The Annual Meeting was held Sunday, April 15. The meeting was called to order by Moderator Rick
Lloyd, with the Rev. Ed Townsend leading us in prayer.
Following the prayer, the pastor presented his report, based on his understanding of our mini-
workshops with Rick Cowles during his Sabbatical. He asked what we had gleaned during those
sessions, and there was much comment. We told him had come to realize that we have real value-
both in our physical plant and in ourselves, and that we should promote both resources. In addition,
it's important to be more community-oriented and we hope to build on what we have already
accomplished (the dinners, the exercise, helping the Buschor family). We were also encouraged to try
new ways to strengthen our congregation and not be discouraged if they don't turn out exactly the
way intended. Most importantly, we have learned that we have to take more responsibility for our
Ed Townsend suggested possibly we "shop around" to see what other churches have to offer. Also, he
proposed a Saturday night service at 4:00, followed by food - possibly pot luck - and live music rather
than the traditional Sunday morning service of worship. He did admit it was a "fantasy," but asked
that we think of alternate ways to spark interest in our church. He added that, while we would wish
more people could be involved, he paraphrased former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: we go
forward with "the congregation we have, not the one we want." There is no reason why a small
congregational cannot, by working together, accomplish big things.
When asked about his Sabbatical, Ed said that it was a time of introspection and insight - and that he
found that was not happy away from the churches.
Ed explained that he will be moving to 3/4 time July 1, and he believes that the only difference we
will see is in the vacation time: 12 days a year from 6 days a year. He will arrange for interim
ministers; however, Lawrence suggested that we could fill those vacation spots ourselves, with a
hymn sing, Bible study, lay preachers from the congregation, etc.
The next item on the agenda was the financial report. The figures show that we are again in positive
territory, because of increase in tithes and offerings, and the fact that expenses turned out to be
lower than anticipated. Our assets and liabilities balance at $176,831.
Dave Lloyd then took the floor representing the Buildings and Grounds Committee. He mentioned
that the basement will take a lot of work to get it back into pre-flood shape, and has come to the
conclusion that it may be better to gut the entire basement and start over from scratch. That way the
walls, which probably harbor mold from the water, can be replaced as well as the entire floor. The
Congregation voted to have Dave look into the matter and get definite costs for the project which will
be, as he said, a capital project, estimated at about $50,000-$60,000. He is hoping that some church
members and friends can help off-set some of the costs with their labor.
The Moderator asked for nominations from the floor to fill the positions of vice-moderator and
council person, with no one volunteering.