Christ Presbyterian Church 2013 Annual Report One of the highlights of this past year was the mission team bringing The Rev. Mukondi Ramolundi, a South African pastor, to spend a month with us. Mukondi currently provides ministry to children, youth and adults in the poor township of Diepsloot which is north of Johannesburg. He will soon be elected to serve as the moderator of the Uniting Presbyterian Church of South Africa. Whether he was preaching, teaching, or riding a roller coaster with our youth his warm personality and deep faith was experienced by many of us. I am grateful that Tony and Rachel Novakovic provided him with lodging, meals, and a place to relax. He was very appreciative of the hospitality that he received and hopes that we will continue to develop an ongoing relationship. Our Mission Team continued to lead us in expressing our concern for people in need both locally and throughout the world. Some of the ministry they encouraged included: sponsoring a Kids Against Hunger food packing project; renovating a Habitat for Humanity home for April Woodward and her family; providing disaster assistance to a woman who had lost much of her home in Mobile, Alabama; sewing clothing for children and quilts for low income families; joining in a CROP Walk to provide funds for needy children in our world; packing food boxes and purchasing Christmas presents for low income families in Sylvania. Members serving with The Corner continued to provide warm meals on two Monday nights each month to community members looking for support. The wide spread support for this ministry has enabled The Corner to expand its effort and members will be to providing meals on four Monday nights a month in the coming year. We continued to explore approaches to worshiping God that affirm the diverse needs and desires of our members. A survey of worshipers in the spring encouraged us to continue to offer a combined service with both traditional and contemporary music on the first Sunday of each month. A large majority of worshippers also said they wanted three services to be offered on the other Sundays of the month. So, we have continued to use this format, but it has been a challenge to keep enthusiasm and educational programs strong. Our current effort is clearly a work in progress and hopefully we will find an approach which continues to praise God, fosters community, and encourages growth. The â€œRenewing Our Vision Campaignâ€? has enabled us to move forward with a number of worthwhile programs and projects. Our Arts and Aesthetic Environment Team took an active role in renovating the old Choir Room located in the northwest corner of our building and now we have an attractive Hospitality Room. This room now has a television with a live feed from the worship service so that parents with crying or hyperactive children have a place to go. It is also used for adult education and as a gathering place for memorial services and weddings. The Building and Grounds Team has replaced many of our outside doors, restored stained glass, and added drainage to our basement to create a safe and useable environment. I am very pleased that we have also been able to use campaign funds to hire Kelsey Mugler as our communication coordinator. She is doing a wonderful job and will be a great asset to us as we seek to improve our communication in the church and out into the public. We are fortunate to have so many dedicated staff and church members. Whether itâ€™s a friendly call from a Deacon to a church member, a church member teaching a class, or a volunteer assisting with energetic children at Vacation Bible School, there are so many ways that we are working together to build a faithful Christian community. Blessings, Tom Schwartz, Pastor
Endowment At the beginning of 2013 the Endowment Fund consisted of two accounts. The securities held by the Endowment Fund at the beginning of the year were invested with Findley Wise Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services and managed by our member, Craig Findlay. In addition we continue to have a savings account with Key Bank. The Endowment Fund began 2013 with a net securities portfolio of $578,118.49 and a balance of $440,600.45 in Key Bank for a total fund balance of $1,018,718.94 (total account value). During the year the Endowment Fund received contributions from members totaling $1,200. In April the Endowment Fund paid $39,074.29 to the general operating account of CPC pursuant to our established formula which provides for five percent of the average of the year ending balances of the Endowment Fund (securities plus savings) for the last three calendar years. This was the only payment made during 2013 to the CPC operating account. The payment made in 2012 was $33,871. The Endowment Fund ended 2013 with a UBS securities portfolio balance of $1,056,250.94 and a Key Bank account balance of $13,008.13, for a total Endowment Fund account value of $1,069,259.07. Adding the amounts paid to the operating fund ($39,074.29) to the year-end balance ($1,069,259.07) and subtracting the gifts received during the year ($1,200) produces a net gain on the fund’s investments of $88,414.42, or an 8.68% return in the Endowment Fund investments during 2013. To summarize, the Endowment Fund total account value was $1,018,718.94 at the beginning of 2013 and the total account value at the end of the year was $1,069,259.07. Contributions were received to the fund in 2013 from Bob and Dale Burnett and Sue Howe to whom we extend our grateful appreciation. Respectfully submitted, R. Jeffrey Lydy, Endowment Fund Chairman
Mission Members of Christ Presbyterian Church: • Packed nutritious, shelf stable meals for children in the Philippines through Kids Against Hunger Program • Purchased, cooked and served a Sunday dinner for clients of St Paul Community Center in Toledo
• Cooked and served meals on a twice a month basis at The Corner • Grew and harvested fresh produce from our community garden to give to local food banks
• Refurbished a Habitat For Humanity home in Toledo • Provided scholarships to educate children in rural Haiti • Donated food to Feed Your Neighbor • Collected clothing for Church Women United and Suitably Attired
• Sewed school uniforms for Project Dignity and blankets for Project Linus
• Donated money to Presbyterian Disaster Relief for hurricane victims
• Hosted a reverse missionary from South Africa, Mukondi Ramulondi
• Provided Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to clients of Sylvania Family Services
Respectfully submitted, Rachel Novakovic
The Special Events Team plans and hosts many events through out the year to provide fellowship opportunities for the members of our congregation. In 2013 we started the year with a soup luncheon during the CPC Annual Congregational Meeting. Over 20 pots of soup were donated by members—we had enough left-overs to serve soup for a meal at the Corner Lite! On March 31 we hosted an Easter Brunch in Scott Hall where we served baked goods, hot finger-foods and fruit. Twice in the year, we provided continental breakfast for those participating in our All-Church clean up days. In May we honored the mothers in our congregation with a special coffee hour, where men of the church served a pancake breakfast. On Saturday, June 2, CPC hosted a concert by the Johnny Knorr Orchestra and we provided refreshments for the large crowd that enjoyed the music. In June we also honored fathers with pie and ice cream. On Sunday, September 15 we kicked off our program year with an All-Church picnic held at the church. We finished the special events of 2013 in December with a new fundraiser, a cookie walk, where members donated cookies to sale. This was a fun celebration leading up to Christmas and the proceeds assisted with kitchen renovations. Allison Johnson and Rev. Kris Schondelmeyer
• Repaired a tornado damaged home in Mobile, Alabama
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The goal of the Christian Involvement Team is to engage all members in using gifts for ministry and to help members connect with ministry opportunities based on their gifts, strengths, and skills.
We continue to explore the best ways to communicate with the members of Christ Presbyterian and reach out to those in our community.
To this end members of the Christian Involvement Team personally contacted members to find out if they are satisfied with their current level of involvement or to see if they would like to be involved in a ministry that better suits their gifts, strengths, and interests. Emphasis was placed on calling members who joined CPC within the last two years. Callers also used information from the gifts survey and strength finder to make suggestions as to where an individual might serve. Based on the information gained from these conversations, referrals were given to a team leader in areas selected. Plans were made as to how to use and modify the two Christian Involvement publications; the Yes, I Can pamphlet and the Yes, I Can catalog. The plans include updating, name and format changes and inclusion on the church website. Respectfully submitted, Barbara Ball, Ann Taylor; team leaders
Worship & Music The Worship, Music and Arts Committee continued to meet monthly to discuss the planning of all services. Responsibilities of the committee include planning worship by scheduling readers, testimonials, ushers, communion preparation and servers, flower arrangers, special services and baptisms. The practice of three services continued except during the summer schedule of two services. The first Sunday of each month, â€œFirst Sundayâ€?, held at 10:00am provides an opportunity for all members to join together for special events, congregational meetings, welcome of new members, installation of officers, baptisms and Communion. This service combines the traditional music with the contemporary style. Others weeks the Sunday Services are 8:30 in the Chapel, 10:00am Traditional in the sanctuary and Contemporary at 11:15am in Hansen Hall.
We are grateful to our Communications Coordinator, Kelsey Mugler for performing many of the roles of our longtime secretary, Tracy Dewey after Tracy moved from the Toledo area. Kelsey continues to serve our ministry in both areas as 2014 begins. The new CPC member photo directory book will be published in February. Over 150 members had their photos taken. We are in the final stages of proofing the directory. It will be available on line in the next few months only to CPC members and each member will receive instructions for viewing the directory and updating their listing information. Constant Contact emails began as a way to communicate with many of our members. The Youth and Children and Family Ministry areas are using it regularly to reach many of our members. Please continue to update your emails so that we may reach you effectively. Our new website was launched in December thanks to the creative talents of member Michael Schwartz and Kelsey Mugler. A Facebook page was begun and is being administered by Kris Schondelmeyer. Additional church communication has included the monthly newsletter, TheBeacon, as it continues to be published, mailed and available on our website cpctoledo. org. The Youth team is creating a monthly newsletter, Youth Ministry Updates, available in printed format and on line. Video recording of our services has begun to offer viewing on line for both members and the community. Other communication to those in our community included: The weekly ad in the Saturday Religion section of The Toledo Blade to highlight service times, activities and the sermon title; updating our electronic sign; placing banners on Sylvania Ave. and the signboard on Talmadge Road; and sending a photo postcard to new residents in our area prior to Easter and Christmas. Respectfully submitted, Kate Backoff, Team Leader
Respectfully Submitted, Carole Gildemeister Committee Team Leader
Christian Education Children & Family Ministry Our Godly Play program, including a take-home scripture, was continued every Sunday morning during the school year, with Kids’ Travel Guide to the 23rd Psalm during the summer. Throughout the year, children began by worshiping at the 10:00 a. m. service, and then went to class after ‘Passing the Peace. A children’s offering was collected each week, which went for our mission projects-Ronald McDonald House pull tabs, Toys for Tots and gloves, hats and scarves for local children. During the 11:00 a.m. service the children went to Children’s Choir or to Sunday Software- Bongo Loves the Bible, an interactive computer program were children explore the Bible. The Tween program, taught by Kim Long and Chris Gaynor, was continued in the fall for children in grades 4-5 using the program We Believe. Over 25 children enjoyed VBS during the summer, using the Group program Kingdom Rock- Where Kids Stand Strong for God. Also, Mystery Day took place in July with kids from grades 4-6 enjoying a day at Put-n-Bay. Our ministry also hosted several family events: Valentine Bake-a-thon, Easter Eggstravaganza, movie night, Family night at Erie Orchard, and Advent Celebrations. Respectfully submitted, Monica Mancy, Director Jenny Berschback Youth Ministry The Youth Ministries Team has continued its transformation process over the past year. We continued our outreach to our High School youth recognizing that the main goal for our ministry with that age group this past year was one of being present. Our ministry with our Middle School youth, on the other hand, doubled in 2013 from the attendance numbers we had for most of 2012. Though our High School group continues to struggle with low attendance since the previous Associate Pastor’s departure, the growth of the Middle School group is showing signs that ministry to High School youth will once again become fertile ground for discipleship. We have a stable core group of 12-15 Middle School students, and around 5 High School students. As our 8th grade group moves up at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, our High School group will get an additional of about 5-6 students. This past year, the youth participated in several fellowship and mission events. These include a Super Bowl Party at the home of Jeff and Kim Long, a 30 Hour Famine, assisting with VBS here at CPC, a Fall Mission Lock-In where we served meals to Toledo’s homeless population through the 4 Food-For-Thought Mission, a Christmas Ice Skating Party,
and regular Sunday evening Youth Group. Our Confirmation Program is running strong with a regular attendance of about 12 students. Instead of a half-year program for 7th and 8th grade students held every two years, the Confirmation Program is now a 3 year program held on Sunday mornings during the 10:00am traditional service. At the end of the 8th grade year, students will be Confirmed, most of them having completed 3 years of this new program. In November of 2013 Pastor Kris met with Craig Findley to begin a conversation about possibilities within the Youth Ministry program. In December of 2013 our entire Youth Ministry Team met with Craig and Amy Findley, and we began a strategic planning process. That strategic planning process has caused us to begin dreaming God-sized dreams for our ministry with youth, and we are looking forward to what God has in store for 2014. Keep awake…and see what God is doing through your youth! Respectfully Submitted, Rev. Kris Schondelmeyer, Bob Lydy, Kim Long Abby Schondelmeyer, Robin Bradshaw Christian Discipleship Team The Christian Discipleship Team is still trying to gain some wisdom on the best ways to approach adult discipleship here at CPC. We are currently trying to discern areas of interest of potential teachers, discern the best times for Pastor Tom and Pastor Kris to teach or offer Spiritual Direction, and to find curriculums that would be of interest to our congregation. To fulfill the ongoing mission of our team, we helped to facilitate our monthly PrimeTime luncheon/program which has seen an expanded renewed focus with the leadership of Barbara Brownlee. We have also helped to facilitate several new Sunday morning and midweek classes, which have focused on a variety of topics. New ideas that are being discussed for 2014 include the possibility of a Church Retreat in the fall, and other Small Group ideas. In late winter/early spring Pastor Tom will lead a study group on Marriage, as definitions of marriage will be a big topic at the 2014 General Assembly of the PCUSA. Pastor Kris will be offering a new class call Animate based on curriculum from Spark House publishing of the same name. We encourage all members to pray about ways that they might join us for intentional adult discipleship in 2014. Respectfully Submitted, Rev. Kris Schondelmeyer, Tim Lawrence, Barbara Brownlee
New Member Outreach
We received 18 new members into Christ Presbyterian Church in 2013. Each new member attended one of the “Exploring Membership” and “Gifts” classes that are offered to those interested in membership at the church. Each class session included dinner as a chance for fellowship with others interested in membership and the Outreach Team. Tom Schwartz teaches the class and the dinners are prepared by the team.
Our Stewardship Campaign for 2014 was successful in many respects: on Consecration Sunday, we achieved a near record amount of annual stewardship pledges; we had 58 members increase their pledge over the amount they pledged in 2013, and 19 of which increased their pledge by more than 10%; and we had nearly a dozen new members make financial pledges for 2014. However, despite these positive outcomes, we have not yet achieved our overall stewardship goal for 2014. The total amount pledged so far is $511,454, when combined with projected non-pledged giving of $43,895, results in a total annual giving amount of $555,349. While this is higher than the 2013 stewardship figure of $549,577, it is still short of our 2014 Stewardship Goal of $605,000.
After an initial visit to Christ Presbyterian there is a nametag made available for the visitor to wear at each returning visit. A coffee mug is offered with a hot cocoa packet and a pen to first-time visitors to remember their visit to CPC. A letter from Tom Schwartz is sent to each visitor that supplies an address. Our team contacts the guest with notes, phone calls and emails. We add any email addresses to Constant Contact emails if the guest has school-age children. The scheduling of Greeters and Welcome Cart volunteers is also a role of this team. Any member or family is encouraged to become a Greeter. We had over 75 members plus their families participate as Greeters and Welcome Cart volunteers this year. Please let us know when you are available to serve. We appreciate all of our members greeting and welcoming visitors to CPC, especially those seated near you in the worship service. Flyers were mailed to all visitors with our Easter, and Christmas service schedules. Additionally, we mailed a fall schedule with activities and classes. A glossy postcard was mailed to new residents in our area before Easter and Christmas.
While we are deeply appreciative of the financial commitment of those who have pledged so far, in an effort to achieve our goal a group of our members have offered to underwrite a matching program for members to encourage both new and additional pledges. Under this program, any such member making a new or additional pledge before February 28th will receive a dollar-for-dollar match of that pledge in the 2014 stewardship campaign. These pledges are critically important to Christ Presbyterian Church as they support our mission and allow the church to serve the community, and further serve to deepen our members’ faith and commence a journey of giving in support of our church. Respectfully submitted, Granger Souder
Please let us know of any ideas you may have to welcome people to become a member of Christ Presbyterian. Respectfully submitted, Kate Backoff and Ann Sawyer, Co-Team Leaders
Statistics Active Members at the beginning of the year .................................... 577 Total Members Joining in 2013 ........................................................ 18 Member Deaths in 2013 .................................................................... 16 Members Transferred in 2013 ............................................................ 3 Members Deleted from the Roll Book ............................................. 14 Baptisms ............................................................................................. 4 Active Members at the End of the Year .............................................. 566 Weddings .................................................................................................... 5
Finance We have closed the books for the church for 2013. The full results are included on a nearby page in the annual report. You will note as you review the report I am reporting that income exceeded spending for the year by $15,208. This was achieved by using the surplus from 2012 and using Session held funds. Both of these actions were included in our 2013 budget. Our problem now is we have used up our operating reserves. Member giving for 2013 finished a little below budget. There are several reasons, a member moving, death or financial issue that prevented a member from completing their pledge. All other sources of income were as expected and budgeted. Spending to support Christ Church and its Mission came in under budget in total. Building and grounds finished the year spending more than budget. Several items that required repair were completed during 2013 that were not included in the budget and were not appropriately chargeable to the Capital Campaign budget. Christ Church participated in several hands on mission projects during 2013. Funding for these activities comes from restricted funds held just for these events. It is for this reason I do not reflect the spending on the regular operating report. During the year the members participated in a Habitat build and a mission trip to Alabama as well as a couple of local events. Spending to support these activities totaled $30,355. Available funds for future hands on mission projects total just over $26,000 at the end of the year. I am happy to report that giving to support the Renewing our Vision Capital Campaign continued at a steady pace throughout 2013. $202,851 was contributed towards the campaign bringing the total given through 2013 to $632,513 of the $867,000 pledged. Several projects were completed during 2013; total spending for those projects totaled $164,161. There is $184,630 available for projects to be completed in 2014. Thank you for your continued financial support of Christ Presbyterian Church. Respectfully submitted, William R Hylan, Treasurer
Building & Grounds - Stained Glass repairs and cleaning thru out Chapel and Narthex was finished - Entire church facility was cleaned due to dust from our basement project: carpets, walls, ceilings, lighting fixtures, organ pipes, all glass, basement, HVAC ducts, etc.
The Memorial Committee operates under the direction of the Session. This committee is responsible for evaluating/ approving requests for memorial gifts. These requests are received from families of the deceased or through the committees of the church.
- Old Choir Room and bathrooms were remodeled into a new Multi Purpose room
The balance of the memorial fund as of December 31, 2012 is $25,383.18.
- Basement walls were trenched out and a new sealing foundation system installed to stop water entry
Disbursements from the Memorial Fund in 2012 covered purchase and installation of the railing on the sanctuary stairway, engraving of sixteen plaques for the Memorial Wall, tables and chairs for classrooms five and six and paint.
- Major door replacements were done for our Sanctuary, Library, and Main Office entrances - The old Memorial Lounge was remodeled into a new Music Practice room for our choir and bell choirs - Back parking lot was resealed and restriped - Spring and Fall Cleanups were done - Sections of stained ceilings were replaced thru out the church facility
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Approved disbursements for 2011 include: Railings Memorial Plaque Engraving Childrenâ€™s Tables and Chairs Paint
Respectfully Submitted, Mary Lou Forsee
$702.00 $357.00 $629.95 $50.44
Personnel In June, the Personnel Team was pleased to welcome two new part-time members to our staff. Joe Custer was hired to provide additional back up support for our custodians. No new hours were added to overall custodial time, but Joe is able to provide support when other custodians are not available. Kelsey Mugler was hired to work twelve to sixteen hours per week as our Communications Coordinator. Her position is being funded through the “Renewing Our Vision Campaign”.
Unfortunately, we had to dismiss long time Building Supervisor Ken Schneider. He was not willing to abide by our church policies and Session voted unanimously to end his employment with us. We are currently searching for a new Building Supervisor and hope to have new person in place before March.
Christ Presbyterian Church Budget
In November, our church secretary, Tracy Dewey, announced that she was resigning because she was moving to a new community. Fortunately, Kelsey Mugler had
been on staff long enough to get a good idea of Tracy’s responsibilities and she agreed to serve as a temporary church secretary. She will continue to serve in this temporary position until we are ready to hire a new secretary.