The meeting was called to order by Chairman Patti Edwards immediately following the 2013 Charge Conference.  Present for the meeting were Patti Edwards, Brenda Sene, Marilyn Taylor, Don Taylor, Robin Stewart, Cheryl O'Brien, Scott Taylor, Diane Croson, JoAnn Rose, Sara Jensen, David Bybee, and Amanda McClure. The October minutes were presented;  Marilyn Taylor moved that the  minutes be accepted.  The motion was seconded and carried.

      FINANCE:  Scott Taylor reviewed the finances.  Two bills had been paid from the handbell account and the money will be returned to the handbell account.  $4100 has been received from PayPal for the church.

      SURVEY:  Patti Edwards, an ad hoc committee of one, reviewed all of the surveys concerning whether to continue the blended services or return to two services.  She made the recommendation that TUMC return to two Sunday morning services because of strong emotions expressed by many.  Marilyn Taylor moved that the report be accepted; the motion was seconded and carried.

After discussion, Scott Taylor moved that TUMC return to two services.  The motion was seconded and carried:  4 yes, 3 no.

     Again after discussion about the needs of the programming, including time for teachers of classes to have a full hour without people coming late and/or leaving early for other obligations, Marilyn Taylor moved to try:  9:00 - 10:00 for Praise and Rejoice, 10:15 - 11:15 for classes and Sunday School and 11:30 - 12:30 for the Traditional service.  The motion was seconded and carried.  THIS IS NOT AN ARBITRARY DECISION BY THE CHURCH COUNCIL:  it is an attempt to meet everyone's needs.  Patti Edwards will write an article about the decision and have the information in the OUTREACH as well as Sunday bulletins.  The change will begin December 1, the first day of Advent.

    Marilyn Taylor moved that Trustees have the approval of Church Council to write a letter/grant to preserve the building.  The motion was seconded and carried.  JoAnn Rose pointed out that people in the community do care fror the building and suggested that the church "market" the building for weddings, the museum,  etc.  Monetary gifts will be encouraged to be given for historic maintenance of the building. 

      Robin Stewart offered the closing prayer. The meeting was adjourned.

Marilyn Taylor, Secretary



       A successful Holiday Treat Sale was held on Sunday, December 8th following both services.   The Christmas meeting and installation of 2014 officers will be on Saturday, December 14th at 1:00.   A hand bell ensemble from St. Luke's Episcopal Church will be presenting the program.  A Memorial service will also be held.   Monetary gifts were presented to the staff during December.

  Marilyn Taylor, President, soon to be replaced by Joy Christian.



      Members of the Missions committee have received hand knit sweaters from several people as well as some quilts, which will be distributed this month.

The emphasis of the committee at this time is the Mitten Tree and UMCOR:  on December 3, pledges to UMCOR online were matched for the first $500,000.  Over 11,000 people from 34 countries raised $6.5 million for mission work around the world.   UMCOR is one of the first groups to arrive after disasters around the world.

Marilyn Taylor, Chairman

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