JBUC Board Meeting Summary
Being the church is important in this time of pandemic and climate crises and economic uncertainty. We as a church are expressing the quest for hope, solidarity and community each day with activities in the church building and the neighborhood. The Board heard reports about the very successful James Bay Scavenger Hunt in which people moved around the community examining sites and stories of the culturally important places in the history of the Coast Salish people. The Board heard stories of the ministry of the Thrift Shop as it serves a wide clientele from James Bay and beyond—people who love to shop there because of the way they are respected and treated. We heard of people glad to be back at in-person worship and Jazz Nights and people glad to have live-streaming. People also found rich learnings in the Season of Creation field trips. We heard of people who are enjoying the piano and the new community choir and who are looking forward eagerly for the Christmas Carol evening on December 19.
The Board’s work of managing the resources challenges and fulfills. People’s generosity in responding to the Thanksgiving letter from the Board permeates us with thanksgiving as we work to meet budget obligations. The generosity of all of our staff in working in new ways and giving much time beyond their job descriptions leaves us both grateful for their commitment and concerned for their well-being. We are especially grateful for the voluntary work of Dritan Pashaj as our church caretaker/cleaner over the past year. We have now signed a contract with him and will pay for his work in the future. We need volunteers to help in several places, most notably on the Thrift Shop Leadership Team and in communications work (social media, advertising church related activities, and other technical work). For 2022 we will do a six month budget as we anticipate lots of changes in the next six months with potential for new musicians, Gordon’s potential retirement, and responses to the many needs arising around us.
You are all invited to a Day of Visioning on January 8 to explore next steps in James Bay United’s movement forward. Watch the Newsletters for more details of this special event.