September Update from your MCC Governing Board

MCC Governing Board September Meeting Update:
Discussion and Financial Snapshot

Governing Board Narrative for 1 September 2020:2020 Governing Board

Dear Friends,

It has been a turbulent time around the world with excessive heat in some areas, flooding in others, as well as hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires; our world is crying for healing. The United States and New Zealand are approaching elections, and, around the world, reactions to systemic racism continue to rise demanding justice and reform. The impact of COVID-19 continuing to spread is felt by all. In all of this uncertainty, MCC churches and congregations have continued to be responsive to their communities and each other. This is indeed what Rev. Elder Don Eastman would call “Excellence in Ministry”. You are amazing and we are grateful for all of your ministry and hearts.

Holding the tensions of all the crises in the world with the day to day realities of the work of the Governing Board seems insignificant, nevertheless, the work does continue. Our recent GB meeting opened in gratitude with Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez asking us to focus on something for which we were thankful. He concluded this opening exercise with prayer.

Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, our Moderator, shared her report of what has been happening with her ministry. It is amazing how much can be accomplished by a determined and faithful leader. You will find a link to her report here: https://www.mccchurch.org/governing-board/meetings/moderators-reports/

The Finance Committee has been hard at work. The first noteworthy item is that MCC is more than halfway through 2019’s audit with all other audits having been completed. This takes an incredible amount of time and energy for all involved. The GB wishes to share a special thank you to Tammy Erwin, MCC’s Accounting and Finance Coordinator for all that she does in her work with the auditors.

Our finances continue to be stable and we thank you all for your assessments which make our work possible. There will be a Financial Snapshot at the end of this narrative. We are also grateful for the funds raised by the “Still Giving Campaign.” We believe that we will have the money needed to establish MCC’s first Endowment Fund and we are close to the total we projected to continue with our work for Racial Justice and Equity in MCC. More detailed news about this will be sent out separately.

An Endowment Team has been established to consider policies and investment opportunities for the endowment. The same team will look at the establishment of a reserve fund which will hold three months operating expenses. A policy will be established on accessing the Reserve Fund.

The members of the Endowment Team are:
Mr Chad Hobbs, MCC Treasurer
Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey, MCC Vice-Treasurer
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator
Rev. Dr Kharma Amos, Resource Development Team Lead
Ms Tammy Erwin, Accounting and Finance Coordinator
Rev. Marsha Warren, Exodus MCC, Abilene USA
Mr Doug Berger, Church of the Trinity MCC, Sarasota USA
Ms Cathy Campbell Heroux, King of Peace MCC, St. Petersburg USA
Rev. Steve Torrence, MCC Key West, Key West USA

Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey was appointed as the chair of the Commission reviewing MCC’s rites and sacraments. (This Commission is established in accordance with a motion passed at General Conference 2019.)
The work of healing continues, and the staff, Council of Elders and Governing Board are working to equip ourselves as we aim to confront the systemic racism within MCC.

Our meetings often seem to seem to focus on the fiduciary responsibilities of MCC, and it is important to note that in this process we genuinely care for each other and listen to each other’s hearts. It really is a blessing to serve with these committed and compassionate people.

May your days be filled with grace and peace.

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
Clare Coughlin
James Chavis
Rev. Paul Whiting
Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey


All Approved Meeting Reports can be found here:  https://www.mccchurch.org/governing-board/meetings/monthly-reports/