SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
SUN JAN 16th
As previously announced through a December 7th letter, the BLOG and bulletin, there will be a special congregational meeting during both the 8AM and 10:45AM worship services on Sunday JAN 16th.
Special congregational meetings are limited in purpose and scope to the expressed purpose for which they have been called. This meeting has been called by your congregational council in order to vote on their motion concerning the timing of the annual regular council elections and the voting for the 2011 spending plan/budget.
As stated in the December 7th letter:
“This [change] allows a new finance team to be a part of the budget preparation process and allows for a new sequence of fall stewardship campaigns and spring budget preparations.”
Nearly all stewardship experts agree that separating stewardship teaching from the budget process should be standard practice in congregations that seek to grow healthy and generous disciples. As our goal is a stronger and more solid financial administration for Trinity and to deepen the commitment and generosity of the disciples that form it, Trinity’s council, after much prayer and deliberation, has brought these suggested changes before you. Previously, we held the council elections and the budget vote simultaneously during the winter semi-annual congregational meeting. .
As the motion comes from the council, a second will not be necessary.
The motion will be placed on the floor, questions directly pertaining to the motion will be entertained and the vote called for.
Rather than the previous practice of voting what we think to be right, we are continuing to expand a practice in which we focus on God’s will and not our own. So during the vote we will be asking:
“All who sense that it is God’s will to prayerfully hold our council elections on Sunday January 30th during a single worship service and to prayerfully vote on our 2011 Spending Plan/Budget on Sunday June 5th during the 8AM and 10:45AM worship services, say ‘yes’; all who do not believe that this is God’s will say ‘no.’” Results from the two services will be added together and the results released through BLOG, email and bulletin.