During our celebratory Joint Annual Meeting June 14-16 for the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Conferences of the United Church of Christ, we worshiped and learned together in the new Countryside Community Church UCC, part of the Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha, NE.
Each conference also scheduled time to hold their own business meetings during the gathering. The Iowa Conference, unable to meet the number of voting delegates to constitute a quorum for an official meeting, presented information about the budget and other topics. Participants then asked questions and provided feedback to the Iowa Board of Directors (BOD). Per the Iowa Conference Constitution and Bylaws, the BOD takes action on behalf of the conference when the annual meeting is not in session or cannot meet quorum for an official meeting.
Participants expressed concerns about the presented 2020 budget with a deficit of $38,091. Board members explained that the BOD had previously reviewed the numbers and discerned that we were comfortable with this shortfall amount that is about 4 percent of a nearly $1 million budget. The budget is based on conservative figures and was built with cushion for unexpected bumps along the way. In the past, the board has been able to balance the budget due to careful monitoring of expenses and streamlining procedures.
“The careful practices of monitoring the budget will continue and we believe we will be able to make up the difference,” said Rev. Kate West, Iowa Conference UCC Board Chair.
The BOD is also happy to share the news that the Tri-Conference Ministries (TCM) is issuing Iowa a refund of $36,369 in unspent money from the 2018 fiscal year.
“We were not expecting this money to be returned and are thankful for the TCM’s willingness to return the funds to the conference,” said West.
Immediately following the end of the discussion at the Joint Annual Meeting, the BOD met to elect new board members and to determine when the next meeting would be held. The Iowa BOD will meet on July 17 via Zoom conference call to act on the budget that was discussed and other business. All work completed by the BOD will be presented in ongoing news articles posted on our website, Facebook and via email and at the 2020 Annual Meeting, scheduled to happen on June 19-21 at West Des Moines Christian Church.
If anyone has further questions, concerns or suggestions for ministries we can do together, please feel free to contact Rev. Kate West or any other member of the Board of Directors.
“We continue to ask for your prayers and support of the Iowa and TCM work. Together we are the Church,” said West.
written by Rev. Kate West with Nicole Havelka