Church Council Update – November 2017


Rich Harrington, reporting for the Intentional Interim Search Committee, told the Council that the decision has been made to offer the position of Interim Minister to Rev. Bruce Schoup.  Rev. Schoup accepted the position and contract negotiations are being finalized.  Rev. Schoup comes to us with years of interim experience and plans to start here at CCoL on January 1, 2018.

Speaking for the Property Committee, Warren Terrell gave an update on the status of the church parking lot repairs.  Warren spoke with our attorney, Robert Anctil about whether the church has any recourse left to receive funds from either the construction company or from their insurance agency.  Warren was advised that the construction company has no assets and the insurance company turned down our claim.  Atty. Anctil is willing to meet with us to answer any questions and whether we should appeal again to the insurance company.  Warren will arrange a meeting.

The Property Committee recommends that the parking lot be fixed next spring to comply with the town’s guidelines for drainage and the American Disabilities Act’s guidelines for handicap parking.  The lowest bid to complete the repairs at this time is $80,000.  The cost of repair is bound to increase the longer we wait.  No decision was made to proceed with the repairs.

The Community Preservation Commission approached the church about applying to them for funds to repair the four stained glass windows on the south side of the sanctuary.  They would pay 75 percent of the cost.  The Council voted to support the Property Committee’s completing the application.

The Council reviewed the draft of a Fundraising Policy for the church.  The policy will be posted for the congregation to review and copies will be made available.  The policy will be voted on during the December Council meeting.

Rev. Keast lifted up the Intentional Interim Search Committee for the efforts to find an interim that best fits our church.