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 to confirm the date, time, and place.

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Outreach and Missions January 2021

The Administrative Council is delighted to have received a request from Reiley Curran of St. Joe Mercy Chelsea (SJMC) to deepen our relationship with SJMC’s “SRSLY” program. SRSLY began several years ago with a focus on substance abuse prevention. In 2020, the program expanded into the broader area of Youth Mental Health; our congregation’s $25,000 “Mission Tithe” donation helped make this happen. SRSLY is now pursuing a new grant application and asked Chelsea First to support its application. A “Letter of Commitment” (click HERE to read) was approved unanimously at Ad Council’s meeting on 1/14. Specifically, we have committed to making our facility available to hold community-wide training for adults on how to spot and address mental health issues in youth. Most important, we have committed that roughly 95 to 140 of our congregants (including 100% of our staff and youth volunteers) will participate in at least one SRSLY training over the course of 5 years. A short, 1-hour training will count toward this goal. What a tremendous opportunity for our entire church to deepen our spiritual focus on young people in our community!  A decision on the grant application is expected in late summer. Thank you, Reiley, for the privilege of being your church family and for including us in this request.

October 2020
The staff at SRSLY (the local group that works on youth substance use prevention and mental health) has prepared a video presentation for our congregation. It is both a Thank You for our recent $25,000 Mission Tithe donation, and an information piece. You can see the video click HERE. It shows great care and sincerity in communicating with us about their plans for our gift. You can read the full story HERE
Also, Faith in Action has called out our $50,000 Mission Tithe donation to them in their November newsletter. You can see that newsletter HERE 

April 8, 2021
March 11, 2021  
February 11, 2021 
January 14, 2021 
December 10, 2020 

Nominations Report October 2020

Minutes for meetings
March 11, 2021
February 11, 2021
January 14, 2021
December 10, 2020

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, Director of Adult Ministries