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The mission of Camp Hill UMC is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 

Meeting Minutes

November 17, 2019

The meeting was attended by 30 Camp Hill UMC members and three current pastors.

 

Presiding Elder: District Superintendent Rev. Barry Robison

 

Recording Secretary: Georgia Reisinger

 

Pastor Gary Weaver opened the meeting by welcoming attendees and introducing District Superintendent Rev. Barry Robison and District Administrative Assistant Kaiti Lucente. Rev. Robison called the meeting to order. Rev. Robison instructed the group that all are welcome but only members can vote.

 

A motion to approve November 29, 2018, Church Conference minutes was made by Fred Powell and seconded by Jon Seltenheim. There was one correction to the minutes:

 

“Drew Robeson is looking to be approved at General Conference in May”, should read, “Drew Robeson is looking to be approved at Annual Conference in May”.

 

The corrected minutes were approved without objection.

 

A motion to approve the church audit was made by Jon Seltenheim and seconded by Dave Mooney. Approved without objection.

 

A motion to approve the Trustees Report was made by Pat Harry and seconded by Margaret Brightbill. Approved without objection.

 

Rev. Robison expressed his thanks for the work that Camp Hill UMC has done to keep our facility safe. He thanked Camp Hill UMC for continuing to pay Shares of Ministry in full. The Susquehanna Conference Office realizes that Shares of Ministry are becoming more burdensome as more churches are closing and our responsibility increases. The Conference office is working to trim its budget.

 

Pastor Gary Weaver thanked Karen Stimeling, our membership secretary, for her work on the Pastor’s Report on Membership.

 

Rev. Robison presented the Pastor’s Report on Membership. He expressed the importance of membership vows. He encouraged the pastors and members to reach out personally and not only through a form letter to the members on the list who are in the process of being removed. The names for year one members recommended for church conference action were read aloud. Attendees had the opportunity to comment on the names and the following were removed from the list.

Sarah Ketelsleger

Aaron Skonecki

Owen Skonecki

William Svitko

 

Emily Reitzel and Danielle Wallick were moved to the year one non-resident list.

 

A motion to accept the revised list Recommended for 2019 Church Conference Action was made by Nancy LeRoy and seconded by Margaret Brightbill. Approved without objection.

 

The list of names on the Recommended for 2019 Church Conference Action – Year Two was voted on one name at a time and all were approved. A covering motion to remove all the names on the list was made by Ann Huff and seconded by Nancy Harry. Approved without objection.

 

Pastor Gary Weaver offered a prayer for the members who have passed away during the last year.

 

A motion to approve the list of Lay Members to the Annual Conference was made by Jon Seltenheim and seconded by Carrie Pucino. Approved without objection.

 

Lay Members to Annual Conference:

Kim Bedford

Steve Hetrick

Kayt Hughes

  Alternates:

  Morgan Faranov

  Dave Mooney

  David Lawton

 

Pastor Gary Weaver thanked Pastor Jack Grove for his work with the Nominations and Leadership Development Team to develop the list of nominees for church leadership.

 

A motion to elect the Unified Leadership Council (ULC) and Nominations and Leadership Development Team nominees was made by Jim Massey and seconded by Bill Umberger. Approved without objection.

 

ULC Members elected:

One-year term: Kyle Evans

Two-year term: Shannon Zimmerman

Three-year term: Galen Kapp, David Lawton, and Matthew Peter-Fritts

 

Nominations and Leadership Development Committee elected:

One-year term: Sabrena Jutzi

Two-year term: Scott Bryson

Three-year term: Patty Bowen, David Brown and Roseann Heller

 

Rev. Robison explained that there was no action required for the Parsonage Inspection Reports. The reports are available to view in their entirety at the church office.

 

The next items of business were the Recommendations for Pastoral Compensation. The report in the booklet reflected two incorrect numbers. The corrected pension number for Pastor Gary Weaver was $9077 ($9064 on the report) and the corrected pension number for Pastor Anna Layman Knox was $8061 ($8052 on the report). The salaries reflect a 2% raise, which was recommended by the ULC. The motion to approve the salary, pension, account reimbursable plan, travel, continuing education and health insurance for Pastor Gary Weaver was made by Jon Seltenheim and seconded by Jim Massey. Approved without objection. The motion to approve the salary, pension, account reimbursable plan, travel, continuing education and health insurance for Pastor Anna Layman Knox was made by Pat Harry and seconded by Kim Bedford. Approved without objection. The motion to approve the salary, pension, account reimbursable plan, travel and continuing education for Pastor Sharon Miller was made by Kim Bedford and seconded by Nancy Harry. Approved without objection.

 

The rental value of the parsonages was the next item of business. There was a discussion on the amount set for the rental value of the parsonages. It has not increased in several years and may not accurately reflect the current rental value. The pastors and the Unified Leadership Council will do some research for next year to be sure the numbers are accurate. A motion to accept the rental value of the parsonage for Pastor Gary Weaver was made by Bill Umberger and seconded by David Lawton. Approved with one objection. A motion to accept the rental value of the parsonage for Pastor Anna Layman Knox was made by Bill Umberger and seconded by Dave Mooney. Approved with one objection.

 

A motion to accept the parsonage exclusion of $5000 for Pastor Gary Weaver was made by Margaret Brightbill and seconded by Nancy LeRoy. Approved without objection.

 

A motion to accept the parsonage exclusion of $2500 for Pastor Anna Layman Knox was made by David Lawton and seconded by Jim Massey. Approved without objection.

 

The Safe Sanctuary Policy had a few minor changes, which Pastor Anna Layman Knox reviewed with the group. Pastor Gary Weaver thanked Pat Shepherd for her continued work with the Safe Sanctuary Team. A motion was made to accept the revised Safe Sanctuary Policy and Report by Carrie Pucino and seconded by Margaret Brightbill. Approved without objection.

 

Rev. Robison acknowledged the report from retired Pastor George Barto and the Camp Hill UMC history which was written by Ann Holler. Pastor Gary Weaver thanked Ann for her work on the history.

 

Rev. Robison asked for a motion to give the Nominations and Leadership Development Team the authority between sessions of Church Conference to nominate and fill all vacancies in elected offices not listed in paragraph 249 of The Book of Discipline. A motion was made by Nancy LeRoy and seconded by Fred Powell. Approved without objection.

 

A vote was called to continue to support Drew Robeson as a certified candidate for ministry. Approved without objection.

 

Rev. Robison ended the meeting with three items he wanted to share. First was that care packages will be assembled at the Annual Conference in May. He challenged our church to collect 60,000 band-aids to put in the care packages. The second was an invitation to all people to attend the Preaching Festival held at Hershey Lodge on January 20-22, 2020. The third item was an invitation to all people to attend the “Know Your Job” workshop being held on January 4, 2020, at Crosspoint UMC, Harrisburg.

 

Rev. Robison gave a benediction to end the meeting.

 

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Jim Massey and seconded by Jon Seltenheim. Approved without objection.

November 29, 2018

The meeting was attended by 41 Camp Hill UMC members and five current or retired pastors.

 

Harrisburg District representative: Rev. Karen Atanasoff.

 

Pastor Gary Weaver was the presiding elder and opened the meeting with prayer. He assured the attendees that starting next year the conference booklet will be made available to the congregation the week prior to the conference.

 

Rev. Karen Atanasoff presented a devotion focusing on unity. 

 

A motion to accept the November 5, 2017 church conference minutes was made by Rich Long and seconded by Allen Maybee. Approved without objection. 

 

A motion to accept the April 2, 2018 church conference minutes was made by Rich Long and seconded by Jon Seltenheim. Approved without objection. 

 

A motion to accept the church audit performed by Jeff Stoner was made by Fred Powell and seconded by Marlyn Diehl. Approved without objection.

 

Next on the agenda was the Trustee Report. It was brought to the attention of the group that the investment report was not attached to the Trustee Report. While the report was located, Pastor Gary moved to the Pastor’s Report on Membership.

 

Pastor Gary reviewed the additions to Camp Hill UMC membership. The deletions were then reviewed. Pastor Gary led a prayer for members who had passed away.

 

We then returned to the Trustee Report. A motion to accept the report was made by Steve Drachler and seconded by Marsha Banks. Approved without objection.

 

The names for year one members recommended for church conference action were presented. Attendees were asked to review the list and see if there are members on the list that should not be included. A motion to receive the people as year one residents for church conference action was made by Allen Maybee and seconded by Dave Mooney. Approved without objection.

 

The names for year two members recommended for church conference action were reviewed. Attendees were asked to review the list to see if there are any names on the list that should not be removed from membership. Pastor Anna and Pastor Gary read each name and called for a vote. All names were approved for removal.

 

Pastor Anna presided over the voting of leadership roles. First were nominees for the Unified Leadership Council. The three nominees were Kim Bedford, Jim Clahane and Stephen Hetrick. Pastor Jack Grove took a moment to recognize the three members of the ULC who are leaving: Susan Pigott, Brad Fetrow and Rich Long. The attendees recognized their service to our church. There was discussion about the nomination process. After discussion, a motion to vote on the nominees one at a time was made by Jim Bateman and seconded by Ann Huff. After discussion, Ann Huff called for the question. Her motion was seconded. The motion to call the question carried. A vote was then called on Jim Bateman’s motion to vote on nominees individually. The motion did not pass.

 

A motion was made to elect Kim Bedford, Jim Clahane and Stephen Hetrick to the ULC class of 2021 by Allen Maybee and seconded by Jon Seltenheim. Approved without objection.

 

A motion to elect Denise Burkhardt, Jen Kapp and Maynard Stufft to the Nomination and Leadership team was made by Fred Powell and seconded by Rich Long. Approved without objection.

 

A motion was made to elect Marsha Banks, Jim Clahane and Jon Seltenheim to be lay members to Annual Conference with Kim Bedford, Don Powell and Kim Losh as alternates by Rich Long. The motion was seconded by Frank Flamini. Approved without objection.

 

Pastor Anna reviewed the materials about the General Conference to be held in February. The three plans developed by the Commission on a Way Forward were briefly discussed. Pastor Anna will represent the Susquehanna Conference at the General Conference. Pastor Gary led prayer to support Pastor Anna in her role as a General Conference delegate to the 2019 Special General Conference.

 

Pastor Gary reviewed the Annual Parsonage Inspections. He expressed his gratitude for the work that was done to prepare the Fineview parsonage for his arrival.

 

Jon Seltenheim led discussion on pastoral compensation. The ULC unanimously decided to give Pastor Gary a 1% raise, Pastor Sharon Miller a 2% raise and Pastor Anna a 3% raise. Jon explained how the ULC came to a decision to give Pastor Anna a one time $5,000 payment for the work she did this year during the transition to the simplified structure and new lead pastor. Pastor Gary has decided not to take his increase. 

 

A motion to accept the pastoral salaries including the $5,000 bonus was made by Rich Long and seconded by Dave Mooney. The vote was called and passed.

 

A motion to add Pastor Gary’s 1% raise back into his salary was made by Jim Bateman and seconded by Steve Drachler. Approved without objection.

 

A motion to affirm the salary package which includes Pastor Gary’s raise was made by Frank Flamini and seconded by Rich Long. Approved without objection.

 

The next order of business was the approval of the housing allowance tax exclusion for Pastor Gary and Pastor Anna. A motion was made to accept the amount of $10,800 for Pastor Anna’s housing allowance by Dave Mooney and seconded by Rich Long. There was discussion about the rental value of the parsonages and a commitment was made to do research in 2019 and adjust the $10,800 to a fair market value. After discussion, a vote was called and it passed.

 

A motion was made to accept the amount of $10,800 for Pastor Gary’s housing allowance by Rich Long and seconded by Dave Mooney. A vote was called and it passed.

 

A motion was made to accept $5,000 for Pastor Gary’s furnishings exclusion by Marlyn Diehl and seconded by Rich Long. Approved without objection.

 

A motion was made to accept $3,000 for Pastor Anna’s furnishings exclusion by Marlyn Diehl and seconded by Rich Long. Approved without objection. 

 

Pastor Anna commented on the Safe Sanctuary Policy. As there are no changes, it did not require action.

 

Taylor Pfaff and Drew Robeson are certified candidates for ministry. Taylor is currently in Thailand after graduation from Duke University. Drew spoke briefly about his journey. He has completed all his course work to be a licensed local pastor and is looking to be approved at General Conference in May. He is currently enrolled in Evangelical Seminary. A motion to approve the continuation of Taylor Pfaff and Drew Robeson as certified candidates for ministry was made by Fred Powell and seconded by Don Powell. Approved without objection.

 

The group then took a moment to celebrate the work of the Rev George Barto, retired pastor and Ann Holler, Camp Hill UMC historian.

 

Pastor Anna asked for a motion to give the Leadership Team the authority between sessions of church conference to nominate and fill all vacancies in elected offices not listed in paragraph 249 of The Book of Discipline. The motion was made by Steve Drachler and seconded by Nancy Harry. Approved without objection.

 

A motion to close the meeting was made by Jon Seltenheim and seconded by Margaret Brightbill. Approved without objection.

 

A circle of prayer, including the laying on of hands, closed our evening. The prayer lifted up our three new ULC members and their future role in the ministry of leading the church.