Zion UCC Consistory Minutes

Monday June 28th, 2021


Present (in person): Cathy Eckman, Barry Fisher, Geordan Vincent, and Macie Hourt

Present (via Zoom): Steph Holland and Dave Riegel

Also Present (in person): Gail Klemka and Pastor Frey

Absent: Cleo Balliet, Abby Buffington, and Tammy Green

Meeting was called to order at 7:00pm with an opening prayer by Pastor Frey.

Consistory minutes for May meeting were approved via e-mail.

Pastor Report: Pastor Frey has been attempting to contact families who have not been active in the church. He is still visiting nursing homes and is also working on Vacation Bible School (VBS) crafts. VBS will be a joint event starting the week of July 12th, 2021. It will be held from 6:30pm-8:00pm with crafts, a lesson, a snack, and games. Pastor Report approved by Barry and seconded by Geordan.

Finance Committee: Annual bills this month included elevator inspection and parsonage tax. Ehrlich was paid for termite treatment. Next finance meeting is scheduled for August 2021.

Property Committee: Barry shared the meeting with Jason via phone call and it was discussed the contract to include addressing just the turret section of the church and the new contract will include removing loose masonry and investigate how to proceed whether it be repair or take down. The contract will be $5,000 for the investigation from WJE and $5,000 for Eschbach. Consistory previously approved WJE and Eschbach and agreed to address just the turret section at this time.

Board of Christian Education: Discussed possibility for Sunday School resuming in the Fall and approved return of Sunday School in the Fall.

Motion made by Macie to accept all committee minutes, seconded by Barry.

Old Business: Bingo resuming Tuesday June 29th, 2021.

Mask policy – Wearing a mask will not be mandatory. Anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask may do so. Motion made by Steph, seconded by Macie.

Country Fair will be held on September 25th, 2021. Sharing to Facebook pages and Lehighton Community sites for vendors. Donations also for basket raffle.

Golf tournament – Consistory will sponsor a hole for those who would like to contribute.

Fans during church – Gail asked about using fans during Sunday worship. Idea of having worship in the dining room was proposed, maybe would be cooler? Barry made a motion for using the dining room for worship for the months of July and August. Cathy will call Brad to see if this Sunday will work. If not, would be the following Sunday.

New Business: Copier machine – big concern is would it meet our needs. Canon machine has positive reviews. Canon lease cost remains the same throughout the contract. Price per copy is lower with Canon. Asked to vote between Canon and Toshiba. Motion made to go with Canon lease made by Barry, seconded by Geordan.

Ushers/Greeters – Keep with consistory or go back to normal schedule? Pastor Frey recommended waiting until September for return of ushers.

Good of the Church: Outdoor church service to be held September 12th at Beaver Run.

Pastor will be starting bible study in the Fall.

Can groups come back (example, scouts)? Pastor Frey stated they must follow CDC guidelines regarding children.

Meeting adjourned at 7:40pm by Geordan, seconded by Barry.

Next meeting is scheduled for September 27th, 2021 at 7:00pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Macie Hourt