MSUS Board Updates

The Board has a full plate of important issues they are addressing this year. I’d like to provide an update on some of these key issues.

Addressing a Process for the Purchase of a Future Building
The Board supports the need for a new building with additional space. They also recognize the need for the Board and the congregation to make decisions in a shorter time frame than the process used last spring/summer regarding the purchase of the Ibis Street property. At the December Board meeting, we will address the recommendations regarding these issues made by the Ad Hoc Building Work Group. The article by Michele Wallace in the December newsletter includes their recommendations. These recommendations relate to continuing to search for alternative locations with the intent to move as soon as possible, ongoing communications, assistance of a realtor, and approving a streamlined process that will be used to purchase a new church property.

Appointing a Restructuring Implementation Task Force.
At their November meeting, the Board appointed a task force to implement recommendations of the Restructuring Task Force. The Restructuring Task Force Report contains recommendations regarding changes in our organizational structure that would improve our effectiveness and efficiency in achieving our mission and vision. Janice Sankot has agreed to chair this group. Their work would begin in January with the goal of implementation in the fall of 2018.

Continuing Long Range Financial Planning
The Board is looking at the long term financial needs of MSUS and how to best meet our present and future operational needs and future capital needs (funds for a new building). How do we best manage our resources including reserves and budgeted funds to meet these needs? We are currently in the information gathering phase.

Beginning the Development of an Emergency Safety Plan
Safety and security of people in the building are of primary importance. What actions should be taken in the event of an emergency such as a fire, tornado, or the unlikely event of acts of violence? What do we do? Where do we go? Do we need to have safety drills? What are the roles that need to be fulfilled and who should fill them? These are some of the questions that need to be addressed. Staff and a representative of the Lands and Facilities Committee and Hospitality will begin to meet and address the scope and content of such a plan.

If you are interested in helping with any of these issues, contact me for further information.

Laures Young, President