Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren
Leadership Team Meeting
March 19, 2017

Present: Brad Eckard, Jeanette Hess, Ann Healy, Joe LaPrade, Darlene LaPrade, Bill Eckard, Diane Miller, Deborah Hoover. Ex-officio: Glenn Bollinger – Pastor, Dana Suter – Church Clerk. Absent: Theresa Eckard, Donna Miller, and Reba Kline.

Brad Eckard called the meeting to order at 1:06 pm. Jeanette Hess led the group in devotions and a prayer. The minutes from last month’s meeting were approved.

The Treasurer’s report was accepted. Joe gave an explanation of the current reports that are included in the report. There was discussion about the necessity of printing all the reports for the LT meeting. Brad asked the individual focus teams to decide which reports they needed and the LT will decide if the current Treasurer’s report can be scaled back to reduce the length of the current report.

Calendar Update: March 26 – All Church Birthday Party, April 2 – First Sunday Offering for the Ottobine Backpack Program, April 15 – Men’s Fellowship Chicken Barbecue, April 16 – Easter Sunrise Service at 7:00 am at Dwight Miller’s residence, April 30 – Graduate Recognition , May 14 – Mother’s Day with a baby dedication service.

Focus Teams:

Worship Team – Ann reported that the Worship Team wanted representation during the interview process for an interim pastor. Glenn reported that the Easter Sunrise Service will be held at Dwight Miller’s residence.

Outreach Team – Diane Miller reported that she attended an Operation Christmas Child workshop last week. Operation Christmas Child is a year-long program and there are activities to get involved in throughout the year.

Facilities Team – Bill Eckard reported that the water softener has been installed and the ice maker has been repaired. The church signs are being replaced and the Facilities Team is asking for input from the congregation on the color and font preferred on the new signs.

Christian Ed. & Discipleship – Darlene reported that they had not found anyone wanting to serve as Camp Representative. They will make the camp brochures available in the vestibule for any parents wanting to send their child to Camp Brethren Woods. The Christian Ed. & Discipleship Team plans to invite the youth parents to stay after church for next month’s meeting and plan an activity for the youth.

Fellowship Team – Deborah Hoover reported that the Fellowship Team had not set a date for the All- Church Retreat due to the fact that it was not well attended last year. They would like to get feedback from church members to see what the interest level is as to continuing a two night event, having a 1 day event or combing with another church for all or part of the weekend.

Pastor’s Report – Glenn reported that he and Debbie had signed a contract on a house this past week. The possible closing date is May 15 but they would not be able to move in immediately due to the home needing some renovations. Glenn made a request of the LT to remain in the parsonage possibly until the first of August. Glenn has been approached by two people requesting to be baptized prior to his leaving. A possible date may be the first Sunday in May or maybe another day of the week depending what would work out for the candidates.

New Business:

Brad reported that Denise Shiflet, Ann Healy, and Abby Wampler have agreed to serve on the Homecoming Committee. There are additional names that may be added to the committee soon. The LT has been trying out meeting the third Sunday of the month after church and individual focus teams meet from 12-12:30, lunch from 12:30 to 1:00 and then LT meeting at 1:00. Brad asked members if they wanted to change the order around or continue with the current time frame. After some discussion, it was decided to continue with the current process. Due to the third Sunday in April being Easter, the LT meeting will be held on April 23. Ann Healy has agreed to be the annual conference delegate for this year. Jeanette made a motion to accept Ann’s request to serve as the delegate and Joe seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Pastoral Search: John Glick met with the LT this past week. John will contact potential interim pastors and Brad, Jeanette, and Ann Healy will conduct interviews with the interested candidates. A search committee will need to be formed of approximately 7 – 9 people of various ages, male and female. Kenny Wheelbarger has agreed to be on the committee and the LT will be looking for additional volunteers or nominations from the congregation. The LT discussed Glenn’s request to continue living at the parsonage until their home renovations were complete. Glenn and Debbie would pay $1000 per month until they were able to move. Joe made a motion to let Glenn and Debbie rent the parsonage for as long as they needed or until a new pastor was secured. Bill seconded the motion and the motion passed. There will be a carry-in meal on Glenn’s last Sunday, May 21.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:24 pm.

The next Leadership Team meeting is April 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dana Suter – Church Clerk

March minutes posted