MCC Governing Board 6 April 2021 Meeting Update

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MCC Governing Board 6 April 2021 Meeting Update

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Dear Friends,

We hope you all had a Happy Easter Season!

The April 6th Governing Board meeting began in prayer. We always check in with each other. This time, we focused on the changing realities of COVID. Some of us are considering our return to in-person worship, including what this might entail and what will be needed to keep everyone safe. Some of us are vaccinated, for which we are so thankful. We know that this is not the case in every country and we are also seeing new waves of the virus with the new strains. Our hope is that everyone who wishes to have a vaccine will find them available easily and close to home.

Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston shared her Moderator’s report. (See below for the link.) She has been incredibly busy during this time including attending a number of meetings on Zoom, which we all know can be exhausting. Continue to keep her in your prayers as she and her wife, Orgena Rose, shelter in place at home.

Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos presented a new Resource Development plan (i.e. “Partners in Hope”) to our various leadership bodies. This will give anyone who wants to support the ministry of MCC an unique opportunity to do so. Keep your eyes open for more information.

Good News: For the first time ever, all of our audits are up to date and the 2020 audit is underway! A special thank you to Tammy Erwin and Rev. Marsha Warren for making this happen. We passed January and February’s financial statements. Hurrah! The snapshots of the January and February financials are at the bottom of the narrative.

We had a goal of someday having three months expenses in reserve, and (even in this time) we have achieved that goal. Our endowment fund has reached $190,000+ which is allowing us to create a legacy that will help MCC move ahead in the future.

Our biggest news was that we passed the 2021 budget. Congratulations and thanks to the Finance Team for their remarkable and untiring work in making this happen. We are blessed by extremely gifted and committed volunteers.
Additionally, the Governing Board considered and passed a Disaster Relief protocol and process. The protocol will enable us to have clear guidelines in place to aid us in responding quickly to disasters.

We have hired two new staff who are jointly sharing one part time position of Diversity, Inclusion and Laity Coordinators. Rev. Stedney Phillips and Camille Araullo, welcome to our team.

Days and weeks seem to pass by faster and faster, and as we met we were already halfway through the liturgical season of Easter with Pentecost quickly approaching. Spirit songs will emerge. Mother’s Day / Mothering Sunday arrived on May 9th in some countries. And, our common lives move on. With all that is happening in our lives that is new and different (and yes, also challenging), it is nice to have the familiar “seasons” continue and keep us in rhythm.

So, as we began with Happy Easter, we will end with “Have a blessed and vibrant Pentecost.”

May the Blessings of the Holy One surround you all.

Respectfully Submitted:
Rev. Elder Diane Fisher, Clerk, on behalf of the Governing Board
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator
Mark Godette, Vice Chair
Chad Hobbs, Treasurer
Rev. Paul Whiting
James Chavis
Rev. Alberto Najera
Clare Coughlin
Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey