May 6, 2020, Ministry Table

WHEELER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 Minutes — Ministry Table Meeting May 6, 2020

Attendance: Pastor David Banning, Chairperson Matt McGinley, Marv Brickner, Steve Gierke, Becky Gierke, Bill Kane, Debbie Kane, Kit Runion, Ken White, Rick McKee, Tara Keehn, Bill Peak

Pastor opened the meeting with prayer.

Plans for In-Person Worship: The Bishop is recommending June 14 to resume in-person worship. Discussion ensued regarding distancing, sanitizing, masks, communion, passing the offering plates, etc. Lots of ideas – more specifics later.

Missions Outreach: Becky made the motion to spend $1,500 of the $3,779 missions account funds to support the current “Family Emergency Kit” endeavor by World Vision to help US families suffering hardships from the Covid-19 fallout. The motion was seconded by Bill Kane and passed. In the motion also was to spend $1,500 to help locally. Kit agreed to follow up with local options to be shared later via email to the Ministry Table.

World Vision details – “Here in the US World Vision is working hand in hand with churches, school districts, and other local organizations to meet urgent needs. Our goal is to provide 650,000 people across the US with Family Emergency Kits and equip healthcare workers with critical personal protective equipment like face masks and gloves.” – worldvision.org/coronavirusUS

Wheeler Park Improvements: WUMC has raised just over $3,000 for improving the park located north of the old Wheeler High School, currently the 5th Street Club. Kit will contact George Topoll, Township Trustee for plan specifics. Steve made the motion, which was seconded by Marv, to give these funds to the Township Trustee once plans for the park are disclosed.

WUMC Sign on US 130: Marv will spearhead the sign project. Ken offered to talk to Rich Harder about our desires to improve signage on 130 that currently sits on his property.

IT Needs at Wheeler: Pastor brought up the need for ongoing maintenance of the website, the church Facebook account, church YouTube account, etc. Tara offered to initially take those over, and there will be future discussion regarding some paid office staff to take over. Pastor will get login information to Tara.

Christian Education (VBS): Tara will work with Matt and Rick regarding program planning for adult Christian education at Wheeler. The church will continue to investigate options for VBS – more later on this topic.

Transitioning (last Sunday in June and first Sunday in July): Pastor will be in Atwood on June 28, and Tara will be moving Sunday, July 5. Kit will reach out to Paul Arnold and possibly to Deb Rousselle for fill-in ministry leadership on those Sundays.

Church Cleaning/Parsonage Punch List: Deb and Jan’s Helping Hands (Hanna) have continued to clean the church and most recently have sanitized all surfaces in the sanctuary and Blaine Hall. We will reach out to them for parsonage cleaning as well so that Dave and Tara can move without that added burden. Steve and the Trustees will see that the back door and the outdoor faucet at the parsonage are repaired prior to June 26.

With no further business, the meeting adjourned. No date was set for the next meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Rebecca Gierke, Secretary