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The Seven Principles
  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
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Restoration's Board of Trustees Fall Update

Wondering what’s going with “The Board”?

Here is our current Board:

Tim S., Moderator
Cynthia B., Asst Moderator
Fern C., Secretary
TBD, Treasurer (please see below)
Ann A., Trustee
Wayne B., Trustee
Jesse R., Trustee
Grace S., Trustee
Despite the hot summer weather, June, July, and August were especially busy months for board members. After Rev. Ellis’ retirement in June, the quest continued to secure a half-time contracted minister for the 2016/17 church year. A Minister Search Committee chaired by Brenda R., recommended Jo Green (Formerly of the UU Church in Cherry Hill, NJ ) for this position. The Board voted to hire Ms. Green beginning in August 2016.

During this period, renewed canvassing efforts by board members insured 2015/2016 pledges were honored. In addition, the 2016/17 budget which was presented with a deficit at the Budget Meeting held on May 15, 2016, was generously revised and reconciled with a small surplus. Thank you to all who helped make this happen!

This summer, board members continued to participate in various church activities, including our weekly Black Lives Matter Vigil, a much needed voter registration campaign and other community events.

Board Secretary, Fern C. and Assistant Moderator, Cynthia B., who serve as Restoration delegates at TPUC continued planning for the Fall TPUC Meeting, which will be held at Restoration on October 1, 2016. Hotel, entertainment, childcare, and meeting spaces have been secured. Lunches and dinners and other details are being finalized. It should be noted that this is a whole-church event and Rev. Peter Morales, President of the UUA, will be the keynote speaker on Saturday morning, October 1. We are asking for your participation, so please see sign-up information in Fellowship Hall.

Our regular board meeting agenda will include reports from the co-ministers, the religious education committee, the treasurer, and a Social Justice and Community Ministry report. We discuss current internal and external activities, assess next steps, and assume responsibility for certain projects. Our current and immediate task is to carry on the business of the church through this transition period. Our pledge theme for 2016/17 was “Believe” and we will make every effort to keep that spirit as we begin a new chapter in Restoration history.

Meanwhile, if you are curious about board happenings and how we conduct church business and you wish to attend a meeting, please let us know. Board members, along with the minister, and Maria McCabe, Director of Social Justice and Community Ministry, meet at church on the first Wednesday evening of each month from 7pm until approximately 9pm, usually in Hale Hall. If you have a specific issue or request, we advise you to put it in writing and submit it to the Moderator,Tim Styer, or to me, before planning to attend.

Best wishes for a happy and safe fall season!

Thank you and keep on “Believing”.
— Cynthia B., Assistant Moderator

Restoration Needs a Treasurer - and Your Help

The Treasurer performs one of the most vital functions in the life of this congregation. The Treasurer serves as a volunteer on the board of trustees and contributes to the overall well-being of the congregation by participating in board discussions, decision-making and recommendations to the church community.

The Treasurer's most significant contribution is to lead the annual process for finalizing a budget that is aligned with the congregation's vision, maintaining and monitoring income and expenses in line with the overall budget.

The Board has reformed the treasurer's role, re-assigning most time-consuming burdens to other individuals who will support, and report to, the treasurer:

  1. A professional bookkeeper now handles clerical tasks such as tracking income and expenses and paying the bills.
  2. A congregational volunteer is now responsible for preparing the payroll for Restoration's staff.
  3. Moving forward, another volunteer will track, confirm and send out reminders for annual pledges.
Assigning the tasks noted above to other individuals enables the treasurer to focus on these key administrative tasks:

Weekly:

  • Coordinate a team of volunteers to deposit weekly donations to the church's bank account.
  • Record church attendance and weekly donations to be reported in newsletters and other communications.
  • Oversee activities of bookkeeper.
Monthly:
  • Review income and expenses compiled by the bookkeeper to identify potential irregularities.
  • Report on the congregation's financial standing at scheduled board meetings.
  • Confer with the bookkeeper to ensure adequate funds are available to cover bills and anticipated expenses.
Annually:
  • Collaborate with the moderator and other board members to draft a budget for the upcoming year.
  • Compare income and expenses for the closing year with that year's estimated budget.
  • Present the board's proposed budget to members during the yearly budget meeting and annual meeting.
  • Cooperate with the Audit Committee during their review of financial transactions for the closing year.
Ad hoc:
  • Work with the board and bookkeeper to authorize manual checks for any unscheduled (non-recurring) expenses.
  • Collaborate with board to identify and address any potential irregularities

 

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