[box] Sunday, May 18 Rev. Sarah Buteux Preaching with Q & A to follow.
Wednesday, May 21 @ 7:00 PM – Council Meeting open to all.
Sunday,June 1 – Annual Meeting
Possible Common Ground Meal on May 26.[/box]
(Please email questions and information requests to Todd or Donna.)
If you did not attend worship on May 4, the best place to start is with Pastor Todd’s sermon from Sunday, which gives an account of the strengths and challenges facing the church, as well as the story of how the idea unfolded and the benefits to First Churches.
May 4 State of the Church
This length details the budget, showing the costs if we were to stay with current Christian Education position, and then with the added projected income and expenses to hire an Associate Pastor for Family Outreach.
FY2015 ASKING BUGET DEVELOPMENT 5.3.14
The next two links give you an opportunity to get to know Rev. Sarah Buteux better. Sarah is a Smith graduate and attended Harvard Divinity School. She served as Pastor at Hadley Congregational Church for nine years and is currently the bridge pastor at Belchertown UCC. Sarah is a lively preacher and creative leader with great experience in welcoming new worshipers and ministering to young families. Her husband, Andrew, is a Professor of Religion at Amherst College and they have two children; George, 7, and Genevieve, 3. Here is here resume:
CV Rev. Sarah Buteux
The next link shares more about Common Ground, a mid-week worship service and ministry. The picture above is from their first test run of how worship might work. (You can see Pastor Todd and Jeanne in the background. Take a moment to read and imagine this evening worship experience.
Abbreviated Plan for CG
After worship Pastor Todd presented a slide show to outline things to consider about a new position and answer questions. You can download the pdf version of the slide show: Presentation 3
Here are a few notes that go with the slides:
Page 1 – This breaks down pledges by size and has some notes about the ages of our members who pledge. Here are the main facts to take away:
- Six of our members give 40 percent of the budget, and five of those people are over age 65.
- Nearly 70 percent of our pledges are coming from people over 65.
- It would take nearly 50 new pledging members to replace our to six donors.
Page 2 – Broad job description. A more detailed job description can be found here: Associate_Pastor Keep in mind this is a draft and still in progress.
Page 3 – This page notes the important contributions of adding a second worship service. The full article can be found here: Why Your Church Should Start a Second Service
Page 4 and 5 – These pages show the budget impact of hiring a full-time Associate Pastor.Here are a few key points to remember:
- Conference Guidelines for a full-time position are about $72,000, which includes salary, housing, retirement and benefits. (Sarah already has health insurance.)
- We anticipate $30,000 of new income in pledges and grants in year one.
- The first year extra cost is just over $26,000. The plan calls for taking this amount out of the principle of the church endowment.
- The goal is to see growth in pledge income every year, so that the position becomes self-sustaining. The goal would be to taper down to $15,000 from the endowment in year two, and down to $5000 to $10,000 in year three.
We will post more information and updates as they come in!