Your Board held its October meeting on the usual third Wednesday of the month. Marty Lieb read opening words from a Buddhist parable on grace and charity.
Ward told everyone of a new series of informal house concerts by area musicians, to begin that night at the church (Oct. 21).
Betty reported on plans for the Activities Fair, to be held Sunday, Nov. 8. All committees are being encouraged to participate; Steven Mead is generously preparing signs for each committee.
Discussion turned to the second annual Cluster Assembly, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the North Hills UU Church. Our church is entitled to send eight voting delegates to be approved by the Board. Brady wants a representative to attend and report back to our congregation.
Ray Schinhofen presented an updated proposal from Iams Consulting for the design of a geothermal HVAC system for our main building, at a cost of $16,200. Bob Mitchell will join Ray in working with Iams. The Board approved the expenditure of $16,200 for the design work. Once completed, Ray will get bids from contractors for the actual installation, which we hope to have in hand by the December 13 congregational budget meeting.
David and Steven spoke on an approach they are discussing, along with Robin, to better integrate the “trichotomy” among our members – those who seek primarily community, spirituality, or social action. David is interested in bringing these groups together; Steven is interested in giving the church a more coherent public image.
Brady announced that he is relocating with his family to Zurich after Christmas. They expect to live there around two years before returning to Pittsburgh. This plan has been in the works for several years and the Board has been aware of it for over a year. The Board will need to elect a new president, planned for the November meeting, and elect a new member to fill out Brady’s term (through May 2016).
From the Stewardship Committee, Randy Weinberg reported on the number of pledges received and the number yet to be made. The committee will send out two more reminder email blasts, and may need to phone remaining hold-outs, with possible assistance from the Board. Steven suggested that auto-pay donors allow their auto-payments to continue until they request a change. This way the committee is not required each year to start from 0.
In the Treasurer’s Report, Ward reported that our deficit for 2015 is $42,000, but stated as well that things are looking hopeful regarding incoming pledge payments for the rest of 2015.
In his Minister’s Report, David told of a secure drop box to be installed inside the office door for safely depositing the offering on Sundays. He reported holding three membership orientations this fall, and is expecting the number of new members for 2015 to exceed that of 2014. He reported having one-on-one conversations with 124 church members/friends. He also commended Dave Dunn for the neighborhood action group he is leading.
Since all board members plan to attend the PIIN Public Action meeting at Rodef Shalom on Nov. 18, the Board will hold its next meeting on Nov. 11 (the second Wednesday),