2010 Metro Association Spring Meeting
8:00 AM – 2:30 PM, Saturday, April 24, 2010
Community Church of the Pelhams
Host Pastor, Rev. Maxwell Grant
448 Washington Avenue
Pelham, NY 10803
"Our job is to spread God’s love…Together we are going to build the beloved community!” With these words Rev. Dr. Rita Root, Interim Conference Minister for the NY Conference UCC, summed up the work that is before us as individuals, as local churches, as the Metro Association.
Interim Regional Conference Minister Rev. Freeman L. Palmer described Rita as authentic, gracious, positive, bold, funny, strong, faithful, “a child of God” – adjectives that might also be used to describe the 140 lively participants in the 133rd Annual Meeting of the Metro Association held Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Community Church of the Pelhams. We clapped our hands, raised our voices in song, stepped forward to accept Association responsibilities, thoughtfully participated in workshops, greeted friends old and new and, of course…ate!
In the business meeting chaired by Board President Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs, we:
- Accepted the minutes of the last meeting
- Received the reports of the Registrar and Treasurer
- Discussed the proposed Vision Statement – and agreed to send it back to committee for further work based on the discussion
Those interested in further commenting on the Vision Statement may do so by e-mailing Lennox Grant at LGrant@hearst.com
- Nominated additional persons to serve the Association, then elected them unanimously. (Here are the election results.)
- Installed those elected to serve the Association
- Learned we will be considering by-law changes at the November Metro Meeting.
Those with comments about the by-laws may e-mail Martha Jacobs at Mjacobs@HealthCareChaplaincy.org.
- Joined Freeman in applauding Executive Administrator Louise Manigault for her ministry and listened to Freeman highlight many upcoming events
- Heard Rita explain that the NY Conference Annual Meeting will be “work-filled” and “report-free” as we decide how to support local churches with 1 fewer professional staff and .5 fewer support staff
- Celebrated the churches who supported Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) in 2009 and those who supported all five of the UCC’s special offerings in 2009
Rev. Dr. Robert Everett, in retiring as the Association Moderator, turned the meeting over to incoming Moderator Melva Victorino who thanked all who have supported her as she recovers from broken bones.
Melva welcomed announcements from:
- Martha Gotwals who thanked all who supported Jean Montrevil in his struggle to avoid deportation
- David Seiple who encouraged churches to consider cooperation with our German partner church, the Evangelical Church in Hessen and Nassau, by a) having an associate pastor intern from Germany and/or b) participating in an exchange of youth
- Christopher Ponnuraj who encouraged us to remember those of Pacific Islander Asian American culture in our April 25, 2010 worship
- Stephanie Bennett who urged us to provide pictures for the Congregational Connections project
- Bonnie Miller who noted subscription prices for Casting Your Nets will double in 2011 so “join now” to get the services of your regional coordinator and opportunities to learn about church vitality in state-wide and regional settings
- Lynn Sullivan who reminded clergy that Boundary Awareness training is coming up May 17
- Harold Chapman who thanked Moderator Everett for his service
Participants packed the four workshops, each of which was offered twice:
- Spiritual Direction – led by Rev. Dr. Martin Montonye
- Death and Dying: Do We Practice What We Preach? – led by Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs
- Gathering for LGBTQ Concerns – led by Rev. Dr. Robert W. Gunn
- Health Reform: Rights and Blights – led by Mary Dewar, RN
For those interested in further information about Health Reform, Mary suggested these web sites:
Alliance for Retired Americans at www.retiredamericans.org/
Kaiser Family Foundation at www.kff.org/
In words and music, our worship focused on 1 Corinthians 15:58:
Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of God, in as much as you know that you labor not in vain in God.
Prior to Rev. Root’s sermon, Maestro Elmer Hammond, Jr. of St. Albans led the music and the Metro Association Inspirational Choir, with special help from soloists Rev. Cynthia Jackson and Evaughn Williams.
Rev. Mark Marsh gave tribute to Rev. Allen MacLean who, prior to his death on January 20, 2010, was a leader in welcoming all people to worship in the United Church of Christ.
Our offering was directed toward the Linking Ministries of the Association, with persons encouraged to direct their gift to a ministry of special interest to them.
Freeman closed worship with a blessing of our food and a challenge to “Run This Race”, after which we enjoyed the excellent food and hospitality of our host church, the Community Church of the Pelhams.
Reported by Lucy Werner
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Among the reports presented to the meeting were these:
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