Your Board met as usual on the third Wednesday of the month. Kathy Parker read the opening words from the hymn “As Tranquil Streams.” Kathy also announced a proposal to UUA for divestment from businesses in the West Bank that serve in violation of Palestinian rights. This is a national UUJME initiative, which will be voted on at GA.
Rob Schwartz reported recent progress on the church’s Marketing and Communication efforts. Their team has restructured the church’s website to better provide information to those who are searching for a religious home, as well as to current members investigating various aspects of church life. We also have Facebook and Twitter accounts to share church happenings with a wider audience. These efforts help address the helpful suggestions made by many members at the December Congregational Meeting.
The final Treasurer’s Report for 2015 shows a deficit of $27,700. While still too high, it is much reduced from the $85,000 deficit projected at the December 2014 Congregational Meeting prior to reductions in staff and other operating expenses.
Congregants are encouraged to attend the 2016 UUA General Assembly, which will be held in (relatively) nearby Columbus, Ohio. Board members noted various possible sources of financial assistance for GA attendees, including the Social Justice Endowment, Women’s Alliance, and Cluster funds for youth and young adults. First Church can send up to eight delegates to GA.
The Board passed two measures: a letter of UUA ministry sponsorship for Jessica Halperin, who is a student at Union Theological Seminary; and approval of Gretchen Aiyanger for membership on the Music Endowment Committee.
The church received a Request for Bid document from Iams Consulting earlier this month for the Geothermal Heat Pump System for the 1904 building. Bids are due on Feb. 29.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on March 16.