From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Congregational Meeting Results

Our congregation met after worship May 17 to vote on two recommendations from our Council:

1) purchase of a new handicap accessible minibus; congregation voted “yes” unanimously. Terry Groth indicates it may take a couple of weeks to get the vehicle to us; then it will take a week or more for the vinyl lettering to be applied (I’m lobbying hard for vinyl flames from under the hood, but tough sledding thus far). But we should see the vehicle in use next month. Before that, our next step is to train the volunteer drivers on the vehicle. If you’d like to volunteer to be a driver or helper, please let the church office know. Funds for the bus will be taken from the Opal Linss gift to the Health Cabinet, the Press On Fund, and the sale of our current 15-passenger van.

2) proceed with sanctuary renovations. The plans have not changed since they were presented last January, but the congregation has had more time to think and ask questions.  After some discussion, a written ballot was taken, resulting in a tally of 73 “Yes”, and 8 “No” votes.  The next step will be deciding on  the colors of paint and carpet, in which the congregation will have a voice in choosing. Some of Rich Wakefield’s electronics can be installed soon, but the bulk of the work will need to wait until the carpeting has arrived. Hence, I don’t expect the work to begin seriously until July or August. Funds for the the renovation will be taken entirely from the Memorial Fund.

Thank you to everyone who worked on these projects and to those who had questions – and asked them!

Next item up on the Press On agenda – the second church nurse. More news on this shortly.

But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Phil 3:13-14 (ESV)

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