All Reports for Annual Meeting
January 12, 2014
Unity Church of Ames
Presented for the Faith Lift Jan. 22, 2014
Rev. Deb Hill-Davis
This past Sunday, we had a fantastic guest speaker, Rama Inacio from Awaken Whole Life Center at Unity Village. His presentation was primarily experiential, so you are invited to view it online through our Vimeo service. What I have provided to you today is the text of our Annual Meeting reports from Clark Ford, Board President, Rev. Deb, Minister and Jim Trenberth, Treasurer. These are provided to all of you who are part of our online community who support our ministry with your prayers, tithes and love offerings. The reports begin with gratitude for all the loving service given in 2013 and then goes to the minister’s report of all the activities of 2013, the vision for 2014 and then finally, the treasurer’s report of how we sustained the community financially in 2013. Please read the reports and know that your prayers, tithes and love offerings are of infinite value to this church community! We are blessed by all of you!
President’s Report-Clark Ford
• For all you do
• For all you give
• For making this a wonderful year at Unity Church of Ames!
Board of Trustees
Thank-You Sunday School Team
Thank You Bookstore Team
– Worship, Celebration & Music
– Building & Grounds
– Prayer & Chaplains
– Fundraising & Social
• Thank-you all for helping to maintain the Church Building
Thank-you Guest Speakers:
Amy and Mark Adams
Thank-you Music Team
Chat &Chew the Word
Game & Movie Nights
Minister’s Report, Rev. Deb Hill-Davis
A quick review of 2013…. The Transition from Surviving to Thriving
Burning Bowl/ White Stone services
Pounds for Hounds & Kitties too,
Chaplain Installation and New Member Sunday
Ash Wed. Special Service
Rev. Deb guest speaker at ISU Women’s Wellness Day and
Women’s Wellness Retreat at Wesley Acres in Des Moines
Bloom Where You’re Planted Retreat at the Iowa Arboretum
Angel Garden Dedication
Unity of Ames Birthday Party
Neighborhood Ice Cream Social
ISU Welcome Fest
Joining Unity Identity Program
Day trip to Cedar Rapids with Su Podraza/Nagle to meet other Unity leaders in Iowa
World Day of Prayer Special Service-with guest ministers speaking
Season of Gratitude/Mel in the Morning Promotion
Rock Out in Gratitude Concert to benefit Good Neighbor
Rev. Deb –attended Unity South Central Regional Conference at Unity Village
Day trip to attend Janet Conner workshop in Cedar Rapids with class members
Worldly Goods- Unity Day
Season of Gratitude Sales/Promotion
Website reconfigured to reflect new Logo/ New Sign-thanks Mark!
Reader’s Theatre- “Miracle on 34th Street”
Unity Christmas Tree at the Ames Festival of Trees
Christmas Stockings completed and delivered to YSS
Special Christmas Eve Service
Unity of Ames joins the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ongoing Activities: Newsletter
Wed. Faith Lift
ARLA-Ames Area Religious Leaders Association ( I am now the interim President)
Women clergy of Ames
Wednesday Classes, Weekly Meditation and Sunday Service!
Minister’s Vision for 2014
My vision is for the community that is Unity Church of Ames to grow in consciousness both as a community and as individual members.
My intention is to continue to deepen our prayer consciousness and connection to Spirit so that all that we DO flows from our awareness deeply rooted in who we are as Christed Beings!
My passion is Unity in the Community so that we are a vital presence and a meaningful part of the city of Ames and the larger community beyond.
My goal is to continue to lead us from surviving to thriving as a community. This includes thriving spiritually, physically and financially. If each one of us who attends regularly gave $40.00 per week, it would be sufficient to maintain all that we are currently doing and pay a minister a full time salary.
WHAT & HOW will we realize this vision? These are some of my thoughts….
Website Development—Continued improvement of the website so that current activities are on the main page
Board Training- Scheduled in May of 2014
Retreats/ Workshops: Rama Inacio & Sound Healing & All Church Retreat in May at the Iowa Arboretum (w/ guest co-facilitator- possibly Robyn Plante)
Continued Outreach……to the community via service projects/community garden, whatever the need is and where the energy of Spirit seems to call us.
Fun—–Comfort Food Cookoff, Summer Church Picnic/ Ice Cream social, Chili Supper, Circulation Day/ Movie Nights and…and….and……??? Another concert perhaps….Rock Out for Gratitude again in the fall.
Church-after-church Discussion times for further dialogue about Sunday lessons, especially the upcoming series Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth
Regular Community Meetings- 3-4 times per year.
Fund Raisers: Christmas wreath decorating contest/ Trivia Nights/ Garage Sale ?? Other ideas….what does it take for us to thrive financially?
Ministers’s WISH List
Expanded Music for Sundays—add guitar/percussion to keyboard- DONE!
More lighting on the platform…..dimmable spots! (still wishing)
Identify an individual who can/will manage the website on a regular basis to work with Mary Acevedo who is presently managing much of the website.
Financial Report for Annual Meeting 1-12-2014
Jim Trenberth, treasurer
Where we are as of January 1, 2014
•Building Fund $1964
Where we were as of January 1 2013
•Building Fund $4181
•Classes and Workshops $2547.00
•Special Events $1814.00
–Retreat, jewelry, garage sale, trivia
•Building Rental $799.00
•Other Income $629.00
•Music & Outreach $4786.08
–Dehumidifier(new), Lift, Refrigerators, Furnace & Air(new),
•Mortgage Principal $6237.72
•Mortgage Interest $4,562.28
•Electric and Water $2149.00
•Grounds and snow removal $1,150.00
•Administrative Assistant $4,160.00
•Internet and Web Site $1,199.43
•Phone $ 902.63
•Supplies and Printing $899.54
As we close, please hold the Board in prayer as we develop the budget for 2014 and set an intention for what our church community is called to manifest in 2014. You are a blessing and we are blessed by your prayers, service, tithes and love offerings!
Love and blessings,