The Board’s biggest cheer of the month goes out to the Thrift Shop. The small group of volunteers are bringing in large amounts of money each week that have moved the JBUC projected deficit for the year to an anticipated small surplus. Hurrah for the hard work! Many of you who have been around the church lately will have noticed that the old worn out shed has been replaced by a large container unit for the Thrift Shop’s storage. It is on a trial basis and if it works out will be purchased and painted to match the buildings. People from the neighborhood and further afield are shopping with enthusiasm for the caring environment (and good products) at the Shop. More volunteers are needed so be in touch if you have time and energy. Or come around if you want to do some shopping!
People are also enjoying the well-cared for property and gardens at the church. Bev Tracy and team have kept the grounds fresh and beautiful over the summer.
The Worship Team reported that in-person worship is running smoothly and that new people have been arriving each week. The Greeters Team has greeters in place for the in-church and the on-line worship services. The Music Ministry Team is looking at the responses from the gathering last week as they move forward in exploring JBUC’s music ministry options.
The Pastoral Care Team continues to connect with people (those who do not have easy access to church information, those having birthdays and those who are ill or in difficult circumstances.)
Friday Morning Coffee on Zoom will begin again in October. Watch for updates in the enews.
The Ministry and Personnel Team stays on top of all the contract workers at JBUC including the techies who help with on-line services, the music coordinators, and the caretaker. They have oversight of the permanent staff as well (ministers, administrator.)
The Board is planning an afternoon retreat to have some time together as we get to know each other better. We will also have some facilitated time envisioning what needs to happen over the next few years in the church and how to continue opening doors to God’s love.