Pioneer held its first official “Town Hall” meeting on Sunday, October 28th in the church parlor. Open to the entire congregation, the parlor was full of enthusiastic lunch goers and meeting attendees as we met to celebrate the previous year and look to the future.
A wonderful soup lunch was served and donated by one of the Soup Kitchen teams. Baked items donated by many were available for purchase. The honor system was used for individuals to put into the ‘jar’ whatever donation they were able to contribute for their item. Final donations amounted to over $1100 being raised for the soup kitchen budget! The team who prepared and served the meal gives a huge THANK YOU to all who donated baked items and to all who generously purchased them!
Following the lunch, while some were still enjoying yummy desserts garnished with a generous dollop of whipped cream, Mary Huycke, our District Superintendent, gave a brief update on our current situation and steps forward during Pastor Juli’s absence due to her illness.
The Church Council then shared the accomplishments of the past year, 2018. Some of the accomplishments included–
- Strong continuance of the Soup Kitchen and on-going support of the YWCA projects/clients/staff.
- Family Camp at Wallowa
- The Youth Mission Trip
- Council’s development of Goals for the Future
- Monthly TAIZE evenings, PUB Theology, Youth Internships,
- Discipleship and Membership classes and more…
A review of the Church Goals developed was given–
- Goal #1—Increase opportunities for spiritual formation and deepening relationships for the congregation and the community.
- Goal #2—Research, evaluate, and assess a summer multi-week program focused on low income children that provides educational and spiritual formation opportunities.
- Goal #3—Create concrete opportunities and activities that appeal to an intergenerational congregation and community to engage men, women and children.
The narrative budget was distributed and discussed by Larry Nelson, a member of the financial team. The Trustee Capital Projects were reviewed and discussed. They included:
- Under contract projects
- Insulate all ductwork on roof of education wing
- Replace both boilers in boiler room downstairs
- Replace single-pane windows in offices, library, parlor, and parlor kitchen
- Replace dual-pane windows in chapel
- Under consideration
- New heating/cooling systems for choir room and hand bell practice room
The Town Hall concluded with many attendees leaving with their arms full of baked goods.