Board Notes

Central Christian Church

Membership Committee – May & June 2017
Report for General Board Meeting 7/9/17
A meal plan was prepared and issued to Glenna and Brad
Waldrep while Brad is undergoing cancer treatment.


Submitted by Jean Prehn, Chair
Committee Members: Darlene Bowman, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie
Williams, Hal and Myra Beasley, Meredith Akkerman, Mahala Smith
and Roseanne Peppers.

 

Pastor's Report, July 10, 2017 
 “God’s Advocates: Christian Thinkers in Conversation” by Rupert Shortt, Continues Sunday evenings. Currently in Ch. 6 for July 16  
Next First Sunday Luncheon is August 6 with Shepherding Group 4 hosting. 
Next Wednesday Potluck, July 12.
ORGs next Wednesday 7/19, Sylvan Park Diner. 
June Daytrip was to Tennessee Agricultural Museum. July 5 will be to the Bradley Museum here in town at 10 AM. Lunch at Pucketts.
Series on Psalms at 9:30 Sundays began March 5. Continues through August.7/16 is Psalm 118. 
Next Sunday School Class will be listening to 18th century hymns (Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts, etc.) and comparing them to Psalms and other scriptures for their theological insights. A portable CD player would be useful if anyone has one I can borrow for 3 months.
Adventures In Learning Book Review on September 11, Rodney Stark’s “Triumph of Christianity.” Also asked to speak during one of the AIL Monday Luncheons. 
HS and College graduate gifts were awarded during May and June.
In September we will begin a church wide Bible memory program. Between now and then, you’re encouraged to submit your favorite Bible verse that you think we all should memorize together, and I’ll organize and sort them into some kind of order, and assign one to each week. We’ll post the list on the website and Facebook and in the Newsletter, with a reminder of the next week’s verse in the Sunday bulletin. Each Sunday morning during Joys and Concerns we’ll recite the verse together (without looking at our crib sheet!). What will your favorite verse be? 

 

 

OUTREACH REPORT TO GENERAL BOARD AT CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH

JULY 10, 2017

Backpack Program: Central Christian Church provided 56 ziploc bags of food to be distributed to students for weekend use who were in the summer school camp at Kittrell Elementary School during the last two weeks of June. Brenda Jarman and Nancy James will be discussing our involvement in the Backpack School Program with Ms. Debbie Mankin and Ms. Kim Snell during the month of July to prepare for the upcoming school year if we decide we are able to continue. Room In the Inn: Room in the Inn did close in the middle of June. Nancy will be attending the Homeless Alliance for Rutherford County (HARC) meeting on July 20th to hear updates on the reopening of RITI at another location and what is being done to assist those who used RITI during this transition. Shelters for the Homeless in Murfreesboro: Nancy will be scheduling a tour for our church members at two facilities that work with the homeless, The Journey Home and Salvation Army. The purpose of the tour will be to educate our members on the day to day operation of services that are provided at each facility and to provide an opportunity for members to become aware of the many ways that a person can volunteer their time and/or resources at either facility. Water Patrol: Mr. Ed Grimes from the Murfreesboro Rescue Mission will be contacting the Outreach Committee on how we can assist with donating water bottles and distributing to the homeless when it is 90 degrees or above. Nashville Cares Food Bags: Central Christian Church continues to pick-up and delivers to 4 clients in the Murfreesboro Community. Nashville Cares now has a satellite office in Murfreesboro but the bags still have to be picked up at the Nashville branch on Thompson Lane. Domestic Violence Shelter Monthly Meals: Central Christian Church provides and serves a meal every second Thursday of the month. We currently have a routine meal of lasagna, salad, fruit salad, bread, drinks, and a dessert. Several of the Disciples Women’s group bring the items and/or serve. This program is coordinated by Beverly Henley and Cathy Crabtree. Food Bank Donations: Central Christian Church continues to collect and deliver food items to the food bank. A couple of people are volunteering to make deliveries but could use at least one more person to assist with deliveries which need to be made between the hours of 10:00-2:00 during the week. Habitat for Humanity: The church still collects donations to be sent to HFH. We have misplaced the box houses that we collect the money in so Nancy will contact Habitat to see if we can get some more and find out about upcoming opportunities that our members may be interested in assisting with this program. Cookie Ministry: This ministry is being coordinated by Ellen Garrison. Please feel free to contact her if you have an interest in providing cookies to be delivered each week. Veteran’s Ministry: Erika Latham who volunteers at the Fisher House at the VA gave me a couple of contacts of people who work with veterans and can provide us with information on opportunities to help the veterans in our community. I will contact both of them and will distribute information when I have it available. Outreach Ministries will include programs which reach out beyond the congregation to impact our community and the wider church by 1) participating in local community ministries; 2) participating in programs supported by Christian Church – Disciples of Christ in the local, state, region, national, or global communities; and, 3) collaborating with other denominations or faith communities from local to global that allows each of us as a servant of Christ to fulfill his commandant to love your neighbor as yourself.

Submitted, Nancy James, Chair – Outreach Committee

 

Membership Committee – May & June 2017/Report for General Board Meeting 7/9/17


A meal plan was prepared and issued to Glenna and Brad
Waldrep while Brad is undergoing cancer treatment.


Submitted by Jean Prehn, Chair


Committee Members: Darlene Bowman, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie
Williams, Hal and Myra Beasley, Meredith Akkerman, Mahala Smith
and Roseanne Peppers.

 

OUTREACH REPORT – CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH – MAY 8, 2017

Room in the Inn – Central Christian will provide a meal and serve on Sunday, May 21, at 5:30. Nashville Cares Food Bags – Judy Brookshire, Robert Hopson, Brenda Jarman, and Nancy James delivers to 4 clients in the Murfreesboro area. Nancy will be picking up food bags for May this week. There is now a Nashville Cares office in Murfreesboro but the bags will still be picked up at the Nashville location on Thompson Lane. Backpack Food Program – We currently deliver 17 food bags to Oakland High School and 9 food bags to Oakland Middle School (26 per week). Nancy will deliver 9 more bags to Oakland Middle to finish the year and Brenda will deliver 17 this week and 34 next week to finish the year at Oakland High. Bags that are not used will go toward supplying bags for the two week period in June (20 bags per week). We will supply food bags for the last two weeks in June. Nancy will deliver those each week. The drop off site is Kittrell Elementary School. Coldest Nights has discontinued due to weather but Nancy will be speaking to Ed Grimes concerning the program that distributes bottled water to those who stay outdoors during the hottest days of the summer months. Domestic Violence – Central Christian is now supplying a meal on the second Thursday of every month. Beverly and Cathy are still coordinating the meal. Habitat for Humanity – Central Christian is still accepting donations for this ministry. Food Bank Donations – Steve is delivering the donations on a monthly basis. Veteran’s Outreach – Sock Drive (Claire Mobley). Cookie Ministry – No one has expressed an interest to continue this ministry. Downtown Community Churches – Representatives from this group have been meeting to discuss next steps to find property for a homeless shelter that would be like the Nashville Rescue Mission. We plan to meet this summer I will also discuss with the downtown churches supporting an outdoor storage called a “Blessing Box” that would hold nonperishable food items, toiletries or other basic household needs (like the “Little Free Library). Steve found an article about it and is worth exploring. Global Ministries /State/Regional/National Ministries – Participate in the ministry funds but no specific project at this time. The Outreach Committee (Nancy James, Erika Latham, Tommye Latham, and Darlene Bowman met on Sunday, May 7, to discuss the scope of the committee , how many current programs at the church would be considered under the Outreach Committee’s responsibility, how are these programs funded, and how can the Outreach Committee better support these programs. The Committee decided the Outreach Committee would be responsible for programs that would fit into the definition of outreach for the congregation: Outreach Ministries will include programs which reach out beyond the congregation to impact our community and the wider church by 1) participating in local community ministries; 2) programs supported by Christian Church – Disciples of Christ in the state, region, national, or global communities; and, 3) collaborate with other denominations or faith communities from local to global that allows each of us as a servant of Christ to fulfill his commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. The Committee recommends not adding new programs for 2017 unless there is financial support and commitment by adequate number of members. We will evaluate how the church supports the existing programs and if there will be enough human and monetary resources to continue the existing programs as well as committing to new programs that support local, state, national, or international outreach. Nancy will speak to members who oversee the programs listed above to collect data on how the program operates and if the Outreach Committee can assist with supporting that program. Submitted, Nancy James, Chair – Outreach Committee

ELDERS MEETING – MARCH 18, 2017

Attendance: Mike Martin, Wally Cook, David Wilson, Steve Odom, Charley Williams, Ty Walker, Joan Turbeville, Brenda Jarman, Jim Jarman, Barbara Bekaert, Denis Bekaert, Sharon Matheny, Roger Osborne, Shane Crabtree (Pastoral Relations Committee), Erika Latham (member), and Nancy James.

Joys and Concerns: Cindy and her mother, Sandra Bush, who broke her leg last week. Cindy is helping her mother. Prayers for Darlene Bowman. Barbara and Denis will have a grandson this week. Their daughter-in-law, Christy, will be induced this week. Prayers for Cathy Crabtree who is still at home and has a procedure for the kidney stones at the end of the month. Prayers for our new organist, Chase Lewis. Prayers for Ty Walker’s co-worker, Dwight Dunn, on the loss of his mother. Prayers for Willam Kramer, the new manager at Mike’s work, to do a great job and help Mike so he does not work long hours and travel so much. Denis asked for continued prayers for KeriAnne D’Hondt with upcoming surgery.

Minutes Approved from February Workshop. Sgt.-At-Arms: The Elders approved Ty Walker as Sgt.-At-Arms.

Discussion on membership of the church: David Wilson offered a statement to begin discussion: Any person interested in becoming a member of Central Christian Church will need to attend The Membership Class. The membership class will be taught by the Pastor of Central Christian Church explaining the beliefs and traditions of the church. Pastor and those wishing to join the church will be allowed to discuss matters as the discussion directs them on issues that may conflict with Biblical teachings. At the conclusion of the class and the person or persons wishing to join have no conflicts with the teachings of the scriptures they will be welcomed as a member. The Membership class will continue until both parties (being that of the pastor and the person or persons wishing to join) feel confident in moving forward. When it comes to matters of the church. When conflicts arise that lead to the board of elders to intervene and work on a solution. The board of elders will discuss and reflect on such conflicts with love and compassion for one another and for the congregation. The resolution must be backed and supported by what scripture says and will not be influenced by outside opinions or values but by those of Christian values as governed by Gods word and not that of man. Joan Turbeville requested we start discussing what we intend to do. The statement about next steps was presented as a motion, second, and passed with a majority vote: “The Elders agree that offering a class would be beneficial for a person to learn the history of the Christian Church – Disciples of Christ and about this congregation.” Discussion concerning first paragraph: Denis Bekaert made a motion to delete the following sentence from the first paragraph: “At the conclusion of the class and the person or persons wishing to join have no conflicts with the teachings of the scriptures they will be welcomed as a member.” The motion was second and discussed. The motion passed with a majority vote. Joan Tuberville made a motion to change the first sentence to “. . . will be encouraged to attend the Membership Class” (in place of “. . . will need to attend the Membership Class”). The motion was second and discussed. The motion passed with a majority vote. Barbara Bekaert made a motion to change the second sentence to” . . . be taught by the Pastor and/or another Elder” (in place of “. . . will be taught by the Pastor of Central Christian Church. . .”). The motion was second and discussed. The motion failed with a majority vote. Discussion of second paragraph: Barbara Bekaert made a motion to discuss changing the sentences in the second paragraph to be grammatically correct. The motion was second and discussed. Brenda Jarman made the following suggestion: “When it comes to matters of the church and when conflict arise leading to the Board of Elders to intervene and work on a solution, then the Board of Elders will discuss and reflect on such conflicts with love and compassion for one another and for the congregation.” In the second sentence add an apostrophe after the s in the word Gods. The motion passed with a majority vote. Denis Bekaert made a motion to delete the second sentence. Motion was second and discussed. Motion failed with a majority vote. Nancy James suggested the two paragraphs have a title identifying what topics are addressed in each paragraph. The first paragraph will be titled Membership. The second paragraph will be titled Commission to Elders Concerning Membership. Revised Paragraphs: The following are the two paragraphs with the above corrections: Membership Any person interested in becoming a member of Central Christian Church will be encouraged to attend the Membership Class. The Membership Class will be taught by the Pastor of Central Christian Church explaining the beliefs and traditions of the matters as the discussion directs them on issues that may conflict with Biblical teachings. The Membership Class will continue until both parties (being that of the pastor and the person or persons wishing to join) feel confident in moving forward. Commission to Elders Concerning Membership When it comes to matters of the church and when conflict arise leading to the Board of Elders to intervene and work on a solution, then the Board of Elders will discuss and reflect on such conflicts with love and compassion for one another and for the congregation. The resolution must be backed and supported by what scripture says and will not be influenced by outside opinions or values but by those of Christian values as governed by Gods’ Word and not that of man. Sharon Matheny made the motion to approve the following statement: “Central Christian Church is open to all people to become members by professing our unity confession: Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and is our personal Lord and Savior.” The motion was second and discussed. The motion failed with majority vote. The statement was tabled to be considered for discussion as it pertained to the membership class. Nancy James reminded all the Elders to review the revised Shepherding Group to make sure their respective groups are correct and the information is current on each member. Please forward to her any corrections that need to be made.

Our next scheduled Elders meeting is Sunday, April 9th, at 8:30.

Submitted by, Nancy James, Secretary of Elders

 

Student Ministries Report

What the Youth have been up to!
1. The Amazing Bible Quest!- As of March 1st, we kicked off an event to read through the bible in a year. Outside of the nursery is a bulletin board with all the team names and the progress that is being made. We also kick started a facebook page where we have 21 followers (most of which are people who don't attend our church). We have 5 teams traveling through the bible together, one of which is an online team for anyone who wants to be involved but doesn't attend our church or live out of state. As of today everyone should be at Genesis 38!

2. Visiting Shut-ins: The students decided that for Valentine's Day we would make cards and deliver them to our shut-ins.  Everyone seemed to love us coming over and giving hand made cards and flowers. So we are planning on doing this again for Easter as well as singing some songs while we deliver them.

3. "Bowl of Love" Chilli Luncheon- This event was a huge success and we raise a little over $300 for the youth fund.

Looking towards the future:
We are starting to plan out Mission Week and VBS because they are right around the corner! Besides that, we are still meeting at our normal times (CYF every sunday, JYF every 1st and 3rd sunday).

God Bless,
Nicole Martin

OUTREACH REPORT – CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH – MARCH 13, 2017
Room in the Inn – Central Christian will provide a meal and serve on Sunday, March 19, at 5:30.
Nashville Cares Food Bags – Judy Brookshire, Robert Hopson, Brenda Jarman, and Nancy James delivers to 4 clients in the Murfreesboro area.  March food bags are ready to be delivered.
Backpack Food Program – We currently deliver 17 food bags to Oakland High School and 9 food bags to Oakland Middle School (26 per week).  Nancy will purchase food items this week to cover the rest of March which will go through their Spring Break (March 27-31).  May 26 is the last day of school (2 hour day) so we will have 8 weeks left to supply food bags after the month of March.
Coldest Nights – Central Christian will provide and serve meals for Coldest Nights on March 24 if the weather is 32 degrees or lower.  This will probably be the last night we will serve (average last frost is around the middle of April).
Domestic Violence – We have not started back yet with providing and serving meals once a month.  Continue to support the Domestic Violence Shelter with funding and needed items.
Habitat for Humanity – Central Christian received a note concerning our 2016 donation and I submitted to the church office. 
Food Bank Donations – Who delivers the monthly donations?
Veteran’s Outreach – Meet with Claire Mobley to begin this ministry.  
Cookie Ministry – No one has expressed an interest to continue this ministry.
Downtown Community Churches - I plan to schedule a meeting this month to discuss opportunities for the downtown churches to collaborate on local ministries.  I am applying for a grant in April to help fund a campaign project to build the Murfreesboro Rescue Mission.  This will be in collaboration with the MTSU Media Department.  Another grant will be available in September.  I will also discuss with the downtown churches supporting  an outdoor storage called a “Blessing Box” that would hold nonperishable food items, toiletries or other basic household needs (like the “Little Free Library).  Steve found an article about it and is worth exploring.  
Global Ministries /State/Regional/National Ministries – Erika Latham serves on the Christian Church Disciples of Christ Regional Board.  At our first meeting we will discuss ways our congregation can support outreach programs beyond our local community.  
Submitted, Nancy James, Chair – Outreach Committee

 

 

Membership Committee – January & February 2017

Report for General Board Meeting 3/13/17 

Sympathy cards on behalf of Central Christian Church were sent to the following:  

The Parris family 

The family of Nancy Webb

Memorial Gifts Given in January and February
In memory of Tim Bunting by Darlene Bowman

A gift was made in memory of Gladys McCarty by Carty and Jim Roberts for the Purchase of bookcases for the pastor’s office. 

Thanks to Darlene Bowman, Debbie Williams, Erika Latham and Jean Prehn for preparing the bread and soup served at the Ash Wednesday Service. 

Submitted by Jean Prehn, Chair

Committee Members:  Darlene Bowman, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Hal and Myra Beasley, and Meredith Akkerman .

ELDERS MEETING – FEBRUARY 25, 2017
Attendance:  Mike Martin, Hal Beasley, Wally Cook, Ty Walker, Steve Odom, David Wilson, Joan Turberville, Brenda Jarman, Jim Jarman, Joe Garrison (member), Beverly Henley (member and PR Committee member), Sharon Matheny, Roger Osborne, Erika Latham (member), Shane Crabtree (member and Chair of PR Committee), and Nancy James.
Joy/Concerns: Ken Webb, Nancy Webb (is at home from hospital), Joan’s son-in- law (Troy) traveling because of father-in-law’s death, Sharon having surgery and skin cancer has returned, joy for student ministry who took Valentine’s cards to shut-in, Carolyn Thompson, Roseanne Peppers (shingles), and joy for the student ministry that raised $335.00 with Bowls of Love.   
Pastoral Relations Committee Recommendations:  The Pastoral Relations Committee was approached by a concerned member who received information that Steve had sent a letter in September, 2016, to two women who had expressed an interest to join the church but was denied membership based on their marriage to each other.  The Pastoral Relations Committee forwarded the following recommendations to the Eldership:
1)    Steve will contact an Elder or Elders before addressing situations that may cause controversy.  This is so that it doesn’t look like Steve is unilaterally making decisions for the church and also we have more than one person with input to the situation.  
2)    Wally Cook, who served on the PRC and an active Elder, will propose to the Eldership to establish a class for potential members to learn about the beliefs of our congregation and a chance to ask questions.  
Nancy read from the by-laws concerning membership:
1.3 In the event of unusual circumstances, the Elders will determine the appropriate process for the receiving of a person into membership.
Mike opened the floor for anyone present to speak concerning this issue.  Everyone listed above had the opportunity to speak to this issue at least once and some multiple times.   
After each person had the floor to speak, the Elders began discussions on next steps.  The questions that will need to be discussed are:  What does it mean to be a member?  What do we say when someone asks, “What does your church believe?”  What are the expectations for someone to become a member?  What does “unusual circumstances” mean?  What would the process be for Elders to discuss an “unusual circumstance?”  How can the unity statements and mission statement of our congregation be used in this process?  
Those in attendance agreed that offering a class that discusses the history of Christian Churches-Disciples of Christ and the beliefs of our congregation would be beneficial so those interested in joining understand the dynamics of our membership and that the goal of Christian unity is paramount by being respectful of each other’s individual spiritual journey.  The Elders will discuss and approve what information will be presented in the classes.   
The Elders present agreed this should be our goal for this year:
To meet as often deemed necessary to identify what it means to be a member and the role/responsibilities of the Elders to determine “unusual circumstances” for membership.  By doing so, the Elders will develop a plan to strengthen Christian unity among members of different views.
The Elders agreed to add a meeting in March to begin these discussions.  We will meet on Saturday, March 18th, starting at 9:00 a.m. (not 9:30) till 12:00.  Please add this meeting to our calendar of meetings for this year.  
Submitted, Nancy James, Secretary of Elders

 

 

ELDERS MEETING – JANUARY 8, 2016
Attendance:  Mike Martin, Barbara Bekaert, Denis Bekaert, Ty Walker, Steve Odom, David Wilson, Jim Jarman, Wally Cook, Brenda Jarman, Charley Williams, Hal Beasley, and Nancy James.
Joys and Concerns:  Roger Osborne’s Dad (Randy) in hospital, Carolyn Thompson in hospital, Josh Martin passed Master’s program, continued prayers for Barbara Bekaert’s recovering from knee surgery, Carolyn Wilson will have knee surgery on March 2, and Martin family still sick.   
Shepherding Groups:  Discussed purpose of Shepherding groups and role of leaders of each group.  Discuss further on agenda of workshop.  Steve will highlight the 4 groups each Sunday.  The list are already posted at church.  Send Nancy ANY changes concerning contact information for the list.
Elder Emeritus:  Change to “. . .on the Eldership board, , ,”.  It now reads:  Although Emeritus will no longer have a vote on the Eldership board their opinions and concerns should always be taken in consideration on matters of the congregation.  Vote:  11 yes, one oppose – passed.  This will be added to the Elder Policy and Procedure.  
2017 Goals:  Unity statement to be framed and hung in the basement and Education Building.  Begin to define ways we could implement unity within the statements listed.   Promote and clearly define the role of Shepherding Group leadership and members and make Eldership more accessible to the congregation.    
2017 Meetings:  Two Saturday workshops – February 25, August 26/ Sunday meetings:  April 9, June11, September 10, November 12, and December 10.
Communion Schedule:   Brenda will be scheduling Elders at the table this week so send her any dates you can NOT attend as soon as possible.  
Submitted by, Nancy James – Secretary of Elders 

 

 

Board Minutes January 9, 2017

Pastor's Report
January 9, 2017

The Spirit of Early Christian Thought by RL Wilken concluded last night. Our new Sunday Evening Class will read "Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ, by Dallas Willard. Begins  January 15.

Next First Sunday Luncheon is February 5 with Shepherding Group 2 hosting. 

Next Wednesday Potluck, January 11.

ORGs next Wednesday 1/18, Sylvan Park Diner. 

Behind the Four Gospels: Echoes in the Text. Beginning 9:00 AM Tuesday January 17, I will offer a weekly class on the inner workings of the Four Gospels and how each one is filled with "echoes of the many preceding Jewish scriptures from the Old Testament. Classes will run each Tuesday for an hour through April 4  in the sanctuary.

January Daytrip will be 1/24 at 10 AM to the CokerTire Car Museum in Chattanooga followed by lunch in Chattanooga.

"Little Books of the New Testament, continues beginning Titus next week. Sundays 9:30 Philemon, 2 Peter, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude yet to come. They give lots of information on how the church was developing in the 3rd and last quarters of the first century, and they deal with "churchly questions of organization, authority, trust, and how other, more doctrinal issues work themselves out in people's lives. 

Joint Service Church on the Way on Christmas Day fell through and Pulpit Swap planned in January also postponed. 

Another Jazz Benefit Concert scheduled for March 5 at 3 PM with the Trinity Jazz Ensemble for the benefit of the Domestic Violence Shelter.


March 1 Ash Wednesday
April 14 Good Friday
April 16 Easter

Membership Committee “ November & December
Report for General Board Meeting 1/9/17

Memorial Gifts Given in November and December
Acknowledgement cards were sent for the following gifts to the Memorial Fund:
In Honor of the Mikkelsen family given by Ann Hagerman
In Memory of Gina Mikkelsen given by Ann Hagerman      
In Memory of David Kious given by Virginia L. Follis and Lance and Olivia Schade.   
A Christmas Honorarium for John B. and Kay Woodfin was given by Ruth Ann and Jerry Smith.

A sympathy card was sent to the family of Tim Bunting who passed away on December 24th.


Submitted by: Jean Prehn, Chair
Committee Members:  Darlene Bowman, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Hal and Myra Beasley, Meredith Akkerman and Stacy Lewis. 

 

For January 9, 2017 Board Meeting DWM report

DWM Met with Ella Mikkelsen and Beverly Henley for the December 13th meeting. We always enjoy the beauty of their home at Christmas and a delicious lunch was served. DWM meet tomorrow in the parlor. Poinsettias were delivered to Robert McAllister, Carolyn Thompson, Harold and Love Beasley, Carty Roberts, Janet Greever, and Tim Bunting. The flower and visit was appreciated by all. Night Time Players delivered gifts from the Angel Tree to a family in December. Coat Drive continues. Please donate gently used coats in January and place in the Coat Box which is in the back of the Sanctuary.

Respectfully submitted by Claire Mobley, DWM Vice President

ELDERS MEETING “ JANUARY 8, 2016
Attendance:  Mike Martin, Barbara Bekaert, Denis Bekaert, Ty Walker, Steve Odom, David Wilson, Jim Jarman, Wally Cook, Brenda Jarman, Charley Williams, Hal Beasley, and Nancy James.
Joys and Concerns:  Roger Osborne's Dad (Randy) in hospital, Carolyn Thompson in hospital, Josh Martin passed Master's program, continued prayers for Barbara Bekaert's recovering from knee surgery, Carolyn Wilson will have knee surgery on March 2, and Martin family still sick.   
Shepherding Groups:  Discussed purpose of Shepherding groups and role of leaders of each group.  Discuss further on agenda of workshop.  Steve will highlight the 4 groups each Sunday.  The list are already posted at church.  Send Nancy ANY changes concerning contact information for the list.
Elder Emeritus:  Change to ". . .on the Eldership board, , ,.  It now reads:  Although Emeritus will no longer have a vote on the Eldership board their opinions and concerns should always be taken in consideration on matters of the congregation.  Vote:  11 yes, one oppose “ passed.  This will be added to the Elder Policy and Procedure.  
2017 Goals:  Unity statement to be framed and hung in the basement and Education Building.  Begin to define ways we could implement unity within the statements listed.   Promote and clearly define the role of Shepherding Group leadership and members and make Eldership more accessible to the congregation.    
2017 Meetings:  Two Saturday workshops “ February 25, August 26/ Sunday meetings:  April 9, June11, September 10, November 12, and December 10.
Communion Schedule:   Brenda will be scheduling Elders at the table this week so send her any dates you can NOT attend as soon as possible.  
Submitted by, Nancy James “ Secretary of Elders 

 

Central Christian Church Board Meeting Minutes
November 14th, 2016 Meeting


Present:     Jean Prehn, Gunther Prehn, Darlene Bowman, , Steve Odom, Cathy Crabtree, Tom Haynes, Tommy Latham, Jim Peppers, Roger Osborne, Hal Beasley.
I.
Meeting was called to order by Hal Beasley and after prayer communion was administered by the Reverend Steve Odom. 

II.
The minutes from the September 12th, 2016 meeting were passed around and after a motion and 2nd were approved. The following reports were made:
    
III. Financial Report:     Written report submitted by Roger Osborne thru date and explained (see attached)

IV. Treasurer's Report:    Written report submitted by Charlie Williams but he     
                was out of town (see attached)

V.  Ministry Reports:    

a) Pastors Report:     Written and submitted by Pastor Steve Odom and explained. 

b) Membership Report:   See report on back side of Pastor report submitted by 
        Jean Prehn.

c) Stewardship:     No Report, Wally Cook not present

d) Worship Committee:    Written Report submitted and explained by Cathy Crabtree on the Holiday preparations-see report attached.

e) Education:    No report


f) Evangelism:    No report. Hal Beasley reported the Trunk-or-Treat was a big success.

g) Outreach:    No report. 

h) DWM:            Written report submitted and explained by Darlene             Bowman- see attached.

i) Elders:                      No report.

j) Deacon:                      No formal report but oral report given by "Arch Deacon Gunther Prehn, probably will submit a roster by 1st of year.

k) Students:    No report.

l) Property:    Written report submitted and explained by Jim Peppers and a punch list will be made for routine maintenance for next year.

New Business:

1.    DWM Concerns-Presented by Darlene Bowman attached requesting the Board replace the part-time secretary for reasons stated therein-see attached-Discussed and agreed to continue to monitor the efficiency of the current method of handling all the various tasks and bring it up as a discussion item on the future meetings by perhaps making it an agenda item for a while.

2.    A concerned member brought to the attention of the Board that there was apparently no active Pastoral Relations Committee as authorized by the Bylaws and after a discussion it was found that in fact there was not and that one should be appointed and its chairmen be made known to the congregation to handle concerns of members in such matters. The matter of concern was discussed and will be addressed by the Board.


Respectfully Submitted,

 

Thomas J. Haynes, Secretary 
       

For November 14, 2016 board meeting DWM report

DWM started the year on Sept. 6th with the monthly Bible Study, The Table and Beyond: Lavish Hospitality in the Bible.  Attending this study are Darlene Bowman, Ann Hagerman, Barbara Means, Claire Mobley, and Carolyn Wilson.  All are welcome.  The Night Time Players serve a dinner that night to the Domestic Violence Shelter.  The Players sponsored a charity event for the Good Shepherd Children's Home in Murfreesboro this fall and 6 colorful baskets filled with goodies ie "Spa items, "Home Entertainment were donated for the auction. 

Our General meetings have been well attended.  September we met at the home of Barbara Bekaert, October at the home of Erika Lathum, and November in the church parlor and then out to lunch at
O'Charley's.  We were happy to have Steve join us.  We will be meeting with Ella Mikkelsen and Beverly Henley  December 13.  All are welcome to join us.  

Barbara Means sends cards to our shut-ins and others who may be ill.  Donations of "Thinking of You or blank cards or even postage would be appreciated.  
 
The Fall Retreat at Bethany Hills was Sept. 16th  and 17th.  Our student ministry headed by Nicole led the program "Dance, Act, Sing, Rejoice¦Creating the Arts of Worship!  A big thank you to all of them as everyone received a special blessing at Retreat.  There were about 90 in attendance.

October 7th and 8th the Tennessee Regional Assembly was held at Henry Horton State Park and several from CCC attended.  Erika Lathum and Beverly Henley were very busy in the preparation, printing of several items to make the event most hospitable.   Erika served on the Registration committee for this Event.

Blessing Box Sunday was 9-11-16 and the total reported to me was $971.00
Blanket Sunday in October and $506.60 was donated as of this date.

The Night Time Players are planning a coat drive later this month and in December.  They are creating an "Angel tree for Christmas, which you will be hearing more about.  


  

Respectfully submitted by Darlene Bowman, President DWM

Membership Committee “ September & October
Report for General Board Meeting 11/14/16

A sympathy card on behalf of Central Christian Church was sent to Jake and Stacy Lewis on the death of Stacy's uncle David Whitesell.
A Memorial gift in Memory of Robert Beasley, loving son, brother, husband and father was given by the Beasley family.


Submitted by: Jean Prehn, Chair
Committee Members:  Darlene Bowman, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Hal and Myra Beasley, Meredith Akkerman and Stacy Lewis. 


Outreach Ministry Report to the General Board
9/12/2016

CARES Ministry Support:  We continue to support Nashville CARES with food deliveries to six of its clients. We recently encountered some difficulty in accessing the food supply, but that problem has been solved and things are running smoothly.  Approximately three months ago we were advised that there will likely be additional Rutherford County clients in need of food deliveries.  No additional referrals have been made to us.  There has been no contact from CARES to CCC to discuss any further involvement for us with their group.
CARES food pickup in Nashville was handled for a number of years by Robert Hopson.  He passed that responsibility on to Hank Mills.  We will now be looking for a changing of the guard for food pickups.  I will first query the members of the food delivery team (Nancy James, Brenda Jarman, Judy Brookshire and Jo Nelson) to determine whether one of them will be willing to do the pickups.  If not, then an appeal to the general congregation will need to be made.  I will be able to continue the monthly pickup thru November.  It is hoped that a new pickup person can be in place by the second week in November to go with me to Nashville Cares to learn the ropes.
Outreach Funding for FY 2017:  At a past meeting of the Board a request to re-name the ACT (Acute, Chronic and Terminal Illness) control point as ˜General Outreach' was approved.  With this change funds can be made to support a wide variety of efforts, not just ACT activities.  In viewing the needs of Outreach for 2017, it is recommended that existing 2016 funds be carried forward and should be sufficient for FY 2017.  Members of the congregation should be reminded that it is possible to ear-mark parts of their contributions to General Outreach throughout the year. 
The CCC Food Bank Program: (from Rev. Odom's comments in the September 2016 Caller)
"For many many years, Don and Ann Hagerman were the Food Bank team. In the year of our church's Centennial, Don, a WWII pilot, died on Pearl Harbor day and after that Judy Brookshire volunteered to be the Food Bank drop-off point person for a little while. Well, time gets away from all of us, and it's been almost 8 years, and now Beverly Anderson will take over for Judy. Here's a word of sincere thanks to Judy Brookshire (and sometime helper Jerry) for many years of service to CCC and to the clients of the RUCO Food Bank. In July we contributed 259 items and the CWF gave $250 and in August there were 74 items with a check for $100 from a donor.
The Nature of Outreach at CCC:  Only some of the Outreach activities have been included in my Board reports this year.  It is very apparent that there are many outreach activities being conducted by various groups outside of the formal structure of the Outreach Committee.  Activities such as Domestic Violence Program support, AA, Halloween activity, Community Cookout, Friends & Family Day and certain Youth activities to name a few; all have Outreach aspects to them.  Bottom line, CCC is clearly Outreach Crazy.  There is little ongoing oversight of these activities from the current Outreach Chairperson though financial support has been provided when requested.  Should these external outreach activities be formally swept into our Outreach structure?  I do not believe that there is a benefit to doing so.  Essentially, ˜If it ain't broke, don't fix it'.  It's pretty clear to me that things are moving along very well as they are.    

Submitted,     Hank Mills, Chairperson of Outreach

Pastor's Report
September 12, 2016

The Spirit of Early Christian Thought continues. Will probably finish in December. 

Next First Sunday Luncheon is is October 2, Friends and Family, with Shepherding Groups 1 & 2 hosting. 

Next Wednesday Potluck, September 14. 

August Daytrip was to Lane Auto Museum. September 27 the Daytrippers will go to Cheekwood to visit the Autumn gardens and "American Artists at Home and Abroad,as well as the "Diving Through Clouds exhibtion by Kensuke Yamada.

"Faith Questions You Always Wanted to Ask ended and on 9/4 began Divine Reading prayer class on Sunday Mornings. 

Jake Lewis was officially commissioned on August 28 with our special guest Rev. Christal Williams, our new Regional Moderator.

ORGs next week on 9/21, 8 AM.

Thanks to Nicole Martin on well attended and well led Youth Sunday. 

Began Adventures In Learning (AIL) Class today on Favorite Books. 

Cookout July 23 very well attended. Lots of hard work led by Jake Lewis. Fall Festival Sunday afternoon 10/30. Trunk and Treat on Halloween in Parking Lot.

Jazz Concert September 25 4:00 PM. Benefit for Salvation Army.

October 9, Pulpit Swap with local African-American church. Perhaps a dozen local congregations participating. Followed by joint picnic at Old Fort Park. 

Week vacation and week Study Leave coming up October 13-27. Jake Lewis to preach. 

Membership Committee “ July & August 2016 

Report for General Board Meeting 9/12/16

Sympathy cards on behalf of Central Christian Church were sent to the following:
The family of Cynthia McCashin
The family of The Revs. Terry and Joan Maples
The family of Brenda and Jim Jarman on behalf of Brenda's aunt 
The family of Susie Smith (Brenda's Mother) on the death of her two sisters, Myrt and Mel

Memorial Gifts Given in August
In memory of George McCashin was given by Darlene Bowman
In memory of David Kious was given by Mr. and Mrs. Don Follis, Betty Lovelace, Ann Hagerman, Linda Iacoboni, Mark and Laura Follis, Journeys in Community Living on behalf of Ms. Betty Pigg and Ms. Theresa Robertson, Darrick Bowman and Jim and Rosemary Longmire.

Submitted by: Jean Prehn, Chair
Committee Members:  Darlene Bowman, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Hal & Myra Beasley, Meredith Akkerman, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Carty Roberts.

Central Christian Church
Board Meeting
July 11, 2016

Present: Darlene Bowman, Gunther Prehn, Hal Beasley, Wally Cook, Steve Odom

In the absence of the required nine members for a quorum, the board began with communion and prayer and turned to the Agenda. 

Financial Report submitted. Doing well especially for middle of summer.

Permanent Fund status at $32,690 at end of June. A $50 gift was received in July.

Darlene has sent Thank yous for all the Memorial Gifts received.

Pastor's Report Received.

Membership Report: gifts received listed. Two wedding showers held: Thanks to Cathy Crabtree and Beverly Henley.

Stewardship, Wally Cook, reported giving holding up well.

Darlene delivered the CWF/DWM report.

Gunther delivered the Property report. 
    Repairs needed:
    1 on Sanctuary Roof Gutter. ERS bidding.
    2 Canopy awning needs painting. Bidding 
    3 Kitchen in basement: needs to be finished.

Agreed to order room signs naming pastor's class room the Charlie Highfield Room and the Resource Room the Frank Rustemeyer Room. 

Ellen Garrison, Alicia Fawley, Ty Walker, Mike Akkerman and Shane Crabtree were appointed to the Nominating Committee, along with the Pastor and Moderator.

Membership Committee “ May & June 2016
Report for General Board Meeting 7/11/16


Sympathy cards on behalf of Central Christian Church were sent to the following:
The family of Lee James
The family of David Kious
Memorial Gifts Given in June and July
In memory of Lee James was given by Darlene Bowman, Ann Hagerman and Debbie and Charley Williams.
In memory of David Kious was given by Darlene Bowman, Tom Haynes, Debbie and Charley Williams, Thomas W. Beasley, Linda and Dave Davis, Your friends at Dempsey Vantrease & Follis, Mike and Jane Farrell, Jim and Gail Lewis, Emily Noel, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Robers, Barbara Silk, and Gary and Glenda Taylor.
In memory of Fred Rogers was given by Debbie and Charley Williams and Brenda and Dr. Jim Jarman.
Gifts to the Permanent Fund
A gift was made to the permanent fund by Ann Hagerman.
In Honor of Carolyn Wilson
A gift was made by Brenda and Dr. Jim Jarman.
In Honor of David and Nancy James
A gift was given by Ann Hagerman.
A wedding shower was held in honor of Preston James and his fiancé Erin Hartsfield on May 15th. 
A wedding brunch and shower was held in honor of Josh Martin and his fiancé Reva Humphries on June 18th.
Special thanks go to Cathy Crabtree, Beverly Henley and a host of other hard working volunteers for making these two events such a success.
Submitted by Jean Prehn, Chair
Committee Members: Darlene Bowman, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Hal and Myra Beasley, Meredith Akkerman, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Carty Roberts. 

 

DWM Report for July 11, 2016 board meeting


DWM year ended June 30, 2016. 
Study Group meet 1st Tuesday of the month;  Night Time Players serve a meal at the Domestic Violence 
Shelter each 1st Tuesday at 6 pm.  Thanks to all who participate in helping.
General Fellowship Meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, average attendance 10.
Night Time Players meet at 6 pm on the 2nd Tuesday.
Shut-in visitation 3rd Tuesday.
This last year have given Church Centennial Cookbooks to 5 new members and 3 for Bridal Showers.

We made our Budget of $3350.00 for the year.  

Outreach Giving:
Christian Church in Tennessee            $1200.00
CCT (Bethany Hills Camp maintenance)           100.00
CCT (TDWM Service Project)               100.00
Global Woman Connecting Ministries             50.00
Total                         $1450.00

Local Church:
DWM Scholarship Fund                        $200.00
Christian Concern                           120.00
Christmas Shut-ins                            50.00
Church Secretary gift                            30.00
Study Supplies                                 50.00
Central Christian Church                      500.00
Local Food Bank                          250.00
Journey Home                              150.00
Doors of Hope                              100.00
Honorariums                               100.00
Misc.                                  100.00
Church Women United Dues                        50.00
Domestic Violence Meal Program                   200.00
Total                                $1900.00
Total budget 2015-2016                $3350.00

The following officers were elected for the year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
President        Darlene Bowman
Vice-President:        Claire Mobley
Secretary:        Beverly Henley
Co-Secretary:        Cathy Crabtree
Treasurer:        Carolyn Wilson

General meeting will be July 12 at 10 am in the Parlor.   
The next meeting will be Sept. 6, 2016.         Happy Summer
.
Submitted by Darlene Bowman. President

Central Christian Church
Board Meeting
May 9, 2016

Present: Jake Lewis, Darlene Bowman, Jim Peppers, Gunther Prehn, Mike Martin, Nicole Martin, Beverly Henley(reporting for Cathy Crabtree) Roger Osborne, Steve Odom

In the absence of the required nine members for a quorum, the board began with communion and prayer and turned to the Agenda. No votes could be taken absent the quorum.

March's minutes were distributed, corrections needed noted, and they will be sent to Secretary Tom Haynes. 

Treasurer's report showed average giving of $3,504.15. An overall positive financial situation was describes by Roger. Report filed.

Pastor's report read and filed.

Worship Committee reported activities in in preparing for Easter, Mother's Day and Pentecost.

Education report noted new classes for the younger children taught by Alicia Fawley and Nicole's plans to begin a younger high school class.

Evangelism. Report attached. Jake Lewis reported on their recent meetings and announced plans for a Community Cookout at the church inviting the neighborhood. Could be 200-300 in attendance. Also delivered proposed Social Media Policy. Said policy emailed to Board for approval in absence of Quorum.

Property: Jim Peppers reported two bids for dead East side HVAC Unit. The six members present agreed the Rogers bid at $8,900 was best and it was emailed to the Board for approval in absence of  Quorum.

CWF no report

Elders  set for June 12. Decision in process to work with ATLAS on delivering food to schools. 

Deacons no report

Student Ministries May Meetings on Wednesdays, Students helping with Relay for Life, June 6-10 helping and FPC VBS and Mission Week June 13-18 at Domestic Violence Shelter painting Mural and creating new Garden. Plan to begin The Hour, 2nd and 4th Saturday evenings, June 11. Fellowship/Worship/Service.  June 26, Puppet Show in worship for Children's conversation.

Hope to approve Regional Assembly Delegates at July Meeting: Jake and Stacy Lewis, Tommye and Erika Latham, and Carolyn Wilson

Minutes Taken by Steve Odom Pastor

 

Central Christian Church Board Meeting Minutes

March 14th , 2016 Meeting

Present: Gunther Prehn, Charlie Williams, Darlene Bowman, Harold Beasley, Steve Odom, Cathy Crabtree, Nicole Martin, Jake Lewis, Tom Haynes, Hank Mills, Jim Jarman.

Meeting was called to order by Hal Beasley and after prayer and communion were administered by the Reverend Steve Odom, the minutes from the January 11, 2016 meeting were passed around and approved. The following reports were made:

Financial Report: Tommye Latham and Jake Lewis reported that to date we are running ahead so far this year. The Fall Report is attached.

Treasurer's Report: Roger's report is attached.

Pastors Report: Given and explained by Pastor Steve Odom and is attached which highlights upcoming events and includes a compliment on his weekly articles.

Ministries Report: Given by Gunther Prehn as submitted by Jean Prehn-

Attached.

Stewardship: No Report

Worship Committee: Report was given by Cathy Crabtree Highlighting what was planned by the Choir, Easter decorations, banners, with a discussion on visitor signs and removing some rear pews to allow more room.

Education: Report given by Elisha regarding the activities planned for the children-no written report.

Evangelism: Report given by Jake Lewis on his and the Committee's goals for the church and possible cooperation with the student ministries. A handout of questions was offered to help the committee see what our members think.

Outreach: Report given by Hank Mills regarding C.A.S.A. and other ways to reach out-full report attached.

DWM: Report given by Darlene Bowman- Report attached.

Elders: No report given but Hal Beasley suggested the book How we can pray for our Preacher.

Deacon: No current report- Gunther Prehn announced the Little Free Library was being rebuilt.

Student: Nicole Martin discussed monthly outings for the kids and trips for the year.

Property: Report attached and a rundown was given by Gunther Prehn.

New Business:

  1. Regional Assembly attendees were to be selected with Jake & Stacey Lewis as our delegates.

  1. Erica Latham announced how we can all make our Kroger bills work for the church.

Respectfully Submitted,

Thomas J. Haynes, Secretary 

 

 

Board Minutes, January 11,2016

 

Board Minutes and others, November 9, 2015

Membership Committee “ September & October 2015
Report for General Board Meeting 11/9/15

A sympathy card on behalf of Central Christian Church was sent to the family of Floyd Wilson. 
A sympathy card was also sent to Tim McGee on the death of his Uncle who passed away in September. 
A sympathy card was sent to Joanne and Bill Hollingsworth on the death of Joanne's sister, Judi Presley.  A sympathy card was also sent to Kathy and David Hoover (Joanne's other sister) and Dave Presley (widower of Judi Presley).

      
Memorial Gifts Given In Memory of Floyd Wilson in September and October
Gifts were given by Miss Renee Rogers, Bill and Sue Hill, Titshaw Construction, Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Barry Smotherman, Mr. and Mrs. George M. Pope, The Powers Family, Stan and Amy King, Camille Crenshaw, John Dale Englehart & B. Jean Englehart, Ken Webb and girls and Nancy Webb, The Edmonson Family: Anita and Steve Lamb, Nancy & John Edmonson, Linda & Nolen Wilson.   Love and Harold Beasley, Mr. and Mrs. N. W Wakid, Wilma Wright, John Jones Real Estate, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Jim and Rosemary Longmire, Bert and Billie 
Spinks, Jim and Brenda Jarman and Mrs. Nola McGee. 

Gifts to the Permanent fund:  Darlene Bowman.
A Memorial Gift Given In Memory of Dorothy McCormick:  Love and Harold Beasley.


A bereavement Luncheon for 40 was served to the Wilson family and friends on September 21, 2015.


Submitted by Jean Prehn, Chair
Committee Members:  Darlene Bowman, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Hal and Myra Beasley, 
Meredith Akkerman, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Carty Roberts.

 

For November 9, 2015 board meeting DWM report

  DWM continue to meet with good attendance.  At the October meeting Julia Keith, Office Manager World Convention, Nashville, spoke to us about Global Women Connecting.  After the meeting, Beverly  Henley hosted a delightful pot luck lunch.   First Tuesday Study Group meets learning more about the Women of the Bible.    The Nighttime Players sponsor a dinner the first Tuesday of the month for Domestic Violence.  They  appreciate all who contribute to this.    Blankets for teens have been donated to First Presbyterian Church and baby and toddler blankets have  been donated to Greenhouse Ministries in the last month.  These were made and donated from the  ladies of the Blanket Ministry.  Karen Gerlach headed the project for warm coats and jackets which were  collected and taken to Room in the Inn.   New groups are being formed.  The Reading Circle will be meeting soon.  The JUGS (Just us Girls) are  meeting to crochet, knit, or sew together. Respectfully submitted by Darlene Bowman, President DWM

September 14, 2015 Board Minutes and Reports

Membership Committee “ July & August 2015
Report for General Board Meeting 9/14/15


A sympathy card on behalf of Central Christian Church was sent to the Louis McCormick family on the death of Dorothy McCormick July 26, 2015.

Memorial Gifts Given in July, 2015
In memory of Janet Hopson was given by Jim and Brenda Jarman.
In memory of Janet Hopson to the CCC Music Ministry was given by the following:
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Banks, Mr. and Mrs. Rick Banks, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Wood and
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Davis.

Memorial Gifts Given in August, 2015
In memory of Dorothy McCormick to the memorial fund was given by Darlene Bowman.
In memory of Dorothy McCormick to the permanent fund was given by Ann Hagerman. 

A bereavement luncheon for 40 was served to the McCormick family and friends on July 31, 2015.

 

Submitted by Jean Prehn, Chair
Committee Members:  Darlene Bowman, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Hal and Myra Beasley, Meredith Akkerman, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Carty Roberts.
 

 

ELDERS REPORT TO CHURCH BOARD “ SEPTEMBER, 2015
Elders scheduled a call meeting yesterday, September 13th, to discuss increasing regular attendance at Elders meetings.  Their was a quorum and the Elders voted to amend the quorum policy so items on the agenda can be discussed and voted on when the Elders meet:
A quorum shall be 40% of the Eldership rounded down.  A vote can be taken when this quorum is present and when there is a written agenda which has been sent to the Elders before the meeting and when there is a paper copy of the agenda at the Elders meeting where the vote is being taken.  A majority will carry the votes taken.
The survey was completed and has been distributed on-line and hard copies are available at the church.  The deadline to complete the surveys is 9/30/15.  
Documents have been posted on the bulletin board that has been placed in the back of the sanctuary (at the top of the steps leading up to the sanctuary from the basement).  The documents currently posted are the current Shepherding Groups, current Elders and Deacons, current Special Ministries, current Church Board members, and current By-laws of the church.  There is space available to add other documents that would be beneficial to our members.
Brenda Jarman has distributed the communion list of Elders who will serve at the table through February 7, 2016.
A request from Janet and Hank Mills to be moved to Elder Emeritus status starting January, 2016 was accepted by the Elders at our August meeting.
At the August meeting, Hank continued leading the Elders in a book study that will be completed at the end of this year.  
First Sunday Potluck Schedule for Shepherding Groups:  October “ Friends and Family meal at the Woodfins at 4:00/November “ Shepherding Groups 3 and 4/December “ Shepherding Groups 5 and 6.  
Submitted by “ Nancy James, Chair of Elders 

 

Central Christian Elders Notes 9/13/15 Present:  Steve Odom, Hal Beesley, Jim and Brenda Jarman, Hank and Janet Mils, Barbara and  Denis Bekaert,  Nancy James,  Sharon Matheny, Mike Martin,  Jim Longmire,  Joan Tubeville The Meeting was called to order.  There was a brief discussion those in need of prayer. We met to discuss one issue:  How can we make business meeting more productive.   How can  we increase attendance.  Our meetings this year have been poorly attended and when we have  a discussion at a meeting we frequently have to have the discussion again at the next meeting  for those not in attendance at the first meeting.  This has resulted in an inability of the Elders to  communicate and execute any real business this year.  At the last workshop we could not  conduct business because of the lack of attendance.  We discussed some changes in the way  eldership is held.  It was proposed that we have three kinds of elders, Voting Elders (those who  would make a commitment to attend at least 75% of the meetings and would cast votes of  matters before the elders), Serving Elders  (elders who would participate, give suggestions and  help formulate policy but who would not be voting elders) and Elders Emeritus (held as they are  currently held). Hal: questioned if this would mean an Elders steering committee. Barbara:  Suggested email and phone contact could be a way to conduct business. Denis:  Suggested a reduction in the quorum,  and felt email would work well. Janet:  The issue is leadership, we have a lack of leadership in this church based on attendance             and we are looking for a way to  give us effective and consistent leadership. Discussion:  email may not be the best avenue to communicate,  We have members now who                       are not committed based on the lack of participation (Mike).  The concept of the                      "voting Elder is that you determine your participation and commitment one year at                       a time (Hank).  Denis suggested we try to solve the issue  by lowering the quorum to                      4.  General discussion points made:  The progress we have made this year can be                        summed up in the fact that it has taken us 8 months to complete the goal to get                       out a church survey.  We are finally sending it out with no vote to accept it because                       we have not been able to vote on it due to lack of attendance. Roger suggested the idea of a floating quorum based on the number in attendance.  Denis  suggested that whoever is here passes something and it be confirmed at the next meeting.   Roger stated that a floating quorum would still need a majority to pass anything.  Sharon felt  too few people would be voting.  Jim suggested that a quorum could be 40% of the  membership of the Elders.  Hal felt that reducing the quorum could help but we need people  here so we can do business regularly.  We have some really active and good new members on  the board and perhaps some should be Elders.  Denis stated we have need to touch on what  Elders are supposed to be, business meetings are only a part of it.  Mike stated that all of us  have roles to play and perhaps we could use a system where people could "step down at times  and "step up at other times.  Steve stated that 4 people voting was not good.  Denis suggested  we reduce quorum and reduce the number of meetings.  Hal stated that all our meetings  needed to be worthwhile.  Roger added that being an Elder is not a requirement to being at  church, we are all accepting commitment if we are going to be an elder. Vote:  It was suggested we needed to focus on the issue of how we continue in a way we can do  business.  It was suggested we formulate a vote.  Hank moved that we reduce the quorum to 6  effective January 1,2016. This was seconded by Jim Longmire. Discussion:  Joan stated that all business meetings should have an agenda printed before the  meeting and again a paper agenda at the meeting.  That way elders would know if a vote might  be taken.  Denis suggested that instead of a quorum number it should be 40% of the active  elders and rounded down.  These things were discussed and the final wording of the motion  was:  A Quorum shall be 40% of the Eldership rounded down. A vote can be taken when this quorum is present and when there is a written agenda which has been sent to the Elders before the meeting and when there is paper copy of the agenda at the Elders meeting where the vote is being taken. A majority will carry the votes taken. This was carried by the majority with 2 in voting against it. This will be changed in the Elder by-laws and presented to the Elders at the next meeting. The meeting was adjourned

 

Central Christian Church Elders Notes
5/16/15

Present:  Hank Mills, Janet Mills, Nancy James,  Steve Odom, Sharon Matheny, Denis Bekaert

There will be a Downtown Churches Meeting on June 4, 6:30 at 1st Baptist.  The Speaker will be from Nashville Rescue Mission.
Concerns:  Josh Martin, Marjorie White, Jim Garner.
We began with a prayer
We had a discussion about Shepherding Lists.  There are many people on our lists who have left and no longer attend our church.  Unless we definitely know that the people have left the church we should call them and ask if they still want to be on our lists.  All of the groups have people who are inactive and this is an issue when we are formulating the groups.  We need to have them balanced with active and inactive people.  Steve suggested that they typing of the lists reflect that condition, i.e, inactive be in italic print, highlighted, etc.  After we have called those who are inactive and if they say they are gone, we should call Pam and have her delete them from the group.  You should call Pam if you have someone in your group who you know has moved away or you know is gone.  The next time we update lists it would be nice to have birthdays added.
The Bulletin Board is being built and should be up soon.  (this is for the stairway of the church bldg.)
Domestic Violence Aid:  We need more intake baskets, we discussed the need for more exposure to the congregation.  It was suggested that sample baskets be put at the front of the church.  We will put lists of the materials for the baskets on the bulletin board.  The  Women's Groups are preparing and serving 2 meals a month at the shelter.
Church Survey
The survey that is being  prepared will go to:  all active and all regular attendees.  It will be emailed as well as mailed to those how do not have email.  Roger has a program that will tabulate the survey and is interactive between the person filling it out and the tabulation.  The questions will range from interrogative where we are asking a question and we have a rating scale to answer to "open ended where the respondent lists their responses without prompt.  The 3 big areas to be covered are:   Leadership (elders, deacons, pastor), Service, and Worship Experience.   We had a discussion over format and style and we did not come to a consensus.
Hank Mills Study:  Autopsy of a Dying Church.  We discussed what happens when churches do not look like the community thy represent. i.e., population expansion, aging, etc.  We discussed the addition of more young people and our aging population within the church.  Steve talked about gradual change, growth should replace people with like people.  Some of us feel we need to have younger people with children to perpetuate the church.  Steve said that growing a church rapidly causes growth pains and can leave some people feeling that it is no longer "their church.

We had a brief and basic discussion on  the beliefs of Disciples of Christ.  The Core belief being that you believe in that Jesus is the son on God and the Christ. 

We discussed the elders participation, the need/non need for more elders and the large number we have who are inactive.  We discussed the need or lack of need for a quorum.  We talked about holding a special meeting for elders.  The purpose would be to allow a forum for the people who wanted to be active and participating to retain that status and for those who want to remain elders to do so but in a less active mode.

 

May 2015 Board Notes

 

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Report of Outreach Committee to General Board May 11, 2015


THIRD WORLD CHILD SPONSORSHIP:  The Hulan-Kaufman Sunday School Class continues to sponsor two children through Global Ministries, a combined effort of the UCC and CC-DOC.  They are Ian John Paul Pugoean (age 8) in the Philippines.  And Tenzin Chhukit is a girl (age 7) who resides at the Tibetan Children's Village.   The youth group is sponsoring an additional child.
If any other sub-group within CCC is interested in providing sponsorship to a child, then contact me.
NASHVILLE CARES:  We continue to provide food pickup and distribution on a monthly basis.  Presently we are providing food to nine of their Rutherford County clients.  We have been attempting to arrange a meeting between myself, Pastor Odom and Shawn Muldoon (nutritional counselor) and the new Rutherford County CARES Coordinator.  We are still working on nailing down a date for that meeting.
OUTREACH OF A DIFFERENT KIND:  Over the past couple of years we have had the opportunity to support the ministry of an emerging church in Murfreesboro.  It is the For His Glory Church that is pastored by Tammy Bryant.  We have provided them the use of our facilities for a yard sale, a women's conference and for baptism (they do not have an immersion pool).  We have also included them in two CARES events (a cookout and bowling).  They are grateful for our support and would like to express their appreciation by providing the Sunday potluck on June 7th, 2015.  This will be a meal in which congregational members of CCC will not need to bring food.  They will cook, serve and clean up on that day.  Because they will be involved at CCC that Sunday morning, they are planning to cancel their worship service at FHG and attend services with us at CCC.  This a wonderful expression of appreciation and we are hopeful that all members of CCC can attend.
SUPPORT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAMS IN MURFREESBORO:  A round table meeting was held to discuss way that CCC could support anti-domestic violence programs in our community.   A number ideas were discussed including providing construction repairs at the shelter, providing baskets of essentials for their residents and children as well as other ideas.   There are many needs and several ways that we can provide a significant impact.  What our roles will be remain in discussion and development.
Submitted by Hank Mills, Outreach Chair 5/11/2015

    

 

March & April 2015
Membership Report for General Board Meeting 5/11/15
 


Sympathy cards on behalf of CCC were sent to the following in March and April:
Shane and Cathy Crabtree on the death of Cathy's mother Shirley Johnson; Robert and Collier Hopson on the passing of Janet Hopson; Fran Welton on the death of his wife Lou.

The following donations were given to the memorial fund in March and April:
In Memory of Shirley Johnson, given by Darlene Bowman; In Memory of Shirley Johnson and In Honor of Cathy and Shane Crabtree, given by Ann Hagerman; In Memory of Janet Hopson, given by Darlene Bowman and Jim and Rosemary Longmire.  Acknowledgements were sent.

Holy Week Luncheon was hosted by Central Christian Church April 1, 2015 with about 65 persons joining us for lunch.  The menu was broccoli cheese, vegetarian, and vegetable with meat soups, chicken salad and cheese sandwiches, and cookies for dessert, iced tea, water, and coffee.  

Thank you to all who provided food and drinks for this occasion.  A special thanks to Beverly Henley for the meaningful table decorations.  Also thank you to Carolyn Miller Thompson for taking up a $5.00 donation which is used for a charity determined by the downtown churches.  A big Thank you to the Kitchen crew who provided the food and drinks and helped to prepare and serve:  Beverly Anderson, Cathy Crabtree, Mamie Kausek, Erika Latham, Sharon Matheny, Carty Roberts, Debbie Williams, Carolyn Wilson and Edy Wilson.  AND our clean-up crew of Gunther Prehn and Charlie Williams.  
Thanks to all.

Submitted by Darlene Bowman  

Jean Prehn, Chair
Committee Members:  Darlene Bowman, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Hal and Myra Beasley, Meredith Akkerman, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Carty Roberts.

 

ELDERS MEETING “ APRIL 12, 2015
Attendance:  Brenda Jarman, Roger Osborne, Carty Roberts, Sharon Matheny, Jim Longmire, Steve Odom, and Nancy James.
Shepherding Group Revised List:  Nancy will ask Pam to send her revised list and she will e-mail to everyone.  (I have attached the list that Pam sent me the following week after our meeting.  It still is labelled at the top "November, 2014 but is the latest one.  Since it was in Adobe I could not edit, so mark this list as April, 2015.  Please review your Shepherding Group and if there are still corrections, hit "Reply to All and let every Elder know what should be changed on the list.  ALSO, please send corrections to the church office too).  
Bulletin Board upstairs in main building:  Gunther suggested we have a board that fits the panel of the wooden door in the alcove leading downstairs (adjacent to the sanctuary) and we may want to lean it against the railing or wall in that area first before permanently attaching it to the door.  (After this meeting, Gunther looked at the area and notice there are two nails already drilled in the door so he will fix it to hang from those two nails).  
Domestic Violence Shelter update:  Steve reported the Shelter needs more "intake baskets than "exit baskets and the goal is to have around 20 or more intake baskets.  Steve mentioned the Youth Ministry is looking into have a special event (like a baby or bridal shower) when someone is leaving the shelter and have people bring items which that particular individual needs.  Nicole will let us know more when they have more details.  Gabe will send Nancy the set menu the shelter follows for the USDA Food Program so the Elders can discuss whether to pick a certain day on the menu to cover each month.  (She will be sending me the menu this week).  Nancy will talk to Jennifer Gay of United Way who attends Belle Aire Baptist Church about the group at her church (they are called the Nailbenders) who helps with repairs in the community to see if they could help with some projects at the Shelter such as a ramp.  (I will be having lunch with Jennifer and Pam Pilote from First Baptist Church on April 28 and Jennifer said she would be happy to speak with the Nailbender group at her church about projects to be done at the Shelter.  Gabe did send me photos of some of the projects for that group to look at to see if they could assist).  
Survey Group:  Roger Osborne, Sharon Matheny, and Nancy James agreed to be involved in this group (others are welcome “ just let me know).  This group will meet and begin discussing topics that should be included in the survey and present to the Elders at the May workshop for discussion.  


Book Study:  Hank was not able to be at this meeting due to illness so we will continue our study at the May workshop.  
Other Business:  Brenda Jarman asked did anyone inquire about why Central Christian is not listed in the paper.  Some thought it cost money to be listed in the DNJ but not sure.  Steve said he would follow through to ask and will call the Murfreesboro Post too.  The Marketing Committee could also address this issue.  It was announced that Nicole Martin is officially the Youth Minister so please address any questions about the youth ministry to Nicole.  Pat and Steve will be planning special music until a new Music Minister is hired.  Steve reports that he already has two applicants and the job posting will stay open until the committee feels they have a good pool to choose from (A Music Minister has been selected and will start the last Sunday of May).  Carty Roberts asked about the tree limb that has fallen on the building that is to the back of our parking lot off of Main Street.  Steve said he is in discussions to have that removed from the building.  
THE NEXT ELDERS MEETING WILL BE A SATURDAY WORKSHOP ON MAY 16 STARTING AT 9:30.  
Submitted, 
Nancy James, Chair of Elders

 

 

March Board Minutes

Elders Workshop
2/8/15

Present
Steve Odom, Hal Beasley, Mike Martin, Hank Mills, Janet Mills, Nancy James, Joan Tuberville, Rober Osborn

Deacons Present:
Gunther Prehn, Nicole Martin, Virginia Beasley, Meredith Akkerman, Joe Garrison

We began with a prayer.
The first hour was devoted to the deacons.  Meredith read from Acts: 20:  28-35,  Nicole read from 1 Timothy:  38-13. 
Nancy began a discussion about deacon Service by stating that the deacons and the elders are oversee the functions of the church.  That is the reason for having the deacons at our meeting.  She pointed out that the elders Notebook is in the cupboard in the Parlor and can be reviewed by any deacon at any time.  She raised the question of how we can work together to serve God.
The Shepherding groups will be getting new revisions.  We discussed the role of the deacons in the Shepherding groups.  There is a designated deacon with every group but any deacon within the group is able to help at any time.  The designated deacon would be the one who should be helping on first Sunday Communion to the home bound, but, any deacon on the list could assume that role.
We had a discussion about letting the general congregation know who are deacons.  It was decided we would have a Bulletin Board installed at the top of the stairway from the church to the basement and the deacons names as well as any other pertinent information would be posted at that spot.  We discussed having deacons help with the Cookie Ministry, etc.  

We discussed that we needed a detailed list of our ministries that was easily available to members.

We discussed briefly the advertising committee.  We will be doing more and better marketing and marketing with a format that will flow from one area to another.

Gabriel Martin conducted a discussion on needs at the Domestic Violence Center.  Current needs are for meals at the shelter.  They have a program where churches prepare a meal once a month.  These can be totally done at the shelter, done at the church and transported or made from different homes and delivered.  There is an expectation that the participants will stay and serve the meal and participate with the women and children at the center.  In developing what CCC can offer it was felt that we could find funds for the food and do one meal each month.  Another suggestion was for every other month.  A decision was not made.  It was suggested that we offer the same meal every month.  Gabrielle will alert us to any diet allergy issues.  There is a need for exit baskets  for clients who are leaving. There is a need for baby baskets.  Examples of these items are located in the hall of the education building.  There is also a need for transportation for clients to appointments and back.  There is a need for shelving or containers for toy storage, possibly some could be built by men of the church.  A handicapped ramp needs rebuilding.  The church has lost its Thurs night Domestic Violence Advocate.  Discussions will be held to determine the future of this mission.

2015 Goals:
Define Church Goals. Nancy will work to put together a survey group to define the survey instrument.

The last discussion of the meeting was led by Hank Mills. It involved a discussion of the fires few chapters of the book:  "An Autopsy of a Dying Church.

 

Central Christian Elder Meeting
January 2015


Present:  Wally Cook, Steve Odom, Nancy James, Charlie Williams, Joan Turbeville, Jim and Brenda Jarman, Hank and Jane t Mills, Mike Martin, Barbara and Denis Bekaret, Roger Osborn, Sharon Matheny


We began with a prayer
If any of us have Shepherd  Group Revisions, we should send them directly to Pam.
The Communion Schedule is ready through August.  Brenda passed it out to members.
Shepherding groups have lots of non active members in each group.  We should include/exclude people as to our best judgment.  The groups have been reformed and we have tried to equalize the members of each group.
Hank will do a study on the book:  Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Tom Rainer.  The book predicts factors which will end a church.  It gives direction for saving a church.  We will be discussing which factors might help us or hurt us.  This will be handled in workshops.   The book has 12 issues that will be handled in 4 workshops.  We will spend ½ hour on each workshop.
Our workshops will be:  Feb 7, May 16,Aug 8 and Nov 14.  Our hour meetings will be:  April 12, July 12, Oct 11 and Dec. 13.
The Unity Group will continue to meet and present their findings to the congregation.
The elders focus is to make the church aware of the opportunities for involvement:  ministries.  
We should increase our own group effectiveness as elders and leaders.
The church has nine new transfers and members this year.

 

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH BOARD MEETING “ JANUARY 12, 2015


Attendance:  Cathy Crabtree, Harold Beasley, Gunther Prehn, Jean Prehn, Roger Osborne, Wally Cook, Mike Martin, Nicole Martin, Roseanne Peppers, Jim Peppers, Claire Mobley (for Beverly Henley), and Nancy James.
Hal Beasley, Board Moderator, opened the meeting with a prayer.  Roger requested prayers for Gretchen who will undergo further tests and prayers for Clare, Nelia and Steve's daughter, who will have ear surgery this week.  Minutes were not available from the last board meeting so no corrections were reported.  Nancy James agreed to fill in at tonight's meeting as Secretary.  
Treasurer and Financial Secretary Reports:  The Asst. Treasurer Report, Church Contributions from January through December, 2014 Report, Income Summary “ December, 2014 Report, and 2014 Month by Month Summary Report was submitted and presented by Roger Osborne, Vice Treasurer, and Rosanne Peppers, Vice Financial Secretary.  There was discussion on the Dome Repair funds and Roger stated it will be confusing to look at the funds available until the dome is paid for since the large amount keeps showing up on the statements as income.  Roseanne explained the Reimbursement/Rebate line item for $10,141.68  is the insurance money that we have already received for interior repairs.  That will remain a line item until we are sure the dome/roof is completely fixed and there are no leaks.    Mike and Nicole stated they turned in the receipts for the College trip that was taken at the end of the year, but it is not showing on the Summary Report that was distributed at tonight's meeting.  They will check with the church office when Pam returns from vacation.  Carty Roberts was not present to report on the Permanent Funds.  
Pastor Report:  Steve submitted a written report which Hal presented to the Board.  Nancy made a correction that the class Hank Mills is leading is now studying from a book titled The Parables for Today.  Shepherding Groups 3 and 4 will host the February 1st Sunday Luncheon.  Hal recommended everyone who is on facebook to go in and "like us on the church's facebook page.  The Board agreed to advertise for the Youth Director position through the Tennessee Christian Churches and in the community.  It will also be in The Christian Caller.  It will be posted for two weeks starting next week.  Jim Longmire and Hal will oversee this with Steve.  The Board approved the ad hoc committee who will oversee the use of $25,000 (anonymous gift) for promotion and advertisement of Central Christian Church.  The following people will be on the committee:  Beverly Henley, Janet Mills, Steve Odom, and Hal Beasley.  There may be one other member who will be asked to join the committee.  The funds will be used over the next 3-5 years.  
Youth Minister Report:  No written report submitted.  Mike and Nicole reported the college group attended the "Acquire the Fire Youth Rally and Winter Jam.  Katherine Beasley has gone on two trips through the "Acquire the Fire group.  Youth will be planning an Easter Maundy Thursday program.  It was decided to once again help the Domestic Violence Shelter during Mission Week by painting other rooms at the shelter.  There is a discussion (long term) to take a mission trip further away from Tennessee such as Alaska or Mexico.  Shane, Mike and Jake have been discussing doing a Sunday evening service for everyone (especially the community).  The college students will oversee it.  The college group now has 10 student members.  Mike is concerned about the wide age range of the children at church and will be looking at restructuring activities so all age groups can be considered when planning events and involvement at the church.  The Board thanked the Youth for doing a wonderful job with the Christmas program that was a part of the Cantata.  
Disciples Women's Ministries Report:  A written report was submitted by Beverly Henley and presented by Claire Mobley.  No additional discussion concerning the report.  
Membership Report:  A written report was submitted by Jean Prehn, 2015-2016 Membership Chair.  She included in her report a list of members who oversee special events/jobs at the church and requested that list be printed in The Christian Caller periodically so everyone will know who to go to if they have a question about an event or job that is done at the church.  It was suggested to also list the current Chairs of Ministries (DWM, Membership, Property, Deacons, Elders, Worship, Evangelism (vacant), Christian Education, Outreach, and Stewardship).  Nancy stated she will let Pam know of the request and that Pam can contact Jean if she has any questions about the request.  Hal stated that at this time we will all need to do our part to cover the Evangelism ministry by participating in events that our church sponsors such as putting together Easter baskets for the children at the Domestic Violence Shelter and the new ad hoc committee to promote our church will be assisting in filling this void until we can appoint an Evangelism Committee with a Chair.  Darlene Bowman also submitted a Membership Report for the last part of 2014.  No additional discussion with this report. 
Property Report:  Jim Peppers submitted a written report.  New sub-contractors have been hired and is confident to complete the dome in a couple of months (sometime in March).  Dill Construction is still the main contractor.   Jim will meet with the contractor every two weeks to get updates and any variation on the timeline.  The metal that is up there now will stay on (put on by the new sub-contractors) and the membrane that was originally put on is still good.  Jim distributed the new "Maintenance Request Forms that will be available to church members.  It will be available in the Education Building, kitchen area in the basement, and in the sanctuary.  The Property Committee will review the forms submitted to see what can be done.  A book will be kept as to what is done with each request.  The Property Committee will also schedule a walk through the church buildings to identify property concerns.  Members on the committee are Jim Peppers, Roseanne Peppers, Gunther Prehn, Bill Hollingsworth, and Roger Osborne.  Jim will announce about the new forms at church on Sunday.  Cathy Crabtree reported there were termites in the sanctuary.  Roger Osborne stated we have a contract with a termite company and he and Jim will contact the company to let them know of the problem.  
Deacons Report:  No written report submitted.  Gunther mentioned half of the Deacons are new this year.  All elected Deacons will be meeting with the Elders at the first Elders Workshop on Saturday, February 7th.  Gunther and Carolyn Thompson oversees who will serve as the Alcolytes.  They will use the youth if possible but the Deacons who serve at the table will also be available to assist if needed.  Gunther stated the year has started well with those who serve at the table.  
Elders Report:  A written report was submitted by Nancy James.  It included the dates the Elders will meet in 2015 and the goals set for this year.  No additional discussion concerning this report
Worship Committee Report:  A written report was submitted by Nancy James.  Nancy presented Cathy Crabtree who was in attendance and will be the 2015-2016 Worship Committee Chair.  The Board thanked Cathy and Beverly for their time and talents completing the banners this past year and for overseeing the decorating of the sanctuary for special services.  
Evangelism Committee Report:  No report (Chair “ vacant/no formal committee)
Christian Education Report:  No written report submitted.  Nicole reported the High School Sunday School class has not met regularly due to job conflicts.  The College group is meeting on Sunday nights.   There are plans to host an Easter Carnival at the church similar to other carnivals held in the past at other times of the year.  
Outreach Committee Report:  No report.
Stewardship Committee Report:  No written report submitted.  Wally Cook reported he will be sending out the Linebacker letter by the first week in February.  He will talk to Jim and Roseanne to continue this program that has done a tremendous job in supporting the church budget.  He will also talk to Pam about displaying the poster at church like last year.  
No other business or announcements.  Meet adjourned. 
Submitted, Nancy James “ Acting Secretary (1-19-15)
***All written reports and board minutes will be available on-line at the church's website (borodisciples.org).  Please reference reports for complete information presented at the meeting.  
   

 

 

Central Christian Church
Elders Minutes
12/14/14

Present:  Nancy James, Steve Odom, Sharon Matheny, Denis and Barbara Beckaert, Joan Tubeville, Hank and Janet Mills, Mike Martin, Brenda Jarman, Roger Osborn, Jim Jarman, Jim Longmire

We opened with a prayer.
The following officers were elected:
Chairperson:  Nancy James
Vice Chairperson:  Mike Martin
Secretary:  Hank Mills
Mike Martin agreed to be chairperson next year
Denis Beckaert agreed to be vice chairperson next year

We discussed the date of the Friends and Family Luncheon for next year but did not set a date.

We approved Kay Woodfin becoming an Elder Emeritus.

Goals for 2015:   The following suggestions were made initially:
1.  Lead in a more spiritual fashion.
2. Have a joint deacon/elder meeting.
3. Increase our attendance.

Hank Mills suggested  we study a book by Tom Raynor, "Autopsy of a Deceased Church .  This book studies 12 factors at play when a church is declining. It also suggests that churches can have too much of an inward focus and not enough focus on "outgrowth.  Barbara stated that she feel we are too nebulous, Joan felt she did not want another book to study, Denis thought you can't ask people to come consistently with a bood study, there is too much going on to read a book.  Steve suggested we could do both, di a partial discussion on each chater.  One elder in charge per chapter and this would give us an opportunity for growth and to stretch our minds.  Nancy added that we might open meetings with a short study of the book.  Hand stated that the book covers things like changing demographics within the church as well as the church neighborhood.  He suggested we spend 15 minutes at each meeting.

Roger suggested we ask the congregation what they want.  There was a discussion and it was decided that a complete congregational survey would be one of our goals.  This topic will be one for a workshop.
A survey was done when Thomas was here and we can model the new one after that one.

Goals Set:
1.  Execute the congregational survey.   We will create a subgroup to handle this.
2. Hank will lead a study of the book:  Autopsy of a Deceased Church.
3. Meet with the Deacons and also to see how deacons could help with our subgroups.
4. Steve suggested we focus more on outreach of congregation, possible targeting Domestic Violence.  
5. Expansion of Prayer ministry


We plan to schedule a workshop in Feb.

  

 

Central Christian Elder Workshop Notes
November 8, 2014

Present:  Jim Longmire, Joan Turberville, Brenda Jarman, Nancy James, Mike Martin, Janet Mills
                 (Gunther Prehn attended as a representative from the Deacons)

Meeting was called to order with a prayer and a discussion of members in need of prayer.

Gunther addressed the topic of the deacons.  They will be having training for the new decons and thy will all be given information and duties and calendars of the Sundays they serve.  We had a discussion about the deacons that are assigned for diaconate support to the shepherding groups.  Gunther will handle this.  The support that the deacons will supply will be:  1st Sunday Luncheons and communion for the home bound on the 1st Sunday.

We had a discussion of the Shepherding Group Changes.  Group 4 and 7 have been melted into one group 4.  We will have 6 shepherding groups.  Two will be doing each 1st Sunday Luncheon and we will rotate with:  1+2,3+4,5+6.  Group leaders should call any member that they feel may no longer be attending C.C.C. and see if they still want to be on our list.  We should remove people who say they want to be removed and notify JoAnne Hollingsworth and Pam.

Elders Goals for this past year:
1.  All non-salaried positions have job descriptions
2. All chairs of ministries should have and maintain a notebook for their area that describes the activity for the year.  This is a By-law rule.  The ministry notebooks should exist for the purpose of transmitting information from one year to the next and from one chair to the next.
Mike Martin felt we needed an "overseer of all jobs and that person as well as Steve should talk to each person at every new job opening.  No action was taken on this.
We had a discussion of the idea of the elders having fewer meetings.  No Action was taken.
We discussed that the elders should take a look at CCC and its spiritual aspects.  We should look at our mission statement and enact it as a group and as individuals.
We talked about the need for a lay leadership role.
We touched on the issue of how to show care among our members and in particular within our shepherding groups.
At the December meeting we will elect new leadership and if time allows look to goals in 2015
Mike Martin suggested a mid-week or mid-month activity or "evening table for MTSU students.  He would like to see some program for young adults.

The meeting was adjourned.

 

Pastor's Report
Central Christian Church
November 3, 2014

A History of Heaven, by JB Russell began August 17. Six class members.

$1,085.97 collected for Blessing Box, 59% of total collected from the 66 churches in Tennessee! 
    
Next Sunday Luncheon is December 7. 

Next Wednesday Potlucks, November 12, 19, December 3, 17. 6:30 PM

September Daytrip was to the Carnton Plantation in Franklin and October was a trip up the Natchez Trace to see the Fall colors. Next Daytrip will be in January. 

New Sunday Morning class began Sept 7 on book of Isaiah, chapter by chapter. Hank Mills began 9/7 on Beatitudes in Matthew. Joan Maples is teaching class on the Psalms at 9 AM. 

Opened CCC Twitter account, @borodisciples,  tweeting and retweeting for more public awareness of CCC.  Now have 280 followers, including local media. 

Dome Dedication Sunday held with beautiful Cake by Meredith Akkerman, work continues, estimated complete in 2 weeks. 

Welcome New Members Tommye and Erika Latham and brother and sister Rito and Rose Gracius.

Thanks to Joan Maples and Terrey Maples for preaching on Nov 16 and 23 while I take a third week of vacation and week of study leave at my sister's cottage. 

Rutherford Tutoring Academy Building use request. Agreement can be drawn up. Suggested donation would pay for utilities. 

Nicole Martin applying for Youth Director. 

 

WORSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING “ OCTOBER 20, 2014
Attendance:  Carolyn Wilson, Carolyn Thompson, Joan Maples, Steve Odom, and Nancy James (prayers for Beverly who is in the hospital and for Barbara in her travels).
Congratulations to Cathy Crabtree who will be Worship Committee Chair starting in January 2015.  She will serve a two year term.  Nancy gave Cathy the Worship Committee notebook and will stay on as Past Chair for another year and she requested everyone who currently serves to let her or Cathy know if they wish to continue on the committee in 2015.  Also, if there are other church members who we think would be interested in serving the church through the Worship Committee, please let Cathy know. 
Nancy will send out the June minutes since some did not have a copy.
Old Business:  Carolyn Thompson said she is not using children usually as acolytes but some of the deacons who are typically there at the start of the service have been assisting with lighting the candles.   Nancy will talk to Gunther (Chair of Deacons) to suggest the Diaconate who are scheduled to serve each month make themselves available to take turns to light the candles at the beginning of service.  We could ask Taylor to light and Logan when he is a little older.  They have just started attending but have not joined yet.   Steve will talk to Pam to make sure she sends a bulletin during the week to anyone who is listed to serve in worship for the upcoming Sunday.  Nancy will request she list people who will serve in the worship services in the monthly Caller such as Preparing Communion.  Sometimes there are not volunteers to cover certain duties but when there are, it should be listed in the Caller as well as in the bulletin each Sunday.  Joan said sometimes Pam has difficulty receiving information so those sending information to Pam by e-mail will need to be aware this happens and may want to call the office to make sure she got the information.  
The following special services were discussed:
Reformation Sunday is this Sunday (Oct. 26).  We will not change the paraments but Nancy plans to have flowers in the sanctuary that will be red. 
All Saints Day will be Sunday, November 2.  This will be a busy service with the potluck Sunday and the dedication of the dome taking place and there will not be an emphasis on All Saints Day.  We will remember those who have passed away at the Memorial Day Weekend Sunday service.  There will not be any changes in the sanctuary for this Sunday either.  (Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday “ fall back one hour “ YEAH!).
Sunday before Thanksgiving is November 23rd.  Cathy and Beverly will get together and decorate the front of the sanctuary and possibly decorate the windows if there are enough decorations to do that.  Nancy said there are different fall like color candles down stairs that could be used if they want to use those in some of the windows.  We have two different kinds of candle holders for the pillar candles “ one that is round which holds that type candle and the large square glass plates used for candles.  Carolyn Wilson will bake her rolls to provide the aroma.
The Worship Committee and other members will stay after church on Sunday, November 23rd, to decorate for the first Sunday of Advent which is the following Sunday, November 30th.  We will put up all decorations since the church will be on the Christmas Tour that will take place on the following Saturday, December 6th, from 4:00-8:00.  Steve and Joan will coordinate the music during this time.  Pat may play, some of the choir may be there to sing, and there will be taped music playing during the time the live music is not playing or singing.  Steve will open and close the church.  All are welcome to attend and could lend a helping hand if you like.  We will put up all the purple paraments, purple curtains, and all 4 of the Advent Banners.  We will also decorate the windows (we will use magnolia leaves with white pillar candles), put up the tree, place the wreaths, and put the Advent wreath at the front of the sanctuary.  Nancy will talk to Lisa Beasley about assembling the greenery on the Advent wreath and will look at the Advent candles to be sure we do not need to purchase more. 
Pam will need to start putting the insert for people to purchase a poinsettia in memory or in honor of someone starting  Sunday, November 23rd and have the inserts in the bulletin the next two Sundays (November 30 and December 7).  Nancy will place the order with Publix and will bring the poinsettias to the church on Friday, December 12th.  She will need some of the Worship Committee to meet her at the church that Friday in the afternoon to take the flowers out of the boxes and place on the risers in the sanctuary.
First Sunday of Advent will be Sunday, November 30th.  This will be the Hanging of the Greens service so Steve will ask various members to help with the service.  Nancy will purchase 4 red poinsettias to use on November 30th. 
Second Sunday of Advent will be Sunday, December 7th. 
Third Sunday of Advent will be Sunday, December 14th.  This will be the Choir Cantata and all poinsettias will be in the sanctuary (half white/half red).  We will place the poinsettias in the sanctuary on Friday, December 12th. 
Fourth Sunday of Advent will be Sunday, December 21st. 
Christmas Eve Service will be Wednesday, December 24th at 6:45.  Steve will order some new candles with a clear cup holder.  The colors will change to white “ paraments, curtains, banners, and advent white candle.  
Steve's sermons for Advent are:  Nov. 30 “ "Jesus “ Good News/Dec. 7th “ "Jesus “ Our King/Dec. 14th “ "Jesus “Our God/Dec. 21st “ "Jesus, Our Peace/Dec. 24th (Eve Service) “ "Jesus “ Our Light. 
First Sunday after Christmas is December 28th.  We will keep the white poinsettias in the sanctuary but take out the red ones. 
Looking ahead at 2015:
Epiphany Sunday will be January 4th.  We will decorate with the wise men, camels, etc.  Red colors?
January 11-February 18 will be the color green.
Ash Wednesday will be February 18th. 
First Sunday of Lent will be February 22nd.
April 5 will be Easter.
THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR HELP THE LAST FOUR YEARS!
Submitted by,
Nancy James, Chair of Worship Committee

 

MEMBERSHIP COMM. REPORT for General Board Meeting November 3, 2014

 

Sympathy cards were sent to Toni Yasger and family on the death of Diane Bruce and to Lisa, Virginia, and Katherine Beasley on the death of Lisa's father, Leslie Lee Givens, Jr.

 

I have sent acknowledgements of receipt of the gifts to the Memorial fund to the donors and to the families of who the gifts were from. These were sent to the families of Diane Bruce and Lisa Beasley and are listed in the Nov. Caller.

 

Food was taken to Diane's family during their time of bereavement.

 

Respectfully submitted:

Darlene Bowman, Chair

 

Comm. Members: Meredith Akkerman, Beverly Anderson, Hal & Myra Beasley, Mamie Kausek, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Stacy Lewis.

(cookie ministry, phone 615-995-5694)

 

 

Central Christian Church

Elder Meeting

October 5, 2014

 

Present: Mike Martin, Steve Odom, Jim Longmire, Barbara Bekaert, Denis Bekaert, Nancy James, Hank Mills, Janet Mills, Joan Tubeville, Kay Woodfin, Roger Osborne, Sharon Matheny

Joys and Concerns; Dot McCormick, Marjorie White and Ella Mikkelsen are all in the hospital with infections, Jim Burk is having surgery, Ann Francis (Kay Woodfin). This was followed with a prayer.

Nancy discussed the meeting of downtown churches that was called to discuss helping people in need with their utility bills.

Barbara discussed some things she had learned while at the Regional Assembly. The most profound session dealt with transforming a church from what it is to what it might become. She felt we should set a vision and put our efforts into achieving that vision.

Mike suggested we need to look at specific mission plans.

Steve added that when dealing with our day to day issues we frequently fall into management instead of mission. The Minister and elders need to focus on spiritual leadership. Elders should focus on spiritual growth and discipline.

Barbara asked what the spiritual disciplines and how do we carry them forward.

Denis added that we should look at the idea of transformation, we should try new things, and if they do not work drop them.

We had a brief discussion of growth. Denis discussed MTSU ministry. We should look outward and not inward. MTSU students were mentioned. Janet said she thought that that was not a group to target for growth since they are transitory.

Someone added that committees are the death of the church because they focus on 1 thing and don't look at the whole.

There was a brief discussion about our mission statement.

Janet Herrod requested and was approved to become an Elder Emeritus. We decided that we do not need any more elders at this time.

We will touch on the mission statement in our November workshop. Denis and Barbara felt that the elders should show spiritual leadership and set an example. We will work on goals for next year and look for next our leadership for next year.

 

Shepherding group 7 will disappear and it will be combined with group 4.

 

Pastor's Report
Central Christian Church
July 14, 2014

Currently teaching Theology in Rabbinic Stories, on Sunday nights. A History of Heaven, by JB Russell begins soon. See back of page.
    
Next Sunday Luncheon August 3

Next Wednesday Potluck, July 16 6:30 PM

June DayTrip was to Thistle Farms in Nashville. July 22 will be to Savage Gulf State Natural Area near Beersheba Springs.

New Sunday Morning class began in June which focuses on Debunking Popular Myths about Christianity, summaries of which will also be a part of Wednesday potlucks. 

Opened CCC Twitter account, @borodisciples,  tweeting and retweeting for more public awareness of CCC. 88 followers, including local media. 

Nominating Committee Janet Mills, Jim Peppers, Beverly Henley, Bill Hollingsworth Moderator and Minister ex officio

Pam sent Board reminder last week to either attend or send in electronic reports.

Midday Prayer ended till September. Discussing 11 PM Prayer service Sunday-THursday for DOCOC and other students.  

Summer Potlucks, June 18, July 16

Week vacation Aug 28-Sept 5. Jake Lewis preaching August 31

Youth Service September 7

Dome Repair aiming to begin August 15. 

Blessing Box August 10
Blanket Sunday August 14
Friends and Family Sept 28

 

WORSHIP COMMITTEE MINUTES “ JUNE 10, 2014


Attendance: Janet Herrod, Steve Odom, Carolyn Wilson, Barbara Bekaert, Carolyn 
Thompson, Beverly Henley, and Nancy James.


Janet came to present some ideas and thoughts concerning the worship service on Sundays. 
She suggested not have too many unfamiliar songs in one service but to introduce a new song 
intentionally making the congregation aware of the new song and gradually become familiar 
with the song for several Sundays. She would like words AND music to be in the bulletin when 
a song is printed in the bulletin for the congregation to use during the service. She requested 
the "Call to Prayer and the "Prayer of Response be changed no more than once a month 
except for special Sundays. She requested to allow the congregation to sing all verses and not 
have, for example, men sing one verse, then women, then choir, etc. She also so suggested to 
add another scripture reading in the service. Steve mentioned the Worship Committee a few 
years ago requested to cut one of the readings so that is why there is only one scripture reading 
now. A suggestion was made to have the youth introduce some contemporary songs on a 
more regular basis. Janet suggested we distribute a form to allow the congregation to suggest 
songs to use during the service. Nancy had a copy of a form that was used in 2011. She said 
she could change the dates on the form and have it available for the congregation to pick up on 
Sundays and place on the table before they leave. 
Janet expressed these were suggestions and concerns that other members have too. It was 
requested by the committee that she suggest to those who have expressed concerns to her to 
contact someone on the Worship Committee to make his/her individual concerns known to the 
current committee so we can assess the number of people who have the same concerns. We 
thanked Janet for attending and stating her suggestions. 
We had an update from Carolyn Wilson and Beverly concerning the flower reservation. It 
seems to be doing well but Beverly would like to have it announced on occasion to remind 
everyone to sign up. There has been times that more than one person would bring flowers to 
use but did not sign-up to bring flowers. 
Carolyn is still in need for several people to volunteer to light the candles. She has a few adults 
that have volunteered but there is no set schedule so she has to see who is there each Sunday 
and ask then. She also has been the one who regularly distributes bulletins at the front door. 
Nancy will speak with Gunther Prehn, Chair of the Deacons, to find out if there is a schedule of 
deacons assigned to distribute the bulletins and could also help with the lighting of the candles. 
Typically, the deacons who serve communion on a Sunday were assigned to distribute bulletins. 
Nancy will check with Gunther to confirm if this is still the procedure. Two small trash cans have been purchased and are placed in the back of the sanctuary. A 
brown basket has been placed on the table in the back to collect bulletins to recycle. Steve 
announced to the congregation to place the bulletins in the basket as they leave the service. 
Steve was asked to order a church calendar book for the Worship Chair each year so the Chair 
can reference not only for the typical special church services such as Lent, Easter, Advent, and 
Christmas, but also for other special services which are recognized by the Disciples church. This 
will allow for better planning and the opportunity to recognize special church events that we 
have not typically done in the past. 
The following special services were discussed:
July 6 Beverly will make sure we have red, white, and blue flowers and Joan plans to sing 
some patriotic songs 
August 10 Blessing Boxes will be collected
Sept. 14 Blanket Sunday “ suggested to have blanket on table, as the curtain, and in the 
windows
Sept. 28 Friends and Family Day “ suggested to have an Outreach Fair that day with 
tables set-up to distribute information
October 19 Collection of purses with personal items to donate
The Worship Committee will meet in October to discuss Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. 
Submitted,
Nancy James, Chair “ Worship Committee

 

Minutes of Elders Workshop
Sat 17 May ˜14


Attending: Barbara and Denis Bekaert, Nancy James, Roger Osborne, Steve Odom, Joan Turbeville, Kay Woodfin. (There was not a quorum.)

Joys and Concerns: Barbara Means; Marjorie White and family in the death of her nephew; 
Debbie Williams and family in the death of her brother; Carty Roberts˜ granddaughter Valerie, 
having scoliosis surgery; Sara Cheney not doing well; Kay Morrison having trouble with meds; 
Sharon Matheny; Cissy Follis; Rosemary Longmire's sister Eloise; Steve's friend David; Nancy's 
friend Anita Nicholson with irritable bowel syndrome.
Nancy opened the meeting with prayer.
Minutes of the April meeting were read.
Reports of the Groups
Visitation (headed by Hal Beasley): Members include Hal, Joanne and Bill 
Hollingsworth, Mike Martin, and Janet Mills. When visitors leave their contact info with Steve 
from worship, he passes it along to Janet.
Shepherding (headed by Joanne): A discussion was held about the possibility of 
shuffling the Shepherding Groups for those members who want to be moved in order to have 
the opportunity to get better acquainted with more members of the congregation. An email 
will be sent to the Elders and it will be discussed at the next meeting when there should be a 
quorum.
Unity (headed by Nancy): The committee's statements were brought to the Board 
Meeting in May and will be brought again when there is a quorum for the Board's approval to 
distribute them to the congregation (not for congregational approval.
The definition of an Active Elder was discussed along with a discussion about the quorum 
needed to complete business. Nancy will send a letter to all the Elders mentioning these 
concerns.
Resource card: Nancy has a great deal of information culled from many sources and will 
send all the info to Steve who will prioritize it into a list, then ask Beverly Henley to make us a 
sample of the kind of card we'd like to have for distribution to needy people who come in for 
assistance.Job description discussion: (Only those we determined needed to be changed are listed here.)
Ministries (Evangelism, Membership, Stewardship, and Worship had additions.)
Evangelism: Add that they are responsible for greeting visitors.
Membership: Add responsibility for Holy Week luncheon, flowers from the church to a 
grieving member, funeral dinners, and Friends and Family and Wednesday evening potlucks.
Stewardship: Add that examples of the opportunity to use time and energy would be 
the biannual cleanup workdays, and communion set up and clean up.
Worship: Add special services needs such as flowers at Christmas and Easter.
Officers (Financial Secretary, Vice Financial Secretary, and Treasurer had additions or 
clarifications.)
Financial Secretary and Vice Financial Secretary: If either is not available to help with/
witness the counting of the offering on any Sunday, the Treasurer or Vice Treasurer may be 
asked to substitute.
Vice Financial Secretary: Counts the offering together with the Financial Secretary. 
Treasurer: Can cut checks with the approval of the Financial Secretary and the 
appropriate paperwork.
Elders and Deacons (The only change was for the Chair of Elders.)
Chair of Elders must be sure there is a second voting Elder for the General Board 
meetings.
Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Bekaert, acting secretary

 

Official Board (Called) Meeting
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH
May 27, 2014

Attending:    Jim Longmire, Steve Odom, Jake Lewis, Tom Haynes, David Wilson, Wally Cook, Hal Beasley, Myra Beasley, Mike Martin, Darlene Bowman, Nancy James, Roseanne Peppers, Roger Osborne, Rosemary Longmire

Jim Longmire, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order and Steve Odom led the group in prayer.   Jim announced the purpose of this meeting is to discuss and vote on choice of two bids submitted for repair/restoration of dome and roof.  (Documents attached)

Motion passed (presented by Wally cook and second by Nancy James) to accept EMS estimate (known as option 1).

Jim announced a finance committee meeting on Wednesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m for ideas surrounding a capital campaign of some type and presentation to the congregation.  Also, a follow-up Board Meeting is planned for Monday, June 9th.   The purpose of the Board Meeting is to meet again with EMS to discuss any outstanding questions or details remaining that any Board members may have.   Questions may be provided to Eric ahead of meeting to be sure he has answers prepared and covered.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,


Rosemary Longmire
Assistant Secretary to the Board

 

Regular May Board Meeting Link

 

CWF/DWM REPORT for the General Board Meeting May 12, 2014

CWF met in March and April.  At the May Study Group meeting, we finished our study on "Named and Unnamed Women in the Bible.  New study "The Life of Paul Today by Lyle D. Vander Broek will begin Sept. 2nd.  We will meet with Betty and Karen Gerlach tomorrow for our May luncheon meeting.   
      8 Ladies attended the Middle Area Spiritual Journey April 26th at Eastwood Christian Church. 
Sunday, May 11, Sixteen purses with personal items were dedicated.  These will be delivered to Doors of Hope.  
   
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, President

 

MEMBERSHIP COMM. REPORT for General Board Meeting  May 12, 2014

  Holy Week luncheon was served April 16, 2014 in the Fellowship Hall to about 55 persons.  As always everyone enjoyed the Luncheon and Fellowship at CCC.  Thanks to everyone who donated food or helped in any way.  Several ladies cleaned the kitchen the Saturday before, and our faithful Debbie and Charley Williams mopped the entire floor just prior to the 16th.  Special thanks to Mamie Kausek and Beverly Anderson for being in charge of the luncheon this year.  The committee did not wish to have monetary reimbursement and asked that the donations received for lunch be donated to First Baptist Church's Benevolence ministry.  They appreciated this.
  Myra Beasley had a request from a sorority to do community service on April 19th.  They cleaned in the Educational Building and did a great job.  Thanks, Myra.
  During the week of April 23rd the Parlor had a through cleaning from top to bottom, including washing blinds, windows inside and out, and cleaning carpet.  CWF provided $220 to have this done by Stephan's Commercial Cleaning in preparation for the Bridal Shower given for Lindsay Williams on April 27th.  It was a beautiful affair.  Thank you to Meridith Akkerman and Beverly Henley and their helpers.  
  I sent a Sympathy card on behalf of Central Christian Church to the family of Robert Alan "BobYork who passed away May 8, 2014.
  Friends and Family Day September 28, 2014

Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, Chair

Comm. Members:  Meredith Akkerman, Beverly Anderson, Hal & Myra Beasley, Mamie Kausek, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Stacy Lewis. 
(cookie ministry, phone 615-995-5694)

    

 

12-May-14        
CHURCH REPORT:    ASST TREASURER      ROGER OSBORNE    
        
Sunday 11th:        
Sunday school              $5.90     
offering                    $2,849.00     
habitat                          $8.00     
total 5/11/14     $2,862.90     
        
        
        
CURRENT BALANCE:     $12,558.02     
(doesn't include May 11th offering)        
        Budget:
Total 4001.00 · Tithes & Offerings     $65,779.02      $64,835.56 
Total 4104 ·MISC INCOME     $1,671.49     
Designated Income     $405.00     
Designated Memorials     $865.00     
        
TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS:                   $68,720.51      $64,871.86 
Total Expenses:      $(70,727.12)     $62,638.04 
        
        
Net Income:                     $(2,006.61)     $2,233.82 

 

 

CWF/DWM REPORT for the General Board Meeting March 10, 2014
 
   Due to icy and stormy weather CWF had to cancel or change meetings this winter but hopefully
we are back to meeting regularly now.  In December we met with Ella Mikkelsen and Beverly
Henley for our Christmas meeting and Carty Roberts entertained us at her home in February and
we  enjoy meeting in individual homes.  Tomorrow we meet at "Thru The Grapevine with Ann
Hagerman as our hostess.
  CWF and membership committee will be hosting a Bridal Shower for Lindsay Williams April
27
th
 in the Parlor.  CWF is in the process of hiring a professional cleaning service to give the parlor
a thorough cleaning before this date.  (washing blinds, windows, cleaning carpet, etc.)  We have
money specified for this purpose.  If anyone has a recommendation for a company to do this, let
me know.  I have one person that has been recommended to us through Remodeling Services
Unlimited on Battleground Drive . I have not contacted them yet as we wanted the Board to be
aware of our plans.  We plan to get 2 or 3 estimates.
 
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, President
 
 
 
MEMBERSHIP COMM. REPORT for General Board Meeting  March 10, 2014
 
  I sent Sympathy cards on behalf of Central Christian Church to the family of
Lt. George Taylor;  Diane Bruce in the loss of her brother, and Bonnie and Robert McAllister in
the loss of their nephew, Andy Johnson.
  You will note in the March Caller Memorial gifts given in Memory of the above were listed.
  The Committee has started to plan for the Holy Week Luncheon to be served April 16
th
 at CCC.  
             
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, Chair
 
 
Comm. Members:  Meredith Akkerman, Beverly Anderson, Hal & Myra Beasley, Mamie Kausek,
Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Stacy Lewis.
(cookie ministry, phone 615­995­5694)

April Elders' Meeting

Pastor's Report

Central Christian Church
March 10, 2014

Currently teaching 25 Books Every Christian Should Read, on Sunday nights, with 12 in attenance! New class begins in May.
    
February DayTrip was to Foothills Crafts Center in Manchester.  January DayTrip was visits to local GoodWill Stores for shopping spree. 

Next Sunday Luncheon December April 6. 

New Sunday School began March 2 on Seven Events that Shaped New Testament world.

Two New book discussion groups have started up recently. Beginning March 27 a brownbag lunch group will meet at 12:30 PM to discuss Phillip Keller's "A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23. This group will meet monthly on fourth Thursdays in the parlor. Another Book group, Faith and Fiction, will read stories from the book, "God: Stories and meet Tuesday, March 25 at 7 PM at Joan Maples' house. They will gather twice a month.  

Wednesday potlucks March 12, 19, 26, April 2. No Potluck April 9. Current topic "Spiritual History of American Revolution. 

New college group going on Weekend trip this week to Creation Museum in Kentucky.

Since last report welcomed new member Peter Cothron in December, Ellen Garrison in February and Barbara Means yesterday. Peter is a chemist, Ellen is a retired MTSU history professor, and Barbara is a retired Disciples hospital chaplain. 

Pam sent Board reminder last week to either attend or send in electronic reports.

Attendance at Midday Prayer (M-F at 12:15 has improved with the weather.  (Five today.)

Choir and Youth/College groups working on joint Good Friday Service.

CCC will host Holy Week Noonday service Wednesday, April 16. FBC 4/14, FPC 4/15, St. Paul's, 4/18.

Worship Committee Minutes “ January 27, 2014

In attendance “ Nancy James, Carolyn Thompson, Barbara Bekaert, Joan Maples, Carolyn Wilson, Cathy Crabtree.  (Steve had to leave for member emergency at hospital).

I have tried to incorporate what we discussed in the meeting with Steve's reply to Nancy James email sent after the meeting.  Please let me know if I missed anything or need to make change.

Banners “ There is approximately $240.00 to pay for the last set of banners.  We discussed the possibility of purchasing smaller banners that would be free standing.  
Beverly has ordered the fabric for the final set of banners.  She and Cathy will complete this set in time for Lent.
Barbara said there is a banner with the church mission statement printed on it.  She will ask Steve if he knows where this is currently located.
Epiphany Decorations  - Claire Mobley donated these decorations.
Ash Wednesday, March 5 “ Those who can are to meet at the church on Tuesday, March 4 at 12:30 to set up for the service.  Beverly and Cathy will take care of the dried flower arrangements.  (Beverly has one of the baskets and is repairing it).  For the service we will use the wooden candlesticks (Cathy), wooden cross (church), natural flower arrangments, praying hands in the windows (put out call to congregation for people to bring).  We also discussed using rustic pottery around and on the Lords Table. Cathy has some she said she could bring.   Joan suggested incorporating trading out of cross and candlesticks as part of the service.  She will discuss with Steve. (This will be done as part of service so when set up takes place, place wooden cross and candlestick on floor behind Lords Table.)
Joan also suggested we have our service at 7:00 PM so Pat has time to get over from the Baptist church and not be in a rush “ their service is at 6:00 PM.
We discussed switching out the paraments and curtain after the service.  (Steve has indicated this should be done before the service.)
Lent begins March 9 “ Purple banners will go up after service on Ash Wednesday.
Palm Sunday , April 13 “ Nancy James will get palms at Ryans.  She will purchase 2 dozen leaves.
Wednesday, April 16 “ Holy Week “ Short service followed by luncheon?  Steve will check with other churches to see if we will be doing this again this year.
Maundy Thursday -  We discussed whether we would have a service on Thursday since the youth were doing the service on Good Friday. (Steve said no.)
Good Friday, April 18 “ Youth will take part in service with choir.  Service begins at 6:30.  After the service put the brass candlestick up on Lords table, cover with black cloth.  Remove window decorations (praying hands).  White paraments (cover with black) in windows.)
Prayer vigil begins at 8:00 pm on Friday and continues until 6:00 am on Easter Sunday.  
Easter Sunday, April 20 “ After prayer vigil ends at 6:00 AM and before Church service, black cloths removed from items.  Purple banners down, white banners up.  Purple curtain down, white curtain up.  All brown décor removed. 
Bring up flowers and risers for flowers.  
Banners and white paraments in place until Pentecost Sunday (June 8).
Alleluia ribbon and brown box in communion closet (Per Steve alleluia gets put away the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday.

 

Elders Workshop
2/8/14

Present:  Jim and Brenda Jarman, Hal Beasley, Jim Longmire, Hank and Janet Mills, Rodger Osburn, Wally Cook, Mike Martin, Nanch James, Kay Woodfin, Barbara and Denis Bekaert, Steve Odom, Joan Turbeville.

Guests:  1st Baptist:  Rodney Hayes
                Green House Ministries:  Mike Dugan
                United Way:  Carolyn Tumbleson
                St Paul's Episcopal, Polk Van Zant  

Work Shop Purpose:  To determine what aid is available in our community for immediate aid to people
               needing help.

1st Speaker:  Carolyn Tumbleson, United Way

The U.W. has 3 particular programs for needs:
1.  Income Tax Assistance.  They are partnering with Green house Ministries to prepare taxes for folks earning $52,000.00 or less per year.  This is called their Vita program.
2. Family Wise Prescription Discount Card.  This is for people who have no insurance that helps 
With prescriptions.  It will allow pharmacies to make discounts of 30-70% depending on the
 drug and the pharmacy.
3.  211 System (211.0rg)  This a service that helps people find the help they need.  It is open 
24 hours 7days a week.  It is confidential and the operators are to connect people with 
 service providers that can help them.  It is also connected with the crisis center.
2nd Speaker:  Mike Dugan, Green House Ministries.
1.  Green House provides a resale store.
2. They have a clearing house for churches to send volunteers to help people (Church Outside the Walls)
3. The have Budgeting Classes.
4. They have counseling services.
5. Applicants fill out forms before counseling.  They do not give money for bills but they have places to refer folks with needs.  They will help people one time every 30 days.  After the third time the applicant will have to take the budgeting class to get more help.
6. They determine the immediate need but they look for the underlying cause.
7. They provide training classes:  GED,  Computer, couponing, etc.  
8. Doors of Hope is a ministry to help people reentering from prison.
9. Zoey House, aftercare for woman prisoners.
10. They operate the Income Tax help program in cooperation with United Way.
11. Provide help with employment, resume help
12.  Help with Room at the Inn.
13. Work with "The Way of Hope , a ministry for women that puts them up for a night at area churches, they supply rides to the place to stay. (Brad Blumgrum. 653 8027, 653 8247/
14. R connect:  working with M'boro Housing Authority.

3. Polk Van Zant, rector  St Paul's Episcopal Church
                      St Paul's is hit regularly by people with needs.  They maintain a benevolent fund to help 
                     with the immediate need  of people.  They are able to help with bus tickets, meals and a     
                      temporary  room.  They do not give money to anyone, they use a voucher system.  People 
                      needing immediate help must come to the church office during business hours.  Ideas
                      to work on would be to have the Rover transport the poor to the places where they can 
                      get help. 

4.  1st Baptist, Rodney Hayes
1st Baptist mentors prisoners who are reentering society.  They will help people in need one 
 time in 12 months.  They will always give people options of where they can go to receive help.  They try to employ wisdom in helping people rather than to enable them to continue doing the wrong thing.


Central Christian Church got a better idea of the scope of the problems and a much better idea of where we can fit in and what kind of help we might provide.  We will discuss the "take-a-ways from this workshop at a future meeting.   

 

Elders Notes  1/12/14:


Present:  Nancy James, Hank Mills, Janet Mills, Carty Roberts, Sharon Matheny, Mike Martin, Wally Cook, Denis Bekaert, Barbara Bekaert
We discussed the issue of meetings and workshops.  We debated the need for workshops briefly before agreeing they were productive.  We set up the yearly Elders Meeting Dates:
Feb 8*:  Workshop from 9:00am until 11:00am
March 9:  Sunday, 8:30am until 9:30am
April 13:  8:30am until 9:30 am
May 17*:  9:30am until 12:30pm
June 8:  8:30am-9:30am
July 13:  8:30am-9:30am
August 9*:  9:30am-12:30pm
Sept. 14:  8:30am-9:30am
Oct 12:  8:30am-9:30am
Nov 8*: 9:30am-12:30  Workshop
Dec: no scheduled meeting

*denotes a workshop

We had a discussion which began in our Dec. meeting.  The topic concerned  what we could do for people who came to the church with an immediate need.  We decided to make this topic the purpose of the Feb workshop.  Our plan is to invite representatives of the downtown/and near churches.  These churches were chosen because we feel that they will all have the same concern about walk ins.   We feel that we need to discover what aid is available to people in need.  We will be looking at community agencies that are both public and private.  Nancy will be contacting the churches.  Our Statement of Purpose:  Procedures for those needing immediate help in our community.  We discussed having a small card listing agencies, phone numbers and locations.  Church Women United  will also be contacted.  We will provide food in the form of coffee cakes and finger foods.  

We discussed job descriptions.  Nancy has made a start and she has relied on current descriptions as well as the by-laws.  All current office or committee chair  persons should look at what Nancy has written and edit any important changes. 
We had a brief discussion of the system back up for the church computers.  We talked about the "back up system should be just that, a back up.  It should not be used in place of our paper records.  These records should be preserved and added to. 

We discussed our Elders Emeritus.  These people will be honored at a Sunday Service.  They will receive pins for their service.
They are:  Love Beasley, Darlene bowman, Bill Hollingsworth, Joanne Hollingsworth, Dot McCormick, Carolyn Thompson, Carolyn Wilson , Floyd Wilson, Bubba Woodfin and Janet Herrod will be requesting this status.

We also reviewed the Communion Home Bound list.

 

Elders Notes
12/8/13


The Elders Present:  Sharon Matheny, Roger Osborn, David Kious, Kay Woodfin, Hank Mills, Janet Mills, Wally Cook, Steve Odom, JoAnne Hollingsworth, Bill Hollingsworth, David Wilson, Nancy James, Mike Martin, Barbara Beckaert, Denis  Beckaert,  Carolyn Thompson

 We opened with  a Prayer.
Bill and JoAnne Hollingsworth requested that they be made Elders Emeritus.  David Wilson made the motion.  The motion was seconded and carried.  Carolyn Thompson's request for the same status was requested and approved.
We need an updated list of all active Elders.  This will be provided.
Nominations:
1.  Nancy James, Head of the Elders
2. Co Chairman, Mike Martin
3. Secretary, Janet Mills
       These nominations  were discussed and approved by the Elders.  JoAnne Hollingsworth will continue  to provide updates on Shepherding groups. 

Steve is providing a mid-day prayer service on Wed. from 12:15 to 12:30.  This has been going well.
We had a discussion about helping people that show up at church.  Steve does not have a 
"Discretionary Fund.  He had helped  a man by providing $60.00 to him.  We decided that we should focus on the Community Helpers and become acquainted with other agencies including churches that are able to help the needy folks in our community.  We decided that we should make some funds available to Steve for this need.  Several Elders gave some money but we do need a permanent solution.

Denis reminded us to keep the interior basement door into the fellowship hall closed to save on heating costs.

JoAnne suggested that we send out Christmas Cards, Birthday cards, etc. to members in our shepherding groups.  We should be in continual contact with our people.
We had a brief discussion of joys and concerns.

 

CENTRAL CHRISTITAN CHURCH
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
NOVEMBER 11, 2013

 

Attending:
Jim Longmire, Steve Odom, Hal Beasley, Wally Cook, Janet Mills, Hank Mills, Roseanne Peppers, Rosemary Longmire, Darlene Bowman, Nancy James, Carty Roberts, Roger Osborne, Jake Lewis


Meeting was called to order by Jim Longmire.   Reverend Odom opened the meeting with prayer, communion and The Lord's Prayer.

Old Business

By Pass approval of minutes from previous meeting “ Roseanne will E-Mail to Steve

New Business

Treasurer (Permanent Fund) “ Carty Roberts
Carty reported a balance of $40,119.96 in the permanent fund.
Roger Osborne “ Report Attached as Presented

Financial Secretary “ Jake Lewis
Report Attached as Presented
Wally asked to have Roger and Jake reports balanced.

Minister's Report “ Steve Odom
Report Attached as Presented

Youth Ministry “ No Report

Reports from Ministries

CWF “ Darlene Bowman
Membership “ Darlene Bowman
Reports Attached as Presented

Property “ No Report

Deacons “ Jake Lewis
Gunther Prehn has agreed to be Chair of the Diaconate for the coming year.


Reports from Ministries (Continued)

Elders “ Wally Cook
Wally reported at recent Elder Meeting they discussed concerns expressed that all duties of Elder/elders are not being completed and carried out.  They have re-looked at the church constitution and do not want to change the section referring to Elders and the list of duties and responsibilities.  Agreed they will work hard to do a better job of reporting as Elders and as committee chairs so that reports can be archived and it will be clear what goes on in meetings.   This also showcases responsibilities and duties and can be passed along to new committee chairs, elders, etc.  

Elders also discussed redefining shepherding groups.  Some groups are more social than others.  Different people have different needs and as a body they agreed each shepherding group does not have to follow set rules.   If one group better meets the needs of a member of another shepherding group “ it's fine to move where there's a better "fit.   Group 4 & 5 have December luncheon duties.

Worship “ Nancy James
Report Attached as Presented (Correct report was sent after meeting)

Evangelism “ Hal Beasley
Hal reported an excellent turnout for Halloween project on Main Street at the church parking lot.   Used 15 gallons of hot chocolate, 6 or 7 flats of water, 15 pounds of candy and 300+ glow stick items.   Event has grown every year.   The Christmas Parade is the next event and we need hot chocolate and peppermint sticks.

Christian Education “ No Report

Outreach “ Hank Mills
Report Attached as Presented

Stewardship “ Janet Mills
Pledge letter was sent to congregation.   After the pledge letter, there will be opportunities for linebacker items.  New to 2014 “ "repairs to stadium.

Unity Statement “ Nancy James
Tabled for this meeting.   Nancy asked that this be moved to next meeting.

After concerns and prayers, meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Rosemary Longmire
Assistant Secretary to the Board

Pastor's Report

Central Christian Church
November 11, 2013

Currently teaching 25 Books Every Christian Should Read, on Sunday nights, with 12 in attenance!
    
October Daytrip was to Amish Community in Ethridge TN to tour farms and shops and lunch at the Red Rooster.  

Next Sunday Luncheon December 1. Hosting groups 4 & 5? 

New Sunday School begins December 1 on the creation of the King James Verson of the Bible back in 1611. 

Wednesday potluck this week November 13 and Nov 20, no potluck Nov. 27 or December 4. 

Thanks to Jake Lewis, Hal Beasley and Joan Maples for filling in for me on Nov. 10.

Blessing Box offering Sept 15 big success, over 42% of statewide TN offering. New boxes available 

New college group off to good start with leadership from Nicole Martin and Nancy James.

Welcomed new member Nanci Rathbun last month. Nanci is ordained in the Nat Assoc of Congregational Christian Churches. She's retired from AT&T and a published mystery author. 

Had Pam send Board reminder last week to either attend or send in electronic reports.


About "25 Books
Throughout the centuries certain books have had a tremendous influence on Christians across traditions and cultures. The ideas expressed in these seminal works have shaped the history not only of Christianity but also the world.
Now, a distinguished and diverse editorial board appointed by Renovaré and including representatives from Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox traditions such as Richard J. Foster, Dallas Willard, Phyllis Tickle, Frederica Mathewes-Green and Richard Rohr, has selected the 25 most important spiritual classics, including works from the first centuries of Christianity through the late twentieth century. "25 Books Every Christian Should Read" is a guide to each of these essential works.
Here you'll find familiar titles, such as C. S. Lewis's "Mere Christianity," Dante's "Divine Comedy," St. Augustine's "Confessions" and Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov," as well as equally powerful but lesser-known works such as "The Sayings of the Desert Fathers," a collection of stories and sayings from the men and women from the fourth century on who fled their communities for a life of asceticism in the desert, "The Philokalia," a treasury of wisdom from the Eastern Orthodox tradition, and "The Way of a Pilgrim," the story of an anonymous Russian wanderer and his practice of the Jesus Prayer. For each book on the list you'll find a summary, a lengthy excerpt, a description of it is relevance and why it has had such a profound impact on the Christian tradition, and discussion questions for use in a group or as personal reflections. This is a guide for a lifetime of spiritual reading.

Monday December 2, we'll begin a new opportunity for midday prayer. Gabriele Martin's intercessory prayer team has inspired me to add more options for regular prayer together. Our 15 minutes together will be a combination of ancient prayers that we read together, psalms and readings from the monastic tradition, and individual prayer. You can see exactly what we use each day by going to the church website at borodisciples.org, scrolling down, and clicking on the link that says"Click to Pray now." This will take you to the Vineyard Church in Ann Arbor (MI) which posts a new prayer service four times a day seven days a week. All during the year, the service changes with the church seasons. We'll be using the "Midday Prayer" service only slightly modified, and if you can't be with us in the sanctuary, you can join us on your own computer or smartphone. You can also click on "The Divine Hours" on our website to learn more about this engaging form of prayer. Monday through Friday we'll meet in the sanctuary at 12:15 PM for 15 minutes at the most. We'll have you out by 12:30. We'll jointly read prayers and short lessons with a time for silence and free prayer, aloud or silent. I thought about waiting till the New Year to begin, but the "church year" always begins with the season of Advent, the first Sunday of which is December 1 this year. Hopefully, some of you who work may even have time to join us on your lunch hour and still eat your sandwich before 1:00! Tell your friends about this especially if they live nearby. 

 

WORSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT TO CHURCH BOARD
NOVEMBER 11, 2013

The Worship Committee prepared the sanctuary for Reformation Sunday (October 27th), All Saints Day (November 3), and Veteran's Day (November 10).  The Committee will prepare the sanctuary for Thanksgiving Sunday also (November 24th).
Beverly has made a binder with a form for church members to sign up to purchase or bring a flower arrangement on a designated Sunday.  Carolyn Wilson is still in charge of checking the binder and will coordinate to insure flowers are purchased if a member chooses that option.  
Beverly and Cathy are currently working on finding the right fabric to complete the banners.  Their goal is to have the banners for Advent/Christmas ready to use this year.  
Beverly will have the signage for the elevator buttons ready soon.  
Claire Mobley is making items to use in the window during Ephiphany in January.
The next Worship Committee meeting will be on Monday, November 18th, to discuss the upcoming Advent/Christmas season.  
Submitted,
Nancy James, Chair “ Worship Committee

 

 

CWF/DWM REPORT for the General Board Meeting Nov. 11, 2013

   CWF started back to their regular meetings in Sept.  We are enjoying our monthly study "Named and Unnamed Women of the Bible.  We take turns leading the Study.
  We welcomed new member Nanci Rathbun into our fellowship recently.  All the Women of CCC are always welcome to join us.
  Nov. 1st we hosted Church Women United World Community Day.  Barbara Bekaert, Darlene Bowman, Ann Hagerman, and Carolyn Miller Thompson served refreshments in the fellowship hall.  We went to the Sanctuary for our program.  Our Speaker was Debra Johnson from Domestic Violence.  She informed us of the program in Murfreesboro and also thanked CCC for all we do for them.  They are especially grateful for our hospitality to them on Thursday evenings.  There were 16 present for our meeting.  Representatives from Smyrna UMC, St. Marks UMC, FIRST UMC, , Bethel UMC, Providence Baptist Church, and Church of God, all from Murfreesboro.
   Tomorrow Carolyn Thompson is hosting CWF in the fellowship hall for a pot luck lunch after our regular meeting.

Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, President

 

MEMBERSHIP COMM. REPORT for General Board Meeting  Nov. 11, 2013
   
   The Church Office printed an updated Phone Directory for Fall 2013 and we appreciate it.  There are copies available for you if you have not received one.  
   Friends and Family Day was held September 29, 2013 with a good attendance and enjoyed by all.  Hal and Myra did another great job of organizing the annual event.
   Nov. 8, 2013, I sent a sympathy card on behalf of Central Christian Church to Ella Mikkelsen and her family in the loss of her brother in law, Lynn Weber, husband of Clara, who is Ella's sister.
   The committee is looking forward to 2014.  We will be seeking members to work on the Membership committee.  If I have volunteers tonight, let me know.
  Thank you to everyone who serves on this committee and especially the  Wednesday night "pot luck food committee.  Faithful members Debbie Williams, Carty Roberts, and Carolyn Wilson.  Mamie Kausek and Beverly Anderson recently joined this committee and we apprectiate their help and everyone else who attends and helps out.
    
    
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, Chair


Comm. Members:  Meredith Akkerman, Hal & Myra Beasley, Barbara Bekaert, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Stacy Lewis. 
(cookie ministry, phone 615-995-5694)

 
WORSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING “ OCTOBER 7, 2013
Attendance: Beverly Henley, Carolyn Wilson, Joan Maples, Steve Odom, Barbara Bekaert, Carolyn 
Thompson, and Nancy James. 
Reformation Sunday: October 27th
. Red colors. Nancy will provide floral arrangement/red banners/
paraments (sorry everyone “ forgot to see that the banners and paraments were on display “ always 
next year).
All Saints Day: November 3rd
. White colors. Nancy plans to have a floral arrangement in memory of 
her Mom and she will make it a white arrangement. The curtains and paraments will change to white 
for this Sunday only. Steve will read names of family members who passed away this past year. Bell will 
chime for each name. 
Congregational Meeting/Recognition of Veterans: November 10th
. Beverly will bring in a floral 
arrangement in honor of veterans on this Sunday.
Flower Reservation: Beverly will make a binder with form for church members to sign up to purchase or 
bring a flower arrangement on a designated Sunday. She will announce the binder will be placed at the 
back of the sanctuary so it is more visible to our members. Carolyn Wilson will check the binder and will 
coordinate to insure flowers are purchased if a member chooses that option. 
Sanctuary Closed for Renovation: There was a discussion about alternative space to conduct worship 
service while renovations were being made. However, since our meeting it was decided to delay 
renovations until more information is gathered about construction and how best to store the pews. Will 
keep you posted!
Banner and Banner Storage: Beverly said she and Cathy will be completing the banners but storage is 
still an issue. They will continue to discuss what would be the best way to store the large banners with 
the space we have at the church.
Thanksgiving Sunday: November 24th
. Carolyn Wilson will once again bake rolls that Sunday and 
Beverly will assist Nancy with decorations in the windows during the month of November. 
NEXT WORSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING WILL BE ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, AT 5:00. WE WILL 
DISCUSS IN DETAIL THE ADVENT/CHRISTMAS/EPHIPHANY SEASON. 
Submitted,
Nancy James, Chair
 

Central Christian Church
Meeting of the General Board
6:30 p.m., Monday, September 9, 2013

Attending:  Jim Longmire, Darlene Bowman, Carty Roberts, Jake Lewis, Janet Mills, Hank Mills, Nancy James, Mike Martin, Gabrielle Martin, Hal Beasley, Nicole Martin, Roseanne Peppers, David Wilson, Steve Odom.

Call to Order     
The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman, Jim Longmire.  
1.    Communion - There was no juice available for communion.

2.    Approval of Minutes - A motion was made by Darlene Bowman to approve the minutes as presented by the secretary.  The motion was seconded by Hal Beasley and approved unanimously.

Old Business    
There was no old business.

New Business
3.    Report of Treasurer - There was no Treasurer's report.

4.    Report, Financial Secretary - Jake Lewis provided a year to date report of income to the General Fund and savings.  Report is attached.  He also requested approval to move the Young Family funds from the Memorial Fund to the General Fund, since $915 was paid on their behalf from the General Fund.  There were no objections to that transfer.  Jake provided a Memorial Fund report.  That report is attached.  Jake requested approval to rename the Young Family Fund to College Ministry so that funds for that ministry can be designated in a line item separate from youth funds.      

In the interest of time, the Board agreed to consider a portion of Agenda Item #8 - Nicole Martin reported that she is restarting the college ministry.  She will reach out to other Disciples of Christ students.   Roseanne Peppers suggested preparing exam goody boxes for our college students and those in the military.

5.    Report from Minister -  Steve Odom provided the Pastor's Report.  He discussed current classes, daytrips, potluck and First Sunday lunch.  Blessing Boxes will be received on September 15.  Jake Lewis will count coins for the congregation.  Steve conducted two television interviews about the Little Library. Janet Mills is making bookmarks to place in the Little Library.  Church work day will be held September 28 at 8 a.m.  

6.    Report from Youth Minister - Mike Martin reported that he received thanks from Angela with the Domestic Violence Program for the work our youth did revamping a room at the shelter.  The youth will go on a retreat to Wigwam Village in Kentucky.  They will also go to Kentucky Down Under.  Dates are October 12 - 13.  The group will build games for the Domestic Violence Children's Halloween party on October 5th.

7.    Report from Ministries
CWF - no report
Membership - no report
Property - David Wilson reported that work began on the room that day.  He anticipates that it will be finished by the next afternoon.
Deacons - Jake Lewis reported that the deacons should meet in December to elect officers.
Elders - no report
Worship - Nancy James reported that a registry for flowers is in the alcove to the basement and allows members to sign up to provide flowers or donate money to purchase flowers for the sanctuary.  Carolyn Wilson coordinates the list.  She discussed Blanket Sunday and Friends and Family Day.  A lapel mike will be purchased for use in the sanctuary.  A request for signs on the elevator.
Evangelism - Hal Beasley discussed Friends and Family Day and although we will not use tents this year, we will set up tables outside if the weather is nice.  We will have additional help from MTSU students.  Plans are underway for the Halloween event and Christmas parade.  He will ask the congregation for donations of hot chocolate mix.
Christian Education - no report
Outreach - Hank Mills provided a report on the ACT ministry / CARES program and hopes to have programs for participants that include legal issues and food and nutrition information and demonstrations.
Stewardship - Janet Mills reported that the pledge drive will be held before the linebacker program.    

8.    Other Business

Gabriele Martin and Darlene Bowman discussed several issues that are included in the Church By-Laws.  Those things include preparing a church history and maintaining accurate and current records of membership and leadership.  They suggested interviewing older members and maintaining an archive of photographs and memorabilia.  Darlene Bowman discussed 2014 Youth Camp Funds and pledged $250 for Bethany Hills.  Gabrielle Martin will prepare an application form to request scholarship funds for camp.  Following discussion, David Wilson made a motion to set up a line item in the Memorial Fund to fund Youth Camp.  The motion was seconded by Jake Lewis and passed unanimously.

Darlene Bowman suggested that members review the By-Laws.  She also reported that Pam is working on an updated church directory and should have it ready by Friends and Family Day.

Gabrielle Martin is working to update the Church website.

Darlene Bowman discussed items for new member packets and suggested including: pledge card with envelope, directory, 100th anniversary booklet, Disciples brochure, welcome letter, member information sheet, small group assignment, current copy of "The Caller" and a current calendar.

Gabrielle Martin reported that the Blanket and Shawl ministry is in its 3rd year and members include individuals who are members and non-members.    She suggested that leaders put together a book or binder to pass along to future ministry leaders and suggested holding a ministry fair that will visually display information on each ministry the church offers.

9.    Announcements
A list of names from the Nominating Committee was provided to the board.  A motion was made by Hank Mills to submit the list to the congregation at the November Congressional meeting.  The motion was seconded by Mike Martin and passed unanimously.

Steve Odom provided an overview of the 2014 budget.  Nancy James asked for a breakdown of salaries; those will be emailed to the board.  Janet Mills made a motion to accept the budget as proposed.  David Wilson seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.

10.    Adjournment
With no further business before the board, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

Central Christian Church
Eldership Minutes “ August 11, 2013

Members Present: Wally Cook, Carolyn Thompson, Sharon Matheny, Hank Mills, Roger 
Osborne; Pastor Steve Odom
Hank Mills provided an opening prayer.
Upcoming events on the church calendar include:
September 1st
: Sunday Luncheons are going well. Group 7 & 1 will provide the Sunday 
Luncheon. September 7th
: Skills for Success Yard Sale at CCC. September 8th
: Blanket Sunday
September 16th
: Blessing Boxes are due
Opening of the Church on Sundays: Beginning September 1st
 Steve will provide church opening 
on Sunday mornings. When the heating/ac system in the Education Building is turned on the 
West segment should be turned to AUTO. The East segment should be turned to M ANUAL.
Closing of the Church on Sundays: Beginning on September 1st
 when Denis Bekaert is not in 
attendance, those elders who deliver the prayers for the Bread and Wine will be responsible for 
either closing the church and education building, identifying someone in the congregation who 
will be willing to do so.
Progress on Roofing Leak: Evidence indicates that there is a sag in the roof that is associated 
with the leaks that we are currently experiencing. At present there is no estimate as to repair 
costs or insurance coverage.
Facility use by community groups: Though a quorum was not present it was the collective 
opinion of those present that the Alcoholics Anonymous and Domestic Violence groups should 
not be required to extend payment to cover utility costs associated with their use of the 
facilities. It was believed that these groups represent expressions of the Missions of CCC in 
serving others. Still, Steve commented that an important underpinning of our outreach to the 
community is the financial stability of CCC.
The Little Library is going well. We need to keep bringing books for restocking.
The needs of Sierra Funte, Mason Comella, Carolyn Thompson, Sharon Matheny, Janet Herrod 
and George Taylor were remembered.
Sharon Matheny provided the closing prayer.
Minutes provided by Hank Mills
 
Pastor's Report
Central Christian Church
September 9, 2013
 
Currently teaching The Hidden Gospels by Philip Jenkins at Sunday evening class. The next topic will begin in October: 25 Books Every Christian Should Read, by Richard Foster et al.
 
August Daytrip was to the Sam Davis home in Smyrna and lunch at the Tavolo Ristorante. September will be on Tuesday the 24th to Trader Joe's in Greenhills preceded by lunch at the Crow's Nest. Departure from church at 10:30 AM.
 
Next Sunday Luncheon November. Hosting groups 2 & 3? No Sunday luncheon in October due to Friends and Family September 29.  
 
New Sunday School began September 1 on Biblical Parallelisms, which will look at parallel, nearly identical features between individuals, groups and situations, and what we can learn about how the Bible works. Kaufman/Hulan class began new quarter on the book of Genesis taught by George Cunningham.
 
Wednesday potluck this week Sept 11. 
 
Second Continuing Ed week of the year in Bethany Hills Nov. 3-9. Will find guest preacher for Nov. 10.
 
Blessing Box offering Sept 15 for Disciples Women's Ministries. 
 
Began fifth year teaching at Adventures in Learning with Popular Misconceptions about the Reformation. Bibliography for class can be found at church website Pastor's page and classes can be listened to there as well, at the "listen to sermons and classes link. 
 
Did two interviews with Nashville News stations Channel 4 and 5 on the Little Free Library recently. 
 
AA group, "New Beginnings meeting at church in basement five days a week. MWF 11 AM, TTH, 5:30 PM. Contributing app. $60 each month. Would like to put cabinet behind door by Dessert Table for their books and supplies. Some of them will be helping with our....
 
Church Work Day September 28, Saturday 8 AM. One of them has a 30 ft. bucket truck to help with tree and shrub trimming!
 
About "25 Books
Throughout the centuries certain books have had a tremendous influence on Christians across traditions and cultures. The ideas expressed in these seminal works have shaped the history not only of Christianity but also the world.
Now, a distinguished and diverse editorial board appointed by Renovaré and including representatives from Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox traditions such as Richard J. Foster, Dallas Willard, Phyllis Tickle, Frederica Mathewes-Green and Richard Rohr, has selected the 25 most important spiritual classics, including works from the first centuries of Christianity through the late twentieth century. "25 Books Every Christian Should Read" is a guide to each of these essential works.
Here you'll find familiar titles, such as C. S. Lewis's "Mere Christianity," Dante's "Divine Comedy," St. Augustine's "Confessions" and Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov," as well as equally powerful but lesser-known works such as "The Sayings of the Desert Fathers," a collection of stories and sayings from the men and women from the fourth century on who fled their communities for a life of asceticism in the desert, "The Philokalia," a treasury of wisdom from the Eastern Orthodox tradition, and "The Way of a Pilgrim," the story of an anonymous Russian wanderer and his practice of the Jesus Prayer. For each book on the list you'll find a summary, a lengthy excerpt, a description of it is relevance and why it has had such a profound impact on the Christian tradition, and discussion questions for use in a group or as personal reflections. This is a guide for a lifetime of spiritual reading.
 
An Example of Biblical Parallelisms
 
The Transfiguration in Matthew The Crucifixion in Matthew
Jesus taking others 17:1 Jesus taken by others 27:27
Elevation on mountain 17:1 Elevation on cross 27:35
Private epiphany 17:1 Public spectacle 27:39
Light 17:2 Darkness 27:45
Garments illumined 17:2 Garments stripped off 27:28, 35
Jesus glorified 17:2ff. Jesus shamed 27:27ff.
Elijah appearing 17:3 Elijah not appearing 27:45-50
Two saints beside Jesus 17:3 Two criminals beside Jesus 27:38
God confessing Jesus 17:5 God abandoning Jesus 27:46
Reverent prostration (by disciples) 17:6 Mocking prostration (by soldiers) 27:29
 
Jesus' status as the coincidence of opposites is nicely illustrated by putting Matthew's transfiguration and crucifixion accounts side by side. The two narratives are twins of a sort. Matthew's Jesus fascinates and inspires in part because his words and story give ¦.expression to the extreme polarities of human existence.
 
Scripture citations and allusions ” which are anything but a detachable ornamentation ” direct the reader to other books and so teach that Matthew is not a self-contained entity: much is missing. The Gospel, in other words, stipulates that it be interpreted in the context of other texts. 
The sheer volume of verbiage produced by our society, for paper and for wave transmission, has reduced the value of words, so that we now need more to say less. The result is that we are not so accustomed to the phenomenon of a few words signifying much, or of paragraphs in which every sentence bears meaning to be penetrated. But Matthew was so accustomed. . . . For him it was the most natural thing in the world to construct a sentence pointing in two or more directions at once.
Once a textual connection is established, it is possible to read the two texts together, or to read one text in the light of another. (all Dale Allison, Jr.)
 
 
WORSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT TO BOARD “ 9/9/13
 
The Worship Committee met on July 30th to discuss the following items on the agenda:
 Register for flower arrangments:   Carolyn Wilson has agreed to oversee this project.  She will monitor calendar, coordinate with church office, remind people to pay the office to cover the cost of flowers, and coordinate between the florist and the church concerning deliveries.  The sign-up board is on display in the alcove at the back of the church (steps going down to the basement).  Anyone can sign up to bring their own flowers or have Rion's Florist do a flower arrangement(s) at $45.00 per arrangement and they will deliver to the church on Friday before 1:00 (before Pam leaves for the day).  The office and the florist need to know by Monday before the Sunday that a person plans to have flowers in memory or in honor of someone and the announcement can be printed in the Sunday bulletin.  A new calendar will replace the existing one at the first of the year.  
Blanket Sunday (September 8):  Joan will have songs that go with the theme of Blanket Sunday and Nancy will use Blanket Sunday as a topic in Children's Conversation.  Carolyn Thompson will bring the blankets to decorate at the front and a table will be set-up with a large Blessing Box in the middle.  Members will bring in their small Blessing Boxes and pour their change into the big Blessing Box on Sunday, September 15.  Carolyn will be sure the inserts are ready to put in the Sunday Bulletins for those two Sundays.    
Friends and Family (September 29):   Joan will pick familiar music that most denominations sing.  Hal and Myra are coordinating set-up for the pot luck after the service.   
World Communion (October 6):  We will once again serve a variety of breads at communion and Beverly is still looking for flags around the world that can fit in the windows to decorate that Sunday.  
All Saints Day Service (November 3):  Display banner strips and recognize those in our congregation that have passed away.  
Thanksgiving:  We will use Beverly's fall decorations during the month of November and Carolyn Wilson has agreed to bake bread to smell during the November 24 service to give thanks for our blessings.  
Updates:  Beverly and Cathy are working on the purple banners for the Advent season which will be on the other side of the white banners that will be for the Christmas season.   After the first of the year, they will work on the purple banners that go on the other side of the white Easter banners.  They are still discussing how and where to store the banners.  Steve will check into having a lapel microphone and Beverly is in process of signage for the elevator buttons.  Claire will make some wise men to use during Epiphany.  The cost will be around $30.00.  Committee raised concerns about the crack(s) in the wall especially that one on the west side of the sanctuary (to the left of the doors going out to the ramp).   
The Worship Committee will be meeting around the end of September to discuss the upcoming events in the fall/winter especially Advent/Christmas.
Submitted by,
Nancy James, Chair “ Worship Committee
   
 
Elder Meeting:  July 14, 2013
Meeting was called to order by Wally Cook.
Present were:  Wally Cook, Sharon Matheny, Hank Mills, Janet Mills, Carolyn Thompson, Jake Lewis, Darlene Bowman, Mike Martin, Joann and Bill Hollingsworth, Jim Longmire and Roger Osborne.
 
Hank Mills lead us in prayer.
The following concerns were expressed:  Hold in Prayer:  George Taylor, broken leg, Sierra Funte, Aplastic Anemia, Austin Maxwell family on the death of their son.  Joys:  Cindy Cook's sister is better and at home.
Business:  The Elders Workshop in June accomplished the Unity Statement for our Church.  We went over the revised statements of Essential and Non-Essential beliefs.  We discussed the changes and we affirmed the document.  We will send it to the Board and to the Congregation.   Sharon Matheny  moved to accept the changes, JoAnne Hollingsworth seconded the motion.   The vote on this matter was unanimous and there were 11 Elders voting.  The revised documents were given to all Elders and will be attached to this report.
We discussed the number of votes it takes  for the Elders to do business.  Wally affirmed that it takes 9 members for a quorum.  This was reaffirmed in order to have the record recorded in the minutes.  Hank moved for reaffirming the quorum, JoAnne Hollingsworth seconded and it carried.  There were 11 elders voting.
We had a brief discussion of flowers for the church services.  There will be opportunities for the congregation to participate in paying for flowers for the Sunday Service.  Nancy James is working on this and there will be information going out to the congregation.
Friends and Family will be on 9/29/1013,  There will be no First Sunday Luncheon in October.  There will be no Elders meeting in September and a workshop on Oct 19,2013.
Hank gave a brief overview of an electrical issue in the church building that surfaced on Sat, July 13 2012.  At present  the 10 ton AC unit and the elevator are down.
The Youth at MTSU are starting a Disciples Group at MTSU.
Carolyn Thompson adjourned us with a prayer.
 
 
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
JULY 8, 2013
 
 
Attending:
Jim Longmire, Steve Odom, Rosemary Longmire, Darlene Bowman, Hank Mills, Janet Mills, Jake Lewis, Roger Osborne, Roseanne Peppers, Carty Roberts, Nancy James, David Wilson
 
Meeting was called to order by Jim Longmire.  Reverend Odom opened the meeting with prayer, communion and The Lord's Prayer.
 
Old Business
There were no minutes from the previous meeting.
 
New Business
Treasurer (Permanent Fund) “ Carty Roberts
Carty Roberts discussed the low yield in this fund.
Finance Committee will meet to discuss possibility of moving a designated amount from this savings account to another type of account that might produce a higher yield or income.
 
Financial Secretary “ Jake Lewis
Report provided.
 
Assistant Treasurer “ Roger Osborne
Report provided.
 
Minister's Report “ Steve Odom
Report provided.
 
Youth Ministry 
No report
 
Reports from Ministries
 
CWF “ Darlene Bowman
Report provided.
 
Membership “ Darlene Bowman
Report provided.
 
 
 
Reports from Ministries (continued)
 
Property “ David Wilson
No bids yet taken for plaster spots in sanctuary.
 
Deacons “ Jake Lewis
No report
 
Elders 
No report
 
Worship “ Nancy James
Report provided
 
In addition, Nancy requested a group of adults to help with cleaning projects at a local member's home on July 20 and 27 at 9:00 a.m.
 
Evangelism 
No report
 
Education 
No report
 
Outreach “ Hank Mills
Report provided.
 
Stewardship “ Janet Mills
No report.
Darlene reported she had been asked as a representative of CWF that we consider adding Bethany Hills camp fund back into the budget.  (Discussion followed as to how and where that would be accomplished.)
 
Nominating Committee 2014
Steve presented suggestions for this committee.  Jim asked Steve to contact and confirm from this list and they will then set time for meetings to begin.
 
Motion to adjourn.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Rosemary Longmire
Assistant Board Secretary
 
 
MEMBERSHIP COMM. REPORT for General Board Meeting  July 8, 2013
 
A Sympathy card was sent to Lisa, Katherine, and Virginia Beasley on the death of Lisa's mother, Grandmother of the girls.
 
The annual International Folk Festival was held in June.  Several different groups hosted the dancers with food at our church fellowship hall during the week.  Steve was the overseer.  They performed at our church June 10th and if you missed it, you missed a good program.
 
Friends and Family Day September 29, 2013.
 
 
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, Chair
 
 
Comm. Members:  Meredith Akkerman, Hal & Myra Beasley, Barbara Bekaert, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Stacy Lewis. 
(cookie ministry, phone 615-995-5694)
 
CWF REPORT FOR General Board Meeting July 8, 2013
We had our last regular meeting  July 2, 2013.  We will start regular meetings again
 Sept. 3,  2013.
Annual report for the year July 1, 2012 “ June 30, 2013 
We met our DWM/CWF Ministries Budget 2012-2013 as follows:
  Annual
Christian Church in TN $1200.00
Bethany Hills Camp Maintenance      100.00
Church Women United          50.00
Study Materials                    150.00
Woman to Woman        100.00
Service TDWM Project-Thistle Farms,Nashville        100.00
Total $1700.00
LOCAL outreach
DWM-RETREAT/Scholarship fund   $200.00
Christian Concern (cards/stamps)     120.00
Christmas for Shut-ins       80.00
Sec. Gift, Administrative Assistant Day       30.00
Quadrennial     100.00
Central Christian Church     500.00
Feed America First     100.00
Greenhouse Ministries     150.00
Fuel Program     100.00
The Journey Home     150.00
Honorariums     100.00       
Misc.      80.00
Total $1710.00
TOTAL $3410.00
We have 14 active participating members of our group, we are small but mighty.
Diane Bruce sent 59 cards to shut-ins; these include special holiday cards get well or thinking of you from CWF.  
$750.00 to Church World Service for Blanket Sunday.  24 school kits were sent to Church World Service and we have 24 to donate to the youth Store for Domestic Violence which will be opening under a youth program soon.
Cookbook fund is divided equally between the youth and CWF.  We have 17 left to sell @ $15.00.  We have 43 packs of Notecards for sale @ $10.00 each; 5 tomato knives; 5 large parers; 2 small parers.  The proceeds of the knife sales go to the youth camp fund.
We gave $159.46 for Blessing Boxes.  A reminder the boxes that were given to you earlier in the year will be collected the first Sunday of September. (you may bring cks) We each report monthly the following:  These are all church related.
Visits made for the year: 118; Phone calls: 398; Cards sent 364; Books read 100.
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
Darlene Bowman, President
 

July 8, 2013

Asst. Treasurer Report / Roger Osborne

Board Meeting

Central Christian Church

 

Current Balance: $8,931.08 (not including 7/7/13 offering of $ 4541.00)

 

Tithes / Offerings to date: Actual $ Budget

Camp Fees Sponsored

340.00

 

 

Sunday School offering

150.80

 

 

Plate Cash

280.00

 

 

4001.03 · linebacker offering

2,895.13

 

0.00

4001.00 · Tithes & Offerings - Other

86,166.27

 

33,616.63

TOTAL OFFERING only

89,832.20

 

90,111.23

 

 

 

 

***Total Income (including Designated monies, Memorials, Misc, )

92,995.20

 

 

Difference ˜above' regular offering, but Designated for other purposes

3,163.00

 

 

 

TOTAL EXPENSES: -91,117.14

 

-90,982.45

 

*** Account Net Income to date: Including Designated, Memorials, Misc: $ 1,878.06

 

$ -1,284.94

0

 

Net Income to date (based on Offering only numbers & Expenses above)

NOTES:

Offering is the only ˜income' source of the church. Memorials, Designated gifts, and Misc Income are not Budget line items. Gifts may be designated to line items of course. The "line backer income is additional offerings.

I show Offerings as the Source of funds and Expenses as the Outflows. Based on the Budget figures, we are just "below the budget figures for Offering. Without the Linebacker Offering, it would be "below, in the red that amount more so.It appears at this time the church is in ok shape. Summer months are always lower in offerings.  

 

 
WORSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT TO CHURCH BOARD “ 7/8/13
The Worship Committee has not met since the last board meeting. A committee 
meeting will be scheduled around the end of July/beginning of August. The 
following items will be on the agenda:
Written instructions on how someone can register to have flowers placed in the 
church sanctuary either by signing up to bring in the arrangement(s) or donate a 
dollar amount to the church and the Worship Committee will designate a person 
to purchase one or two arrangements from a local florist. A calendar will be 
available to register and can designate in honor or memory of someone. 
Update on the banners being made for Advent/Christmas and update on the 
holders being made to store the banners.
Discuss upcoming fall and winter church events as well as special services.
Evaluate the worship service and any comments being shared with committee 
members. 
Submitted by,
Nancy James, Chair “ Worship Committee
April 13, 2013
Elders Meeting
 
 
Present:  Sharon Matheny                        Nancy James
                Carolyn Thompson                     Wally Cook
                Brenda Jarman                            Barbara Bekaret
                 Denis Bekaret                             Jim Longmire
                 Kay Woodfin                              Hank Mills
                  Janet Mills                                 Steve odom
 
Wally opened the meeting.  Sharon opened with a prayer.  The minutes of the March workshop were passed around.
 
A discussion about what was accomplished on that occasion ensued. 
 
The Visitation report resulted in a discussion about the "Parking Passes Outreach Program  Two members expressed concern about this program.  Their concern was that too many people might take advantage of the offer.  Janet and Steve mentioned that the point was to get our name out to people, point out we were a welcoming congregation just a few blocks off the square and we welcome them during "Square Events.  The conversation continued.   Janet Mills offered to drop this idea since it was of concern to some members.  We decided to continue the efforts in this ministry.
 
We discussed the new Service of Silence which had begun that morning.  We had no people at the service but we were unable to get the DNJ to publish an article about it.  We are going to have a sign made and put in front of the church.  This service is offered as a service to the community and is intended to appeal to those believers who would prefer to pray in a quiet space.
 
We discussed the issue of having only one adult at the Children's Worship and Wonder Class. It was decided that cell phone communication would allow enough safety to continue with only one adult.
 
The new Prayer Resource Center is complete and in the back of the church.  Thanks to Gunther Prehn for building it and to Gabrielle Martin for conceiving the concept.
 
We briefly discussed the Unity Group.  They have not finished their work and it was continued.
 
We discussed the prospect of purchasing more Communion Boxes for use with the "shut-ins.   It was decided to table this because the church has 4 boxes and the cost of more makes it difficult.
 
Wally is concerned about having better attendance at Elders Meeting.  There was a brief discussion about the with no resolution.
 
There was a brief discussion of increasing the number of elders.  It was decided to table that action.
 
All were invited to the April 22 CARES event.
CWF REPORT FOR General Board Meeting May 13, 2013
We continue to follow our regular monthly meeting calendar and enjoy the study 
and fellowship. This month we finished our study for the year entitled, "Dispatches to 
God's Household: The General Epistles, I & II Peter, John, and Jude .
The Middle Area Spiritual Journey was well attended at Donelson Christian & 
Inglesia Cristiana Church, Nashville April 13, 2013. It was a great meeting with a total 
of 60 registrations from the Middle Area. There were 15 from Central Christian, 
including Lisa, Kathryn, Virginia Beasley, and Tiffany Young. 
The Blanket Ministry has donated several blankets and shawls to persons who are 
in need of comfort this year. If you know of someone, please let me know.
Respectfully submitted,
Darlene Bowman, President
________________________________________________________________________
Membership Comm. Report for General Board Meeting March 13, 2013
 There has been 1 monetary gift given in April to the Memorial Fund In Memory of Tom 
Cheney. 
Membership Committee plus others hosted the annual Holy Week Luncheon 
March 27th
. We served around 40 guests and the food was enjoyed by all: soup, 
sandwiches, and dessert. Ella Mikkelson and Beverly Henley decorated the tables.
Several meals were taken to Floyd and Carolyn Wilson which they appreciated so much.
Friends and Family Day September 29, 2013
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, Chair
Comm. Members: Meredith Akkerman, Hal & Myra Beasley, Barbara Bekaert, Billie 
Spinks, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Stacy Lewis, 
(cookie ministry, phone 615-995-5694)

 

 

Central Christian Elders Workshop: March 16, 2013

 

Mike Martin Called the Meeting to order.

 

We discussed Joys and Concerns.

Mike led us in prayer.

Mike identified 4 areas for us to work on: Shepherding Groups, Unity, Visitors, and Prayer

Discussions as follows:

Shepherding Groups. 1. Possibility of partnering with our existing ministry (various groups would step forward and work with Outreach etc. 2. We discussed shepherding group events.

We then broke out into groups and discussed plans and issues and came back together for reports. The reports are:

  1. Visitation: We get some in but we need more visitors and we need to retain the ones who come. We like the signs that are out front. We think if we use more of them it will be a message to the community that we are active and inclusive. Continue Halloween and Christmas parade outreach. Hank proposed some outreach activities which could build membership. He suggested an after school mentoring program. We discussed new ideas for reaching new members. We are all getting a card at church each Sunday. On one side we have the church information. On the other side is a bible quote or an uplifting quote. We are to pass these out to the people we encounter during our week. It is suggested that you give the card out with the message up and when they turn it over it will give them our info. We discussed working on the crowds that populate the square in the summer: 1st Fri Concerts, Farmers Market, Jazz Fest, etc. We will be making "free parking passes good for a year and sending teams down to pass them out to folks. If nothing else it will encourage awareness. Hal quoted Jimmy Buffet: It is a fine line between Sat night and Sun morning. We discussed making church invitations using the quotes and distributing them to crowd on the square on Sat Night. We decided to reorganize the friendship register pages. We decided we could use a new service, a service of silence. This service will be open to all who want to come; it will start at 8:00 and end at 8:45.

  2. Worship: We discussed the Children's time during the service. When we have it listed on the bulletin and there are no children in church, it points out to visitors that we have no children. So we are keeping the Children's time, taking it off the bulletin and when we have kids we will do it and when we do not have any we will not.

  3. Prayer: Start with prayer within the elders and reach out to the congregation. Intercessory Prayer is going well. The prayer stand for the back of the church is nearly complete. We discussed Discipleship: learning what Jesus is like. We will have daily prayers for all in the prayer center.

  4. Unity: Purpose, Vision, Mission: Love God, Love Each Other and go and tell people about it.

Gunther is making a little Mini Church to sit in front of the church that will hold free hand out, booklets, etc.

 

Present at this Meeting: Brenda Jarman, Hal Beesly, Sharon Matheny, Mike Martin, Gabe martin, Roger Osborn, Steve Odom, Hank and Janet Mills, Carolyn Thomson and Nancy James.

 
Central Christian Church
Board Minutes
March 11, 2013
 
Attending:
Jim Longmire, Steve Odom, Mike Martin, Hal Beasley, Roseanne Peppers, Darlene Bowman, Rosemary Longmire, Tom Haynes, Carty Roberts, Jake Lewis, Nancy James
 
Reverend Odom opened the meeting with prayer, communion and The Lord's Prayer.   Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Jim Longmire.
 
Old Business
Minutes of January Board Meeting were approved as written.
No additional old business.
 
New Business
 
Treasurer “ (Permanent Fund)
Report provided.
 
Assistant Treasurer (Net Income to Date)
Report provided.
 
Financial Secretary (Memorial Fund)
Report provided.
 
Report from Minister
Report provided.
Steve also reported a workday is to be held March 23rd for outside work.  Goal is to create shrubbery beds on Maney Avenue of building.   Darlene plans to have an inside kitchen clean-up as well.  Our secretary, Pam, will have surgery the week of April 8 and be out approximately one week.  Please remember her in our prayers.
 
Report from Youth Minister
Mike Martin reported the youth attended a Worship and Praise seminar with 27 hours of wonderful speakers, music and praise.  They had four of our youth who rededicated their lives to the Lord while there and one who decided to go on a mission trip with Great Expeditions.
 
Youth Minister (continued)
The youth group is practicing very hard for the Good Friday Service which they will lead again this year.   It was very successful last year with many good comments from the congregation.   Please encourage everyone to attend and invite guests to show our support.
 
This summer the youth will do local ministries rather than take a trip to  Glen Haven which they have done the past few summers.  He expressed thanks to our church for support.   Also plan to give the garden land a rest and rejuvenation this year (as well as Gabriele!).   They currently have 2-3 studies in the planning stages.   He reported we need info on Zach Tanner and Garrett who are both entering the military service.
 
Reports from Ministries
 
CWF “ Darlene Bowman
Report provided.
 
Membership “ Darlene Bowman
Report provided.
 
Property “ No report
 
Deacons “ Jake Lewis
Jake remains chairman for 2013.   The deacons would like to continue assisting elders with communion to homebound.   Also would like to consider some type of community outreach as a group.
 
Elders “ No report for meeting
Workshop scheduled Saturday at 9:30.
February minutes provided by e-mail.
 
Worship “ Nancy James
Report provided.
 
Evangelism “ Hal Beasley
Reported that Global Ministries submits something from different countries to the prayer team every Sunday.  After Easter, they hope to create a bulletin board to educate and spotlight the ministry.  Considering having evangelism lead a study of the book Multiply.   Hal is currently reading this book.
 
Christian Education “ No report
 
Outreach “ No Report
Hal shared thoughts on the ACT ministry meal last month and how well it is handled and how much it is appreciated by those who attend.   Last month was held downstairs in the fellowship area and he encouraged anyone who has never attended that it is a great experience.
 
Stewardship “ No Report
 
Other Business
Darlene presented information from the Region about Talent 4 The House which raises money for the Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt.   Last year individual donations from the elders provided a table at the event for members of CCC and she will bring up at the Elder's meeting on Saturday.
 
Board was reminded that the women's restroom in the fellowship area needs attention.   Carty agreed to take on this project!  This is especially important since our church will host a luncheon for the community during Holy Week.  Thank you, Carty.
 
Nancy James also mentioned it had been pointed out in the Worship Committee that the Board should be notified there are cracks in the sanctuary wall that need attention.   Please let property committee know.
Nancy still needs communion preparers.  Please volunteer.  
 
Announcements
Nancy's husband, David James, will have a cat scan this week.   Please remember him in prayer.   Marjorie White's brother, Harold, passed away.   He lived in Kansas.   Please keep Marjorie in your prayers.
With no further business, meeting was adjourned.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Rosemary Longmire
Worship Committee Report to Board
March 11, 2013
Worship Committee members have made the window scarves and baptismal curtains in green, purple, and white.  The liturgical color red will be ready by Pentecost in May.  Thanks to Beverly Henley!
The Worship Committee selected images to be used to make large banners to hang between the sanctuary windows (two on the south wall and two on the east wall in the choir loft).  The banners will be for four events “ Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter.  Beverly Henley and Cathy Crabtree will work with Meredith Akkerman to purchase the materials and sew the emblems to the banners.  There will be two sets of banners.  The purple set will have the Advent emblems on one side and the Lent emblems on the other.  The white set will have the Christmas emblems on one side and Easter on the other.  We already have the strips we use for Pentecost and All Saints Day.  Cathy will prepare storage for the banners.
The Worship Committee prepared the sanctuary for Lent after the Ash Wednesday service.  This year we are using different styles of crosses and crucifixes in the windows.  Nancy has order palms from Rion's Flowers to be picked up the Friday before Palm Sunday.  This year, the congregation will preorder various flowers to decorate the sanctuary for Easter service, including the traditional Easter Lily (adding begoinas, pansies, and geraniums).  The flowers not picked up after Easter service, will be used to decorate the church grounds.  Central Christian will host a Holy Week luncheon and offer a brief worship services that day.  NO Maundy Thursday worship service this year but the youth will have a worship service on Good Friday starting at 6:30.  The prayer vigil will start immediately after the program.  Mike Martin will place the 3 wooden crosses in the front with the black cloth (change to white on Easter morning).  Oasis will be set at the foot of the crosses for members to bring flowers to place there on Easter Sunday morning.  Sanctuary decorations will change for Easter service.  The committee will meet after the Easter holiday. 
Nancy James, Chair “ Worship Committee
Elders Notes
02/10/13
 
Elders Present:Sharon Matheny, Wally Cook, Hank Mills Janet Mills, Steve Odom, Carolyn Thompson, Kay Woodfin, Nancy James, Joan Turbeville, Jim Longmire, Bill Hollingworth, JoAnn Hollingsworth, Mike Martin, Roger Osborne
Steve opened the meeting with a prayer.
We had a brief clarification discussion about  "voting elders.  The current position is that all Elders are voting elders with the exception of those who are Elders Emeritus.
Our Sheparding  groups are current.  Return visitors, Alex and Cody will be asked if they would like to be in a group.
Old Business:  none
New Business:  Mike Martin and a group of helpers will be cleaning out the "pump/furnace room in the basement  under the church.  They will be disposing of items that are useless and making more space to store useable items.  The metal cabinet that holds paper products and misc.  will be returned to the spot near the kitchen where it used to be.
We discussed the workshop on March 16th.  We will set goals and determine ways to accomplish and to measure the results.
There was a discussion of the Unity Group which did not complete the task for last year.  The discussion concerned the focus of the group.  There was talk about this group working on ways to better serve the members, unify the members and build relationships and creating opportunity for members.
We talked about the general purpose of CCC and the need for evangelism.  We determined that CCC could enact small acts of outreach the would involve the members.  One suggestion was a CCC "business card that would have identifying information on the front and a Bible Verse or an inspirational message on the back.  Each Sunday the cards would go to the congregation and each member would be asked to give their card to one person during the week. 
We will be exploring ideas for evangelism  during our workshop.  We are looking for affordable ideas that involve all of us.  The basic idea would be a mission of "give to get.
We discussed communion to the shut ins.  It is not necessary that we see these folks only once a month.  Any elder who wishes should be able to take communion to our people at any time.  We discussed ways to do this and we will be looking into the prepackaged juice and wafer as a vehicle.
 
We discussed our joys and concerns.  We are concerned for Carolyn Wilson with a broken pelvis, for Floyd Wilson.  We are grateful that Nicole Martin is going on a new medication that will have less side effects.
CWF REPORT FOR THE Board Meeting March 11, 2013
 
We continue to follow our regular monthly meeting calendar and enjoy the study and fellowship.
The Middle Area Spiritual Journey will be held at Donelson Christian & Inglesia Cristiana Church, Nashville April 13, 2013.  Several of our ladies and Wings Group will be going.
The Blanket Ministry has donated several blankets and shawls to persons who are in need of comfort this year.  If you know of someone, please let me know.
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
Darlene Bowman, President
 
________________________________________________________________________
 
 
Membership Comm. Report for General Board Meeting March 11, 2013
 
Sympathy cards were sent on behalf of Central Christian to the following:
Anita and Penny Melson on the death of Robert Melson, Penny's husband.  Anita is the Grandmother of the Webb girls.  Robert passed away on Jan. 29, 2013.
The family of Tom Cheney who passed away Feb. 23, 2013 with Cryptside services 
Feb. 26th at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville.
  There have been 3 monetary gifts given to the Memorial Fund In Memory of Tom Cheney.  
  
Membership Committee plus others will host the annual Holy Week Luncheon March 27th.  We are coordinating with Edy Wilson and taking weekly meals on Tuesdays to Floyd and Carolyn at least through March.
 
Friends and Family Day September 29, 2013
 
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, Chair
 
Comm. Members:  Meredith Akkerman, Hal & Myra Beasley, Barbara Bekaert, Billie Spinks, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Stacy Lewis, (cookie ministry, phone 615-995-5694)
Central Christian Elders Notes
11/12/13
 
The meeting was called to order by Wally Cook, Steve lead us in prayer.
The following members were present:  Brenda Jarman, Hal Beesley, Hank Mills, Janet Mills, JoAnne Holingsworth, Bill Holingsworth, Barbara Beckaet, Denis Beckaet, Darlene Bowman, Jim Longmire, Sharon Matheny, Nancy James, Wally Cook,  Joan Tuberville, Carolyn Thompson, Carty Roberts, Mike Martin, and Roger Osborne.
 
We discussed the current meeting format of workshops combined with general meetings before church and it was decided by general agreement that this format has been beneficial and we will continue it for this year.
George Cunningham will be removed as a leader of Shepard 6 and Charlie Williams will replace him.
We discussed our luncheons and we will be following this schedule for the near future:
Feb:  Groups 7 and 1, March:   Groups 2 and 3, April:  Groups 4 and 5, May:  Groups 6/6
 
We talked about our joys and concerns .  Prayers were asked for:  Otis Ratliff, Myra's father, Judy Leverette, friend of Sharon  Matheny, Patty Moore, friend of Darlene Bowman, Bonnie, Bill Hollingsworth's sister.   Our shared joy is that Judy Presley, JoAnne's sister is cancer free.
 
JoAnne spoke about our sheparding groups and suggested that we keep in touch with our group by phone and birthday cards and personal phone calls.
 
We discussed Goals for 2013-14.  The following goal were presented:
1.  We need a group to define and execute a program that will increase our visitors.  Nancy James would to be on this committee.
2. The current Visitor team should aim at visitor retention.
3. We need a group to work on Prayer Development.  Barbara Beckaert would like to be on this.
4. The Unity Group from 2012-2013 should complete their work.
5. We need a group to foster good relationships with the community and work in the area of "community care.  Denis Beckaert would like to be on this committee.
The dates of the next workshop will be March 16 from 9:30 until 12:30.
WORSHIP COMMITTEE
Monday, January 28, 2013
Minutes
 
Chairperson Nancy James opened the meeting with prayer.  Minutes from our previous meeting (November 5, 2012) were approved, and all acknowledged planning was well-executed and goals were accomplished.  
 
Advent comments:  
Some worshipers offered a cool response to the "progressive decorating of the sanctuary during Advent and preferred all Advent decorations, especially the Chrismon tree, be displayed for a longer period of time (i.e. the more traditional Hanging of the Greens earlier in Advent).
 
Advent themes, music, and decorations were lovely!  Beverly's mother's angel collection was a beautiful addition to the window decor and was enjoyed by worshipers.
 
Worship Committee members are to be commended for their hard work, attention to detail, and contribution to the beautiful sights and smells of Advent! 
 
Old business:
Steve was unable to secure international flags from any consulates in Nashville.  None responded to his inquiries.  
 
We desire a diverse collection of international flags to be displayed by hanging then over our sanctuary window sills.
 
Beverly will research securing 6-8 12x18 inch flag samples from suppliers in time for World Communion Day in October 2013. 
 
New business:  BANNERS
We now have window scarves and baptismal curtains in green, purple, and white.  The liturgical color red will be ready by Pentecost on May 19, 2013.
 
 
 
Church Year colors:  Christmas and Easter “ white
Advent and Lent “ purple 
Ordinary Time “ green
Pentecost “ red 
 
Banners:  Hancock Fabric or Textile Fabrics (Franklin @ Melrose) offer good sales.
Need 54 inch, 21 yards of each color; use cording along edges
Submit receipts to Nancy for re-imbursement.  
 
Symbols/Emblems:  Steve read a list of options appropriate for church year emphases.  Large, simple images best for embroidery.  
 
Need four (4) banners with four (4) different symbols in a progressive narrative arc from banner to banner.  They need not match paraments.  
 
Banners:  Two sizes to accommodate the two wall spaces above choir loft and two wall spaces left of the altar area.
 
Cathy and Bev to determine best way to construct the banners “ embroider, applique attachment, assembly, etc.  
 
Beverly will find a variety of images for Worship Committee to consider.  She will contact Meredith regarding embroidering.  
 
Images selected:
LENT:  1-PALM BRANCH; 2-BREAD AND CUP; 3-ROOSTER and BAG OF COINS; 4-CROSS with CROWN OF THORNS
Use same fabric/texture and light beige common to each.
 
Lent banners come down before Good Friday, March 29, 2013
 
EASTER:  1-CROWN; 2-TREE OF LIFE (cross) or RIVER OF LIFE; 3-CHRIST STANDING WITH OPEN ARMS or OPEN TOMB; 4-SUNRISE (gold)  
OR
1-CHRIST in silhouette (short); 2-IS (connects with Garden of Eden) using alpha and omega symbols (short); 3-RISEN with empty tomb (long); 4- ALLELUIA! with sunrise (long)
 
ADVENT (purple on back of LENT):  1-STAR OF DAVID (short); 2-ANGELS (short); 3-ROSE OF SHARON (long); 4-ADVENT WREATH WITH FOUR (4) CANDLES (long)  
 
CHRISTMAS (white/ivory on the back of EASTER):  1-STAR (short); 2-SHEPHERD'S STAFF (short); 3-MANGER (long); 4- WISEMEN with CAMELS (gold, long) 
 
Simple designs are best!
 
Banner storage:  roll banners and insert into tubes (old carpet rolls) or 
hang them on wooden hooks in storage area “ must be decided and   prepared before storage is required.  
Bev and Cathy can sew muslin sleeves for banner storage and preservation. 
 
Speak to David Wilson, Properties Team, regarding sanctuary plaster repair ¦ epoxy repair??  
 
Idea:  Youth can create banners using burlap for special occasions!
 
LENTEN PREPARATIONS, SANCTUARY DECORATION, ETC.
Ash Wednesday Worship, February 13, 2013, 7 PM - short, simple service
 
After worship on Sunday, February 10, remove communion pieces from altar; place darker, wooden cross and two brown, wooden candlesticks (Cathy Crabtree's) with shorter taper candles on altar; Steve will prepare ashes from last year's palms.
 
Lenten Sundays:  February 17 “ March 17, 2013
Use different styles of crosses and crucifixes in windows “ REQUEST CROSS (large) LOANS (9) to be used throughout Lent to begin Sunday, February 17.  Members may bring Sunday, February 10 or Wednesday, February 13.  
 
Worship Committee meets Friday, February 15, 1:45-2 PM, to decorate for the First Sunday of Lent.  (Only for Advent decorating do we need to issue an open call for decorating assistance.)
 
Hang purple scarves in window sills
 
Suspend a crucifix (modern, abstract) in front of baptismal curtain
 
Sanctuary flowers in baskets “ muted colors like willow, eucalyptus, etc.
 
PALM SUNDAY:  Nancy orders palms from Publix (ask Mike Martin if need advice) after Bev does a price check for palms sold wholesale and Nancy calls Martin's to compare prices.  What does a palm order include?  What type of palms? 
 
Central Christian will host a Holy Week luncheon and offer a brief worship service on the same day.  Which day is yet TBD.   
 
NO MAUNDY THURSDAY worship service this year.  Instead worshipers will be encouraged to attend the Youth GOOD FRIDAY worship service on Friday, March 29, 2013, 6:30 PM.
 
GOOD FRIDAY “ Cover the cross in black cloth, clear the stage area, dress in black.
 
Place three wooden crosses in front of sanctuary building.  Check with Mike Martin.  
 
PRAYER VIGIL begins after Youth Good Friday worship service and continues until Easter Sunday morning.  Vigil sign-ups have already begun on sign-up sheet in sanctuary.
 
EASTER FLOWERS:  Print article in Sunday bulletins and March CALLER inviting worshipers to purchase Easter flowers (deadline?) to adorn our sanctuary.  This year we will offer various lilies (Asiatic, day, Easter) daffodils, tulips, hyacinths (and other flowers that bloom close to Easter) on the order form with prices for 6-inch pots indicated.  (Call Martin's for recommendations; McMinnville?)  Ask that Easter flowers be delivered to the church building on Easter Saturday, March 30.  Flowers can be taken home following Easter Sunday worship or they may be left at church to be planted on the church grounds.  Are flowers purchased tax exempt?
 
Set-up risers for altar flowers, place flowers in window sills (use clear plate underneath to protect scarves), and return bright brass and color (curtains, paraments, etc.) to sanctuary for Easter Sunday morning worship.  When?  
 
STEVE CREATE BULLETIN and NEWSLETTER AD to invite worshipers to bring flowers to decorate the center cross on Easter Sunday morning.  The crosses have mesh wire at eye-level for flower insertion.  An oasis will also be placed at the base of the crosses for flowers so they will stay prettier longer.  
 
 
Worship music:  Carolyn Thompson reported receiving some complaints about singing hymns with texts printed in bulletin and no musical notation.
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
Joan Maples
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Central Christian Church Board Minutes
14 Jan 13
 
Members present:  Barbara & Denis Bekaert, Hal Beasley, Darlene Bowman, Nancy James, Jake Lewis, Jim Longmire, Steve Odom and Carty Roberts.  (There was not a quorum.)
 
1.  Jim opened the meeting and then Steve presided over communion and the Lord's Prayer in which we all participated.
 
2.  Minutes of the 9 Nov 12 meeting were presented.
 
Old Business:  There was none.
 
 
New Business:  New business is as follows.
3.  Treasurer's report:  Carty gave the balance in the Permanent Fund as $33,632.60 and in the Operating Fund as $10,649.78.  Nancy had a clarification question about the "Linebacker funding for the budget.  These monies are a supplement to the budget and may be used as needed.  Roger sent a 2 week report (for 2012).
 
4. Financial Secretary's report by Jake is posted.
 
5.  Minister's report by Steve is posted.  Additionally, a 9 to 10am Sunday school class led by Joan Maples has been added which will be studying the Gospel of Luke.  Our nursery attendant Chelsea, currently earning $10.50/hour, is unable to continue since she is student teaching and is not allowed to work outside school.  Therefore, we need to look for a new person for the nursery.
CWF report by Darlene is posted.
Membership report by Darlene is posted.
Property:  no report.  
Deacons:  Jake reported that the Deacons will meet 20 Jan to elect officers and determine direction for the year.  One question to be discussed is whether or not to continue to assist Elders with communion to the homebound.
Elders:  Jim reported that 18 attended the 13 Jan meeting and set up 16 Mar for the first workshop of the year.  The Dec Elders' minutes are posted.
Worship report by Nancy is posted.
Evangelism:  Hal reported that the group handed out hot cocoa, cookies and brochures during the Christmas parade.  They will be discussing a small group study on evangelism, as well as ways to invite or bring in more people to church.  There was a discussion of how to better aid the homeless who come to the potlucks, including the use of take-home boxes, which are located in the kitchen.  Hal has been working on the popcorn machine to clean and fix it.
Education:  no report.
Outreach:  no report, but Hal says we now have a web page on Facebook for Global Missions.
Stewardship:  no report.
 
8.  Other Business:  There was none.
 
9.  Announcements:  13 Feb is Ash Wednesday and there will be a potluck (sans desserts) at 6:30pm followed by a worship service.  Communion preparation was discussed.
 
The meeting was adjourned with the admonition to be safe on the treacherous roads due to the bad weather.
 
Respectfully submitted, 
Barbara Bekaert, secretary
 
WORSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING
November 5, 2012
Present:  Carolyn Wilson, Carolyn Thompson, Beverly Henley, Barbara Bekaert, Joan Maples, Steve Odom, and Nancy James.
 
World Communion Sunday:  Steve suggested we contact the different consulates in Nashville to see if they could donate (or we could purchase) a flag the size being big enough to hang from the window sills but not touch the ground.  Steve said he would inquire.  We offered the different communion breads but possibly add next year the grapes instead of the juice.  We were able to decorate for Reformation Sunday and All Saints Day.
 
Thanksgiving Service:  The Thanksgiving Service will be on November 18th.  Nancy, Carolyn W., and Beverly (and anyone else who would like to join us) will meet at the church on Friday, November 16th, at 1:30 to decorate the sanctuary.  We will leave the decorations up if possible for Sunday, November 26th too.  Barbara will bring her bread baker to church.  Carolyn Wilson will make the dough to go into the baker.  It will be placed on the marble platform behind the communion table where no one will trip on the cord.  We will turn it on before the worship service and let it bake during the service.  
 
Advent/December 2nd:  This Sunday we will have the Advent Wreath (with candles) on the stand in front of the sanctuary to light the first candle.  Steve will schedule different members/families to light a candle each Sunday and what they will read.  The red cloths will be in each window and on the choir loft rail and Nancy will get some magnolia leaves to place in each window too.  The purple paraments will be hanging from the two podiums.  Nancy and Carolyn will talk to Love and Lisa Beasley about preparing the Advent Wreath.  There will be a potluck served after the service.  
 
Advent/December 9th:  Add angels to windows.  Small candles will be placed in front of the angels (there are tea candles stored in the basement).  Nancy and Beverly (and again anyone else who would like to join us) will meet at the church on Friday, December 7th, at 1:30 to place the angels and candles in the windows.  The second Advent candle will be lit.  
 
Advent/December 16th:  Steve will announce and put in the Caller that we are seeking volunteers to assist with preparing the sanctuary for the third Sunday in Advent.  We will meet on Saturday, December 15th, starting at 9:00 a.m., to hang all outdoor wreaths, assemble and place the Chrismon Tree with lights on the floor to the right of the platform.  Youth group will perform a play with a manager scene on the platform and music provided by the choir.  The Communion Table will be placed on the lower floor.  Steve will try to find some curtains that can be hung with a shower rod or dowel instead of using what we have now.  He will try to find the colors we need throughout the year (white, purple, green, and red).    The third Advent candle will be lit.    
 
Christmas/December 23rd:  Hanging of the Greens Service.  Steve will announce and put in the Caller that we are seeking volunteer to assist with preparing the sanctuary with the final decorations for this service.  We will meet on Saturday, December 22nd, starting at 9:00 a.m., to prepare the indoor wreaths (doors behind the podiums) to be hung and unwrap and place the poinsettias that have been delivered (Nancy will pick those up on Friday, December 21st from Publix and place in the basement) on the two 3 tiered stands (Steve will get those out of the closet so we can bring the stands up to the sanctuary).  All decorations should be in place by the end of this service.  The poinsettias will stay through the December 30th services.  This will be a musical service (please reference Joan's notes about what the choir will be preparing).  It was attached to the minutes. 
 
Christmas Eve Service/December 24th:  Switch to white paraments.  Candles will be lit in the windows and Steve will check on the candles we have that the people hold to see if we need to order some more.  The service will start at 6:30 to give Pat some time to finish another program and be ready for this service.  Steve will double check to be sure that will work for him.  
 
December 30th:  Everything will be taken down (poinsettias will be picked up) after this service.  
January 6th:  Epiphany “ White paraments.  Beverly will bring some wisemen decorations for the sanctuary for this Sunday.  She and Nancy will meet on the Friday (4th) before at 1:30 to place the decorations  There will be chimes after the Call to Worship.  
Our next meeting will be Monday, January 28th at 5:00 p.m.  Ash Wednesday will be on Wednesday, February 13th.   Submitted by,  Nancy James, Chair
 
 
Summary of Elders' Meeting on Sunday, December 9, 2012
 
Elders Present:  Hal Beasley, Darlene Bowman, Wally Cook, Nancy James, Brenda Jarman, Mike Martin, Sharon Matheny, Hank Mills, Janet Mills, Carolyn Thompson, Joan Turbeville, and Kay Woodfin.
Reverend Odom was also present.
     Hank Mills called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m. and followed with prayer.  Hank also announced that the ACT Ministry will host a social on Monday night, December 10, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Agenda Items:
1. Identification of those in need of prayer:   Concerns were expressed and prayers were requested for the following: Susie, the wife of Wally's co-worker; Bailey Smith, the college friend of Josh Martin; Franz Walkup, who continues to recover from a war injury; and all service members, especially those in hospitals at this time of the year.
2. Approval of proposed agenda: The proposed agenda was agreed upon as written with the following changes/additions: 
A. The decision was made to elect officers first and then decide if a vice secretary is needed.  
B. Reverend Odom also requested time at the end of the meeting to discuss the use of elders as presbyters to assist with Communion.
3. Questions regarding Shepherding Groups and Sunday luncheons:  Appreciation was expressed for the excellent job Joanne Hollingsworth is doing on keeping the Shepherding Groups updated.  The rotation of hosts for the First Sunday Potlucks during the upcoming year was discussed.   Groups 5 and 6 will be hosting the luncheon on Sunday, January 6, 2013.  It was agreed that the hosting Shepherding Groups will be responsible for set-up, clean-up, and beverages.
4. Year-end comments from the focus group leaders:  There were none.
6. Election of 2013 Officers:  The following elders were nominated for the next calendar year; all accepted and were unanimously approved:
Chairperson: Wally Cook
Vice Chairperson: Mike Martin
Secretary: Janet Mills
Brenda Jarman agreed to continue organizing the Elders' Communion Schedule, and Joanne         Hollingsworth had already agreed to continue is her role of keeping the Shepherding Groups edited.
5. Decision on the need of a Vice Secretary position:  The assembled elders concurred that there is no need for this position if the appointed secretary will make arrangements for a substitute ahead of time if he/she is to be absent.  Janet Mills agreed to do so.
 
 
7. Prayer for the newly-elected officers:  Reverend Odom led the prayer.
8. Issues from the floor:  
A. There were numerous and unanimous positive comments regarding Charlie Williams' return to the status of "active elder beginning in January of 2013.  Appreciation was also expressed by all for the many contributions he has made to CCC over the years.
B. Reverend Odom proposed that an elder preside at the Communion Table where he normally takes the lead with the Words of Institution.  Once a month was suggested as a starting point.  He reminded of the history of the changes/restrictions in this leadership role in the church since the 2nd century A.D.  He identified this role as a "Presbyter. He suggested that all elders make a special effort to notice what goes on logistically during Communion today and that this proposal be discussed as part of the agenda at the next elders' meeting.  Several suggestions as to how many elders are needed during this time, how to develop a schedule, and the comfort level of all elders presiding in this capacity.  Nancy James suggested that elders sign up for the role, and a show of hands indicated that most elders present that day would willingly serve in this capacity.
C. Mike Martin brought to the attention of the eldership that there has been another incident of church members who felt "slighted and not called during a time of concern and difficulty in their personal lives.  Again, there was discussion of the phone call rotation, e-mails that go out, communication responsibilities, and the need to notice who is and who is not present in church activities each week, as well as the need to consistently and regularly call Shepherding Group members.  Mike suggested that this be a topic of focus for the elders in 2013. 
     There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned by Hank at 9:29 p.m.
   
     Notes by Brenda Jarman

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH

BOARD MEETING MINUTES

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2012

Attending: Jim Longmire, Steve Odom, Darlene Bowman, Roger Osborne,

Mike Martin, Roseanne Peppers, Rosemary Longmire, Hal Beasley, Hank Mills,

Janet Mills, Jake Lewis, Nancy James, Wally Cook

Meeting was called to order by Board Chairman, Jim Longmire.

Reverend Odom led the group in prayer and Communion.

Old Business

Minutes of the September 10, 2012 Board Meeting were approved as written.

No additional Old Business.

New Business

Treasurer “ Permanent Fund

No Report

Financial Secretary “ Report Attached (Memorial Fund)

Darlene asked a question from the Kaufman Sunday School Class regarding income from the SS class given each Sunday to Habitat for Humanity. Jake indicated money is kept in a designated separate area for HH. Steve communicated to Darlene that someone from the Sunday School class will need to ask Pam to write Habitat a check in December for the amount collected.

Jake pointed out we took the remaining $2900 from general savings (non-designated) to cover recent monthly budget shortfalls. These occur from not meeting income needed monthly and accumulate month to month. Hank pointed to excess in Act Ministry account that is over and above the amount needed for this particular ministry and asked if this money can be used for other needs. Minister indicated it would require approval by Outreach Committee. There was also some discussion about possibly converting to a general outreach fund rather than the large number of separate designations we currently use. This will be discussed further by Outreach Committee.

Hal asked about money currently in transportation fund and where it is designated to be used. Most recently it was planned for youth transportation on mission trips but has not been needed. Mike Martin reported there is approximately $1200 in the youth ministry fund which is due to be transferred back into the general fund. Jake will take care of moving this money on the spreadsheet. Also some questions about Nursery and Child Worship (combined) and exactly what these funds represent. Need clarification.

Pastor “ Report Attached

Steve also reported that Chelsea, our nursery attendant will be leaving on December 9 due to student teaching responsibilities. We will need to decide if and when to replace.

Jim Longmire asked how many children are in the nursery on a regular basis. Answer was "less than one.

Youth Minister

Mike Martin reported many of the youth were not available in October because of band competitions but they are back at work currently and focusing on the Christmas drama and Cantata on December 16. The group went on a fall outing to the Corn Maze in Milton. They hope to focus in 2013 on "Mentoring and Multiplying! Pastor pointed out that Virginia Beasley is serving as worship leader in November and Jacob Wilson will serve in December. He is trying to involve older youth in the Sunday services.

Mike thanked the Board and Church for their continuing support.

REPORTS FROM MINISTRIES

CWF “ Darlene Bowman

Report Attached

Membership “ Darlene Bowman

Report Attached

Property

No Report

It was mentioned that sink in kitchen area has a dripping faucet and is probably in need of a "washer type repair.

Deacons “ Jake Lewis

Plans to have a meeting after the first of year when some new deacons will be on the list.

Representation at the doors on Sunday morning has been going well.

Elders “ Hank Mills

Report Attached.

Worship “ Nancy James

Report Attached.

Nancy also announced that on December 15 and 22, members can come at 9:00 to help decorate and prepare sanctuary for Sunday Advent services.

Evangelism “ Hal Beasley

Reported Friends and Family went well. Not getting the tent saved money and the tent was really not needed. Halloween "Hot Chocolate on Main Street “ they gave away 660 cups of hot chocolate and over 400 glow-in-the-dark crosses and glow sticks and many pounds of candy!

Handout attached for process of becoming a Global Mission Church through Global Ministries of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ. Money we contribute out of our budget to global missions already goes here. This is not asking for more money. Outreach Chairman Hal Beaslely has started a facebook page that receives feeds from Disciples page and other global ministries such as Samaritans Purse. He includes prayers for individual missionaries to our prayer team. In discussing becoming a Global Mission Church, determined we already had the committees in place to make it work with Outreach, Evangelism and Worship so no new committee is needed. They do want us to make a commitment but it's basically a covenant.

Hank Mills reported there are ways sub groups in the church can get more involved. Hulan-Kaufman Sunday School class is going to adopt and support two children in Jamaica and Haiti as part of one of their programs. It's $25.00 per month. Mission resources available are tremendous.

Outreach “ Hank Mills

ACT group had a chili supper and get together at the Mills home in October. Several from the church attended and it was a great time by all. Mike Martin and Nicole provided entertainment with their guitars and songs. Jake on banjo!

Stewardship “ Janet Mills

Roseanne Peppers reported we have $9,923.00 in linebacker pledges to this date.

Steve reported it appears the Church of God will not use our building for Saturday meetings.

Other Business

Darlene Bowman provided report from Regional Assembly.

Report attached.

Announcements

Wally Cook asked for prayers for Cindy's father, for Cindy, Jacob and their entire family.

With no further business, meeting was adjourned by Chairman Longmire.

Respectfully submitted,

Rosemary Longmire

Assistant Board Secretary

 

Treasurer's Report

 

FINANCE REPORT: 11/12/12
             
Operating Account Balance $2,499.69          
11/12/12 Tithes $2,824.00          
Average Weekly Offering            
Average Weekly Needed $3,394.49          
Average Loss            
             
Budget Figures: Actual   Budgeted   Difference  
Sunday School Offering $198.97   $-      
Plate Cash $412.31   $-      
Youth Minister Offering $25.00   $-      
Linebacker Pledges $1,200.00          
Tithes & Offerings - Other $132,298.57   $152,488.10   $(20,189.53)  
TOTAL Tithes & Offerings $134,134.85   $152,488.10   $(18,353.25)  
             
OTHER INCOME - Govt. Tax Refund Insurance, Other $3,190.40          
Designated Mem. Funds Only            
room in inn $245.00          
youth fund raiser $2,195.00          
Gen Memorials (in honor) $2,575.00          
flower $35.00          
Designated Income $1,194.00          
             
Total Income $143,569.25   $152,488.10   $(8,918.85)  
             
             
EXPENSES Actual   Budgeted   Difference  
Total Expense $149,260.07   $152,488.10   $3,228.03  
             
Net Income $(5,690.82)          
             
             
COMMENTS:          
Weekly tithes are generally NOT meeting the need. We have borrowed from Memorial to meet shortfalls, and that practice may not be an option any longer.      
If we cannot sustain average weekly tithes to meet the need, budget's do not matter.      
***Other Income and Designated Funds are not Operating Funds.      
God knows our needs and works through us and others to meet them.      

 

 

CWF REPORT for General Board Meeting Nov. 12, 2012

 

We continue to follow our regular monthly meeting calendar and enjoy the study and fellowship.

We now have our current Disciples Women's Ministries General Program Book published. We appreciate Pam putting this book together. I furnished the current information to her. If any one here would like to have one, you may.

Dec. 4th we will be taking poinsettias to the shut-ins.

Tom and Sara Cheney, Dorothy McCormick, and George Taylor.

We are a small group but we are blessed with resources to be able to fund Christian Church in TN for Disciples Mission Fund $100.00 each month and also local missions.

We have radar knives, note cards, and cookbooks for sale. The note cards are $10 per pack; cookbooks $15.00.

We appreciate all the support the church gives to us.

Respectfully submitted,

Darlene Bowman, President

MEMBERSHIP COMM. REPORT for General Board Meeting Nov. 12, 2012

Friends and Family day Sept. 23rd was well attended and as always enjoyed by everyone with food and fellowship. Hal and Myra do a great job with this.

A Sympathy card was sent to Mindy Black and family on the loss of her Mother, Teddi Douse Howell, Oct. 2012.

A Sympathy card was sent to Anita Melson and family on the loss of Robert Charles Melson.

A meal was taken to the family on Wednesday, Nov. 7th provided for by Barbara Bekaert, Joanne Hollingsworth, Rosemary Longmire, Janet Mills, Carolyn Miller Thompson, and Carolyn Wilson. Thanks to these ladies for providing this.

Respectfully submitted:

Darlene Bowman, Chair

(2010 thru 2012)

Comm. Members: Meredith Akkerman, Hal & Myra Beasley, Barbara Bekaert, Billie Spinks, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Stacy Lewis.

(cookie ministry, phone 615-995-5694

 

Report From Regional Assembly, October 19, 20, & 21, 2012 at New Direction Christian Church, Memphis, TN

by Darlene Bowman, November 12, 2012

Carolyn Miller Thompson and I were elected as voting representatives of Central Christian Church, Murfreesboro to the Regional Assembly. We were honored to be elected and represented you as best we could. Thank You.

To quote from the Tennessee Christian, "A number of great things happened during the Assembly: Inspiring preaching, uplifting worship, beautiful music, interesting sessions, Disciples' missionaries to Africa, a business meeting. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President gave the sermon on Sunday morning, "All Are Welcome at The Table. This was to a packed house, 300 plus? There are many young people that worship at New Direction. As we entered the building to worship, we were greeted and given a communion cup (which I show to you).

We enjoyed great fellowship and food. It is always a blessing to renew old friendships. I think there were about 250 registered.

All eight items on the agenda of the business meeting were approved. They included, a budget for 2013 and 2014, (raises and cuts), new Guidelines and Procedures for Ministry in Tennessee, acceptance of the First Christian Church, West Memphis, AR into the Region, (this was a meaningful part of the asssembly) A small church that felt more comfortable coming to the TN region due to their location.

An audit of the books of the Region was received. Regional Officers and Board members were elected, and approval for the next Assembly to be in Chattanooga in October 2014. Also approved was the first recommendation from the Transformation Committee. A portion of the Region's By-Laws were set aside and the number of Regional Commissions and their purposes are to be fixed by the officers of the Region.

This was the first Assembly to have a portion of the Assembly streamed live on the Internet. Sermons are available on the web site, www.ccdctn.org.

Gifts to The Tennessee Disciples Mission Fund were up 2.89% over what was received at the end of Sept. 2011. The next Special Offering is Thanksgiving. This offering supports colleges, universities, seminaries and seminary foundation houses related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt will receive a portion of this offering. Your gifts to the TN Disciples Mission Fund makes the ministry of the Christian Church in TN possible and saves lives of people around the world. Please be generous for this Thanksgiving offering.

The date for the Disciples Divinity House fund raiser, "Talent 4 the House will be

April 2, 2013. Save that Date. For those of us who attended last year can highly recommend a wonderful evening of food, fellowship, and entertainment. Vince Gill will be there again.

I attended the workshop on Transformation. The persons in the meeting were the age group 51-65; life long Disciples, a good representation from age 30 to 40, new Disciples.

In order for us to see congregations grow, Institutions are going to have to accept CHANGE.

New Regional Vision Statement; Christian Church in Tennessee

Congregations & members together as the

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Tennessee

will recreate our shared ministry to embody Christ

for a constantly changing world by...

Transformation Core Values; Christian Church in Tennessee

Empowering quality pastoral and lay leadership

Serving together in Christ's love

Creating environments for spiritual growth

Proposed Ministry Teams in next phase of Transformation

Empowering quality pastoral leadership

Ministry, Search and Call

Colleague Groups

Equipping lay leadership

Serving together in Christ's love

Regional Outreach Events

Regional participation and support of congregational outreach

Creating environments for spiritual growth

Camp and conference

Assembly

Disciples Men and Disciple Women

Youth Cabinet

Operations

Resources

Personnel

New Church start

Next Steps “ Get involved!

We would like all members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to engage in the transformation process. Please let the regional staff or the regional Transformation Team know what Ministry Team you would like to serve on. We need your leadership and prayers as we move forward into God's call for our future.

Transformation Across the Denomination

Tennessee is one of many regions considering transformation. Some are just beginning while some have completed their work and are living into their vision.

Excerpts from the Regional Assembly Booklet

STAND ~ STRIVE ~ SERVE

 

 

 

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHRUCH

BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Monday, September 10, 2012

Attending:

Steve Odom, Jim Longmire, Nancy James, Rosemary Longmire, Roseann Peppers, Darlene Bowman, Hal Beasley, Carty Roberts, Hank Mills, Janet Mills, Rosemary Longmire, Tom Haynes, Jake Lewis

Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Jim Longmire

Reverend Odom led the group in prayer and Communion.

Old Business

Minutes of the July 9, 2012 Board Meeting were approved as written.

No additional old business.

New Business

Treasurer

Report attached. (Permanent Fund)

Financial Secretary

Report attached. (Memorial Fund)

Jake Lewis reported we received $3,974 in contributions toward air conditioning repairs. $1,125 of this money was spent on the sanctuary AC. $4300 spent on education building AC (withdrawn from Permanent Fund). Motion passed to return the remaining $2849 from congregation contributions toward AC repair to the Permanent Fund where we withdrew the money to cover the education building repair.

Roseann Peppers brought attention to the potential interest by Worldwide Church of God (70 members) for using our church as a meeting place. They currently pay $250 per day of use and they would use the church on Saturday and Holy Days. The lease is expiring in their present location. Steve asked to have the pastor or elder contact him to understand more about their needs.

Pastor's Report

Report attached.

Steve added he is also emailing daily devotion aides by chapter of the Old and New Testament. Any feedback is welcomed.

Youth Minister

No report

REPORTS FROM MINISTRIES

CWF “ Darlene Bowman

Report Attached

Membership “ Darlene Bowman

Report Attached

Property

No report

Deacons “ Jake Lewis

Things continue to go well. Nancy James mentioned that greeting at the door is going much better.

Elders “ Hank Mills

Report attached.

Worship “ Nancy James

Reported the Worship Committee plans to try something different this year during Advent. Decorations for the sanctuary will be brought in each Sunday during Advent. They are planning to use an angel theme in the windows. December 2nd will open the season with Choir Cantata and the youth will also do a dramatic play between songs.

Each Sunday plans are to add the tree, wreaths, poinsettias, etc. Worship Committee would like to have a joint meeting with Outreach and Evangelism concerning global missions.

Evangelism “ Hal Beasley

Friends and Family is scheduled Sunday, September 23rd. Barbecue and Fried Chicken are the meats of choice and usually run about $350. In the past, tent cost has been approximately $400-$450. Hal suggested saving this money and using tables without a tent, depending on the weather. Jim mentioned finding a banner (maybe one from previous years) to advertise Friends and Family in front of building. Halloween on East Main and the Christmas Parade event both use the hot chocolate mix. Myra usually gives out the recipe and members make up a supply. On Halloween, water and hot chocolate is given out and they usually have some type of Christian music being played. Both events are well received by the community.

Outreach “ Hank Mills

Hank and group chaired another successful event for CARES. Played a game called "fact or crap and it was a big hit. Another event is planned for November and will probably be at the Mills home “ everyone invited.

Stewardship “ Janet Mills

Committee continues to try and book weddings for spring season. Roseann had an idea in the budget meeting to consider asking members to adopt a line item in the budget and "become a linebacker! Idea is the person would take care of that line item in addition to their regular giving. Or, several people could adopt a bigger line item. Theme was built around linebackers or football ideas. It would serve to educate the congregation about how the money in budget is used. Example would be purchasing the juice for use in communion, etc.

Nominating Committee “ Steve Odom

Report Attached

Motion passed to accept 2013 nominating committee report as presented.

Other Business

Central Christian is designated two voting delegates for Regional Assembly to be held October 20, 2012 at New Directions in Memphis. Board Chairman, Jim Longmire, appointed Carolyn Thompson and Darlene Bowman as voting delegates. They will report to Board after attending.

The Finance Committee met Sunday, September 9, 2012 and prepared a proposed budget for 2013. (Copy attached). Budget is reduced from 2012. Budget includes a 3% increase in pay for Joan Maples and 1% for other employees. The committee plans to take a look at finances after the first 6 months of the year and determine if additional increases can be given to all employees. Nancy James asked if Board could see a breakdown of how the salary total is divided among employees. Steve will provide information via email. Hank Mills thanked Steve for all his work on the budget.

Motion for proposed 2013 budget passed as presented. Next step is presentation to the congregation.

Announcements

Nancy James still needs communion prep for October.

Meeting adjourned by Chairman.

Respectfully submitted,

Rosemary Longmire

Assistant Board Secretary

 

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH

 

REPORT OF THE ELDERSHIP TO THE GENERAL BOARD September 10, 2012

 

Shepherding Group Subgroup: The monthly Sunday Shepherding Group luncheons have been well received. At the August 2012 meeting it was decided not to hold the luncheons in September and October. Further, when they resume in November they will take the form of a traditional potluck with members of the congregation bringing food items from home and delivering them to the kitchen before the Sunday service. The Shepherding Groups assigned to host the potluck will be responsible for setup, drinks, serving the food and cleanup. . The November luncheon will be hosted by Shepherding Groups 1 & 2. Following luncheons will be hosted two groups for each luncheon, following in numerical order.

 

The Shepherding Groups have been updated and are now current. Joanne Hollingsworth has taken on the responsibility for making the list updates.

 

New Visitor Subgroup: This group continues under the direction of Hal Beasley. It appears that has reaped rewards with those who visit our church. An update from the group will be made to the October Elders Meeting.

 

Men's Group Creation: As previously reported, following investigations regarding feasibility, this was dropped as a focus item for 2012. Still, the ROMEO group continues to meet twice monthly for breakfast. The first meeting each month is held at Adams Place where George Taylor joins the group. There is some involvement with Greenhouse Ministries; Two Elders attended the Disciples Men's Retreat held at Bethany Hills this last weekend.

 

Congregational Communication & Unity Group: This group is investigating ways to promote improved communications and unity within the congregation. Its initial focus has been to determine the specific beliefs that all Disciples members should agree upon. These are the beliefs that should unify us. In all other things there should be ˜charity' and acceptance of our diverse views. That group will provide their update report to the October Elders Meeting.

 

Elders Prayer Creation Group: A primary responsibility of the Eldership is to serve as spiritual leadership for the CCC congregation. This group continues to work to create a series of prayers regarding specific issues that can be used in daily prayer activity. This group will also report to the October Elders Meeting. Upon completion, the results will be made available to the congregation as a whole with encouragement by the elders that each of us make them a part of our daily prayer lives.

Remaining Meetings for 2012:

September = No Meeting

October 14 = Sunday Format “ Status reports of action groups

November 10 = Workshop # 3 & Final 2012 Progress Reports of action groups

December 9 = Sunday Meeting Format - Election of 2013 Officers

 

Submitted Hank Mills, Chairperson of the Elders 

 

CWF REPORT FOR THE Board Meeting Sept. 10, 2012

 

We have had a break for a couple of months but are now ready to get back in the swing of business and our fellowship with each other.

We held our first study meeting last Tues. and have general board meeting and fellowship tomorrow. We are going to lunch at The Parthenon, Beverly Henley, worship/hostess.

The annual fall retreat at Bethany Hills is this weekend. Darlene Bowman, Mamie Kausek, Gabriele and Nicole Martin, and Edy Wilson will be attending. Edy and Darlene will be at the registration table for the attendees. I heard a rumor there may be a stop at the Perfect Pig, White Bluff, on arrival Saturday morning¦¦¦.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Darlene Bowman, President

________________________________________________________________________

Membership Comm. Report for General Board Meeting Sept. 10, 2012

 

Acknowledgement cards have been sent to those who have given to the Memorial Fund and to the families receiving the gifts on the church's behalf.

 

A sympathy card was sent to the family of Tess Gerhart on her death. The Bereavement committee served a luncheon to the family and friends on August 10th. The family really appreciated this.

 

Friends and Family Day is Sept. 23rd. Hal and Myra Beasley, Chairing event. Please tell them how you will be able to help, monetary, bring food, set up and clean up.

Respectfully submitted:

Darlene Bowman, Chair

(2010 thru 2012)

Comm. Members: Meredith Akkerman, Hal & Myra Beasley, Barbara Bekaert, Billie Spinks, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Stacy Lewis, (cookie ministry, phone 615-995-5694)

 

 

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH

BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Monday, July 9, 2012

Attending:

Steve Odom, Tom Haynes, Jake Lewis, Nancy James, Carty Roberts, Darlene Bowman, Rosemary Longmire, Jim Longmire, Wally Cook

Meeting was called to order by Jim Longmire.

Reverend Odom led the group with prayer, communion and The Lord's Prayer.

Old Business

Minutes of the May 14 Board Meeting were approved as written.

Jim reported that Finance Committee did not meet as discussed at May 14 meeting but questions about responsibilities and reports had been resolved.

New Business

Treasurer Report

Carty reported Permanent Fund has current balance of $35,090.84 with one deposit since last meeting of $50.00. Discussion continued about donations and memorials and where money actually "goes when a donation is made.

Steve explained the Permanent Fund is one area where the money stays and hopefully grows to provide a cushion to the general fund and special purchases. The Memorial fund is a place where members can be remembered and the money can be designated to categories already set up or the family can request a new category for the money to be allocated. Steve will write an article for the caller to better educate the congregation and any newer members on this process and that it is available at all times for donations. Darlene mentioned we do list in The Caller when donations are made. Rosemary mentioned that at times in the past these donations had also been listed in the Sunday bulletins which might make more people aware of the process and keep it actively "in front of the members as a viable way to contribute and honor members.

Finance Report from Roger attached.

Financial Secretary

Report attached. (Memorial fund)

Minister's Report

Report attached.

Jim asked about the average number attending Day Trippers and Steve reported there are usually ten or more who attend. It is well attended.

Youth Minister

No report

Reports from Ministries/Committees

CWF “ Report attached

Property “ No report

Deacons “ Nancy James asked if Deacons are aware they are supposed to be at doors to distribute bulletins each Sunday morning. Jake will communicate that all doors should be covered.

Elders - Wally reported for Hank on the last Elder's Meeting. At the last meeting they were in need of the names of voting elders. It was decided they did not have enough present for a vote.

Group 3 & 4 will host August luncheon. Group 2 & 6 will host September 2 luncheon. No luncheon in October.

Brenda completed the Communion schedule through 2013.

There will be no Elder's Meeting in July and the next meeting will be August 12 with agenda to include continuing luncheon schedule.

Worship “ Report attached.

Evangelism “ No report.

Christian Education “ No report.

Membership “ Report attached.

Stewardship “ No report.

Other Business

Steve presented the 2013 Nominating Committee recommendations:

Gunther Prehn

Roger Osborne

Cindy Cook

Hal Beasley

Jim Longmire (Board Chair)

Motion and second to approve. Board accepted nominations.

Announcements

Nancy needs someone to prepare Communion in October.

We need nursery volunteers until paid attendant returns August 19.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Rosemary Longmire

Assistant Board Secretary

 

 
 
WORSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING
“ MARCH 20, 2012
Present:  Carolyn Wilson, Carolyn Thompson, Joan Maples, Steve Odom, and Nancy James.
Events in April:  On April 4th the church will host the midday service/lunch.  Carolyn Wilson is in charge of the lunch hosted by our church.  Mike Martin will order the palms to use for Palm Sunday and the white lilies to decorate for Easter Sunday.  Mike will ask Josh to play the trumpet on Palm Sunday.  There will be pre-service music on Palm Sunday. This year we will put a lily in each window as well as up front.  We will need to be sure the lilies are taken out of the window after the Easter service.  Mike will check to be sure the podium paraments are changed from purple to white.   Mike will make sure the 3 crosses and the crown of thrones are placed in front of the church with the black cloth (then white on Easter) draped on the crosses.  Joan suggested we place some chicken wire on the cross (at least at the intersection of the cross) and allow members to bring different flowers to place in the chicken wire to decorate the cross.  Nancy will talk to Mike about this and Joan said she would write a note to put in The Christian Caller.  Joan also suggested that next year we think about letting members order different types of flowers to use to decorate the sanctuary instead of lilies.  We could offer suggestions of flowers that could be used to plant around the church grounds after Easter Sunday.  There will be a Maundy Thursday service on April 5 about 45 minutes including communion at the end.  Steve will ask Elders assist with the program concerning the Last Supper and Jesus washing the disciples feet.   The Worship Committee will place the praying hands in the windows, change the brass candlesticks to wood candlesticks and the brass cross to a wooden cross covered by a purple cloth before the Thursday service and a black cloth the night of the service.  Nancy will purchase matsa bread to be used on the Thursday night service.  The youth will have a program on Friday night and the Prayer Vigil will begin immediately after the Friday program.  Steve has placed the sign-up for the Prayer Vigil in the back of the sanctuary.  Steve will bring some books that might be of interest to those participating in the Prayer Vigil to read during their appointed time.  On Easter Sunday, Joan and the choir will have special songs for that day.  Pat will do a longer accompaniment.  Charlie Williams will turn the lights down.  The choir will enter singing and the lights will come back up.  The alcolytes will light the candles after the lights come back up.    
Pentecost Sunday in May:  The crosses will be left in front of the church until Pentecost Sunday.  Mike Martin will take down the crosses before that Sunday morning.  Steve will talk to Gabrielle about putting up the Pentecost Banners again this year.  Some window decoration ideas for Pentecost is to have red candles in the windows with some decorations around it such as red/orange paper, red flowers, red hots in a clear container, or paper mache in the red/orange colors.  Nancy will look to see what she can find in the store to cover 9 windows.  It will be announced for everyone to wear red that day.  Joan suggested we have members volunteer to read scriptures or blessings in a different language on Pentecost Sunday.  She will make an announcement and put it in The Christian Caller. We could also have a Hallelujah Box.  The podium paraments will be changed to red on Pentecost Sunday only.  The next Sunday will be Trinity Sunday and the paraments will go back to white.  After that Sunday the paraments will stay green for what is called ordinary/regular time.   
Global Missions Ministry:  Nancy distributed materials from the Disciples of Christ website which explains the criteria for a church to be considered a Global Missions church.  The committee will read the materials and discuss at a later meeting.  Barbara will be able to add more detail since she has attended workshops concerning this topic.
Other Business:  It was suggested the cups in the communion trays be more spread out and need to add more cups.  Nancy will pass this suggestion on to those who prepare communion.  The committee will meet again after Pentecost Sunday to prepare for the rest of the year. 
Submitted by,
Nancy James, Chair      
Worship Committee  
CWF REPORT
FOR THE Board Meeting July 8, 2012
 
CWF ladies held their last meeting of the year June 5th.  Bonnie Rousseau, Shelbyville, installed the new officers for the coming 2 years, June 30, 2012 to June 30, 2014.  Officers were listed in the May 14th board meeting report.  
We are meeting tomorrow with the final reports being given.  A budget was presented and voted on at the meeting June 12th and one of the items voted on was to give offering to Central Christian Church in the amount of $500.00 for Budget.  We are a small group but mighty in Love and Service to all.
Our next meeting will be Sept. 4th with Beverly Henley presenting the study which is
"Dispatches to God's Household: The General Epistles By Nancy Benson-Nicol.  The study covers 
I Peter, 2 Peter, 1“3 John, and Jude.  General Meeting September 11th.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Darlene Bowman, President
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MEMBERSHIP COMM.
 Report for General Board Meeting July 9, 2012
 
In May, on behalf of the church, I sent sympathy cards to Meridith and Mike Akkerman and family on the death of Mary Lillian Eaton; Bill Dolan on the death of his mother Jean Dolan.  *
In July, sent a sympathy card to Edy and David Wilson and family on the death of Edy's sister, Christy Brothers, age 46.
 
Friends and Family Day Sept. 23rd.  Hal and Myra Beasley, Chairing event.
 
Respectfully submitted:
 
Darlene Bowman, Chair
 
*Monetary donations were given to Memorial fund for Mary Lillian Eaton and Jean Dolan in June.

 

Central Christian Church Board Minutes
14 May 2012
 
Members present:  Barbara & Denis Bekaert, Darlene Bowman, Wally Cook, Jake Lewis, Jim Longmire, Hank & Janet Mills, and Carty Roberts.
 
1.  Jim opened the meeting with a prayer and then communion and the Lord's Prayer in which we all participated.
 
2.  The water heater was replaced with a small one at a cost of $259 plus $150 labor by Terry Hodge on the Thursday before Spiritual Journey.  The Youth Ministry hasn't offered us an estimate of the funds needed for the youth to go to Glenhaven this summer.  Hank moved and Janet seconded that the minutes of the Nov meeting be accepted as presented.  The vote was unanimous.
 
Old Business
There was no Old Business.
 
New Business
 
3. and 4.  Treasurer's Report and Financial Secretary's Report: There was discussion about money needed for the youth mission trip and for Bethany Hills campers, as well as about the use of Memorial Fund monies and replacing money from that fund which was used for general expenses.  A motion was made by Janet and seconded by Wally to table receiving the information from these reports until the next Board Meeting.  The vote was unanimous.  Jim and Jake will meet to gather information on per-month income from Jan “ May for the next Board meeting.  The Finance Committee (Carty, Roger Osborne, Jake, Rosemary Peppers and Jim) will meet to sort out responsibilities and will call a special Board meeting to disseminate that information.
 
5.  Minister's report:  no report.
 
6.  Youth Minister's report:  no report.
 
7.  Ministries' Reports
CWF:  Darlene's report is posted.
Property:  no report.  
Deacons:  Jake reported that Tom Haynes has provided the schedule for Worship Servants and it's working well.
Elders:  Hank's report is posted.
Worship:  no report.
Evangelism:  no report.
Education:  no report.
Outreach:  Hank reported on the ACT ministry.  A bowling social was held at a cost of $309 for 17 participants in April.  There will be a Mon 18 Jun gathering for a cookout at the Mills' home which will be a potluck for CCC folk.  Other Outreach ministries are being cared for by different people in lieu of having a chair for the Outreach Ministry at this time.
Membership:  Darlene's report is posted.
Stewardship:  Janet reported that the wedding ministry is looking to the future. She asked for income-producing ideas.  Darlene suggested the Kroger Cares program pertaining to use of a Kroger card, part of whose charges return to the charity designated by the cardholder.  There was a discussion of not using paper products for potlucks, especially on Wednesdays, as a way of reducing costs.  Shepherding Group leaders have the option of using the church's plastic plates and hand washing them after the Sunday luncheons.  The discussion continued regarding the separate issue of ecology and Denis volunteered to bring bins for aluminum cans, etc.  He will be responsible for recycling them.  Jake volunteered to encourage the Wednesday potluck people to bring their own plates, etc. 
Permanent Fund:  Carty reported a balance of $35,040.84 with 0.1% interest.
 
8.  Other Business:  There was none.
 
9.  Announcements:  Barbara's friend Kay in Macon, GA, has lost her job and needs our prayers.  Jim's friend is on chemo to reduce his white blood cell count in order to have a bone marrow transplant; he now has an infection which is raising his white cell count so the transplant is on hold.
 
The meeting was adjourned.
 
Respectfully submitted, 
 
 
Barbara Bekaert, secretary
 
 
Membership Comm. Report for General Board Meeting May 14, 2012
 
Many people were involved in preparing food for the noon day luncheon served by us on April 4th.  55 people were in attendance and the meal and fellowship was enjoyed by all.  Many thanks to everyone who donated time, prepared food, and helped in the kitchen before and after to prepare for this event.  Membership committee requests that the funds received from Inasmuch be applied to the Membership budget for supplies, etc.
 
CCC will host the International Folk Fest singers and dancers on June 14, 2012.  They will be using our Sanctuary but we will not be responsible for the food.  The Islamic Center will serve supper to them in our basement after the performance. 
 
 
Friends and Family Day is Sept. 23rd.  Hal and Myra Beasley, Chairing event.
 
 
 
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, Chair
March 12, 2012
 
(2010 thru 2012)
Comm. Members:  Meredith Akkerman, Hal & Myra Beasley, Barbara Bekaert, Billie Spinks, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Stacy Lewis, (cookie ministry, phone 615-995-5694)
 
CWF REPORT FOR THE Board Meeting May 14, 2012
Tennessee Disciple Women of the Middle Area in TN held the Annual Spiritual Journey March 17, 2012 at Central Christian Church with 80 Disciple Women registering.  25 of those were ladies from CCC.  Ladies from Magdalene House/Thistle Farms presented the program.
CWF/DWM ladies were very busy preparing for this.  We were greatly rewarded with satisfaction of a wonderful Spiritual experience.  (See article in the April, 2012 Caller for further details and CWF/DWM website for photos).  Thanks to everyone who made this event possible.
The following officers were elected at the April 10th general meeting:
President: Darlene Bowman
V. President: Carolyn Miller Thompson
Secretary: Ann Hagerman 
Treasurer: Carolyn Wilson
Study/Worship: Barbara Bekaert
Christian Concern: Diane Bruce
Hospitality: Mary Jo Sexton
Service: Carolyn Miller Thompson
Co-Librarians: Diane Bruce and Nell Alloway
Prayer Chain: Karen Gerlach
Installation of the officers will be held at CCC parlor June 5th with Bonnie Rousseau leading the program.
Study group finished the year of study on the Beatitudes May 1st.  Steve Odom was our group leader.
Church Women United May Friendship Day was held on May 4th at Key United Methodist Church.  At this meeting an annual offering is received for the International Fellowship of the Least Coin ministry which is a worldwide ecumenical movement of prayer for peace and reconciliation.  Every time one prays, she sets aside a "least coin of her currency as a tangible token of her prayer.  A total of $422.00 was collected from the Rutherford County Unit.  CCC ladies gave $42.00 of that amount.
Respectfully submitted, 
Darlene Bowman, President

Central Christian Church

Board Meeting

March 12, 2012

Attending:

Janet Mills, Hank Mills, Tom Haynes, Mike Martin, Roseanne Peppers, Jake Lewis, Hal Beasley, Nancy James, Jim Longmire, Steve Odom, Wally Cook, Darlene Bowman, Carty Roberts, Rosemary Longmire

Meeting was called to order by Chairman Jim Longmire. Rev. Odom opened the meeting with prayer, Communion and The Lord's Prayer.

Minutes from last meeting were not received “ approval tabled until next meeting.

Old Business

Tom Haynes submitted names for approval to fill current vacancies within the Diaconate:

  • Debbie Williams

  • Meredith Akkerman

  • Myra Beasley

  • Gary Bixler

Tom moved, with second by Wally, to accept the list as submitted. Motion approved.

Tom indicated there will be a meeting for all Diaconate after church services on Sunday, March 17th. Plans are to discuss terms and duties, including assisting elders with shepherding groups. Joanne (Hollingsworth) will need to connect new members of Diaconate to a particular shepherding group.

New Business

Treasurer

Permanent Fund currently has a balance of $35,040.84. Carty has been working with Jake to explain the history of this fund and reported that the fund has been here, especially for building, when needed. Fund has been used 7 times in last 5 years.

Financial Secretary “ Report Attached

Minister “ Report Attached

Steve presented three additions to his report:

  • Steve spoke with Selective Insurance who will be working with Carolyn

Thompson on any additional expenses concerning her recent fall.

  • Naomi Hammock memorial service will be held at CCC March 19th

  • American Association of University Women have asked to begin meeting at our church and asked Steve to attend first meeting.

Youth Minister Report

Mike Martin reported the Valentine Sweetheart Luncheon prepared by the Youth Group was a big success raising a total of $910 from the lunch, jewelry sales and donations! The youth are currently preparing for a unique Good Friday Service, working almost two hours each week on this project. Hank asked how much is needed to fully fund the youth trip to Glenhaven in Arkansas. Mike will get back with this information and report to the elders and congregation. Mike expressed appreciation for the continued support. Group recently welcomed two new members.

CWF “ Report attached

Property

Steve reported water heater in the education building has gone out and cannot be repaired. Current bids by Quality and Thompson are in $800+ range for water heater and installation but felt these are quite high and we can get better price. Motion passed to allow for spending up to $500 for water heater and installation. Janet Mills has some possible names of plumbers/handymen who can install. Darlene suggested we need to have this completed by Friday since the CWF will be hosting the Disciple Area Women's Spiritual Journey on Saturday, the 17th.

Deacons “ No report

Elders “ Report attached

Hank presented one addition to his report:

  • At the Elder's Workshop on 3/10, Steve gave a presentation on the

finer points of prayer.

Worship “ Report attached (Minutes of Worship Committee 2/13/2012)

Evangelism

Hal reported the Evangelism Committee plans to once again hand out Easter eggs (to be shared with someone) to each person attending Easter Service. Jake described an idea using a small wooden cross.

Membership “ Report attached

Darlene presented two changes to her report:

  • International Folk Fest on June 14 “ Islamic Center of Murfreesboro

will be serving food, not Cedar Grove.

  • Phone # for cookie volunteers to Stacy Lewis is 615-995-5694

Christian Education “ No report

Outreach

Jim announced we are continuing to search for person to fill leadership position of this ministry. Hank reminded group of all we are continuing to do as outreach so we are not falling behind in this ministry because we do not have chairperson.

  • April 2nd “ Hosting Cares Social Event

  • Volunteers at Greenhouse Ministry

  • Domestic Violence Support Group Meets at CCC on Thursday and

members volunteer for service to children

  • SOS (Survivors of Suicide) meet here on selected Monday nights

  • Food Bank donations continue “ Judy Brookshire delivers

  • Room in Inn once each month

  • Cedar Grove using church for women's luncheon in April

Membership “ Report attached

Stewardship

Janet Mills reported the committee met and made plans to promote a wedding ministry. Janet presented a mock-up of possible brochure/pamphlet idea. They are also working on written guidelines and fee structure. Would like to put more emphasis on the permanent fund going forward and suggest using fund as a way to honor current church members. Yard sale is being planned for future and money would be used in the general fund.

Additional Business and Member Concerns

Hank reported the turnout for cleanup day was disappointing and only included 3 or 4 members. We will need to schedule a second work day.

Darlene reported on Carolyn Thompson and Nell Alloway “ both continue to need our prayers.

Meeting was adjourned by Jim Longmire.

Respectfully submitted,

Rosemary Longmire

Assistant Secretary

 

CWF REPORT

FOR THE Board Meeting March 12, 2012

The New Year is going well with our first Tuesday study of The Beatitudes, average attendance of 10.

We welcome 3 new members, Pat Summar, Beverly Henley, and Ella Mikkelson.

General Meeting is the 2nd Tuesday with good attendance, meeting, and out to lunch. Shut-in calling on the third Tuesdays.

The ladies had a work day Friday March 9th and cleaned the sanctuary. Thanks to all who helped. Ann Hagerman, Billie Spinks, Carolyn Wilson, Carolyn Thompson, Pat Summar, Beverly Henley, Claire Mobley, and Darlene. A big Thank You to Steve who mopped the floor in the fellowship hall Saturday afternoon.

Pat Summar said she was so blessed in being asked and able to help with the work.

We are busy preparing for the Middle Area Spiritual Journey March 17th held at Central Christian. We will be hosting about 60 persons plus children.

Respectfully submitted,

Darlene Bowman, President

 

Membership Comm. Report for General Board Meeting March 12, 2012

Upcoming events:

Central Christian is hosting noon day services on April 4th and we will serve a luncheon on that date.

CCC will host the International Folk Fest singers and dancers on June 14, 2012. They will be using our Sanctuary but we will not be responsible for the food. The Cedar Grove Church will serve supper to them in our basement after the performance.

Stacy Lewis has volunteered to solicit cookies for the Sunday afternoon cookie ministry Please contact her if you would like to bake cookies. Steve delivers the cookies to the schools.

Stacy's phone no. is 615-995-5724

Friends and Family Day is Sept. 23rd. Hal and Myra Beasley have graciously accepted hosting this event.

Respectfully submitted:

Darlene Bowman, Chair

(2010 thru 2011) Comm. Members: Meredith Akkerman, Hal & Myra Beasley, Barbara Bekaert, Billie Spinks, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Janet Mills

 

Central Christian Church
Pastor's Report
March 12, 2012
 
 
1.  Sunday Evening Class, "God˜s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades, by Rodney Stark continues through April 8 (except no class on March 25). Class meets at 5:30 PM New Class begins April 22. 
 
2. February DayTrip was to Nashville GoodWill store. March DayTrip on Tuesday the 27th will be to the Sewanee Natural Bridge State Nature Area for a short hike, a stop at Monteagle Winery followed by lunch at the SmokeHouse. We leave at 9:00 AM. 
 
3.  Pastor's Community Leaders finished with 
2/19 Alive Hospice
2/26 Mark Miller-McLemore
 
4. Next Sunday Luncheon April 1 
 
5. New members scheduled for March 18, Ella Mikkelson, and Jim and Beverly Henley.
 
6. Apocalypse 2012 began Sunday March 4 at 9:30 AM. Plan is to study Biblical apocalyptic literature and apocalyptic movements in history. Sermon, Sunday AM and PM class on website.
 
7. Hank Mills leading class on history and literature of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Began March 4. 
 
8. Wednesday Potlucks featuring 15 minutes on History and Identity of Disciples of Christ
 
9. Visitor Team and others following up well on FTA (First Time Attenders)
 
10. Stacy Lewis taken on scheduling for Cookie Ministry, which now go to to local schools. MN Primary, Central Magnet, Hobgood, and MN Elem so far. 
 
11. Next Sunday Class considering "Jesus Wars, by Philip Jenkins, "Atheist Delusions, by David Bentley Hart, and "The Triumph of Christianity, by Rodney Stark. Send me your opinion.
 
 

 

Elders' Meeting 

11 Feb 12

8:30 AM

Central Christian Church parlor

 

Members present:  Hal Beasley, Barbara and Denis Bekaert, Bill Hollingsworth, Nancy James, Jim Longmire, Sharon Matheny, Hank and Janet Mills, Mike Martin, Steve Odom, Roger Osborne, Carty Roberts, Carolyn Thompson, Joan Turbeville, Charlie Williams, and Kay Woodfin.  

 

Due to the late arrival of the secretary, Agenda #'s 1 “ 4 were missed.

 

5.  Review of Status of Current Target Areas

A.  Shepherding Groups

Joanne Hollingsworth has taken care of reorganizing the groups.

The cost of the luncheons will be absorbed by each Group.

Pam is to have the emails for each group by next week.

 

B.  New Visitors Team 

If each member will completely fill out the guest register during church, visitors will be encouraged to do so as well. 

The sign-in book at the entrance to the sanctuary during worship is being used well.

There are brochures on the table and more in the drawer of the table.

Steve is following up with visitors and emailing Hal with info that needs to be passed along.  Central Christian Church business cards can be used to offer personal phone numbers (home or cell) to visitors.

Greeting visitors must be an ongoing activity of everyone.  There was a question about how to get new members hooked into activities.  The answer is to have them entered into a Shepherding Group immediately.

 

C.  Elder Responsibilities Group has been discontinued.

 

6. 7. and 8.  Identification of Continued or New Potential Targets for 2012, Selection of those targets and Assignment of small groups for each area

a.)  Shepherding Groups will continue and be monitored.  A small group headed by Kay and including Charlie, Joan and Carty will discuss restructuring and naming the new groups, use of emails, and strategies for integrating new members.

b.)  New Visitors Team headed by Hal and including Janet and Steve will report at the end of this meeting with new ideas.

c.)  New Members being integrated will be incorporated into the discussion of Shepherding Groups.

d.)  A small group led by Bill and including Jim, Roger and Carolyn will discuss moving the men's ministry beyond the ROMEOs and possibly beyond CCC.

e.)  A small group made up of Mike, Denis, Sharon, Nancy and Barbara will discuss how to promote communication and congregational unity.

f.)  A possible prayer structure for the daily use of Elders, especially during difficult times, will be tabled until the next workshop.

Each of these small groups will meet for ~30 minutes and one person who has been designated will record and report.

 

9.  Small Group Reports.

a.)    Shepherding Groups, Kay

Membership list needs to be posted.  Each Shepherding Group will decide for itself its name.  Each group will report at each Elders meeting on their membership.

b.)  New Visitors, Hal

Have business cards for the team members to use.  These, as well as brochures, etc. will be in the drawer in the table in the back of the sanctuary.  Steve will follow up on Mondays and report to Hal and other groups as needed.

d.)  Men's Group, Bill

They will check on men's groups in neighboring churches and find out how they function.  Each member has been assigned a church to check on.

e.)  Communications and Unity, Sharon

"In Essentials, Unity, In Non-Essentials, Freedom, and in all things, Charity will be printed on all bulletins, etc.  The absolute Essential is Jesus Christ as Lord; there shall be no creed; issues should be non-issues at church.  Communication comes from respect.  We should develop a panel of Elders to receive concerns with no judgment and to discuss problems, concerns, and issues so people can be heard and then decide if a solution is needed.  They will hold another small group meeting before 11 Mar.

10.  Other business from the floor

1.  Sharon suggested a light be left on outside the basement door.  Greg as property chair will see to it.  

2.  Darlene reminded us about the Talent in the House.

3.  Nancy is looking for volunteers for 2 lists:  communion prep and sponsoring flowers for Sunday mornings.

4.  Barbara noted that she will be gone for the 11 Mar Elders' meeting and Sharon or Nancy volunteered to take notes.

5.  Hank will substitute for Denis as Worship leader on 19 Feb.

Denis also will need someone to be responsible for the Prayer Vigil. 6.  Jim suggested the Sunday School classes meet together when Mark Miller-McLemore presents.

7.  The ACT social will be held Mon 13 Feb; Mike wondered who's in charge from CCC, where they will meet and what they need.

8.  There was discussion about keeping in touch with members who are not attending regularly, especially if they normally come often.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Board Moderator Jim.

 

Respectfully submitted, Barbara Bekaert, Secretary

 

 

Central Christian Chuch
Pastor's Report
January 9, 2012
 
 
1.  January 15 begins new Sunday Evening Class, "God˜s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades, by Rodney Stark. Class meets at 5:30 PM 
 
2. January 24 will be DayTrippers at November 22 DayTrip will be TBA. 
 
3.  Pastor's Class continues with Community Leaders speaking about the nature of their work and their faith on Sundays at 9:30 AM
1/15 Tom Seals, Lipscomb Univ
1/22 Dr. Linda Gilbert, Murf City Schools
1/29, Ernest Burgess, County Mayor
2/5 , Gordon Ferguson, CEO MTMC
2/12, District Attorney, Bill Whitesell
 
4. Next Sunday Luncheon February 5
 
5. Thanks to Zach Mills for preaching 1/8 with parents leading worship and to Carolyn Thompson, Jim Peppers, Carty Roberts, Josh Martin, and Joan Maples speaking on 1/1 with Roger Osborne leading worship.
 
6. Recent two part columns ran in DNJ or place of Islam in American society. Look under Guest Column on the opinion page. 
 
7. Am considering comparative history of the two religions for a new lecture series this year. Working on dates. 
 
7. No takers at Starbucks Inquirers class. Needs more advertising.
 

Membership Comm. Report for General Board Meeting January 9, 2012

There was not an elected Chairperson for Membership but I have volunteered to oversee this for the year of 2012 if that meets with Board approval.

Debbie Williams and Carolyn Wilson have agreed to continue with Wed. night pot lucks.

The committee suggests that if we have a luncheon on Sunday, we do not have the Wed. night pot luck that week. (I believe this week's potluck has been posted so will have that.)

Carolyn Miller Thompson has agreed to continue with planning funeral luncheons.

Central Christian is hosting noon day services on April 4th and we will serve a luncheon on that date.

CCC will host the International Folk Fest singers and dancers on June 14, 2012. They will be using our Sanctuary but we will not be responsible for the food. The Cedar Grove Church will serve supper to them in our basement after the performance.

Janet Mills continues to solicit cookies for the Sunday afternoon cookie ministry and please contact her if you would like to bake cookies. Steve delivers the cookies to the fireman and policeman. If anyone wishes to help him with this, he would appreciate it.

The committee has not met as of this date. We would like to set a date for Friends and Family Day. Possibly Sept. 23rd but we will have to check football, school calendar first. Open for suggestions. We also ask for someone to chair that committee. Hal and Myra Beasley have graciously hosted for several years and I am sure they would appreciate a break.

Respectfully submitted:

Darlene Bowman, Chair

January 9, 2012

(2010 thru 2011)

Comm. Members: Meredith Akkerman, Hal & Myra Beasley, Barbara Bekaert, Billie Spinks, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Janet Mills

 

CWF REPORT FOR THE Board Meeting Jan. 9, 2012

 

Dec. 7th CWF met for study and then delivered poinsettias to the following shut-ins:

Tom and Sara Cheney, Jean Dolan, Mary Lillian Eaton, Dorothy McCormick, George Taylor, and Marjorie White. They really appreciate our visits and also receiving cards from Diane Bruce on behalf of CWF. She also sends get well cards to those who are ill.

The ladies met Dec. 13th at the home of Darlene Bowman for the Christmas Meeting. 20 items were brought for the food bank.

March 17th we will be hosting the Middle Area Spiritual Journey. We will be usi g the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall but will need to provide a nursery in the education al bjuilding. We expect about 60 ladies from the Middle Area to attend. The ladies from Shelbyville will host with us.

Respectfully submitted,

Darlene Bowman, President

 

Elders Meeting

8 Jan 12

8:30 AM

 

Members present: Barbara and Denis Bekaert, Darlene Bowman, Wally Cook, Bill and Joanne Hollingsworth, Nancy James, Brenda Jarman, Sharon Matheny, Hank and Janet Mills, Carolyn Thompson, and Joan Turbeville. Steve Odom was also present.

The meeting was opened with a prayer given by Barbara.

Joys and concerns:

Sharon has both shingles and bronchitis.

Chuck Ramsey's mother died.

Beth Smith has had a recurrence of breast cancer.

Eddie Cook continues to need our prayers.

Communion Schedule for 2012:

Brenda handed out the schedule through 8 Jul 12.

Reminders were offered about adjusting the microphone before speaking and about after service responsibilities.

Parings of Shepherding Groups for Church Luncheons

Joanne handed out the Shepherding lists and reminded us to be in contact with each member every month.

Luncheon schedule:

8 Jan: Groups 1 & 9

5 Feb: Groups 2 & newly combined 3 & 4

4 Mar: Groups 4 & 5

1 Apr: Groups 6 & 7

6 May: Groups 1 & 2

3 Jun: Groups 5 & 6

1 Jul: Groups 7 & 1

5 Aug: Groups 3 & 4

 

Use of CCC for New Years Eve

About 30 people attended the foot washing ceremony. Sharon opened the church, lit candles, and returned to close. She was also given a $200 love offering. They had already cleaned the sanctuary spotlessly. They were very appreciative that we let them use the space.

Finalization of Meeting Formatting

8 Jan: Sunday to set agenda for 2012

11 Feb: Saturday workshop #1 to ID targets for 2012 and development of those targets

11 Mar: Sunday for progress check

Apr: no meeting (Easter)

12 May: Saturday workshop #2

10 Jun: Sunday for progress check

Jul: No meeting

12 Aug: Sunday for progress check

Sep: No meeting

14 Oct: Sunday

10 Nov: Workshop #3 for final 2012 progress reports

9 Dec: Sunday for election of 2013 officers

Progress Report on fund raiser for Disciples Divinity House

Darlene reported that $100 of the needed $120 for a table sponsorship has been given. Tickets will go on sale in late Feb. They will cost $20 each.

George Cunningham's Saturday Bible Study

All are welcome, not just church members.

Christmas parade report was not presented.

Outreach opportunities at Greenhouse Ministries

Hank passed around a brochure. Alive Hospice was mentioned as also needing volunteers.

Other business from the floor

Darlene volunteered for membership chair and as such, she reminded us that we need to pick a date and leaders for Friends and Family Day 2012. 23 or 2 Sep were offered. The H. Beasleys will be asked to head again.

The next Elders meeting will be held on Sat 11 Feb at 9:30 AM.

 

Central Christian Church

Board Meeting

November 7, 2011

 

Attending:

Tom Haynes, Steve Odom, Nancy James, Darlene Bowman, Janet Mills, Hank Mills, Mike Martin,

David Wilson, Jake Lewis, Hal Beasley, Wally Cook, Jim Longmire

Meeting was called to order by Chairman Tom Haynes. Rev. Odom opened the meeting with prayer, Communion and The Lord's Prayer.

Minutes from the previous meeting were approved as written.

Old Business

Steve moved, with second by Wally, to accept the amendment to change voting member quorum from 13 to 9 members present. Motion approved.

Further discussion/modification of the budget:

Properties and Facilities “ the annual amount will change from $4372 to $4465

Wally moved to accept this modification on the budget, with second by Hal. Motion approved.

Nominating Committee Report

Mamie Kausek asked to be removed from consideration as Membership Chairperson.

Benton Beasley asked to be released from deacon responsibilities.

Hal has agreed to chair Evangelism Committee for one additional year.

Christian Education Chairperson has not been filled. Steve will ask Meredith to consider serving

one additional year.

Cindy Cook has agreed to serve as a deacon.

Additional discussion about the vacancies that remain continued.

New Business

Treasurer “ Report attached.

Additional discussion about shortfall in giving and what is needed each week. Group suggested more information on the Treasurer's Report for better understanding. Will discuss what information is needed with Roger.

Financial Secretary “ Report attached.

The church van has been sold and discussion regarding the transportation fund included the possibility of moving that money to the General Memorial Fund. Steve suggested we keep the transportation fund active for any future expenses. It can always be transferred in the future if the Board so desires. David reported that $1092.60 will be moved into the Youth General Fund.

Minister “ Report attached.

Youth Ministry Report

Mike Martin reported there will be a Youth Meeting at Woodfin's Cabin for Bible study and activities on November 18th. The fishing activity has been moved to spring 2012. They are having good success with the activity books for the children which are delivered to the hospital and domestic violence groups. More outreach activities are forthcoming.

CWF “ Report attached.

Membership “ Report attached

Stewardship “ No report

Property

Steve reported that Greg Hunt (property chair) is working on the security lights. David Wilson suggested the buildings be inspected for hail damage from last month's storms.

Elders “ Report attached.

Deacons “ No report

Worship “ Report attached

Evangelism Report

Hal reported the Halloween fest was a huge success. We served over 10 gallons of hot chocolate, handed out several bottles of water and distributed 650 glow-in-the-dark bracelets. Plan is to do similar activity at the Christmas Parade in December.

Christian Education “ No report

Outreach “ No report

Meeting ended with discussion regarding the value of our participation in the Domestic Violence Program. There has been an increase in children who attend from age 2-high school. We have a big need for more volunteers.

Meeting was adjourned by Tom Haynes.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Longmire

(For Rosemary Longmire, assistant secretary)

 

 

CWF REPORT FOR THE Board Meeting Nov. 7, 2011

CWF meet first Tuesday of each month studying from the Disciple Women Magazine Confessing the Beatitudes. We have our general meeting on the 2nd Tuesday with a business meeting and hostess to decide an activity. On the 3rd Tuesday we visit the shut-ins. Diane Bruce sends "holiday cards through the year to the shut-ins and they really do appreciate this.

The Group will be delivering poinsettias to the shut-ins the first Tuesday of December.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Darlene Bowman, President

 

 

 

 

Membership Comm. Report for General Board Meeting November 7, 2011

 

Friends and Family Day was held Sept. 25th with a good attendance. We met in the Fellowship Hall. We give our thanks to Myra and Hal Beasley who headed this committee. Thanks to all friends and family for providing food and helping to set up and take down.

 

One sympathy card sent in October to the Tom Haynes family in the death of Jack Haynes.

 

CCC will host the International Folk Fest singers and dancers on June 14, 2012. They will be using our Sanctuary but we will not be responsible for the food. The Cedar Grove Church will serve supper to them in our basement after the performance.

 

Janet Mills continues to solicit cookies for the Sunday afternoon cookie ministry and please contact her if you would like to bake cookies. Steve delivers the cookies to the fireman and policeman. If anyone wishes to help him with this, he would appreciate it.

 

The once a month luncheons after Worship on Sunday seem to be going over well. Thanks to the Shepherding groups for taking this responsibility.

The membership committee suggests that if we have a luncheon on Sunday, we do not have the Wed. night pot luck that week.

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted:

Darlene Bowman, Chair

November 7, 2011

 

Comm. Members: Meredith Akkerman, Hal & Myra Beasley, Barbara Bekaert, Billie Spinks, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Janet Mills

 

 

ELDERS MEETING “ 10/9/11

Attendance: Jim Longmire, Joan Tuberville, Joanne Hollingsworth, Bill Hollingsworth, Carolyn Thompson, Steve Odom, Hal Beasley, Roger Osborne, Mike Martin, and Nancy James.

Presiding: Bill Hollingsworth

Concerns: Harold Beasley is back on steroids. Patrick Ford needs a job and a place to live. He has to move by October 15th and does not have a definite place to go.

Joy: Riley Osborne made Eagle Scout and you can find him on the internet displaying his football talents.

Shepherding Groups: Bill distributed the recent updates to each of the Shepherding Group leaders that were present. He emphasized to be sure to call the office if there are any changes to your list so the office can keep current contact information on each member. Pam will change the information on the list. Bill also distributed note cards for each of the shepherding group leaders to use to communicate with their members.

Welcoming Visitors: Hal reported the guest book is currently placed at the back of the sanctuary on a podium by the front door. If he is able to have a presence in the back, he greets the visitors and takes note of the information they are willing to give (student, job, married, etc.).

Elder's Responsibilities: The Shepherding Group sponsored lunches after Sunday service have been well attended. Game nights are enjoyed by those who have been able to attend (last Friday of every month). Joan Maples will be presenting a Music Theory Class starting in October and going through part of November. Mike welcomes other ideas to help foster relationships and identify common interests among our members.

Evangelism: The youth and committee members will set-up a table close to Main Street on Halloween night to distribute water, hot chocolate, and some candy. The Evangelism Committee will need donations for this event.

Elder Emeritus “ Bubba Woodfin: Bill announced that Bubba would like the Elders to consider his request to serve as Elder Emeritus. Bill recognized Bubba's long service to this church. Bill proposed the formal question. Carolyn Thompson so moved and Hal Beasley second the motion. Bill then asked: All in favor of Bubba Woodfin serving as Elder Emeritus at Central Christian Church, please raise your hand in favor. It unanimously passed.

Youth Report: Mike Martin announced the youth will be involved in a Flea Market to raise money for upcoming projects.

Pastor's Report: Steve will be on Study Leave October 23-29 at Bethany Hills. He will not be missing any Sundays. He will have his cell phone and check messages at night. Pam will be able to contact him during the day through the Bethany Hills office if needed.

Carolyn Thompson performed sit-ups and the meeting was adjourned.

Submitted: Nancy James

 

 
 
Central Christian Chuch
Pastor's Report
November 7, 2011
 
 
1.  "Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for This Urgent Time, Sunday evening class, began in October. Will finish in January. 
 
2.  Welcomed Tess and Sylvia Gerhart into Membership Nov 6. Racsanfan@aol.com
 
3. November 22 DayTrip will be a trip to Nashville Farmers Market. 
 
4.  "What the Pastor Doesn't Know, an examination of lectionary Bible texts through the eyes of members of the class, continues through Nov 27. Dec. 4 begins new quarter.
 
5. First Sunday Luncheon very popular, next is Dec. 4.
 
6. Vacation week starting Friday Nov 11, will return 18th. Joan and Hank Mills leading Musical Worship service.
 
7. Study week Oct 24-29 at Bethany Hills, no charge for use of cabin for DOC minister. Finished four books: "Theological Origins of Modernity, "Without God, Without Creed: The Origins of Unbelief in America, "Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology: From the Fathers to Feminism and "God's Continent: Christianity, Islam and Europe's Religious Crisis.
 
7. Offering new lectures held here at CCC starting Nov 21 through Dec 12, "The Influence of the Bible on the English Language. Inviting all recent AIL students. 
 
8.  December will begin Community Leaders Sunday School class with Bill Shacklett (Main Street), RuCo Sheriff Robert Arnold, and Mayor Tommy Bragg. Bill Whitesell, DA, and Linda Gilbert Murf City Schools scheduled. 
 
9. Offering Inquirer's Class, aimed at general unchurched public, starting January 15. Meeting at Starbucks.  
What is an Inquirer's Class? It's a presentation of the beliefs and practices of the followers of Jesus Christ, in an informal context of discussion and questioning, where it˜s safe to doubt and wonder. An Inquirer's class is intended for those who seek to know God and his gracious love through the historical figure of Jesus of Nazareth. Using the resources of the whole church, the program culminates in a profession of faith and church membership for those who seek this. This voluntary step is offered only: for  "there is no compulsion in faith. Some may choose to postpone this choice, or remain involved in further classes, or end the program.
     This is not a political action committee, a moral improvement class, or a claque of know-it-alls gathering to judge others. It's intended as an opportunity to learn more about the Christian faith, for those who are tired of hidden agendas and religious hackery. The facilitator is a "shepherd of souls, the pastor of Central Christian Church at 404 E. Main St. in Murfreesboro, Steve Odom. Odom was formerly a Campus pastor at University of Wisconsin-Madison. First meeting is at the Rutherford Blvd Starbucks at 7:00 PM Monday, January 15, 2012. Contact steven.odom@gmail.com for more info

 

 

Central Christian Church Board Minutes

12 Sep 11

 

Attendees:  Barbara and Denis Bekaert, Darlene Bowman, Art Hardin, Nancy James, Mike Martin, Hank and Janet Mills, Steve Odom, Roger Osborne, Sean Richardson and Carty Roberts.

Janet opened the meeting and Steve offered a pastoral prayer, leading us into communion.

The minutes of the Jul 2011 meeting were considered.  The board voted to receive the minutes.

Old Business                                                                                                                                                                Board Attendance:  Hank presented his report, posted.  Because we do not have a quorum of current voting members under the system as described in the By Laws, we cannot change the By Laws as to the number of people needed to be a quorum.  However, by voting at the meeting and getting an email count of those voting members not present, we can have a quorum for voting.  Darlene moved that we accept the modification of section 3.1 of the By Laws as presented by Hank, designated as X plus RHM in the report.  Roger seconded and the vote was 7 “ 2 in favor.  Steve will email current voting members; we need a total of 13 voters (4 more responders since 9 voters were present) to constitute a current quorum.  With a quorum of 13, a majority (7 of the 13) will pass the motion; since 7 present already voted in favor of the motion, then all we need is for 4 more voters to respond, no matter which way they vote. With the new Bylaw, only 9 are needed for a quorum. The Voting Members are Moderator, Vice Moderator, Past Moderator, Secretary,Treasurer, Financial Secretary, CWF Leader, Elder Chair, Elder delegate, Deacon Chair, Deacon delegate, Ministry Chairs: CE, Stewardship, Property, Membership, Evangelism, Outreach, Worship. 18 voting members, quorum needed 9. 

New Business                                                                                                                                                         Treasurer's Report:  Roger's report is included.  The checking balance is $9595.28.

Financial Secretary:  no report.

The pastor's report was given by Steve and is included.  There were several comments concerning #8, the Community Leaders Sunday School Class.

Youth report was given by Mike.  The youth meetings are now held every Sunday following church.  The end of summer gathering was held yesterday, 11 Sep.  The kids participate in childcare for Domestic Violence meetings, Greenhouse Ministry, packets of activities for children at hospital waiting rooms, and are planning on a fishing tournament in the fall, as well as a book study during their Lock In at the Woodfin's cabin. 

CWF report:  Darlene had no report. 

Property report:  No report.

Deacons' report:  Sean had no report.  Nancy suggested (from the Worship committee) that a representative of the Deacons attend Elders' meetings.

Elders' report:  Hank reported that 12 to 15 are attending meetings.  There are 3 areas the Elders are working on.  1) Nancy is in charge of Shepherding Group responsibilities.  The leaders are in process of data gathering.  An after-church-luncheon is being hosted by a pair of Shepherding Groups each month.  2) Hal Beasley has developed a greeting team for visitors at worship.  3)  Mike has been checking Elder responsibilities and finding ways of bringing members together.   Movie nights and game nights have been set up in conjunction with Outreach.

Worship report:  As her report, Nancy included the minutes of the latest worship committee meeting, posted.

Evangelism report:  No report.

Christian Education had no report.

Outreach:  Sean reported that the committee is looking for time during worship to describe our outreach ministries.  Steve suggested the time during the offering meditation.  Game nights have been set up the 3rd Friday of each month in the fellowship hall.

Membership:  Darlene reported Hal and Myra Beasley are working hard on Friends and Family Day to be held 25 Sep.

 Stewardship:  No report.

Permanent Fund: Carty's report is posted.

In other New Business:

The Nominating Committee presented its report, posted.  Sean moved and Darlene seconded that we accept the Committees nominations.  Nine approved and Steve will email for the remaining quorum.

The proposed budget for 2012, posted, was presented by Roger.  Hank moved and Art seconded to accept the altered budget (an extra $100 was added to line item #8005 for Communion supplies since Nancy has been buying juice herself.)  The vote was 8 in favor and 1 abstention.  Steve will send the budget by email for the rest of the quorum's vote.

The meeting was adjourned.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Barbara Bekaert, secretary

 

 
 
Central Christian Chuch
Pastor's Report
September 12, 2011
 
 
1.  Good News for Anxious Christians will finish this Sunday. Beginning new class on October 2,  Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for This Urgent Time.  
 
2.  Welcomed Patrick Ford into Membership in July.
 
3. August Daytripper cancelled for Janet Herrod operation in Vanderbilt. September 27 will be a backroads trip to Franklin and a visit to the Landmark Booksellers store and lunch and stop at Whole Foods Grocery in Cool Springs.. 
 
4.  "You're the Expert" Sunday School Class finished with Dr. Jim Jarman. In September we began "What the Pastor Doesn't Know, an examination of lectionary Bible texts through the eyes of members of the class.
 
5. First Sunday Luncheon coming up October 2 with Shep Groups 7 & 8 hosting.
 
6. Vacation week planned in November. Have asked Glen Stewart to preach Nov. 13. Study week Oct 24-29 at Bethany Hills. 
 
7. AIL Lectures 2011, Lost Histories of Christianity, began today at FUMC. 
 
8.  December will begin Community Leaders Sunday School class with Bill Shacklett (Main Street), RuCo Sheriff Robert Arnold, and Mayor Tommy Bragg. Bill Whitesell, DA, and Linda Gilbert Murf City Schools scheduled. 
 
9. Term as Community Member of the DNJ Editorial Board ends in October.
 
10.  Movie Night will be Saturday September 24 at 6 PM, at Richardsons˜, "The Gods Must Be Crazy." 
 
11.  Friends and Family Sept 25. Invite a friend! Or a family!

 

WORSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING “ SEPTEMBER 6, 2011

Present:  Barbara Bekaert, Carolyn Thompson, Steve Odom (left to go to hospital for Janet Greever), and Nancy James. 

 

Vase Update:  Nancy updated information about the vases.  Sissy is sending back the original two vases.  One of the newer vases is already here and Sissy has ordered the other one.  There is close to a $170.00 difference.  We hope to have the one ordered here by Friends and Family Day to use.  Nancy will get the vases inscribed when the other one arrives.

World Communion Sunday:   October 1st is World Communion Sunday.  It was suggested to make all those involved in the worship service that day aware of the event especially the Elders who will serve at the Table.  Barbara suggested we serve different types of bread representing the different types that are used around the world.  Nancy and Barbara will coordinate and bring different types of bread to be used that Sunday. 

Considerations by Joan (choir loft curtains and bread baking):  Nancy mentioned two suggestions Joan wanted to discuss with the committee.  One was the removal of the choir loft curtain for better sound transmission and better piano audibility for the choir.  The committee agreed with the issues Joan had mentioned in the e-mail.  The choir would have to be more aware of body posture and how they are sitting.  Also, the choir area would be visible to the church and would want to be sure the area is kept clean and neat.  The committee suggested the choir discuss this and make the decision as to whether to take the curtains down or not.  Secondly, was baking bread in the sanctuary on occasion.  After discussing where to place the bread baker (downstairs or actually in the sanctuary), it was decided to try this in November before Advent starts and bake it downstairs.  The bread would just be baked but not used in the worship.  We could also try to do after Advent in January and may try it in the sanctuary then.

Global Church with Global Missions:  Barbara requested we discuss in the near future the possibility of becoming a Global Church through Global Missions.  Barbara will bring information to the committee for us to look at concerning the purpose and responsibility of being recognized as a Global Church and how the Worship Committee plays a role in this recognition.

Passing of the Peace:  Barbara requested we revisit placing the "Passing of the Peace right after the "Call to Worship which is where it is placed right now.  The committee recommended placing it after the "Call to Worship at the first of the year.  Barbara preferred it be placed back under "Service at the Table right before communion.  After discussion, the committee decided to talk to Steve about placing it right after the "Prayer of Response.  Barbara pointed out it would be a good idea for the congregation to be aware of the purpose of "The Passing of the Peace which would allow that time to have a smoother transition into the next part of the service.  Each person in the sanctuary should not have to leave their seat but greet those immediately around him with "Peace be with you.  It is a time to wish peace to those close by but not to use this time to  hold conversations or try to talk to different people throughout the sanctuary.  We could have Steve mention this, put it in the Caller and the Bulletin, and make the Elders/Deacons aware to model the appropriate response to the rest of the congregation.    The committee would also like to discuss with Steve separating the "Invocation from the "Pastoral Prayer and Lord's Prayer.  This would allow more members to participate in leading prayers.  The Worship Leader has done this in the past or it could be another member. 

The Rose of Sharon Program for Christmas (12/18):  Before Steve left he distributed a handout from Joan.  It was a copy of the Christmas program to be done on December 18th called "The Rose of Sharon.  Since Joan was not present to explain the handout, the committee was not able to discuss the program at this meeting.  After reading it, the committee agreed it was a nice program layout but concerned about the length.  We were not sure if all that was listed would be included or did the handout have different options to consider.  We will ask  Joan to be ready to discuss this and ask her what the Worship Committee could do to assist her with the preparation of this program.

New Committee Members:  The committee came up with suggestions on who to ask to join the committee since George and Darrick are not available at this time.  It was suggested to discuss this with Carolyn Wilson since she serves as Worship Chair for CWF.  The committee agreed we should have someone from the Education Committee and at least one deacon representative on the committee.  We already have several elders on the committee.  Nancy will talk with Carolyn, Sean (deacon), and Meredith (Education) to see who would like to represent their areas on the Worship Committee.

Next Board Meeting in October “ new night:  Nancy stated she cannot meet the first Tuesday in October due to work commitment.  It was decided to meet on the third Tuesday of October (October 18th) at 2:00 p.m.  at the church.  Nancy will be off that day and could meet earlier.  Committee members who were not present (Jo, Steve, and Joan) will need to let her know if this would be OK for them. If not, we can meet at 5:00 that afternoon.

Minutes submitted by,

Nancy James, Chair                                                                                                               Worship Committee

 

 

 

2012 Nominating Committee Report

Past Moderator Tom Haynes 2012-2013

Moderator Jim Longmire 2012-2013

Vice Moderator Wally Cook 2012-2013

Treasurer Carty Roberts 2012-2013

V Treasurer Roger Osborne 2012-2013

Fin Secretary Jake Lewis 2012-2013

Vice Fin Sec Roseanne Peppers 2012-2013

Board Sec Barbara Bekaert 2012-2013

Vice Board Sec Rosemary Longmire 2012-2013

Property Greg Hunt 2011-2012

Worship Nancy James 2011-2012

Stewardship Janet Mills 2012-2013

CE _______________________

Outreach Sean Richardson 2011-2012

Evangelism _______________________

Membership Mamie Kausek 2012-2013

Deacon Tom Haynes 2011 2012-14 Tom Haynes

Deacon Darrick Bowman 2010-2012

Deacon Jennifer Richardson 2010-2012

Deacon Teri Darr 2011-2012

Deacon Sean Richardson 2011-2013

Deacon Jake Lewis 2011-2013

Deacon Art Hardin 2011-2013

Deacon Edy Wilson 2011-2013

Deacon 2012-14 Jim Peppers

Deacon 2012-14 Benton Beasley

Deacon 2012-14 Mahala Smith

Deacon 2012-14 Lindsay Williams

 
 
Central Christian Church
Board Meeting
July 18, 2011
 
Attending:
Tom Haynes, Bill Hollingworth, Art Hardin, Mike Martin, Claire Mobley, Darlene Bowman, Nancy James, Carty Roberts, Hal Beasley, Rosemary Longmire, Hank Mills, Janet Mills, Steve Odom, Wally Cook, David Wilson
 
Meeting was called to order by Chairman Tom Haynes.  Reverend Odom opened the meeting with prayer, Communion and The Lord's Prayer.
 
Old Business
 
Minutes from the previous meeting were approved as written.
 
Further discussion on the quorum for Board Meetings revealed that in order to change the quorum numbers or who qualifies as a voting board member, the By-Laws would need to be changed.  This could be done at an annual congregational meeting.   Tom asked that a proposal be presented at the September meeting giving two options for any suggested changes.   One of these will be chosen by the Board for presentation at the annual congregational meeting.   Also asked that a list be presented of who qualifies as a voting member of the Board.
 
Property Committee
 
No report.   Steve indicated Roger and Greg have recently repaired the hot water heater.
 
Pastor's Report
 
See report attached
 
A resolution was presented and accepted by the Board supporting the interim service of George Cunningham as associate pastor at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Murfreesboro.
 
 
Darlene Bowman asked the pastor about the possibility of moving the "You're the Expert series to a different time in order to accommodate those who attend another Sunday School class.   At this time that's not possible but will be considered for future or possibly the 2nd adult Sunday School class may choose that same curriculum when/if  "You're the Expert continues or expands to community leaders.
 
Hank asked about the future of two adult Sunday School classes when George takes the leave of absence.   No issues “ class will continue.
 
Youth Ministry Report
 
Mike Martin reported that meeting has been moved from Wednesday to Sunday after church.   Currently in planning stages of a prayer retreat.  This past Sunday they group went on a fishing trip and fun was had by all.   They hope to do a fishing tournament with prizes/bon fire in fall and include the entire church.   The members are doing a great job of inviting others to meeting and church.
 
Elders Report
 
Hank Mills reported the Elders have had two Saturday morning workshops and divided into three small groups.   Nancy James led group which discussed Shepherding Groups.   Plan to hold an event with each Shepherding Group (one per year).   Shepherding Groups have also been asked by Membership to host potluck/sandwich meals after worship once per month August through end of year.   
 
Second small group led by Hal had the task of "Welcoming Visitors and what could be done to improve and make sure all visitors feel welcome.   Third group assigned task of "Elder Responsibilities.   At the August workshop will work on this and try to define.   It has also been suggested that Elders take the lead to train the Diaconate.
 
At the August workshop we will also decide if the workshop format is one that we should move to for future meetings.   Robert Hopson has asked to be relieved of his duties as an elder and this was approved by the Elders.
 
 
 
Worship Committee
 
Report Attached.
 
Evangelism Committee
 
Hal Beasley reported the main focus of this committee is the September 25 Homecoming event and planning it with less money to be spent than previous years.   Committee is open to any and all suggestions.
 
Christian Education Committee
 
No report
 
Outreach Committee
 
No report
Mike Martin commented on the Game Nights and how much fun they are.   Lots of board games and a good way to get to know members of the church in a different/fun setting!
 
Membership Committee
 
Report attached.
 
Stewardship Committee
 
Bill Hollingsworth reported that giving has fallen slightly behind.   He pointed out if you read the newspaper or watch the news “ you see this happening everywhere.   Be in prayer that we will continue to give and plan every week.   Would like to promote that we talk to our families and consider bequests to this church in your will.  Let's make our members aware of this opportunity as others have done in the past.   It was suggested that we conduct special class on how this can be done.   Our pastor stated that he attended a stewardship workshop during the recent General Assembly in Nashville and has some information to share with Bill.
 
Nancy James and Darlene Bowman attended a workshop at General Assembly on "Will Your Church Exist in 10 Years?   They received good information from this session also.
Permanent Fund
 
Carty Roberts report 11 contributions have been made to the Permanent Fund in 2011 compared to only one in 2010.   Board encouraged to promote this fund and its importance and Carty will plan to write an article for The Caller.   Current approximate value is $39,000.
 
Treasurer 
 
Report Attached.
 
Financial Secretary
 
Report Attached.
 
New Business
 
Tom reported that he would like to submit a Nominating Committee to begin preparation for the 2012 slate of officers:
 
Mike Akkerman
Carty Roberts
Myra Beasley
Charlie Williams
Jim Longmire
Nicole Martin  
Tom Haynes
Steve Odom
 
Motion and second to approve.   Motion passed.
 
Meeting was adjourned.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
 
Rosemary Longmire
Assistant Secretary 
 
CWF/DWM report for the Board Meeting July 18, 2011
 
We finished our year out on a very positive note financially.  We support local outreach, meals on Wheels, Domestic Violence, Feed America First, and The Journey Home with monetary donations of $200.00 total.  We have a retreat/Scholarship Fund, give poinsettias to the shut-ins at Christmas, Secretary gift, Quadrennial Fund, 85 cards sent to shut-ins for holidays and birthdays by Diane Bruce.  Sold 41 cookbooks during the year, half goes to the youth ministry and half stays in the Quadrennial fund.  We have completed 29 school kit bags for Church World Service project.  Profits from the sale of knives go to camp fund for our youth.  Sent $1200 to the Christian Church in TN for Disciple Women; Bethany Hills Camp Maintenance, support Church Women United, Woman to Woman, and our state TDWM Project.  Our total budget was $2510.00 for June 30, 2010 to June 30, 2011 and we reached that goal plus more.  We sent $500.00 to Bethany Hills for the purchase of a new projector for camp use. We donated 12 cookbooks to Melissa Stover to give to the Kelt Grass Group from the Czech Republic dancers in one of the International Folk Fest groups.  They were very appreciative.
 
We are responsible for the library.  Betty Gerlach resigned as librarian due to health reasons and we are looking for someone to take on this responsibility.    
 
DWM/Purpose is "To provide opportunities for spiritual growth, enrichment, education and creative ministries to enable women to develop a sense of personal responsibility for the whole mission of the Church of Jesus Christ.
 
We are a small group but receive Blessings from each other when we meet to study or work.  All women of the church are invited to fellowship with us anytime.
 
 
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, President.
 
 
Membership Comm. Report for General Board Meeting July 18, 2011
 
CCC hosted the International Folk Fest singers and dancers on June 15th.  We served supper afterwards to approximately 108 persons.  Membership Committee received monetary donations in the amount of $230 earmarked for IFF supper plus $60.00 cash of which $20.00 was used for purchase of buns.  Cost of  barbecue $175.00.  All other food and supplies were donated.  We are grateful to everyone who donated to this.  We appreciate all the hard workers in the kitchen and clean up persons.  Thanks to everyone..
 
Friends and Family Day:  Sept. 25th.   Hal and Myra Beasley will again head this with a lot of volunteer help.
Cookie Ministry: Janet Mills Chair.  She solicits cookies each week and Steve delivers them to fireman and policeman.
Bridal and Baby Showers: none in 2011
Bereavement:  We served the family of John Nathan Herrod June 16, 2011
Sympathy cards sent since the last board meeting:
Janet Herrod and family on the death of John.
 
There have been 11 monetary donations given to the Memorial Fund in Memory of John Nathan Herrod.  Acknowledgements were sent to each of the donors and to the family.
 
 
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, Chair
July 18, 2011
 
Comm. Members:  Meredith Akkerman, Hal & Myra Beasley, Barbara Bekaert, Billie Spinks, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Janet Mills
 
 
Central Christian Church
July 18, 2011
Steve Odom, Pastor
 
1.  Getting the Reformation Wrong finished June 26. THe new Sunday night class began July 10, Good NEws for Anxious Christians. John PIttman joined us last night via skype on our laptops. 
 
3. May Daytrippers was a trip to "Harvey's Garden" in Winchester on May 24. In June we went to Franklin Antiquing and lunched there. On July 26 we'll tour the Belle Meade Mansion and lunch in Nashville. 
 
4.  We've had 7 different church members lead the "You're the Expert" Sunday School Class and have 6 to go. My plans are to work on having community leaders come in to address us on their work or area of expertise. This may begin in September. TBA 
 
5. Shep Groups 1 & 2 are ready for first Coffee Hour on August 7 and are providing sandwiches and chips and drinks themselves, rather than a Potluck.
 
6. Took three days vacation in July to visit with children visiting from Texas.
 
7. Monday lecture series,  How the Early Church Read the Bible: What Can We Learn? June 6 through June 27, went well, with about 30 average attendance.
 
8. Thanks to Nancy James, Mindy Black, the Akkermans and Jennifer Richardson for filling in in the Nursery while Chelsea was on summer break. 
 
9. In September will be giving set of lectures at Adventures in Learning on "A Thousand Years of Lost Christianity." 
 
10. Elders approved Beverly Anderson's request to be an "Associate Member," July 10.
 
11. THe DNJ has asked me to serve for three months as Community Member of the Editorial Board.
 
12. Thanks Darlene Bowman, Carolyn Thompson and Sharon Matheny who volunteered at the General Assembly. 
 
13. July 27 will be our next summer Potluck Cookout Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Game Night will be July 29 in the church basement at 6:30 PM. Movie Time will be July 30 at the Richardsons at 4:00 "God Grew Tired of Us," about Sudanese refugees. 
 
 
14. George Cunningham is going to Holy Cross Episcopal to serve as a Pastoral Associate under a part-time retired priest. I suggested to George, and he approved, that we pass the following Resolution of the Board:
.
"The Board of Central Christian Church of Murfreesboro is proud to have the opportunity to share the ministry of its "Timothy," the Rev. George Cunningham, with Holy Cross Episcopal Church of Murfreesboro.  The loan of Rev. Cunningham to Holy Cross for the ministries of Pastoral Associate  and Missioner is for temporary duty though for a non-specific time period, at the pleasure of Rev. Cunningham and the leadership of Holy Cross and the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee.  Rev. Cunningham will retain his membership in Central Christian Church during the time of his temporary service to Holy Cross. He will be on leave of absence from his status as Elder during this time." 
 
Thomas Haynes, Moderator
 
Barbara Bekaert, Secretary of the Board 
 
Central Christian Church Board Minutes

9 May 11

Attendees:  Hal Beasley, Barbara and Denis Bekaert, Darlene Bowman, Wally Cook, Tom Haynes, Mike Martin, Steve Odom, Roger Osborne, and Sean Richardson.

Tom opened the meeting and Steve offered a pastoral prayer, leading us into communion.

The minutes of the Mar 2011 meeting were considered.  There were several corrections.  1) The General Assembly list in the minutes was a list of attendees rather than the voting representatives, who are actually Carolyn Thompson and Hank Mills.  According to the Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), our church size dictates only 2 voting representatives.  2) The Memorial Fund figure may have been incorrect; the accurate figures will be provided. 3) The current president of CWF is Darlene Bowman rather than Carolyn Thompson.  The minutes were approved by those who attended the meeting (not a quorum.)

Old Business                                                                                                                                                                Board Attendance:  There was no report at this meeting.

New Business                                                                                                                                                         Treasurer's Report:  Roger's report is included, with the added information that Week of Compassion was sent $402 and that we have received from them money to help with the Mills' property clean-up.

Financial Secretary:  no report.

The pastor's report was given by Steve and is included. 

Youth report was given by Mike.  The youth meetings continue to be held every Wed night following the potlucks.  The youth presented a wonderful drama for Good Friday.  They participated in and have already reported on their mission trip.  There are plans in the works for summer activities.

CWF report:  Darlene gave her report, which is included. 

Property report:  Projects being worked on include the sink in the parlor, canister lighting over the chancel for which an electrician has been called, and replacement of the faucet in the men's room in the basement.

Deacons' report:  Sean thanked Darrick Bowman for coordinating weekly Worship Servants.

Elders' report:  The Elders' workshop is scheduled for Sat 21 May 11.

Worship report:  Mike reported that the committee has invited the sewing/knitting group to take on the project of making banners for the sanctuary, particularly a 12 Jun Pentecost banner, and they have agreed.  12 Jun will also be graduation Sunday to celebrate college graduation by Lyndsay Williams and high school graduation by Benton Beasley and Nicole Martin.  A gift for each graduate has been ordered.  Placement in the worship service of the Passing of the Peace has been discussed but not decided. The choir has been asked to coordinate a 30-minute segment of time with music on 12 Jun as part of the International Folk Festival.

Evangelism report:  Hal mentioned a possible movie night before the end of May.  The dates of 22 Jun and27 July were also mentioned as possibilities.  Sean cautioned about probable Performance Fees if the movie is held outdoors; no such problem would be encountered if we showed it indoors.

Christian Education had no report.

Outreach:  Sean reported that the video group has been meeting monthly for several months with good discussions.  Consideration has been given to a games night, possibly in coordination with the Evangelism committee.  Coordinators for Room in the Inn have been contacted about more opportunities for us to help.

Membership report was given by Darlene and is included.  Steve added that $215 has been sent from Operation In As Much as our portion of the money given at the Holy Week luncheons which will be used to defray the cost of the luncheon;  any extra money will go to the budget for Membership.

No Stewardship report was sent.

Permanent Fund report was not sent.

Tom needs approval of the sale of the 10' x 10' piece of property to the City for infrastructure upgrades.  Barbara suggested it may already have been given and we should check the earlier minutes.

Mike offered thanks to Denis for taking over the Prayer Vigil this year.

The meeting was adjourned.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Barbara Bekaert, secretary

 

 

Central Christian Church
Pastor's Report
May 9, 2011
Steve Odom, Pastor
 
1.  Getting the Reformation Wrong continues through end of June, with 10 students. New Sunday night class July 10.
 
2. Am concentrating more on multiplying learning opportunites to the publick rather than doorhanging right now. See #7.
 
3. March Daytrippers went to Bucksnort, TN, and the Winery at Grinderswitch. April went to the Bear Hollow State Natural Area and lunched at Emil's  May will be a trip to "Harvey's Garden" in Winchester on May 24. 
 
4. My Sunday School Class will finish Christian Political Thought in May and begin a series of June with different members of the church leading a class and discussion on their profession, vocation or avocation, with a focus on their personal expertise. Six leaders currently signed up. 
 
5. New members in April, Sue Traub and daughter, Kelly Ann Traub.
 
6. Took a week vacation to see mother in Tallahassee in April.
 
7. Offering new Monday lecture series, like Februarys, beginning June 6, on How the Early Church Read the Bible: What Can We Learn? 10 AM through June 27.  
 
8. 288 items collected in April and 352 in March for Rutherford County Food bank.. 
 
9. Nursery volunteers needed while Chelsea is on summer vacation in Memphis. Sign up sheet in nursery.
 
10. Nice crowd of maybe 40 at Easter Sunrise service with Downtown churches on Square.  
 
11. Maundy Thursday service, and Good Friday led by youth group, different format this year but good comments.
 
12. Guest preacher July 10, Rev. Edward Cushingberry, pastor of New Hope Christian Church in Beaufort, SC. Bio in next Caller.
 
13. New Director of Music working out very well. 
 
Membership Comm. Report for
General Board Meeting
May 9, 2011
 
Holy Week Luncheon was held April 20th with approximately 55 persons in attendance.  The Committee received many compliments on our meal of soup, sandwiches, brownies and lemon squares. We are grateful for everyone donating food.  The kitchen crew worked really hard and I appreciate each and everyone of you.  This function is a blessing for our church.  
 
The next function is International folk Fest supper at CCC Wed. June 15th.  We will be soliciting food for this soon.  
 
 
Friends and Family Day:  Tentative date:  Sept. 25th.   Hal and Myra Beasley will again head this with a lot of volunteer help.
Cookie Ministry: Janet Mills Chair.  She solicits cookies each week and Steve delivers them to fireman and policeman.
Bridal and Baby Showers: none in 2011
Bereavement:  no luncheons in 2011.
Sympathy cards sent since the last board meeting:
Mary Jo Sexton and family on the death of Elmer.
Art and Eve Hardin on the death of Eve's mother, Gertrude Hasty.
 
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, Chair
March 14, 2011
 
Comm. Members:  Meredith Akkerman, Hal & Myra Beasley, Barbara Bekaert, Billie Spinks, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Janet Mills
 
CWF/DWM report
for the Board Meeting
May 9, 2011
 
We finished our study of Revelation May 2, 2011.  We will begin a new study in September.
The ladies hosted the Church Women United May Friendship Day Pot Luck Luncheon at our church.  There were 17 ladies in attendance
We continue to work on the Church World Service school kit project.  We would appreciate donations of any of the following:
Cash donations; blunt metal scissors (rounded tip); 70 “count spiral notebooks; 
12 ruler; hand-held pencil sharpener, large eraser, new pencils with erasers, box of 24 crayons.  Questions call Carolyn Miller Thompson.
 
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, President.
 
 

Central Christian Church Board Minutes

March 14, 2011

 

The Meeting of Central Christian Church Board met Monday, March 14, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor. Tom Haynes, Moderator presided.

Those Present: Nancy James, Darlene Bowman, Tom Haynes, Mike Martin, Claire Mobley, Steve Odom, Roger Osborne, David Wilson, Art Hardin, Janet Mills, Hank Mills, Diane Bruce, Hal Beasley, and Greg Hunt.

Tom opened the meeting and Steve offered a pastoral prayer, leading us into communion.

A motion was made by Janet and seconded to accept the January 17, 2011 minutes as presented.

Old Business:

Treasurer's Report: Roger separated the breakdown of funds as suggested and showed the results on his report that was presented. Checking balance $9543.96. A motion was made by Roger and seconded to put the $5000 back into Gen. Memorial account. Motion carried. This was agreed upon.

Financial Secretary Report: David reported that by putting the $5000 back into Gen. Memorial fund the balance would be $10,944.54. A motion was made and seconded to accept David's report. Motion carried.

Minister's Report: Steve gave his report as presented.

Youth Minister: Mike gave Gabe's report. On the sale Sunday the Youth made $540. Many thanks to all who helped. Their trip will be March 21-25 in Glendale View Ranch, Arkansas.

CWF: In absence of Carolyn Thompson, Darlene gave her report as presented.

Property “ Greg Hunt: Greg reported that the faucets have been replaced. There is a roof leakage and this will be scheduled. Lighting over the pulpit will need to be replaced. Greg will seek an estimate for this project. A sink may be taken out of the Parlor and replaced by a cabinet or a counter. Greg agreed to do this project. A motion was made by Greg and seconded to not spend more than $300 on this project. Motion carried.

Gary Bixler did some electrical maintenance for us and we appreciated his service.

Elders “ Hank Mills: It was reported that the voting structure for elders has been changed. Shepherding group is making plans. A new brochure for new visitors is being prepared by Janet Mills. There are elder studies going on each month.

Deacons: Sean was not present but his report was accepted.

Worship: Nancy James's report was accepted as presented.

Evangelism: Hal reported there may be monthly surprises for the congregation. Trying to develop a movie night or game night and they are working on more ideas.

Christian Education: No report.

Membership: Darlene report was accepted as presented. 15 cookbooks have been donated to the Georgians who will be coming for Folk Fest.

Stewardship: No report.

Permanent Fund: A balance of $41,522 was reported.

Other: (1) Darlene reported, Delegates for the General Assembly will be Steve, Darlene, Barbara, Hank Mills, Carolyn Thompson and Carolyn Wilson. A motion was made by Darlene and seconded by David to send these delegates. Motion carried.

(2) Board Attendance/Quorum Attendance: After discussion this business was tabled until the next meeting to check the By-laws for more information. Tom appointed Steve, Hank and Claire to go over the By-laws.

(3) Choir Director Search Committee Report: Mike presented the committee's recommendation for Joan Maples, for a 30 day trial and also mentioned information on other candidates who will be notified. . A motion was made by Janet and seconded to offer the position to Joan Maples with a salary cap at the current budget amount. Motion carried.

There being no further business, a motion was made and seconded to adjourn.

Respectfully submitted,

Claire Mobley for Barbara Bekaert

 

Membership Comm. Report

for General Board Meeting March 14, 2011
 
The Membership Committee met  March 2, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Present:  Debbie Williams, Carolyn Wilson, Meridith Akkerman, Myra Beasley, Carolyn Thompson, Barbara Bekaert, Steve Odom.
Chair, Darlene opened the meeting.
Items discussed were:
  Planning the Mar. 9th pot luck bean soup and cornbread supper.  Followed by Lenten Service.
Discussed Holy Week Luncheon which will be the week of April 18th.  We will be the host church April 20th.  Menu decided later.
International folk Fest supper at CCC Wed. June 15th.  Suggested that we serve casseroles this year, plus soft drinks, cookies, brownies.  To be finalized later.
 
Friends and Family Day:  Date:  Sept._______  Hal and Myra Beasley will again head this with a lot of volunteer help.
Cookie Ministry: Janet Mills Chair.  She solicits cookies each week and Steve delivers them to fireman and policeman.
Bridal and Baby Showers: none in 2011
Bereavement:  no luncheons in 2011.
 
Membership committee is sending sympathy cards to families of bereaved members i.e.:  
Spouse, Parent, or child.  
When Memorials are given to the church, In Memory of Honor of someone, Darlene, as Membership Chair, sends acknowledgement cards to the donor and cards to the family informing them about the Memorial.  Carty Roberts does this when there is a memorial given to the permanent fund.
 
New Business:  
 We discussed a fellowship hour after worship on Sunday.
This could be a pot luck, light snack, coffee, lemonade, cookies, etc.  The membership committee did not wish to be in charge of this.  Suggested this to the Elders for the Shepherding Groups to consider.
 
 
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, Chair
March 14, 2011
 
Comm. Members:  Meredith Akkerman, Hal & Myra Beasley, Barbara Bekaert, Billie Spinks, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Janet Mills
 
 
CWF/DWM report
for the Board Meeting March 14, 2011
 
The ladies continue to meet 3 times a month.  Sue Traub and daughter, Kelly Ann joined our study group on March 1st and are very interested in our work.  We are grateful for 2 new members.  All ladies of the church are welcome to join us.
 
We donated 13 cookbooks to Melissa Stover to give to the group she is sponsoring for the International Folk Fest.  They are from Georgia -- Ukraine.
 
Carolyn Thompson is heading the service project for Church World Service school kits.  This project is going very well and several ladies are sewing the bags which we will put the school supplies in.  We would appreciate donations of any of the following:
cash donations or blunt metal scissors (rounded tip); 70-count spiral notebooks;  
12 ruler; hand-held pencil sharpener, large eraser,  new pencils with erasers, box of 24 crayons.
 
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, President.
 
WORSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING - 3/1/11

 

Present:  Mike Martin, George Cunningham, Jo Nelson, Carolyn Thompson,

Steve Odom, and Nancy James.

 

Committee reviewed last month's minutes.  Nancy reported she has talked to Sissy about what type of recognition we should have for Love.  She would think about it and get back to me in a week but her first thought would be to purchase  a couple of nice vases and inscribe her name on both to use in the future at the church.  We thought two brass vases would be good for this.  I will contact Sissy again to see if she thought of another type of recognition that Love would appreciate. 

 

Darrick has Worship Leaders for every month this year and has submitted the list to the office.  Mike updated us on the search for a Music Director.  The committee has two strong candidates - Joan Maples and Fred Nelson.  Joan plans to be at choir rehearsals on Wednesday night to work with the choir.  Fred will not be able to come in to work with the choir since he is still out west.  He will not be returning till May.  However, the Committee is familiar with Fred and his credentials.  Mike stated MTSU has not contacted them about any recommendations.  The committee will contact MTSU again but their plans are to move forward with the candidates they have now and hope to be able to make a decision in the next couple of weeks, ideally before the next board meeting which is March 14th.

 

George is continuing to schedule the Special Music Ministry until we hire a Music Minister. 

 

Darrick had sent a short list of hymns given to him as suggestions to use in the service.  Mike had compiled the hymnal list from the survey recently done at church and Steve had a copy of the old list of hymns compiled by Janet Herrod.  Steve will use the lists to pick hymns for the next couple of months.  Steve said he could go through the list and pick a couple of hymns for each part of the service where hymns are sung and our committee could give him our input on which ones to use.  A question was asked should we try to use a hymn which has a connection to the sermon/scriptures being read that day.  Steve stated he does try to pick hymns which support the scriptures.  It was suggested he send the scriptures being read that day with the song suggestions.  He will label the place of the hymns as Opening (O), Invitation (I), Communion (CO), and Closing (CL).  George mentioned the hymnals list hymns under headings such as these in the back of the book so that is another source to use.  Steve will send us his suggestions during March and April.  Once a Music Minister is hired, the understanding is that person and Steve will meet to discuss hymnal selection.  The Worship Committee is willing to assist if needed. 

 

Steve is alternating the Call to Worship and has been selecting various types of pictures for the front of the bulletin.  Pat has started to ring the chimes right before the prelude.  It seems to assist with lowering the noise during prelude without insisting people stop talking if they would like to continue to fellowship.  Mike and Steve will oversee picking the youth who will bring the Bible forward and will let that youth know if the person who is Worship Leader has requested the youth to just hand it to the Worship Leader from the floor or have the youth go up the steps and place it on the podium.  The Worship Leader will need to be asked which they prefer.  Also, Mike or Steve will remind the youth to present the Bible in such a way as it is in the right position to open up to the passage being read.

 

We discussed changing the Passing of Peace again because some thought we planned to schedule it soon and others thought we planned to only try on Sundays that have special events.  Steve suggested not to do it on Easter Sunday but he could plan another Sunday to try placing it right after Joys and Concerns.

 

New Business:

 

Steve suggested the church have Banners made to be placed on hooks that are already in the walls of the sanctuary between the windows.  Banners could be made by members of the church that represent the different times on the church calendar and of course could be used each year.  It was recommended this idea be presented to various groups at the church to see which group could oversee this project. 

 

Ash Wednesday:  Steve informed the committee the service will start at 7:00 and we will eat bean soup before the service at 6:30 since Pat has a commitment at the Baptist Church and can not get here till about 7:00.    Jo Nelson presented a book which discussed ways to celebrate the Lent/Easter Season.  One suggestion she mentioned was to involve the youth in burning the palms from last year's Palm Sunday service and gathering the ashes to be used for the Ash Wednesday service.  Mike and Steve would oversee this project.  The best time would be after the potluck this Wednesday.  Steve will follow the outline of last year's Ash Wednesday service.  The book Jo had would be good for the youth and this committee to review to see if they would like to add another facet to next year's Lent celebration and use some ideas for our Palm/Easter services.

 

Maundy Thursday (April 21):  The Committee agreed the church should hold a Maundy Thursday service but will not do the Prayer Vigil this year.  The committee agreed to look at doing a Prayer Vigil in the future based on the interest of the members.  It was suggested to shorten the days covered for the Prayer Vigil if done in the future.  Steve will send ideas about different types of Maundy Thursday service. 

 

Palm Sunday will be April 17th.  Mike will oversee ordering the Easter Lilies and Palms.

 

Steve suggested we start thinking about celebrating Pentecost Sunday which is in June.

 

The Committee will meet next month on the first Tuesday of April (5th) at 5:15.  We will discuss Palm and Easter Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, update on Love's recognition, update on Music Director, update on creating banners for the sanctuary, and scheduling a Sunday to change "Passing of the Peace to right after "Joys and Concerns. 

 

Submitted,

 

Nancy James, Chair

 

Outreach Committee Report, Marc h 14,2011

Room in the Inn

In an effort to highlight our ministry at Room in the Inn and encourage participation by a wider spectrum of church members, Jo Nelson and Sharon Matheny have volunteered to create sign-up sheets on brightly colored paper and insert them into the church bulletin each week. The sign-up sheets had at one point been in the bulletins on separate brightly colored paper, but since the sheet has been printed on the back the announcements instead of on a separate paper, the number of volunteers has dropped off. Hopefully, reverting back to the separate sign-up sheets will help drawn attention to the ministry and our need for volunteers.

ACT Ministry

We have changed the night of the week we host the bimonthly ACT support group from Thursday evenings to Tuesday evenings to avoid conflicts with the Domestic Violence meetings. Nashville Cares Coordinator Danny Todd constantly expresses his gratitude for the work that we do with them.

The other ministries that fall under the Outreach Committee continue in their work, but I have nothing specific to report regarding them.

Deacons Meeting Minutes

Report to Board, March 14, 2011

The deacons met after church to nominate and elect new officers. Nancy went over who the Deacons are and how long their terms last. She also went over the handout of what is expected of the Deacons.

Derick nominated Sean Richardson to be Chair and Diane Bruce to be Vice-Chair. Sean Richardson nominated Edy Wilson to be recording secretary. The votes were passed unanimously. Darrick will help with volunteers for each month. There will be a captain appointed for each month to make sure worship servants know who they are and to know that they are there on their Sundays, and if not then to fill that space.

It was suggested that we keep a list of who is serving each month as well as a list of all the deacons in the back of the church in the drawer.

Youth Sunday is February 6th, so the youth will be doing the entire service.

Not all voting Deacons have to be at the board meetings, only 2 representatives and a Chairperson. Next board meeting is Monday March 14th. Diane will be there to fill in for Sean.

Meeting adjourned at 1:05.

 

Central Christian Church
March 14, 2011
Steve Odom, Pastor
 
1. Empires of Trust, class ended March 6. New Class Getting the Reformation Wrong,  begins March 20. .
 
2. Since January Board Meeting, continued distributing doorhangers. Due to weather only eight streets covered..   Will continue in March and April.
 
3.  February 22 Daytrippers went to Opryland Hotel to tour the gardens and ate lunch at Gerst Haus..
 
4. March. My class is studying Christian Political Thought. Hulan/Kaufman class studying OT Prophets.
 
5. Kathy Davis Chair, Local Arrangements Committee For Nashville GA, 2011 Kathryndavis77@gmail.com  615-665-2468.
 
6. King James Version 1611-2011. Held second Sunday KJV emphasis in February with John Bois, Translator 
 
7. Finished 4 week Monday morning lecture Series on Making of KJV Bible for 400th anniversary. Average 30 in attendance. 
 
8. 628 items collected in February for Rutherford County Food bank.. 
 
9. New nursery attendant Chelsea Sanders. Thanks to Nancy James for help finding Chelsea.
 
10. Working on Easter Sunrise service with Downtown churches to be held on Square.  More info later. 
 
11. Maundy Thursday service  April 21 7:00 PM.
 
12. Possible Good Friday service led by Youth Group.
 
13. Using Vacation time March 28-30 to visit Nelia' brother in Miami. Will not miss any Sundays.
 
Streets Covered in Doorknocking since January 17, Bond Ct, Bass Ave, Coffee St. Diana St.  Liberty Ct, Avenel Ct. Crown Hill Dr. Irongate Blvd.

 

 

Central Christian Church Board Minutes

17 Jan 11

Attendees:  Barbara and Denis Bekaert, Darlene Bowman, Wally Cook, Tom Haynes, Nancy James, Mike Martin, Claire Mobley, Steve Odom, Roger Osborne, and Sean Richardson.

Tom opened the meeting and Steve offered a pastoral prayer, leading us into communion.

The minutes of the Nov 2010 meeting were considered.  Wally moved to accept them, Claire seconded, and the vote was unanimous.

Old Business

Property report                                                                                                                                   

    Tom mentioned that David still needs to check on the humidity in the west wall in order to determine suitability for preparing to paint.  Steve has not found someone to independently document the state of our building before blasting happens on the Maney Avenue Project.  In that same project, the city will purchase for $250 a 10 ft by 10 ft piece of our property in order for them to have access to utilities.  The heat in the eastern side of the education building had a thermocouple replaced by Thompson, but warm air is not blowing properly again.  There have been some problems with keys and locks in some doors.

 Treasurer's report, given by Roger,is included.  Wally asked that reporting for the Memorial Fund and other designated funds be separated from reporting for the General funds; the Finance Committee will take up the suggestion.  Darlene asked that someone look into the figures for Blanket Sunday since there is some confusion about exactly how much was given.  Roger will check with Pam and report back.  Nancy would like to purchase peace lilies to be used in worship services using Worship Committee funds.  Wally moved to accept the report, Denis seconded, and the vote was unanimous.

The pastor's report was given by Steve and is included. 

Youth report was given by Mike.  The youth meetings continue to meet every Wed night following the potlucks and there were some meetings during the Christmas holidays.  There were 19 kids who went bowling last week.  The 12 to 15 ladies who meet weekly for hand-work have made 40 to 50 blankets to give to Zack Mills in Chicago for families who have lost kids to gang violence.

CWF report:  Darlene gave her report, which is included. 

Deacons' report:  Nancy reported for Hal that there will be a meeting on Sun after church.   The Deacons will have 1 vacancy to be filled for 2011 and one for 2011-2012.   The Diaconate will fill those according to the By-Laws.

Elders' report:  Darlene had no report, but the voting Elders on the General Board are Hank, Bill Hollingsworth, and Brenda Jarman.  In Elders meetings, there are 12 voting Elders.

Worship report:  Nancy's report is included.  Claire reported for the Search committee:  they plan to check with Robert Hopson to see if Janet Hopson would be willing to serve on a temporary basis.  They will be going to MTSU to find an interested grad student.  Roger suggested putting the info on our web site; Steve will look in the files for the job description.  Denis expressed concern about using a grad student since it is likely s/he will leave the area after graduation, so that we will need to start over again.  The committee is made up of Claire and Mike (co-chairs), Wally, Hank Mills and Rosemary Longmire.  Darlene moved to approve this committee, Denis seconded and the vote was unanimous.

Evangelism had no report.

Christian Education had no report.

Outreach:  Sean reported that the committee met to look for ways to encourage broader participation in the outreach ministries of the church, especially volunteers for Room in the Inn, folks to host each month's party for the ACT ministry and participants for the Domestic Violence meetings.  Steve suggested asking a new volunteer to highlight their work by speaking in church after their first experience.

Membership report was given by Darlene and is included. 

No Stewardship report was sent.

Permanent Fund report was not sent.

Regional Capital Campaign report was given by Darlene and is attached.  Individuals in the congregation will pledge directly to the Region.

Tom included a report on the changes to Steve's salary regarding healthcare for Nelia.  Instead of including her healthcare with his, CCC will pick up hers while Churchwide Healthcare (his) has already adjusted his cost.  Claire moved and Mike seconded that we make this change.  The vote was unanimous.

The meeting was adjourned.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Barbara Bekaert, secretary

 

 

 

 

 

Membership Comm. Report for General Board Meeting January 17, 2011
 
Wednesday night potlucks continue after a short break during the Holidays.  Carolyn Wilson and Debbie Williams continue to head this.  Janet Mills asks for volunteers to make cookies and Steve delivers them.
 
Jim Longmire's parents passed away in early December, 2010 and the Church expressed their sympathy to Jim and Rosemary by delivering a poinsettia to their home.
 
Membership will be doing something for Sharon Matheny in the passing of her father.
 
The church office is in the process of making a membership Directory.  Pam made a "last call plea for information a few weeks ago.
 
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman, Chair
January 17, 2011
 
Comm. Members:  Meredith Akkerman, Hal & Myra Beasley, Barbara Bekaert, Billie Spinks, Carolyn Miller Thompson, Carolyn Wilson, Debbie Williams, Janet Mills

 

 

CWF report for the Board Meeting January 17, 2011
 
December 7th our ladies delivered 7 poinsiettias to the following:
Tom Cheney, Jean Dolan, Mary Lillian Eaton, John and Janet Herrod, Dorothy McCormick, Elmer and Mary Jo Sexton, and George Taylor.  We had planned to take one to Jean Prehn, but they were going out of town and asked us not to bring one but she appreciated our thinking of her.
 
We were disappointed that our annual Christmas Luncheon was canceled on Dec. 14th  due to the weather.    
 
CWF/DWM ended the year of 2010 with many blessings.  Our group is small but mighty with an average of 12 at each meeting.  Total receipts for the year 1 Jan. 2010 to 
31 Dec.2010 were $1923 in regular offering plus all of the outreach projects we have participated in: Church World Service Projects, 116 Hygiene kits for Haiti plus $400.00 ($232.00 from our Treasury and $168.00 donations from CCC congregation and friends) postage money;  and Blanket Sunday, $750.00;* Christian Church in TN $1200.00 Blessing Box, over and above offering $300.00, Bethany Hills Camp Maintenance, Church Women United, Least Coin, Prayer ministry shared internationally through CWU, Woman to Woman, Service project for TDWM,  aid to distressed families of Appalachian counties. 
CWF held a Soup and Chili luncheon to raise money to give to Barbara Bekaert to go on the Woman to Woman trip in October.  $600.00 was raised from church members and friends.  We also gave Barbara and Darlene $375.00 each for going to Quadrennial.  (This is in our budget)
Local outreach:  Diane Bruce sends cards to the shut-ins for all holidays, illness, and bereavement; Christmas poinsettias for shut-ins, honor our Church Administrative Assistant on Secretary's Day, Community Helpers, Meals on Wheels, Domestic Violence, Feed America First, The Journey Home, City Schools “ Family Resources, and when the need arises are ready to participate with Membership activities of  CCC.
Service project for 2011 is for Church World Service assembling school kits.
 
Betty Gerlach and her committee, Karen Gerlach, Nell Alloway, and Diane Bruce have done a great job of reorganizing the library.  We thank them.  When Betty gets to feeling better, she will be working with it.  We encourage all of you to use the library.
 
We have cookbooks for sale @ $15.00 each and a few 100th Anniversary plates on sale for half price, $7.50.  Knives to sell and note cards.
 
 
Respectfully submitted:
Darlene Bowman,  President.
 
I am checking into this amount as we thought it was $1000.00
1-18-11 The amount of $750.00 is correct
 
 
.Central Christian Church
January 17, 2011
Steve Odom, Pastor
 
1. Ten in class. November 28, begans Empires of Trust,  by Thomas F. Madden new class.
 
2. Since November Board Meeting, continued distributing doorhangers. Due to illness, weather and vacation, only seven streets covered..   Will continue in Jan and Feb.
 
3.  January 25 will be a trip to Belmont Mansion and lunch at Bosco's..
 
4. December began new adult Sunday School topics. My class is studying Christian Political Thought. Hulan/Kaufman class studying Spiritual Friendship.
 
5. Kathy Davis Chair, Local Arrangements Committee For Nashville GA, 2011 Kathryndavis77@gmail.com  615-665-2468.
 
6. King James Version 1611-2011. Seven different Sundays (near the birthdates of translators, sponsors, etc.) read from KJV with paragraph in bulletin about each person. January 23, Myles Coverdale, June, September (2), October, November.
 
7. 543  Food Bank Items in November and 213 in December. Good article in DNJ on CCC and the Rutherford Co Food Bank. 
 
8. Feb 6-13 Competition with OIAM Churches on Food items for Food Banks. 
 
9. Working on new Nursery Attendand. Nicole wants to attend worship.
 
Streets Covered in Doorknocking since November 8, Vine St, Mission Ridge, English Hill (one side), Shoshone Place, Arapaho Dr. , Jones Blvd., Charleston Place