Summary of Consistory Meeting on November 9, 2021
The meeting began with Devotions, Secretary minutes and Treasurer’s reports.
Karen presented a list of disbursements from the Benevolent fund to charitable and local organizations.
All reports approved.
The OCWM sent a letter requesting an increase of support from our church for 2022. It was approved and will be paid from the Benevolent fund.
The Search Team is nearly finished with the Profile which will be sent to the Conference for approval.
The Worship & Communion schedule for 2022-2023 was reviewed.
Staff and Ministry Team reports:
Rev. Jim – Praised how hard the staff has been working. Great team effort
Abundance – Continuing to write notes to members. Cancer walk was a lot of fun.
Hanging of the Greens is Nov. 28, 10-2 with a potluck lunch at noon. All are welcome.
Sue would like to continue giving updates on new materials being added to the library.
Benevolence – It was reported the funds raised from the Cherry tree will be put into the Benevolent Fund and disbursed from there.
Tammie is bringing back the hat & mitten drive for school children. Look for a display in the lounge.
Building & Grounds – Paver purchasing is going well. A sample display should be coming soon.
Protocol for cancellations due to weather has been set up with local TV stations.
Christian Education – It was asked if there is a Sunday School Christmas program. It was later learned that there will be during the church service on December 19. “What’s in the Box?” will resume.
Endowment – Report that monies transferred to the Lakeshore Fund is showing returns already.
Human Resources – Discussion on the process of counting & recording offerings.
Membership – Offering envelopes for the new year have arrived and will be available in the lounge.
Memorial – The Team was not in favor of being in charge of providing floral arrangements for members’ funerals. The Consistory decided as a team to donate to and arrange for the funeral flowers.
Mission – It was suggested to take clothing left from the rummage sale to send to Fort McCoy.
Nominating – We are in need of 5 candidates for Consistory for next year.
The other ministry teams had nothing to report.
The next Consistory meeting is December 14, 2021 at 6:30pm.
The meeting ended with the Lord’s Prayer.
The Rays of Hope Center
The Rays of Hope Center (ROHC) was officially "christened" in April of 2006 as the newest addition to St. Peter's United Church of Christ ministries. The one-time gas station and video store was purchased by St. Peter's in late 2005 after selling the church's parsonage. In it's naming, St. Peter's members honored their beloved, tenured pastor of 14 years, Ray Coombs. Rev. Coombs ministered faithfully, seeing to it that St. Peter's UCC be the "community's church." Under the care of St. Peter's Consistory and members, the ROHC seeks to sustain that community faithfulness by providing the community space as needed.
Currently the Rays of Hope Center houses the Kiel Area Community Food Pantry.