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Congregational Christian Council of Maine Fall Meeting - October 23rd and 24th 2015 “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.” (Psalm 100:1) Friday – October 23, 2015 On Friday evening there was a delicious meal with fellowship and a wonderful evening of uplifting and joyous music and a sing-a-long. Saturday Business Meeting – October 24, 2015 Moderator: Rev. Mark Tanner opened the meeting with a prayer and an encouragement for churches not present to set aside the two Saturdays in the Fall and Spring in order to gather with their sister churches in worship and fellowship. The Spring minutes were reviewed, discussed and accepted. Roll Call was conducted by Pastor Robin Norcross, Scribe The Treasurer’s Report was given to those present by our Treasurer Rhonda Glidden. The balance sheet as of October 23rd was reviewed as well as the profit and loss statement. There was a review of the Investment Trust which noted a transfer of $1,000.00 for pastoral support for Rev. Francois Akoa-Mongo, Senior Minister at First Congregational Church in Machiasport. A motion to accept the treasurer’s report – all in favor. New/Other Business: Camp Winni: Tentative Date: July 16th through July 23rd 2016 in Brooksville. Information will be out after the first of the year. A Moment of Sharing: Rev. Mark Tanner took a moment to share a letter that he had written to Nancy Rudman regarding the late Rev. Art Rudman who left us behind to be with the Lord. Our prayers go out to the Rev. Art Rudman’s family. Mark shared who Art made an impression in his life and what he meant to the Maine Council sharing that Art will be forever missed. All of the sister churches were encouraged to reflect upon support a mission in Cameroon as a way to remember Rev. Art Rudman. Rev. Norm Rust asked what funds in the CCC-ME could support missions and pastoral assistance. After several figures were raised the members of the body vote to accept $500.00 in remembrance of Rev. Art Rudman. Seafearer’s Friends Ministry: Rev. Michael Glidden and Robert McCaughlin shared how this important mission meets the needs of the ships that come into port. In most cases the crew on the ships receives a Bible and the devotional “Our Daily Bread”. In addition to giving the crew much needed personal items the ministry is also one of offering a listening ear to those who are grieving and to those who are lonely. Under New Business: A discussion took place in regards to the idea of creating a nominating committee for the Spring meeting for the election of officers. Pastor John Elijah Kellogg is up to be the next moderator. The CCC-ME is in need of a Vice Moderator. Ambassador’s are needed. The office of the Scribe and Treasurer will need to be voted upon. The nominating committee would ask if the people in the position want to stay on or move on. “Are you still willing to serve?” And maybe develop an “exit plan.” John Elijah asked if CCC-ME has a camp committee. Mark Tanner confirmed that at this time the CCC-ME does not have a camp committee. In regards to a finance committee the executive committee takes on that role. Norm Rust mentioned that the CCC-ME has a set of bylaws that the executive committee needs to review. Spring Meeting 2016: East Orrington Congregational on April 29th and 30th 2016 Nominating Committee: Tanner, John Elijah and another to be determined. Norm Rust shared about Pastor Robin Honaker who has now retired and moved to Michigan. Wanted to acknowledge all the work he had done in the association. Fall Meeting 2016 – location to be determined. Meeting adjourned with lunch to follow. Sincerely, Pastor Robin Norcross, Scribe
Congregational Christian Council of Maine Fall Meeting - October 23rd and 24th 2015 “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.” (Psalm 100:1) Friday – October 23, 2015 On Friday evening there was a delicious meal with fellowship and a wonderful evening of uplifting and joyous music and a sing-a-long. Saturday Business Meeting – October 24, 2015 Moderator: Rev. Mark Tanner opened the meeting with a prayer and an encouragement for churches not present to set aside the two Saturdays in the Fall and Spring in order to gather with their sister churches in worship and fellowship. The Spring minutes were reviewed, discussed and accepted. Roll Call was conducted by Pastor Robin Norcross, Scribe The Treasurer’s Report was given to those present by our Treasurer Rhonda Glidden. The balance sheet as of October 23rd was reviewed as well as the profit and loss statement. There was a review of the Investment Trust which noted a transfer of $1,000.00 for pastoral support for Rev. Francois Akoa-Mongo, Senior Minister at First Congregational Church in Machiasport. A motion to accept the treasurer’s report – all in favor. New/Other Business: Camp Winni: Tentative Date: July 16th through July 23rd 2016 in Brooksville. Information will be out after the first of the year. A Moment of Sharing: Rev. Mark Tanner took a moment to share a letter that he had written to Nancy Rudman regarding the late Rev. Art Rudman who left us behind to be with the Lord. Our prayers go out to the Rev. Art Rudman’s family. Mark shared who Art made an impression in his life and what he meant to the Maine Council sharing that Art will be forever missed. All of the sister churches were encouraged to reflect upon support a mission in Cameroon as a way to remember Rev. Art Rudman. Rev. Norm Rust asked what funds in the CCC-ME could support missions and pastoral assistance. After several figures were raised the members of the body vote to accept $500.00 in remembrance of Rev. Art Rudman. Seafearer’s Friends Ministry: Rev. Michael Glidden and Robert McCaughlin shared how this important mission meets the needs of the ships that come into port. In most cases the crew on the ships receives a Bible and the devotional “Our Daily Bread”. In addition to giving the crew much needed personal items the ministry is also one of offering a listening ear to those who are grieving and to those who are lonely. Under New Business: A discussion took place in regards to the idea of creating a nominating committee for the Spring meeting for the election of officers. Pastor John Elijah Kellogg is up to be the next moderator. The CCC-ME is in need of a Vice Moderator. Ambassador’s are needed. The office of the Scribe and Treasurer will need to be voted upon. The nominating committee would ask if the people in the position want to stay on or move on. “Are you still willing to serve?” And maybe develop an “exit plan.” John Elijah asked if CCC-ME has a camp committee. Mark Tanner confirmed that at this time the CCC-ME does not have a camp committee. In regards to a finance committee the executive committee takes on that role. Norm Rust mentioned that the CCC-ME has a set of bylaws that the executive committee needs to review. Spring Meeting 2016: East Orrington Congregational on April 29th and 30th 2016 Nominating Committee: Tanner, John Elijah and another to be determined. Norm Rust shared about Pastor Robin Honaker who has now retired and moved to Michigan. Wanted to acknowledge all the work he had done in the association. Fall Meeting 2016 – location to be determined. Meeting adjourned with lunch to follow. Sincerely, Pastor Robin Norcross, Scribe
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