Wednesday, May 09, 2007

News from Church Council

Tonight, the church council adopted a covenant for the protection of children, youth, and vulnerable adults that makes a committment to providing background checks through the Oklahoma Conference for everyone over the age of 18 who has direct contact with kids, youth, and vulnerable adults. If you're interested in more detail, we'll get you a copy of the covenant. In the meantime, if you are a worker with one of these groups, drop by the chruch to fill out the form! It is confidential, and will be filed in OKC with the conference office. It costs you nothing, and it is a good way to communicate our committment to children and youth in our community.

Also, the finance committee would like to invite the church, and especially all the contributors to the "Travel Savings Fund" to a month of discernment. The finance committee has noticed that over $3000 has been sitting untouched in a savings account for some time now as the church has contemplated the pros and cons of buying a church van. The consensus has generally been that a van's costs would outweigh its usage for our faith community. So the finance committee has proposed that we open the fund to be used for van rental and/or mileage recompensation for those willing to use their autos for church functions, including any church-related travel. (SASSYs trips, mission trips, youth trips, etc.) We know that there are many who contributed to this fund with the idea that we had the goal of getting a church van though, so we want to make sure we have every opportunity to hear from those who wish to have input on the decision. Another idea could be moving the funds to an account with the UM Foundation that would give a higher rate of return as the money sat in an account. If you wish to comment on this post, you may, or just call the church or write an email or letter. We want feedback!

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