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Congregational Meeting 2009

I am the vine, you are the branches 

Congregational Meeting

held on Wednesday 18 November 2009

First off was our financial report for 2009.  This was sobering as our giving levels for 2009 have dropped to below the giving levels of 2007.  Strong action is required to stop our church slipping into a dangerous financial slide and the executive have met and proposed a way forward which was accepted by the meeting.  Staffing is the only area where we can really save any kind of significant expense and rather than retrench, the executive has proposed salary and benefit cuts.  These proposed cuts affect all our staff:  ministerial, pastoral, administrative and caretaker.  This has resulted in a budget saving for 2010 amounting to R93 304-.  Even with these cuts in place our budget of R70 500 for 2010 requires a 4% increase in our Sunday giving for 2009.  We know that these are difficult times and we thank you for your giving to the work of God at the Primrose Methodist Church.

 Next up was the appointment of our Society Stewards:  Well done to the following who will be serving on our executive as Society Stewards :  Cheryl Fulton, Eric McKechnie, Eric Hodge, Jimmy Matthews, , Dean Weil, Don Bowler, Teresa Kantor, Sharon Lourens, Gloria Lombard and  Ian Johnston.  Members co-opted onto the executive were: Ricki Pearson, Peter Klein and Daphne von Hagen.  Thanks to the Stewards who have ended their terms:  Graham Jolly and Gillian Harris.  Thank you also to our current treasurer, Kevin Knipe, who is standing down at the end of this year. Mark Shelley was appointed as our new treasurer: well done Mark!

 On a sad note, Karin Romans is taking a break as youth pastor. Her contribution has been outstanding.  The meeting noted that, if sponsorship can be raised, a youth pastor is available and could be appointed to work at Primrose in the new year.  This is a huge need and we hope that a miracle will happen here!

 What is the way forward for us?  Rev Nicolson expressed the danger of our church going into ‘survival mode’ and becoming obsessed with meeting the budget.  The call was to focus on God’s mission: “To seek first the Kingdom of God.”  The mission field is wide open for our church and we need to move into ‘mission mode’.  Our new executive is raring to lead the way and we step forward in faith.  Our theme for 2010 is: “Connect” To connect with Christ, ourselves, each other, creation and the wider mission field in life giving and creative ways.  Can you embrace this call in your own life as it unfolds in our community?   The crisis we are in is an opportune moment: it can drive us into maintenance and survival mode or it can call us to rise up as God’s people and go as He leads us in His Mission.   Our new Executive will be meeting during December to further discern God’s way forward for us.  The congregational meeting has called them to do this work: that way forward will involve you!  Watch this space…

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