October 18, 2023
In attendance: Bill Nieman, Mary Kay Haines, Steve Curley, Betty Seeler, Bonnie Biondi, Barbara McIntire, Tom Keegan, Debbie Doe, and Andrew MacLeod.
Bill called the meeting to order at 7 pm.
Andrew led us in prayer.
The minutes of the September, 2023 meeting were reviewed. Betty made a motion to accept that was seconded by Barbara and the motion passed.
The Treasurer’s report was reviewed and placed on file.
Finance – Betty –. They will be meeting tomorrow morning and getting the budget request forms out to the committees. They want the
completed forms back by Stewardship Sunday and it they do not have them by the end of November, the requests will be considered the same as last year. Committee chairpersons need to check their boxes for the forms and spend some time with their committees on what they would like to have for a budget for 2024.
Missions – Barbara – October’s mission is Neighbors in Need. November is stewardship and planning for the budget for 2024. The committee will be making chicken noodle soup to share on November 8 for delivery on the 8 or 9th. They are looking for people to deliver the soup to the people they have identified as in need of a visit and a cup of soup. Debbie and Bill both said they would help and Barbara said they would like a couple more and will try to get the word out. Andrew noted that this is not just about providing someone with a cup of soup that they might need but also fulfilling a need to have some company, someone to talk to and that it works both ways everyone who participates takes something away with them.
Trustees – Tom –. They met last week. They are working on a maintenance contract with Irving for the furnaces, which will include
cleanings at no additional charge and emergency services with little or no cost. They are also working on finding a company to put together a maintenance program for our fire extinguishers and the kitchen fire suppression system. The company we have been working with recently sold and the prices for the service have increased so they are researching other companies out there. The third thing is to work on a roof to go over the heat pump attachment that is located outside the offices where snow and ice can be a problem The outside fall clean-up is scheduled for this Saturday, however, the weather does not look good. Tom will get together with Don Stokoe and it may have to done on the rain date of October 28.
Diaconate – Steve was in attendance on zoom but could get his audio to work. Bill and Andrew tag teamed it. The annual fall Vesper service at Inspiration Point was last Sunday and attended by about 30 people with lots of food and fellowship in the lodge after. The Diaconate is looking for ways to get more people involved with the service and hosting coffee fellowship so the same people are not doing everything all the time.
Music – Debbie – everything is going well there are now 9 members of the choir and 10 if you include Estelle more are always welcome.
Christian Ed -Debbie – they met in mid-September and are working on the Sermon on the Mount and different blessings. The have three children who regularly attend and the teachers have been working really well together and are flexible with schedules. Sal has been
wonderful helping out with singing with the children before they start their lesson. Debbie is working on refilling and updating the activity bags that have been well used by the children. The ukulele band has been very busy this summer and they will be on the road Friday to go to the Peabody Place and to see Sylvia Bailey and then to the Riverview Apartments on Halloween to entertain Dean Martin and his fellow apartment dwellers. Christian Ed has had to change the date of the Chrismon tree decorating gathering to Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 pm, Andrew will get pizza and there will be caroling and a fun time for kids of all ages. They are also working on a Christmas program with costumes, music and scripture readings on December 17. Bible study has started up again. The next Christian Ed meeting will be on January 9.
Women’s Fellowship-Bonnie- They met on October 12 via zoom. They had Carlene Eaton’s Celebration of Life reception on September 30 with 51 people and food went well nothing was wasted. Bonnie was unable to attend the State Women’s Fellowship fall meeting last
weekend but Barbara went and said it was really good. They put together the coffee service for the Vesper service meal and will be hosting the birthday and anniversary celebration on October 29 as part of coffee fellowship after church. They are purchasing 30 wreaths to decorate and sell, anyone interested can get a form from the office the cost is $20 and Women’s Fellowship will be decorating them at Lucille’s house on November 27. They will put up the lighted Christmas tree outside the church and the Christmas Bazaar will be on Saturday, December 2.
Pastor’s report Andrew- the return to fall activities, meetings, Sunday School and Bible Study has gone well. There is a lot of ministry going on and that is super, we are all called to be ministers. Andrew’s theme for the year is connecting and connections with things like the soup and that people need to see other people and to connect to one another. Andrew will be off for a week beginning on Friday. Carol Asher will be in the pulpit on Sunday and Paula Gile from the Sanbornton church will be available for pastoral emergencies. He will make sure the
deacons and Paula have all the contact information to assist anyone in need. The new communion table has arrived and it is beautiful. Bonnie and Barbara worked hard to get it just right and it was paid for from the Memorial funds.
Other – Debbie let everyone know that Susan Putnam of the Baptist Church told Debbie that they are again going to host a Holiday music program on December 10. The Uke group was invited but Debbie and Lucille will not be able to attend as they have a Pemi Choral Society concert that night but if anyone else is interested in performing or attending they can contact the Baptist church.
Andrew sent us out with a prayer.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.
Submitted by Mary Kay Haines