Special Meeting of the Congregation
Sunday, Nov. 8th, after 10:00 a.m. worship

From the Co-Moderators

Dear UCW Congregation,
 
As announced last Friday in the eNews, posted on the doors to the Church, and noted during Sunday worship on Nov. 1st, the Church Moderators have called a Special Meeting of the Congregation for Sunday, Nov. 8th following our Sunday morning worship.
We will have two agenda items –
 
  1. A discussion and approval of a final budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year (see below and attached)
  2. A visioning session in small groups to discuss the upcoming year. We will discuss two questions: 1) Imagine we are at the annual meeting in June.  Holding up our purpose and our values, what would having lived well as a church looked like in this year we’d just come through.  What would we be celebrating?  2) As a congregation, what is our role in helping to guide and support this?  
 
Please plan to stay for a short while after worship next week (Nov. 8th) for this important discussion!
 
With warm regards,
Frank Laski & Alison McCarty, Co-Moderators

From the Treasurer

Hello All. 
Back in July, we approved a preliminary budget based on the best information that we had at that time.  What a difference a few months makes! We now have a clearer picture of the financial health of the church, and can better estimate the income and expenses that we face in the 2020-2021 financial year. While the church has sufficient cash to operate through the year, the budget situation is not great.  At the November 1st meeting, we’ll propose that you approve the attached revised budget, which reflects our much better understanding of the financial challenges we face in this most unusual year.
 
The spreadsheet shows both the new budget (labelled “November”) and the previously approved preliminary budget (labelled “July”). The third column is simply the difference between the two. There are comments, but a few key notes:
 
  • Pledging was down 5% from what we estimated in July. That estimate had already assumed a significant drop from the previous year.
  • We are assuming that we won’t see rental income from most groups until April. On the bright side, when we do, we have a new renter – the Boston Taiwanese Christian Church (BTCC).
  • Several areas were able to reduce their planned expenditures. See the document for details.
  • Amy has elected to reduce her hours in the last part of this year for personal reasons.
  • With all this, we end with a deficit of $13.5K, which is lower than the deficit of nearly $15K we projected in May.
 
 Please understand that this represents a huge effort by all the parts of the church to cut their costs to the very minimum in order to respond to the loss of incoming funds, while trying to keep the church community vibrant and strong. 
 
All the best,
-Rob Purser, Treasurer
Please plan to stay for a short while after worship next week (Nov. 8th) for this important discussion!
 
With warm regards,
Frank Laski & Alison McCarty, Co-Moderators

Revised 2020-2021 Budget

Print version available HERE