say, was not necessarily interested in bidding on this
project but felt that it would be easier and less expensive for us to install a
new faucet and disable the old one (remove faucet knob, shut off that pipe’s