On Sunday afternoon, 145 members of CHBC gathered to celebrate what God has done in our church over the past year, and to lay the groundwork for our upcoming season. We thanked Dwight Thomas, Kimberly Ulmer, Charlie Watson, and Tom Kemble for their service as elders and deacons over the past three years, and we prayed for them to thrive in their service to our church and the Kingdom of God in the future. We also viewed a great photo montage of events and ministry moment from the past year.
There were some items of business, as well.
- We selected one new elder, Alan Bell, and four deacons: Tom Bojanski, Mary McManamy, Julie Spencer, and Kimberly Ulmer (serving a back-to-back term).
- We also passed a bylaws amendment to the section delineating the Board of Elders, and reaffirmed 9 elders who have been serving as “standing elders” under the old version of the Bylaws: Don Ellis, Charles Herbst, Ian Howes, Jim Huegerich, Hugh Jones, Christopher Kigongo, Bill Stevenson, Dwight Thomas, and Wally Turnbull.
- We also voted to approve the Operating Budget for 2019-20 of $3,345,000.
But, I think everyone there would agree that the highlights of the afternoon were the bookends of the meeting.
- We opened with amazing singing, led by Branson and Cristy Page – we sang “Speak O Lord” and “In Christ Alone” – what fantastic affirmations of our faith and dependence upon God for everything. (The sound of our singing was practically heavenly!)
- We closed the meeting with a recognition of Randy and Kathy Russell as Randy comes to the end of his season of part-time ministry in the realm of counseling. They shared a blessing with us – Randy on the topic of joy, and Kathy from Hebrews chapter 12. Amazing and such a testimony of God’s work in the long haul of life in a couple dedicated to his service.
If you were unable to attend the Annual Meeting, you can stream the video of the meeting below (NOTE: We apologize for the sound quality of the video. At 1:25:00 the sound dramatically improves, but up until that point, we were forced to rely on the camera audio.)