Church Council met on September 22, 2019. To help keep you in the loop, here is a summary of what was discussed during the meeting:
 
On behalf of  Staff Parish Relations (SPR) Committee , Rev. Josh Kilbourne and Lynn Lancaster updated Church Council on two initiatives:

1. Creation of a new, part-time business and accounting position to assist with the financial aspects of Signal Crest. SPR is still working on specifics of the job description and timeline on hiring. SPR plans to fill the position on an interim basis to close out 2019 while searching for a person to take the position on a permanent basis.  

2. Staff Parish Relations has been working to establish a policy for tuition reimbursement for full-time employees and will present the policy to Church Council once it is finalized.
 
On behalf of  Trustees, Mike Garvich  updated Church Council on pending facility needs and the new security team that has been established. The Trustees are prioritizing our facility needs in the 2020 budget planning process. The security team, led by Tim Tomisek , is also identifying facility needs, policies and procedures to be put in place to ensure Signal Crest is a safe place to worship and attend our many events.

  Kristy Stewart of the Communications Committee presented a proposal to enhance the front signage of the church by overlaying an enclosed, double-sided metal sign on top of the existing concrete sign at the intersection of Ridgeway Avenue and Laurel Street. In addition, the existing dilapidated wooden sign—currently in the front yard of the church—would be removed with the intention to install a similar sign in the upper parking lot area to better identify Signal Crest for southbound traffic.
 
On behalf of the Stewardship Committee , Anne Pitts reported a change in stewardship campaign scheduling. The 2020 stewardship campaign will be held in November 2019, rather than in January/February as in the recent past.   Even as we look forward to the stewardship campaign in the fall, we must remember that it will be important to finish the current year in a position of financial strength. The church is relying on generous fourth quarter giving.

As weekly worship service bulletins report, our overall 2019 goal of $1,200,000 includes funds for unique, unbudgeted capital and equipment needs beyond annual ministry operations—a critical aspect of our responsibility to maintain a well-functioning church. Examples include a new sanctuary roof and new sanctuary sound board.
 
Rev. Josh Kilbourne Senior Pastor , informed Church Council about the process for the upcoming Charge Conference on November 17 th . Charge Conference handles the business of the church in areas such as approving nominations of leadership and committee members, the pastor’s compensation package, and reviewing our plans for 2020 Missions and Outreach. All church members are invited to attend Charge Conference which will be on November 17 at 6:30 p.m.
 
Pastor Josh also spoke about the recent Scenic South District meeting held on September 22. He and Allison Maynard attended. Allison informed the council that Signal Crest received a certificate for giving faithfully 100% of its apportionment covenant in 2018. In addition, the District is looking for individuals interested in being alternate delegates from the District to Annual Conference. Annual Conference is in June of 2020 in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. If you are interested, please contact Kristy Stewart in the church office. 
 
  
In Partnership,
Mark Smith
Chair, Church Council
 

In Partnership,
Mark Smith
Chair, Church Council
 
P.S. The next Church Council meeting will be October 20 at 6:30 pm in the Interpreter’s Room. All are welcome to attend.
 
The approved minutes from the August 18 meeting may be found by clicking  here .

Church Council is the governing board for Signal Crest business and is made up of representatives from all ministry areas of the church, lay leaders, committee chairs, and at-large members. Your 2019 Church Council representatives can be found by  clicking here .

To better understand the governance of both the United Methodist Church and Signal Crest UMC, please  click here  to download an overview provided by our own Trusted Leadership team.