Administrative Council (Ad Council)
The Administrative Council is the congregation’s primary decision-making body. Meetings are open to all, and are held on the second Thursdays of the month, as needed, in the evening. Please check with the church office or the church calendar to confirm the date, time and place.
Ad Council Statement
Future of the United Methodist Church 1-19-20

The first of two information sessions related to the upcoming General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) will be on Sunday, February 2, 1:30 – 3 pm. The General Conference is the decision-making body for the global UMC, and will be meeting May 5-15, 2020. Our discussion will include information on the “Protocol” compromise proposal for church separation, and other proposals before the General Conference.
The second information session will be on April 26, with time to be announced.”

Minutes for meetings
January 9, 2020
December 12, 2019
October 10, 2019

Next scheduled Ad Council Vital Church Ministry Potluck/Town Hall
Sunday, February 9, 5 - 7 pm. Discussion Focus: The Material Girls Ministry
Chelsea First’s Administrative Council invites you to the 2020:Q1 Potluck and Town Hall Meeting. This Town Hall features the one and only Material Girls ministry! Material Girls work all year to make items that will be offered for sale in its Children’s Christmas Bazaar, allowing kids to shop for Christmas gifts for their family members. Not only do they pull this off this major event, but somehow a $10,000+ donation to Faith in Action and a whole bunch of meaningful fellowship is in the mix as well. And all self-directed and self-led. HOW DO THEY DO IT? SHOULD THEY BE RENAMED “MIRACLE GIRLS?” Come find out! If you need child care for the discussion portion, please call the church office, 734-475-8119, no later than February 5.

About Town Hall Potlucks -- Roughly once every quarter, Ad Council hosts a potluck meal, followed by a Town Hall discussion. All are invited! A potluck meal is one where every household brings a prepared food contribution (appetizer, salad, main dish, vegetable, dessert, etc.) to share for the meal… whatever you choose, typically enough to serve 10 - 12 people. Store-bought is absolutely fine! Also bring plates, flatware and beverage cups. The church will provide hot and cold beverages. It is a wonderful church tradition that allows us to share in the blessing of good food and conversation.

After the meal, we have a discussion time about activities or topics in the church. Typically news from one or two ministries or operations areas is highlighted. Child care is provided for this portion. Submitted by Edie Wiarda, Ad Council Chair

2020:Q2 -- April 26, 2020, time TBD.
Tentative Discussion Focus: The United Methodist Church’s General Conference, to be held in Minneapolis, May 5-May 15, 2020. Chelsea First is highly unusual and privileged in regard to this world-wide conference. Of the 862 delegates (482 from the U.S.), two belong to us! Our own Rev. Joy Barrett is a clergy delegate, while Diane Brown is a lay delegate. Plan on some Q&A and a send-off.
Submitted by Edie Wiarda, Ad Council Chair

Members of the Administrative Council for 2020
Edie Wiarda, Chair
Kerry Plank, Finance Chair
Brenda Jo Beck, Treasurer
Dana Schmunk, Trustees Chair
John Seto, Staff-Parish Relations Chair
Sandy Schmunk, Parish Lay Leader
Jim Alford III, Member-at-Large
Charles Schmunk, Member-at-Large
Mike Vanderspool, Member-at-Large
Joy Barrett, Senior Pastor
Rodney Gasaway, Associate Pastor and Director of Adult Ministries