MCC Governing Board January Meeting Update:
The meeting on January 5th, 2021 opened with a prayer which focused on Epiphany and Isaiah 60. Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner shared with us that we are celebrating the arrival of light — “Arise your light has come — which is also the arrival of hope. She reminded us of our own hopes and dreams and working to transform “clogged justice.” Clogged justice was a brilliant image for all that is going on in our world: racism, widespread hunger and food insecurity, economic equality for the poor, the lack of health care for all, and the current lack of equality, equity for many in our world. Epiphany reminds us about our ability to focus light and ourselves to transform our aching world.
COVID 19 continues to ravage our world. The vaccine holds promise and we are increasingly aware of the impact of the new strain of the virus. Globally, MCC still needs to take this extremely seriously, maintaining the cautions of mask wearing and social distancing.
It was acknowledged that when the virus is under control, there will be a “new normal” going forward. MCC churches will not look the same. The new norm will likely be a hybrid church and what that becomes will be exciting to see. There is an awareness that when this time arrives, MCC will need to focus on assisting churches as they make shifts forward.
Our financial position as we begin 2021 is looking solid. Thank you to all our donors and churches for making this a reality. For more information on finances, see the financial snapshot at the bottom.
Our Moderator (see the Moderator’s Report here) asked the Governing Board members what they were most proud of over this last twelve months. The list was long, here are some highlights:
- Building up trust and transparency
- Financial stability
- Our organizational statement regarding the honoring of racial diversity at all levels of the denomination
- Information shared about Governance regarding Zoom annual congregational business meetings
- The establishment of commissions
- Connecting with churches
- Thank you Videos
- Our amazing staff
- Our incredible volunteers
The year-end financial report is one component of our stability. That is most certainly not MCC’s only asset; our staff and volunteers make all this possible. It is helpful when you consider looking at the number of volunteer hours (in your church and our denomination). Globally in 2015 it was stated, in Facts and Stats about NGOs Worldwide, www.standardizations.org bulletin: Oct 6, 2015 — “The estimated value of a volunteer is $23.07 per hour. Thus, the value of the 7.7 billion hours of volunteer work performed by 62.6 million people…” is quite an enormous tangible asset. In the United States, on July 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) reported – “Today, Independent Sector, with the Do Good Institute, announces that the latest value of a volunteer hour is $27.20 – up 7% from the previous year. That is $27.20 for every volunteer hour.” This will vary from country to country, and globally; but volunteers make it possible for our churches and denomination to function.
In your financial reports, at the end of 2021, consider adding the number of volunteer hours for the year and multiply it by the above-mentioned figure or its equivalent. You might even multiply those hours by the minimum hourly wage if your country or state has one. It will surprise you how many full-time staff you would need to replace the volunteers. Thank them frequently.
The Governing Board approved the appointment of a new Council of Elders, who will be up for affirmation on January 26th. Remember to vote! (Click here for Elder candidates bios*)
As we move forward together in 2021, may our world be at peace, may COVID 19 no longer be impacting our way of life and may you be wrapped in never ending love of God.
Respectfully Submitted By,
Rev. Elder Diane Fisher, Clerk of the Governing Board
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator
Mark Godette, Vice Chair
Chad Hobbs, Treasurer
Rev. Alberto Nájera
Rev. Paul Whiting
Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey
All Approved Meeting Reports can be found here: https://www.mccchurch.org/governing-board/meetings/monthly-reports/
(Updated: 6 January 2021)