University Congregational Church UCC
Leadership for the July 2013 - June 2014 Church Year
*current and archived Moderator's Reports are posted at the bottom of this page.
*for email or phone contact information for any of the people listed below, please call the church office, 406-543-6952
Cabinet Executive Committee
Steve McArthur, Interim Moderator
This position is currently vacant
Cabinet At-Large Members
Ministry Area Representatives
Justice & Witness
Worship & Spiritual Life
UCCC Preschool Board
A complete list of UCCC Board members is found here.
Pastoral Relations Committee
Joan Mattelin Garrett
Ministry Area Coordinating Teams
Worship and Spiritual Life:
Justice and Witness:
* = Cabinet representatives
Vision Campaign Oversight Groups
Bricks & Mortar
Vision (Programs & Staffing)
Current Moderator's Report
Moderator’s Report for December 2013
Submitted by Robin Nielson-Cerquone
Hello UCC! The cabinet met on Tuesday, December 17. Here is a brief summary of the cabinet business.
- Vision Campaign: Linda Cunningham reports that of the $568,182 pledge to the Vision Campaign we have received $211,439. Yahoo – we are over the $200,000 mark!
- Vision Oversight Group: Joyce Hocker reported on the progress towards finding consulting services for how to best begin small groups ministry at our church. The group has worked hard and produced a large packet of information that they sent off to a consulting group. The consultant will match us with the kind of services that will work best for our church. In addition, Ruth Fletcher, the regional minister for the Disciples of Christ (which works in partnership with our UCC conference) is willing to train leaders for Open Circle groups. In January the Vision Oversight Group will come to the cabinet with a timeline. They expect to do some trial small groups during Lent. Stay tuned – it will be exciting to see our vision in action!
- Roof Update: We’re pretty sure the skylight has been fixed – but it happened with so little fuss and fanfare that we aren’t completely sure. But we do know that the roofing company called and made plans to do it last week.
- Nominating Committee: Crystal Coffey-Avey will be leaving the treasurer’s position at the end of December. She is moving soon to Helena. We are sad to see her go – Crystal has done a heroic amount of work with the bookkeeping, and we are extremely grateful. (Plus she is just fun to have around.) On behalf of the Nominating Committee, John Menson reported that Joyce Watson has stepped forward to be treasurer at least through the end of this year. The cabinet voted to accept her appointment and will have the congregation vote at the February 2 congregational meeting.
- Stewardship Campaign: As of last Sunday, we have 140 pledges in for $255,225. Amy reports that 32 past pledgers may make a pledge by the end of the year. Amy and Peter will add a reminder to the eblast and the bulletin will remind the congregation that having all pledges in would be incredibly helpful in setting next year’s budget.
- Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Crystal Coffey-Avey updated us on the account housekeeping. An oversight several years ago meant that an endowment gift did not get moved into the correct account. When we have an exact dollar amount we will figure out how to shift money into the right accounts.
- 2013 Budget Report: Crystal also gave us the budget report. She expects our income for the year to end up very close to budget projections.
- 2014 Budget Committee Report: There was a LOT of discussion about the upcoming budget. The preliminary budget circulated by the budget committee raises some difficult issues that we need to make decisions on. Some of the main points of the conversation:
- The budget committee reviewed in detail all costs excluding personnel costs and have come up with their estimate for 2014. Personnel costs were included at the same level as the current year. Revenues were based on Amy’s estimate of pledge totals and the remaining revenue numbers were forecast at similar levels to this year’s experience.
- A preliminary budget was presented to the cabinet that shows an approximately $15,000 shortfall. The budget committee opinion is that this needs to come from savings in personnel costs for additional funding from sources different from previous budgets.
- Some staff reconfiguration savings could amount to approximately $8,000, which would mean that an additional $7,000 would need to come from new funding programs to have a budget that does not have a deficit. Much discussion centered around the $7,000 amount. Cabinet members took a turn saying a number that they felt comfortable with. The number ranged from zero to the full amount. The general feeling was that $7000 was too high.
- There was a clear consensus that we would only recommend a budget needing to raise extra money if we had a plan in place to make it happen. The cabinet passed a motion requesting that the nominating committee put together a stewardship task force to come up with a plan to make it happen and have a report to be presented at the congregational meeting.
- The budget committee will use this input to come up with a final recommendation to be voted on at the next cabinet meeting.
Archive of Past Moderator's Reports