Council Column

Reveille UMC


August Meeting

News from your Church Council
August 28, 2018 Meeting

At the August Church Council meeting, the Council reviewed and approved Reveille’s 2019 budget, with total expenses of $2.16 million, a $51,000 increase from 2018.  You can learn more about the ministry plans behind this budget at two meetings planned for Sunday, October 14, at 12:15 pm, and Wednesday, October 24, at 7:15 pm, both in the chapel.
Andrew Bullock was welcomed as the Council’s new youth representative.
Lead Pastor Doug Forrester gave an update from the Way Forward task force, highlighting upcoming opportunities to learn more about the proposed plans for our denomination regarding LGBTQ marriage and ordination:
Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 pm at Reveille, “A Way Forward: a Q&A event with Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, the Rev. Tom Berlin, and Ms. Martha Stokes.” See this page for details.
Sunday, October 7, 2:00 pm at River Road UMC, a presentation on the Way Forward for local churches. Details coming soon.
Doug also shared that the Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, will meet October 23-26 in Zurich to hear the proposed legislation for the three Way Forward plans (One Church, Connectional Conference, and Traditional) and determine whether they pass the constitutional test. 
The Council learned that Reveille’s annual Charge Conference will be held Sunday, November 4, 6:00-8:00 pm, at Shady Grove UMC in Mechanicsville. The Charge Conference will again be in a cluster format, with multiple churches coming together for a worship service followed by the individual Charge Conferences.
The approved July meeting minutes are now available. If you would like a copy, please contact Terri Edwards, admindirector@reveilleumc.org. The approved August Council meeting minutes will be available following the September Council meeting. 

July Meeting

News from your Church Council
July 24, 2018 Meeting

July 24 was the final Church Council meeting for Youth Representative Walker Speer. The Council celebrated Walker’s service and wished him well as he begins his first year at Shenandoah University.
The Council also approved the nomination of the incoming youth representative, Andrew Bullock.
Lead Pastor Doug Forrester gave an update on the Commission on a Way Forward report regarding LGBTQ inclusion in the United Methodist Church, in particular the One Church Plan. The Commission’s compete report is available at www.bit.ly/way-forward-commission-report.
Doug also reviewed a document outlining Reveille’s discipleship process (see below), which illustrates the way the church continuously works on faith development. 
The document is a tool for evaluating where we are as a congregation and where resources need to be deployed in the process.  The discipleship process is available at www.bit.ly/rumc-create-disciples.
The Council also discussed the work of the Gift Task Force, agreeing with the task force’s recommendation that the balance of the gift should be used to create something new that would not exist otherwise. To that end, the Council also supported the task force’s recommendation to decline two recent requests for funding from outside organizations.
The approved June meeting minutes are now available. To request a copy, contact Terri Edwards, admindirector@reveilleumc.org.  The approved July Council meeting minutes will be available following the August Council meeting. 


June Meeting

News from your Church Council
June 26, 2018 Meeting
The Church Council approved an adjustment to the Sunday morning worship schedule. Beginning on Reveille Day, September 9, the start time of The Point will be 30 minutes earlier at 9:00 am, with Sunday school classes officially beginning 15 minutes later, at 9:45 am. These small adjustments will create a distinct Sunday school time that does not overlap with our worship services. See page 13 for more information and the detailed schedule. 

The Way Forward Task Force shared an update on the questions facing our denomination regarding LGBTQ inclusion. The Council of Bishops has recommended the "One Church Plan" which would allow individual churches and clergy to decide whether to marry same-sex partners. Local conferences would determine who may be ordained. The Council of Bishops also will forward two other options (the "Traditionalist Plan" and the "Connectional-Conference Plan") to the special General Conference scheduled to consider the matter next February. Visit www.umc.org/wayforward to learn more.

Reveille’s task force is developing materials to further inform the congregation about this subject. These materials will supplement the series of discussions about challenges in the church taking place in combined adult Sunday school this summer (see page 8). Everyone is encouraged to attend these classes to learn more about this important topic. 

The Council also agreed to begin exploring an update to the church’s mission and vision statements which date to 2008.

Our Adult Council reported on a plan to introduce Connect Groups to the congregation starting this fall. Connect Groups connect members to one another, the world, and God through Bible study, prayer, service, and care. They may include Sunday school classes, covenant groups, and other existing groups. More information will be shared soon about how Connect Groups work and opportunities to become involved in a group.

The Church Council did not meet in May. The approved April meeting minutes are now available. If you would like a copy, please contact Terri Edwards, admindirector@reveilleumc.org.  The approved June Council meeting minutes will be available following the July Council meeting. 

May Meeting

The Church Council did not meet in May. Council Column will return next month with 
news from the June meeting.

April Meeting

News from your Church Council
April 25, 2018 Meeting
At the April Church Council meeting, the gift task force presented a proposal for a partnership with Community in Schools – Richmond (CIS) to increase the CIS coordinator position at Swansboro Elementary School from half-time to full-time.  The Council approved by consensus funding from the gift. See the May Window to learn more about the task force and this new allocation of funds from the gift. 

The Council also heard an update on the Commission on a Way Forward and the two models that will be put forth to the Council of Bishops regarding LGBTQ inclusion and the unity of the church.

The One Church Model gives conferences, churches, and pastors the flexibility to uniquely reach their missional context in relation to human sexuality without changing the connectional nature of The United Methodist Church.

The Multi-Branch Model proposes three connectional conferences in the United States, each covering the whole country, based on theology and perspective on LGBTQ ministry (i.e. progressive, contextual, traditional branches). Annual conferences would decide which connectional conference to affiliate with and local churches who choose a branch other than the one chosen by their annual conference could vote to join another conference.

The commission will present its final report to the Council of Bishops at the April/May meeting.  Learn more about the commission at www.umc.org/wayforward.

Reveille will offer a series of classes on the way forward, beginning with “The Church and Human Sexuality: How United Methodists Interpret Scripture,” led by Doug Forrester on Sunday, April 29, at 9:30 am in the chapel.

The approved March Church Council minutes are now available. To review the document, please send a request to Terri Edwards.  The approved April Council meeting minutes will be available following the May Council meeting. 

March Meeting

News from your Church Council
March 27, 2018 Meeting

At the March meeting, the Church Council continued to focus on strengthening Reveille’s process for growing disciples. The Council reviewed and discussed the key findings of the feedback from vision teams, age-level councils, and the Witness and Engagement Committee. Key traits of effective disciple-making ministries were identified. Ministry areas will discuss this information in their upcoming meetings as the Council determines the next steps toward enhancing our overall discipleship process.  

Tim Black, Ted Cox, Mary Davis, Claire Kaugars, and Clark Williams were selected for the new gift task force and approved by Council. This task force will create an overall plan for the use of the remaining gift funds while evaluating requests and proposals from the congregation. The task force will report to the Council monthly. All plans developed or recommended by the task force will require approval from the Church Council prior to implementation.  

Planning for the church’s 2019 budget officially has begun with the start of budget visioning. A worksheet was distributed to all ministry leaders to use as a goal-setting tool in advance of determining the resources needed to achieve those goals.

The approved February Church Council minutes are now available. If you would like to review the document, please send a request to Terri EdwardsThe approved March Council meeting minutes will be available following the April Council meeting. 

February Meeting

News from your Church Council
February 27, 2018 Meeting

“A disciple of Jesus Christ is a lifelong learner who influences others to serve.”-Bishop Sharma D. Lewis

At the February meeting, the Church Council continued its discussion about developing and enhancing Reveille’s process for making disciples. Since the Council’s January retreat, visioning teams, age-level councils, and committees have been working within their groups to answer questions about the disciple-making process in their ministry areas. Each group will submit a report with the answers to their questions, and then a subcommittee of the Church Council will analyze the information to identify trends and ways to apply what we have learned to congregational life.

The Council also heard a report from Reveille’s Way Forward task force. The task force is developing a plan to engage as many members of our congregation as possible in holy conversation around the issue of human sexuality and The United Methodist Church. This issue is the focus of the denomination’s Commission on a Way Forward. See page 2 for more information.

The Council also discussed several ways to improve safety and security at Reveille, including potential enhancements to exterior lighting. An Emergency Preparedness task force also has been formed to develop a comprehensive plan for emergency response.

The approved January Church Council minutes are now available. If you would like to review the document, please send a request to Terri Edwards. The approved February Council meeting minutes will be available following the March Council meeting.

January Meeting

News from your Church Council
January 23, 2018 Meeting

The Church Council held its first meeting of the year January 23. During this organizational meeting, the Council welcomed five new members:
             Emma Bruny              Youth Council Chair   
             Randy Manspile      Adult Council Chair
             Kathy Rainey              Serve Team Chair
             Pete Watson              Worship Team Chair
             Linda White              Grow Team Chair

Nominations and Leadership Development
The Council approved the appointment of Elise Crockett to the Finance Committee, class of 2019.

Trustees
The Council approved adding a line item to the approved 2018 church budget in the amount of $6,000 to hire an off-duty police officer for traffic control on Sunday mornings and during large church-wide events. 

An Emergency Preparedness Task Force is being formed to create comprehensive emergency plan for the church including training and procedures to support the plan. 

Gift Task Force
The Council approved the formation of a new task force to develop a strategy for the utilization of the balance of the $1 million gift. The Nominations Committee will put forward five church members to sit on the task force for approval by the Church Council. The task force will evaluate requests and proposals for the use of the gift and report to the Council monthly. All plans developed by the task force would require approval from the Church Council prior to implementation. 

Church Council Retreat
In preparation for the Council Retreat on January 27, members read the book Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger. The book is about creating a straightforward and strategic process that moves people through the stages of spiritual growth.  The retreat focused on developing and enhancing Reveille’s process for making disciples guided by the plan approved at our 2017 Annual Charge Conference. View the plan at 
www.bit.ly/2017-charge-conference.


The approved October Church Council minutes are now available. If you would like to review the document, please send a request to Terri Edwards, admindirector@reveilleumc.org.  The approved January Council meeting minutes will be available following the February Council meeting. 

Church Council did not meet in November and December. 
October 2017 Council Column

October Meeting


Gift Task Force
The gift task force has approved the following disbursements from first $200,000 of the million dollar anonymous gift:
     *For Friends of Barnabas, $3,250 for a community partnership in El Cielto, Honduras, and        $48,000 to support the extended care program (see page 6 for details).
     *$50,000 for the purchase of a bus for Koinonia Christian Church, a Swansboro partner church.
     *$50,000 for the purchase of a new bus for Reveille.
     *$29,245 for advertising and promotion of our church and ministries to the community.
     *$5,000 for potential expansion of Reveille Day into an invitational community event.
     *$10,400 for potential Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) work with Embrace Richmond in Swansboro and the community surrounding Reveille.
The task force will consider allocation of the remaining $4,105, as well as re-allocation of the ABCD funding ($10,400) as feedback has indicated that this is not the right time to perform the studies.

Charge Conference
The Council reviewed the slate of officers proposed by the Committee on Nominations for approval at Charge Conference. The Council also approved the Committee on Nominations’ plan for the Charge Conference presentation on our discipleship process. Reveille’s Charge Conference will take place in a cluster gathering with other churches at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 12, at Good Shepherd UMC.

Uniting Methodists
The UMC Commission on a Way Forward is reviewing and possibly revising sections of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. In order to better prepare our church for any future changes, the Council approved sending Lead Pastor Doug Forrester to the November 13-14 meeting of Uniting Methodists, a group that believes disagreements about same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ clergy need not divide the church. Doug will share what he learns at the meeting with the congregation.

Sunday Worship Attendance is Up
Our Sunday worship attendance is up slightly year over year. Overall, average Sunday attendance is up 2.8% over the same time last year, with the 8:30 service up 1.4%, the 9:30 up 9.8%, and the 11:00 up 1.5%. 

The approved September Church Council minutes are now available. If you would like to review the document, please send a request to Terri Edwards.  The approved October Council meeting minutes will be available following the next Council meeting. 


September 2017 Council Column

September Meeting

At its September meeting, the Church Council approved the 2018 church budget. You can learn more about the church’s budget and our ministry plans for the upcoming year at two budget town halls, Wednesday, October 11, at 7:15 pm, and Sunday, October 15, at 12:15 pm, both in the chapel.

The Council also received an update from the Gift Task Force adding more detail to the information included in its August report (see the August edition of the Window newsletter at www.reveilleumc.org/newsletter-achive). 

Reveille will consecrate and celebrate the donation of $48,000 to Friends of Barnabas Foundation, a medical mission in Honduras with whom the church has a long-standing relationship, on Sunday, November 5 (see page 6 for more information). 

The Council also heard a report from the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development (formerly Lay Leadership Committee) regarding progress on the church’s presentation about Reveille’s discipleship process, answering the following questions posed by District Superintendent Peter Moon:
    1. How do you define a disciple of Jesus Christ?
    2. What is the relationship between a disciple and the Gospel?
    3. What are the key things you will be doing between now and 2020 to ensure that you have a discipleship process in place for people in all ages and stages of life?

Reveille’s Charge Conference will take place in a cluster gathering with other churches at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 12, at Good Shepherd UMC.

The approved August Church Council minutes are now available. If you would like to review the document, please send a request to Terri Edwards, admindirector@reveilleumc.org.  The approved September Council meeting minutes will be available following the October Council meeting. 
At the August Church Council meeting, Ted Cox, chair of the Committee on Finance, presented the church’s 2018 draft budget for review and discussion. The Finance Committee will present the budget for final approval at the September Council meeting.

August 2017 Council Column

August Meeting

In conjunction with the budget presentation, Chris Campbell, chair of the Stewardship Committee, reviewed plans for the Defying Gravity stewardship campaign which will take place October 1-22. The program focusses on cultivating generosity and breaking free from the culture of more.

The Council approved the following officers to serve on the Committee on Lay Leadership:
  Carol Hampton (Class of 2017)
  Maureen McKay (Co-chair, Class of 2018)
  Donna Fay Kessel (Class of 2018)
  Annie Lou Wax (Class of 2019)

The Council also approved the formation of a Charge Conference task force composed of nine people, six lay members to be chosen by the Lay Leadership committee and our three clergy. The task force will prepare a presentation on Reveille’s discipleship process, answering the following questions posed by District Superintendent Peter Moon:
  1.  How do you define a disciple of Jesus Christ?
  2.  What is the relationship between a disciple and the Gospel?
  3.  What are the key things you will be doing between now and 2020 to ensure that you have a discipleship process in place for people in all ages and stages of life?

Reveille’s Charge Conference will take place in a cluster gathering with other churches at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 12, at Good Shepherd UMC.

The approved June Church Council minutes are now available. If you would like to review them, please send a request to Terri Edwards, admindirector@reveilleumc.org.  The approved August Council meeting minutes will be available following the September Council meeting. The Council did not meet in July.

Blessing Others | August 2017

Update from the Gift Task Force

The task force authorized by our Church Council to allocate the first $200,000 of our $1 million gift has been meeting and working diligently and prayerfully to further the cause of Christ with this wonderful, generous sum that has been entrusted to us. Here is where we are:

We approved a $48,000 one-time gift to our partner in Honduras, the Friends of Barnabas Foundation medical mission. Reveille has a long-standing relationship with Friends of Barnabas, sending a mission team to Honduras each summer to provide medical care for impoverished children. Through this contribution, we will be supporting the organization’s Extended Care program for children whose medical needs go beyond the care provided by the Community Health clinics. Children and families in Extended Care receive home visits, transportation to appointments with specialists and hospitals throughout Honduras, medications, and treatments or surgery if needed. Educational workshops also are given for parents and caregivers of children with special health needs.  

The task force also approved paying for year one of a community partnership with Friends of Barnabas in El Cielto, Honduras. This gift of $3,250 will give our Outreach Committee a year to build this sponsorship into their annual budget starting in 2018. El Cielto is where our mission team served this summer, and our partnership will bless adults, children, and newborns through health and education. This summer our medical team saw Friends of Barnabas’ 400,000th patient, a gentle 76-year-old woman who is raising her great grandson. 

We also have set aside funds for supporting strategic ministry at Koinonia Christian Church, one of our partner churches in Swansboro. Finally, we also approved the purchase of a new church bus for our congregation to replace our very old existing bus. 

I am so proud of these bold steps our church has taken, but I am most proud of the fact that our first steps taken were to serve some of the world’s most vulnerable people, that we blessed others before ourselves, and that we modeled extravagant generosity as a witness to the world.

Our Church Council is currently in prayerful consideration of what our next steps will be to allocate the remainder of the gift, and we earnestly invite you to join us.

Grace and peace,
Doug

The Church Council did not meet in July. Council Column will return in September with notes from the August Council meeting.

June 2017 Council Column

June Meeting

At its June meeting, the Church Council received an update from the Gift Task Force, which is evaluating short-term initiatives for possible funding from the $1 million anonymous gift. 

The task force has approved funding totaling more than $51,000 for Friends of Barnabas, a medical ministry in Honduras. Through this contribution, Reveille will support the organization’s Community Healthcare and Extended Care programs. Look for more information about these initiatives in the Window next month. Reveille has a long-standing relationship with Friends of Barnabas, sending a mission team to Honduras each summer to provide medical care for impoverished children. 

The gift task force continues to work on evaluating proposals for funding increased advertising for Reveille, a van or bus for Koinonia Christian Church in Swansboro, and replacing Reveille’s aging bus. Funding for the Asset Based Community Development program in Swansboro with our partner churches is pending commitment from Koinonia and Love Center of Unity.

The Council also learned that Reveille’s Charge Conference date will be Sunday, November 12. This year, churches will be gathering in clusters to share their progress toward meeting Bishop Sharma Lewis’s goal for every congregation to have a discipleship process in place.  

The approved May Church Council minutes are now available. If you would like to review them, please send a request to Terri Edwards.  The approved June Council meeting minutes will be available following the July Council meeting.


May 2017 Council Column

News from your Church Council

At the Church Council on May 23, the new Gift Task Force reported to the Council on short-term initiatives for possible funding from the $1 million anonymous gift. The task force is in favor of moving forward on the Asset Based Community Development project with partner churches in Swansboro. In addition, the task force is researching the following proposed initiatives: 
* Increased advertising 
* Replacing Reveille’s aging church bus
* Purchasing a bus for Koinonia Christian Church in Swansboro
* Additional funding for Friends of Barnabas Honduras Medical Mission

Swansboro Ministry Champion Jill Gaynor updated the Council on developments with our partner churches, Love Center of Unity and Koinonia Christian Church. As a result of the Race Dialogues series of discussions, several joint initiatives and events are moving forward. In addition, the Council approved funding to contract with Embrace Richmond for the first phase of the Asset Based Community Development program in the Swansboro neighborhood, pending final agreement from our partner churches.  

The Council also approved by consensus the Lay Leadership committee’s nomination of Jack Ketterlinus to the Finance Committee (class of 2019).

The approved April Church Council minutes are now available. If you would like to review them, please send a request to Terri Edwards.  The approved May Council meeting minutes will be available following the June Council meeting.

April 2017 Council Column

News from your Church Council

At its meeting on April 25, the Church Council approved the membership of gift task force as proposed by the Lay Leadership committee. See page 13 for more information about the task force and its charge to evaluate and move forward with proposed short-term initiatives, utilizing up to $200,000 of the $1 million anonymous gift.

The Council also approved by consensus a request from the Worship Team for additional non-budgeted funding to support music at The Point 9:30 am service and a consultant to suggest ways to enhance our 11:00 am service.

Two committee appointments also were approved by consensus. Tim Beuter was appointed to the Finance Committee (class of 2019), and Maureen McKay to the Lay Leadership Committee (class of 2018).

The approved March Church Council minutes are now available. If you would like to review them, please send a request to Terri Edwards, admindirector@reveilleumc.org.  The approved April Council meeting minutes will be available following the May Council meeting.


February & March 2017 Council Column

February and March Meetings

News from your Church Council

In February and March, the Church Council focused on moving forward with utilizing the $1 million gift to make a difference in God’s world. 

In February, the Council learned more about Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), a way to use a community’s strengths to tackle the issues most important to that community. Our Swansboro ministry team and our Swansboro partner churches, Koinonia Christian Church and Love Center of Unity Full Gospel Church, International are exploring an ABCD proposal from the organization Embrace Richmond. The ultimate goal of this effort would be to empower those living and working in the Swansboro area to use their gifts to solve the issues that are most 
important to them. The three churches would walk alongside the residents in this journey, and the eventual goal is for the residents to run their own neighborhood organization. If the three churches agree to move forward with the ABCD proposal, the gift would be used to fund the development plan.

Also in February, the Council reviewed data on giving and attendance trends at Reveille. While giving has remained fairly consistent over the past 10 years, worship attendance has changed. Attendance has increased at the 8:30 am service, but is decreased at the 9:30 and 11:00 am services. This reflects the national trend for most mainline Protestant churches.  The Worship Team and Council are in prayerful conversation about worship attendance. See page 2 for an opportunity to join this conversation.  

At the March meeting, the Council considered a list of the ministry proposals that have been brought forward for the $1 million gift to date. The proposals were categorized by time commitment. The Council approved by consensus the creation of a gift task force of nine people, with at least two from Council, to evaluate and move forward with short-term initiatives, utilizing $200,000 of the gift. Council members were asked to submit names of prospective task force members to the Lay Leadership committee, who will in turn submit a proposed slate of committee members to the Council for approval at its April meeting. 

The Council also approved by consensus a plan to use the interest earned on the gift money for potential needs during the summer of 2017, such as Westview on the James camperships or financial assistance for youth mission trips. 

The approved February Council minutes are now available. If you would like to review them, please send a request to Terri Edwards.  The approved March Council meeting minutes will be available following the April Council meeting.


January 2017 Council Column

January Notes 

New Year, New Goals
In January, the Church Council met twice, for the normal monthly meeting on the 24th and for a retreat January 27 and 28. 

At the January 24 meeting, Council welcomed C.J. Johnson, our new Church Council chair. In preparation for the retreat, the Council reviewed Reveille’s 2017-2020
goals set by the November Charge Conference:
     1. We need to develop a more invitational spirit so that we may better focus upon outreach to our immediate neighbors (i.e. Malvern Manor, and the museum district).

     2. We need to discern what the needs are of the people we serve, especially in Swansboro, so that we are not simply doing what we think needs to be done, but developing relationships with the people we serve, so that we are truly meeting their actual needs in our local missions.

     3. We need to develop a sense of “inreach” to our congregation so that we may better activate our
existing membership for ministry.

At the retreat, Council focused on developing objectives for each ministry area to support the above goals. Over the next month, Council will pray and reflect on the retreat discussion in order to determine focused objectives for each ministry area. 

In addition, the Council enjoyed a time of learning as Rich Schweiker reviewed the consensus decision-making process used favored by our church. Finance Chair Ted Cox shared that preliminary year-end results showed a surplus of about $64,000. SPRC Chair Steve Knockemus told the group about a promising candidate for the open director of youth ministries position. 

If you would like to review the complete approved January meeting minutes when they become available (following the February Council meeting), please send a request to admindirector@reveilleumc.org. The approved October minutes are now available.

November 2016 Council Column

October Notes 

At the October meeting, the Church Council received guidance from the Finance Committee on reducing the 2017 budget deficit. By consensus, the Council approved the Finance Committee’s plan, and approved the revised 2017 budget. 

The Council also worked on discerning Reveille’s response to the following questions posed by the District Superintendent for the upcoming Charge Conference:
What is God’s will for Reveille UMC for the next four years?
How will we know it?
What will we do about it?
As part of this process, the Council reviewed and discussed several proposals which were based on feedback from the congregational time of prayer, listening sessions, submitted ideas, and the October Church Council retreat. These proposals included growing our youth ministry, developing relationships through local missions, engaging inactive members, increasing worship attendance, and completing a ministry audit.  
If you would like to review the complete approved October meeting minutes when they become available (following the January Council meeting), please send a request to communications@reveilleumc.org. The approved September minutes are now available.

October 2016 Council Column

September Notes 

At the September meeting, the Church Council focused primarily on the 2017 budget and the $1 million gift. The Council:
  • Reviewed the 2017 draft budget and received guidance from the Finance Committee regarding next steps before finalizing the budget.
  • Reviewed a letter from the anonymous donor of the $1 million gift. The letter stated that the gift was given for unrestricted use as directed by the Church Council.
  • Decided to explore creative ways to rethink funding of the outreach ministries of the church at the Council retreat on Saturday, October 1, in conjunction with discerning a recommendation on the use of the $1 million gift.
If you would like to review the complete approved September meeting minutes when they become available (following the October Council meeting), please send a request to communications@reveilleumc.org. The approved July meeting minutes are now available. The council did not meet in August.

August 2016 Council Column

July Notes 

This month, the Council focused mainly on administrative items, including:
  • Director of Youth Ministries Kate Rhodes was present to share that she will be following the call to a new position with The House of the Carpenter in Wheeling, WV. Her last day at Reveille will be August 25, and a search for her replacement is beginning.
  • Reflected on the Planning, Ordering, Reflecting process used by the age-level councils and visioning teams. Feedback indicated a need for adjustments, and a task-force will meet to review, discern, and report on what changes would make the process more fruitful and efficient.
  • Trustees informed council of two property concerns: adequacy of staff office space and potential walkway renovations.
Note: The Church Council did not meet in August so there is no Council Column for September. 
If you would like to review the complete approved July meeting minutes when they become available (following the September Council meeting), please contact  the Director of Communications. The approved June meeting minutes are now available.

July 2016 Council Column

June Notes 

This month, the Council began the budgeting process for 2017. All committees were asked to complete a visionary worksheet detailing their overarching priorities, key initiatives, and areas where increased, or decreased, funding were warranted. They were also asked to think of big, new ideas, to further their ministry in 2017. The committees will use these documents in the next two months as they prepare preliminary budgets for the August meeting.
Council received feedback from the discernment listening sessions and discussed next steps in the process. The consensus was for the Task Force to reconvene and lay out relevant questions for Council to address in a September retreat specifically devoted to this topic. The goal of the retreat is to establish guidelines and direction for developing proposals on how best to use the money.
If you would like to review the complete approved June meeting minutes when they become available (following the July Council meeting), please contact the Director of Communications. The approved May meeting minutes are now available.

June 2016 Council Column

May Notes 

This month, the Council continued our visioning work as we focused on the fall season at Reveille. Many great opportunities are being planned by the committees and we are excited for all to partake. In addition, the Council:
  • Reviewed the budget visioning document for each committee to use when planning budgets for next year. The completed documents will be reviewed at the June Council meeting.
  • Discussed open staff positions and provided the Staff-Parish Relations Committee with guidance for how to proceed. Click here for an announcement about our new director of children’s ministries, and look for additional information forthcoming from SPRC in future communications.
  • Reviewed the results of the "Christian conferencing" for the installation of a stained glass window in the chapel. Consented to decline this proposal due to insufficient support in its favor.
If you would like to review the complete approved May meeting minutes when they become available (following the June Council meeting), please contact the Director of Communications. Please note that the Council did not meet in April. The approved March meeting minutes are now available.

Please note: The Church Council did not meet in April, so there is no Council Column for May.

April 2016 Council Column:

March

The Church Council met on March 22 and had a very fruitful discussion utilizing our new planning strategy from Barbara Day Miller’s book, Encounters with the Holy. A few of the highlights from this meeting are below:
  • Approved a proposal from the Vision Task Force recommending an intentional season of prayer and holy conversation from Easter to Pentecost so Reveille may best discern who God is calling us to be and how we can best utilize the gifts he has bestowed upon us.
  • Reflected on Advent and the many ministry opportunities available to the congregation during this time. Discussed the possibility for additional calendaring and planning around these activities.
  • Planned for fall and the opportunities surrounding Reveille Day and our church-wide study on Robert Schnase’s book, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations.
  • Discussed plans for Wonderful Wednesday, combined Sunday school, and other summer activities to keep the congregation, and our community, active at Reveille.
  • Update from the Staff-Parish Relations Committee on positions at Reveille that are open or will be open soon (Executive Pastor, Director of Children’s Ministries, and Financial Administrator).
If you would like to review the complete approved minutes when they become available (after the May Council meeting), please contact the Director of Communications.

March 2016 Council Column:

January and February

Welcome to Council Column. Check this feature each month for a recap of the most recent Church Council meeting.

Since the start of the year, the Church Council has met twice, a regular monthly meeting on January 26, and the annual retreat, February 26-27. A few of the key outcomes from those meetings are below:

 Approved an 11-person committee to recommend a process of discernment for Reveille in regards to the recent anonymous gift of $1 million. Members of the committee are: Bo Bowden, Kevin Bruny, Stephen Coleman, Mary Davis, Sheelagh Davis, Doug Forrester, Jill Gaynor, Katie B. Gooch, Blake MacIver, Rich Schweiker, and Clark Williams.

 Committed to the following three areas of increased focus at Reveille:
  1. Connect with our community by growing our ministry of glorifying God through the arts. 
  2. Support and empower all life-stages in ministries of Worship, Grow, and Serve, with an increased focus on young adults, adults, and senior adults.
  3. Grow relationships in Swansboro and witness God’s work and God’s kingdom to others.
 Formalized and trained on a strategy for proactive planning by the three Visionary Teams (Worship, Grow, Serve) and the four Life-Stage Councils (Children, Youth, Adult, Senior Adult). This model is based on the book, Encounters with the Holy, by Barbara Day Miller. 

If you would like to review the complete approved minutes from the January meeting, please contact the Director of Communications.