September | October 2017


In our September and October meetings:

Rich Fisher led us in his “Navigating Difficult Conversations: Skills and Discernment on How to Love Across our Differences” workshop.

We continued to discuss & edit our draft “Statement on Ordained Leadership and Program Staff.”

We approved changing Bethany’s fiscal year to July through June; changed the schedule for installation of ordained leaders; and will recommend By-Laws changes to the congregation re: scheduling of the annual meeting.

We listened to Barb Williams describe both exciting things & challenges for Wednesday Night Dinners, and prayed for her and the ministry.

We voted to recommend to Presbytery that Kyle Turver be accepted as an Inquirer.

Financially, we learned that our Year to Date (YTD) deficit is lower than usual at this time of year; and that pledge revenue is at the highest percentage of total pledged at this point in the year than we’ve had in any recent years. However, YTD non-pledge revenue is so far behind expectations that we seem unlikely to hit our 2017 total revenue budget figure.

We are beginning our January 2018 to June 2019 (18-month) Budget Planning cycle.

We called a congregational meeting on 11/19/17 for the purpose of electing an officer.