We are delighted to announce that at our 2016 Family Meeting on Sunday June 26th all of the items on the ballot passed unanimously!
- The Recognition of Pat Griffith as an Elder
- The Recognition of Lee Wadsworth as an Elder
- The Proposed Budget for 2016-2017
We are thankful for unity!
We also spent time sharing a “Ministry Review” and have posted a PDF of the slides we shared throughout the meeting.
Below are the document links and introductory statements about what we covered in the meeting.
Each year we have a “Family Meeting”- a time to review and celebrate the ministry from the prior year and also to look ahead to the coming year. This “family meeting” highlights what we are really about as a church family–much more than budgets! We still have to have the necessary budget conversation, and that’s why we still do this Ministry Review and budget approval in June. Below are 4 important topics that we covered:
This year, we have the special privilege of recognizing a couple of men who have been serving and leading in our church family – Pat Griffith and Lee Wadsworth. We have put together an Elder Recognition document to share the process and to finalize the recommendation of these two men. Read more about the Elder Recognition-2016 [pdf].
FINANCIAL REPORT & BUDGET PROPOSAL:
We have put together a Financial Report (2015-2016) and Budget Proposal (2016-2017) [PDF]. We will need to take a vote to affirm the Budget Proposal. Please review the document to be prepared for this portion to move quickly. Also we have a spreadsheet with 3 years of actuals and our budget for the coming year. LAGBC- 3 year Actuals & Budget 2016-2017 [PDF]
In response to the donations of some in our congregation, we also outlined a plan for Facility Renovations in June 2013 [pdf]. This is was not a building campaign, but an outline of 6 major renovation areas which are a priority for ministry impact. Here is the Renovations Report 2016 [PDF] on progress!
If you would like to make a contribution, you may do so online using the DONATE link with a debit/credit card or you can send donations to “Los Altos Grace Brethren Church” 6565 E. Stearns St, Long Beach, CA 90808.
CONSTITUTION CHANGES INTRODUCTION:
The Community of Elders have been praying and working on changing a variety of items in the Constitution to better reflect our life together as a church family. In our family meeting, we introduced proposed changes and begin a conversation for the next few months as a congregation to get familiar with and get feedback on these proposed changes. We will not vote on these changes until a congregational meeting in the fall of 2016. See the webpage here