Update from Your Elders: June 2016

For the Elder Board it’s nice to deal with less-than-exciting “business as usual” from time to time. Last week’s Elder meeting was not that kind of meeting, and for some great reasons that we are excited to share. The evening’s agenda was full with an important cell tower update, youth group news, and Hospitality House use.

Verizon Cell Tower Update

Our hard-working Finance Committee launched the evening with an update on a lease agreement with Verizon. The drafted agreement looks promising so far with very few loose ends left to pursue. The Elders have authorized the Finance Chair and Elder Chair to sign the lease once finalized in the next few weeks.

Youth Ministry Update

Next, Cy Casto and Steve Kercher shared their hearts for the future of Youth Ministry. What an energizing time! We had some really exciting and encouraging discussion around what God is doing and can do in our youth. God has used parent meetings, conversations with students, and lots of other brainstorming and input to shape a reformatted Youth Group time for our youth. The most visible changes will be a combined middle school / high school student-led worship and teaching time followed by age-separated discussion groups. Additionally, there will be an increased emphasis on close relationships plus a “24/7” approach to worship will be happening behind the scenes.

Steve&YouthRehearseForYouthMeeting youth band rehearsing for parent meeting

Hospitality House Update

Regarding the Hospitality House, many folks within the congregation have offered up some excellent proposals for its use while currently vacant, awaiting (potential) use by an Associate Pastor of Discipleship if needed. The elders are taking a step back into sub-committee to generate a usage policy for the Hospitality House so we can have some clarity on the issue going forward.

Finally, we elected Howard Botterill to Vice Chair and Clay Range as Clerk.

A full evening! “Business as usual” can wait for another time; we were about God’s business and it was good.

—Clay Range, Elder Clerk