Council Update 2019.09

Dirk

The pastors and members of the Personnel Committee have been busy interviewing candidates for the open positions on the church staff. Unemployment is at a 50-year low and this has been reflected in some of the difficulties in hiring new staff. In some cases, well qualified candidates have already accepted a position before we had completed our interviews and could offer them a position, and in other cases, candidates have turned down the offer because we just could not offer them the wages they were seeking.

In addition to her role as the part-time Family Events Coordinator, Brianna Carlson has agreed to take on the part-time position of Sunday School Coordinator. This is a win-win situation. Brianna has been doing an outstanding job as the Family Events coordinator and she wanted to work more hours which she will be doing as she takes on the added responsibilities of the Sunday School coordinator.

Mary Dargiewicz has been hired as Administrative Assistant, working in the front office with Laurie Mackereth. Mary has over 30 years of administrative experience working in various law offices and most recently worked as a director’s assistant for a funeral chapel. Mary lives right here in Buffalo. Come in and welcome Mary to Zion.

Karla Stallings has accepted the Facility Coordinator position and will begin approximately October 28. Karla has extensive experience coordinating facilities and also teaches on-line classes in nursing. Karla is a welcomed addition to our church staff. Come in and say, “hello”.

At the September council meeting the council elected to move forward quickly with the formation of a Youth Director Hiring task force. The task force would consist of 6-8 members and would investigate a number of issues concerning the hiring of a Youth Director. Areas include soliciting congregational interest and gauging support for the new position, determining the number of hours and appropriate compensation package, and determining a strategy for funding the new position at least through the first year. If you are interested in serving on the task force, please contact Pastor Suzi or any member of the council. It is hoped that the task force can be formed in the next month or so and have its work completed soon thereafter.

Installation of new digital locks for two of the outside doors has been approved along with rekeying all of the other outside doors. Recently, two sets of outside keys have gone missing. Over the years, this has occurred a number of times requiring expensive rekeying of all of the outside doors. New digital locks controlled by a fob or key card like ones you receive when you check into a hotel will be installed on the west side door on the north and the nearest door to the offices on the south side. The keys for the other outside doors will be few and controlled closely. The new fobs or key cards can be programmed for only certain times and easily disabled if they are lost. A new key policy including an inventory of all of the keys at Zion is currently being developed. Look for the installation in the near future.

The Cemetery Board has approached the owner of the land surrounding Zion cemetery to gauge their interest in selling some of the surrounding land to expand the cemetery. At the currently rate, the board feels that Zion cemetery will be full in 5 to 10 years. A $10,000 CD given to the board was set aside several years ago for the purchase of cemetery land and would be the primary source of funding for any future purchase. The Board is also looking at the installation of a fence at the Marysville cemetery and the possible installation of a columbarium at either or both cemeteries. Money used to maintain and improve the cemeteries is independent of the general account budgeting and funding.

Finally, our $25,000 line of credit with Old National Bank has been renewed for another year. In the distant past, we have used this line of credit to pay operating costs in very lean times, but we have not used the money in a number of years. It would only be used if absolutely necessary and was renewed as a last resource for funds.

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