Finance Committee Meeting Minutes
October 15, 2014
Date of Meeting: October 15, 2014
Present were: Church administrator Jennifer Gahnstrom, committee chair Lulu Phillips, members Jan Werness and Carole Megarry.
The minutes of the meeting of September 17, 2014 were approved with one change.
The September Financial reports were reviewed and approved. It was noted a larger pledge was paid up in a lump sum and that such events tend to skew monthly reports.
We discussed what financial documents should be made available for the All Church financial meeting set for later. We discussed the goals for the meeting, which were agreed to be more about values and vision than hard proposals for “fixing” our financial problems.
Jennifer noted we currently have 58 “giving units”, some couples and some singles, for approximately 75 people in the 58 “units”. We have received gifts of $55,632 through September. A review of those contributions indicates that 18 of the “units” give under $100 per year.
Rental income and activity was discussed in relation to Jennifer’s salary. A considerable amount of her time is spent fielding calls about rentals and showing prospective renters the facility. There was consensus that trying to reduce her hours by assigning the rental work to volunteers was probably not a good idea, since it would likely make it harder for prospective renters to contact the church and get the information they need.
It was noted that the Gunderson funds may be available for operating expense use, per the terms of the gift and earlier committee decision.
The committee was informed that the Conference has approved the sale of the parsonage and that it will soon be listed.
Minutes prepared by Carole Megarry
November 16, 2014