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(November 13, 2022)  The congregation held its annual budget meeting on November 13th and members voted to postpone the 2023 budget adoption until January 29, 2023 when the income numbers are more certain. A summary report of the survey results was presented by President Tina Truttmann.  Members who would like the full report can request it by sending an email to council@firstgb.org.  The Council is grateful for such an engaged congregation and the thoughtful consideration of all the items brought before them.

(November 4, 2022) The information packet for the upcoming Fall budget meeting has been distributed to all members.  If you didn’t receive one, you can find the packet here.  Please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the church council prior to the meeting on Sunday if you have any questions.  The meeting will include consideration of the 2023 budget as well as a report on the church satisfaction survey.

(October 27, 2022) It was announced at the October 27, 2022 Executive Council meeting that Deb Paris had resigned as President of the Executive Council for personal reasons.  Deb lead the congregation during a time of transition and worked tirelessly to ensure that God’s work was carried on with integrity and with a long-term focus.  If you see her, please thank her for her valuable service.

(October 22, 2022)  The Executive Council has received the results of the recent church survey. Thank you to everyone who responded! There were 177 surveys sent via email. Of those, 117 were opened and 72 were completed. Sixty were never opened. Additionally, 24 paper copies of the survey were distributed and 22 of them were returned. That means the response rate was approximately 49%. It’s clear that we have engaged, passionate members and friends and we value each and every one of you.

The Executive Committee of the Church Council and the Pastor Parish Relations Committee had a joint meeting to begin the process of evaluating the results. We’ll share more when we have more to share with you. Thank you for your patience while we take the time to give the feedback the attention it deserves.

We also ask for your prayers so that we might review the results with discernment, analyze the trends with wisdom, and consider action steps that would be helpful for moving our church forward in continuous pursuit of our vision and mission.

(October 17, 2022)  Did you know that you can offer feedback to the Executive Council via email at council@firstgb.org or in person at a monthly council meeting?  A new item has been added to the meeting agendas that allows you the opportunity to make a comment at the start of every council meeting.  (Note: please keep comments to two minutes or less in the interest of time.  Sometimes the Council has a very long agenda.)  Council meetings are usually the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.  Always check the calendar before coming just to make sure the date wasn’t changed.

 Do feel free to use either method of communicating with the Council.  They are always interested in hearing your thoughts!