Strategy Team Minutes

July 22, 2019

Members Present:  Cheri (Chair), Pastor Sue, Elizabeth, Diana, Jim, Deanna, Larry , Jay (Recorder).

The Opening Prayer was led by Larry.

Spiritual Development- Pastor Sue

          We completed and discussed the Real Discipleship Survey.  Sue has prepared a brochure “ As I Follow Jesus, What’s the Next Step for Me?”

Leadership Development – Diana

          She read an article about the Old West Church in Boston telling how the church changed to continue to exist.  She will e-mail a link to the article for us to read again later.

Vital Signs           

          This months Vital Signs handout was reviewed.

          Cheri led the congregation on June 30, July 7 and July 14 in a  sign up to participate in the 2019-2020 goals.  She has e-mailed us the compilation of Goals sign-up sheets.  Sue will facilitate goal 1 – Faith Building, Cheri will facilitate goal 2 – Small Groups, and Larry will facilitate goal 6 –  Addiction.  She will send e-mails to continue the discussion,

Pressing Issues

          Judy’s report on roofs (shed, kitchen, church office, sanctuary) – We need to save $30,000 in 10 years for roof repair.

          Payroll service information from Judy C – We could save $500 per year by switching to TD Bank payroll service.  Judy will call PayChex (current vendor) to ask if they will match TD Bank cost. If they can’t, we will switch to TD Bank.

          3 staff evaluatons completed on July 11 – Steve, Guy and Sandy, comments were discussed but are confidential.

          Update on Stewardship –  Jim is the chair of the committee, first meeting on September 17.  Members include: Pastor Sue, Guy, Mary T, Cam, Bev, Lora, ClaraMae, and Cindy J.

          Consecration Sunday is on November 10 – Rev Dave Abbott will be the speaker.

          On the Sunday before (November 3) the congregation will be asked who is coming to the Consecration Dinner.  The Stewardship Team and Strategy Team will meet and make calls to those who weren’t in church, inviting them to the dinner.

          Report on church software research – not ready yet.

          Identify a Strategy Team person to check in once with each Ministry Team?  Sue will prepare a letter to give to the Ministry Teams and send it out.

          Meet August 19?  It was decided to take August off unless there are issues needing to be addressed before September.

Packet Review

          June Minutes –  It was moved by Deanna, seconded by Betty to approve the Minutes of the June meeting  The motion was approved.

          Financial Reports – 

          Balance Sheet line 104.Checking TD -Designated – recently opened checking account

          Other notes: Total 201 Payroll Liabilities  -151.00

                               Line 233.Technology Updates   13,930.14

                              Total Other Current Liabilities   46,133.26-151.00 (payroll)= $45,882.26  designated

          Profit & Loss Budget Performance shows result the of $25,000 taken from Marjorie Hartford funds

          Adopt/Revise policies:

                    Undesignated Gifts – It was approved to replace Paragraph 1 of the       Gift Acceptance Policy  by the following:

At times, monetary gifts, bequeaths, and memorials (“gifts”) are given to

St. John’s United Methodist Church (SJUMC) without any designation as to how the donation should be used.  In these cases, the following         procedure    should be used to allocate the funds to a  SJUMC account.

All undesignated gifts shall be placed in the Undesignated Funds account. The money will then be available for use toward any SJUMC ministry, capital expense or project, operation expenses or other use approved by the     pastor and/or Strategy Team.

When possible, the use of the money shall be associated with a significant  SJUMC project (ministry, capital expense or purchase) and a notification of that use will be sent to the person(s) that gave the gift or that/those person’s relatives if the donor is no longer living or SJUMC is not able    to contact the donor.

                    Summer Worship Schedule – Approved to have one service at 9:30am from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

                    Pastor Sue requests that the Scholarship Team revert to being a committee, Nominations responsible to find members to serve – Motion to accept the change, seconded by Betty.  The motion carried.

                    Pastor’s Descretionary Fund Policy –  Approved with the “Pastor’s Guidelines for St. John’s UMC Community Assistance Team” included as an addendum.

                    Suggested Donation & Fee For Services Schedule (to include AV Tech in Hartford Hall) – Approved with addition of (per hour) to “AV or Sound Tech in Hartford Hall” and “AV Tech edits audio/video & copies to thumb drive”.  Fees with question marks were all approved.

          Strategy Team Requests for the Nominations Committee for 2020 – Document for next meeting.

          Discuss Generosity Autobiography – postponed to next meeting.


          The September Bellwether deadline is August 12.

Next Meeting – September 16th

Future Agenda Items

          Schedule Fall Clean-up Day(s) [Trustees]

          Is the pastor requesting any staff compensation changes for 2020 budget?

          Consider holding another congregational Town Hall meeting in the Fall

Next meeting reminders:

          Spiritual Development – Cheri

          Leadership Development – Pastor Sue

          Prayers – Bryan

Speak to the pastor if you need help or resources.

Jay closed our meeting with a prayer.

Respectfully submitted,


June 17, 2019

Members Present:  Bryan (Chair), Pastor Sue, Judy S, Elizabeth, Diana, Jim, Deanna, Cheri, Larry, Jay (Recorder).

The Opening Prayer was led by Diana.

Spiritual Development- Jay

          Throw kindness around like confetti.

Leadership Development- Deanna

          Servant Leadership.

Vital Signs           

          This months Vital Signs handout was reviewed.

          Cheri reviewed her plan to lead the congregation on June 30th to sign up to participate in the 2019-2020 goals.

Pressing Issues

          Update 2019 Shared Ministry Assessment – Under PPRC/Pastor Conversation, Section 1, highlights in congregation’s ministry, bullet 3, add “and furnished several rooms” and “We are beginning to develop relationships with the moms”.

Add a new bullet, “Provided gift cards to be used at our clothing sale for residents at Bonfire, Lydia’s House of Hope, Hope on Haven Hill, and Strafford County Homeless Shelter”.

Add to the bullet Confirmation “of 5 and one Baptism”.

Section 2, meeting our six goals was emphasized as a compelling thing to accomplish.


          Schedule a Safe Sanctuary Training in the Fall – Larry will do it.

          Replace 2 dead trees and 2 dead shrubs in front of the parsonage – Jay will remove them and we will look at replacing them in the Fall,  possibly using memorial funds.

          Replace the three screen doors at the parsonage – After discussion it was determined that funds would come from Parsonage Maintenance and that the deck door  was most needed.  Cheri moved to purchase and install a new storm/screen doors spending up to $350.  Deanna seconded.  The motion carried.

          Send a donation to the Methodist Movement – It was decided to have a Special Offering on September 15.  Pastor Sue will draft an article for the next meeting.

          Hold a Yard Sale in August –  Not now

          Review our progress on Strategy Team List of Action items: January-May 2019 – 3. Parsonage repairs: d. replace downstairs bathroom floor $300, f. replace downstairs front bedroom floor $684, replace back bedroom floor $456, replace attic spot (no price given).  Diana moved that we replace the flooring using Walker funds, not to exceed $3000, second by Jim.  The motion carried.

Trustees Annual To-Do List was altered adding 9) Check Septic Pump for church to ensure volume for large group usage and re-numbering the rest.  Deanna will talk to Guy about adjusting the sewer to handle the arrival of the UM Army.

Because of the lateness of the hour, the rest of the Pressing Issues were tabled for the next meeting:

          Identify a Strategy Team liaison to check in once with each Ministry Team?

See 2019 Leaders of Ministry Teams as of February 2019

          Revise Suggested Donations document to include AV Tech in Hartford Hall.


          Turn the Scholarship Team back into a committee, with Nominations responsible for finding people to serve on it?  (it’s not really an optional group)

          Create a policy:  We hold one 9:30am service Memorial Day through Labor Day? 

Packet Review

          May Minutes-  It was moved by Cheri, seconded by Deanna to approve the Minutes of the May meeting  The motion was approved.

          Financial Reports –  The P&L and Balance Sheet should be reviewed and questions brought to next month’s meeting.

          2019-2020 Vacation & Study Leave Form – The form was reviewed.  Guest Preachers need to be determined for the Vacation Weeks 3 and 4 in 2020.

          June 2019 Strategy Team Retreat Notes from Sue –  Action Items: 5. Jim showed his proposal and will tweak it.  Changed 6. a. ii. Strengthen our relationships with each other. New iii. Intentional, inter-generational, varied activities.  Re-number the last three.

          From Sue, as requested at the retreat: 9 documents were included in the packets. 


          The August Bellwether deadline is July 1.

Next Meeting – July 22 –   Read through the packet with an attempt to take August off.

Future Agenda Items

          1.Change the meeting to the second Monday to meet the Bellwether deadline for better communication.

          2.Notify the Nominations Committee of any requests the Strategy Team has for          new team members- what gifts would it be helpful for them to have?

          3.What would a potential new Strategy Team member need to know about the      commitment and expectations of being on the Strategy Team, before accepting the         nomination?

          4.Ask accountability questions of the pastor around plans on reaching new people        during the Advent season.

          5.Consider holding another congregational Town Hall meeting.

Next meeting reminders:

          Spiritual Development – Pastor Sue

          Leadership Development – Diana

          Prayers – Bryan

Speak to the pastor if you need help or resources.

Diana closed our meeting with a prayer.

Respectfully submitted,


Action Items from June Meeting

  1. Pastor Sue will draft an article for the next meeting about the Special Offering on September 15 in support of the Methodist Movement.
  2. Schedule a Safe Sanctuary Training in the Fall – Larry
  3. Deanna will talk to Guy about adjusting sewer to handle the UM Army visit

May 20, 2019

Members Present:  Pastor Sue, Judy, Elizabeth, Diana, Jim, Deanna, Cheri, Jay (Recorder).

Before the meeting was called to order, the committee met with Mike W, the chair of the Permanent Endowment Committee. 

Mike explained the endowment funds and trends to be aware of.  He showed us a document that he made using Excel that gives a synopsis of all the accounts and shows the history of funds.  It will be very valuable as a historical record of the funds.

The Opening Prayer was led by Judy.

Spiritual Development- Deanna

          Deanna read from “Mornings with Jesus” about Jesus laughing.  There is no Biblical reference to Jesus laughing.    

Leadership Development- Cheri

          Cheri spoke of ways to stop the “trickle away effect”.  Important things to do include greeters, directional signage, follow up to a visit.

Vital Signs           

          This months Vital Signs handout was reviewed. 

Pressing Issues

          TD Bank Account – Sandy called the bank the week of April 29 and learned there are no fees for non-profits and no minimum balance required.

Diana moved that an additional checking account should be opened at TD Bank for designated funds.  Jim seconded the motion and the vote was in the affirmative.

          New members on Permanent Endowment Committee –  Tom L and Roberta D have expressed interest in serving on the committee. 

Deanna moved to accept the nomination of Tom and Roberta to serve on the Permanent Endowment Committee, seconded by Diana.  The motion was passed.

          Healing Ministries Team Room – The first room in the Sunday School area was suggested for the team use.  Diana moved to designate a room not used by the Sunday School for use of the Healing Team, seconded by Judy. The motion passed.

          Preacher Needed – A list of possible preachers (Wes was added as Active Clergy) was distributed.

Suggested assignments were made for the following dates:

          June 23 (9:30am)                                 Debbie

          July 28 (9:30am)                                        Ken

          August 4 (9:30am)                               Carroll           Communion

          October 20 (9:00 & 10:30am)              Cheri

          November 17 (9:00 & 10:30am)          Wes

ACTION ITEM: Deanna will call people to ask if they could serve.

Packet Review

          Minutes-  It was moved by Judy, seconded by Deanna to approve the Minutes of the March meeting with a correction to Pressing Issues, Stewardship Campaign, Cyndee is the correct spelling of her name.  The motion was approved.

          Non-Designated Endowment Activity – Hand-out reviewed

          Financial Reports –  The P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow documents were reviewed.  The P&L line 607 Conference Mission Shares  were not paid.

Jim moved that we withdraw $25,000 from the Marjorie Hartford Fund at the start of May 2019.  The check will arrive mid-June.  Deanna seconded the motion and the motion carried.

          2019 Shared Ministry Assessment –

ACTION ITEM: Read the report for the next meeting.


          The July Bellwether deadline is June 10.

ACTION ITEM:  Anything from this meeting or recent events we need to communicate?

Retreat and Healing Space

Next Meeting – June 17

          Spiritual Development – Jay

          Leadership Development – Deanna

          Prayers – Diana

Speak to the pastor if you need help or resources.

Judy closed our meeting with a prayer.

Respectfully submitted,


Strategy Team Retreat June 1, 2019

ACTION ITEM:  Jim, Diana, and Bryan will discuss our software status and how to manage data, past and present.

ACTION ITEM:  Jim, Pastor Sue, and Mary T will get together to discuss the Stewardship Campaign.

If you wish to fully fund ministries, …..

ACTION ITEM:  Cheri will make posters to put up for sign up for June 30 – Goal Sunday

April 15, 2019

Members Present:  Pastor Sue, Bryan (chair), Judy, Larry, Elizabeth, Diana, Jim, Deanna, Cheri, Jay (Recorder).

The Opening Prayer was led by Betty.

Spiritual Development- Judy

          Judy introduced us to a book that she reads frequently, “Flunking  Sainthood …every day”  and read today’s passage from the book.

Leadership Development- Larry Holman

          Larry suggested that we should be leading through listening and mindfulness.  We should listen and hear what others have to say.  He distributed and read from the lyrics to the Beatles song “We Can Work It Out” as they illustrate his point very well.

Vital Signs           

          This months Vital Signs handout was reviewed.  It was noted that Wanda’s “God In Yoga” group and Jana’s Meditation Group both have participants that are not members of our church.

Pressing Issues

          Stewardship Campaign – A proposal for the Fall campaign was in our packets.  Workers are needed and individuals were suggested to be asked.

          Water and Temperature Sensor Kit for the Church Boiler – Trustees approved this expenditure in 2018 but installation was never completed.  Judy moved and Deanna seconded to install the free sensors and get information on the other sensors.  The motion  carried and Pastor Sue will follow up on the process.

          Safe Sanctuaries Policy revision – The following changes were made:

General Guidelines 3. – Begin with “When possible”. Add at the end of the section “If only one child/youth is present for a group event, it will be cancelled”

Add 4. “Whenever possible, a room with an uncovered, windowed door should be used.” Re-number 4. and 5. to be 5. and 6.

Transportation 3. after the first sentence of the section add “A single child/youth may be transported by an adult if a parent/guardian gives written permission in advance.”

          The amended Safe Sanctuaries Policy was adopted by the Strategy Team.  Bryan will send a document with the amendments to the Strategy Team members and Pastor Sue will send the update to the District Superintendant and change the website.  The policy will be published in the Bellwether and copies will be sent to leaders.         

Packet Review

          Minutes-  It was moved by Diana, seconded by Judy to approve the Minutes of the March meeting with noted spelling corrections.  The motion was approved.

          Financial Reports –  The P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow documents were reviewed.  The P&L line 401 General Income includes a one time pledge so it is over budget.  Line 607 Conference Mission Shares shows that they were paid.

Pastor Sue will ask TDBank what the minimum balance is for our checking account to avoid fees.  Several other questions will be asked about existing accounts.

          Leadership Development Articles – The list of articles was distributed for future reference.

          CCIS update – Bryan will look into the church “Windows” program and other software and report on the computer.


          The June Bellwether deadline is May 13.

Next Meeting – May 20

          Spiritual Development – Bryan

          Leadership Development – Cheri

          Prayers – Judy

Speak to the pastor if you need help or resources.

Betty closed our meeting with a prayer.

Respectfully submitted,


March 18, 2019

Members Present:  Pastor Sue, Bryan (chair), Judy, Larry, Diana, Jim, Deanna, Cheri, Jay (Recorder).

The Opening Prayer was led by Cheri.

Spiritual Development & Leadership Development – Dr. David Abbott, Conference Director of Stewardship

          The Generosity Autobiography was included in our meeting packets.  Dr. Abbott gave us Generosity/Stewardship Calendar 2019, Year’round Planning Calendar for Growing Stewards in your Congregation, and Stewardship Resources.  He suggested that we should not be afraid to talk about money and generosity.  We should not be afraid to ask for help and celebrate what we do.  Stewardship should be year ’round.  It is everything that we do.

          It was decided that team members should complete the Generosity Autobiography before next month’s meeting and a discussion will be part of Spiritual Development.   

Vital Signs           

          This month’s Vital Signs handout was reviewed.  Deanna asked for a follow-up in the CCIS software.  Pastor Sue will continue with follow-up with emphasis on what version we have, how recent.  Bryan will help.

Pressing Issues

          Withdraw from Marjorie Hartford Fund – Deanna moved to withdraw $10,000 with a second by Diana.  The motion carried.

          Guiding Principles updated draft 2 – After discussion, Judy moved to approve the document as presented, seconded by Deanna.  The motion carried.

          Safe Sanctuary Policy and Process – Changes will be made to the document that were suggested by Bill S and will be approved at the next meeting.

Packet Review

          Minutes- It was noted that under Packet Review, Financial Report, the date of outstanding bills should be changed to read 2/01/19, not 2/01/18.   Diana moved to accept the minutes as amended, seconded by Jim. The motion carried.

          Financial Reports –  It was suggested that the reports in the future should include a narrative from Judy C to include how much money came in and how much is available to pay bills.

          Fundraisers – Pastor Sue will ask Carolyn B if she wants to chair the Linen & Clothing Sale this year.


          The May Bellwether deadline is April 8.

          The April 6 Stewardship event has been cancelled.

          April 7 – Town Hall Meeting – One worship service at 9:30

          May 11 Developing Leadership and a Leadership Pipeline

Next Meeting – April 15

          Spiritual Development – Judy

          Leadership Development – Larry

          Prayers – Betty

Speak to the pastor if you need help or resources.

Cheri closed our meeting with a prayer.

Respectfully submitted,


February 18, 2019

Members Present:  Pastor Sue, Bryan (chair), Judy, Larry, Betty, Diana, Jim, Deanna, Jay (Scribe).

The Opening Prayer was led by Deanna.

Spiritual Development – Betty

          We are Gospel hardened.  We hear the same stories over and over again but they don’t mean anything.  To give more meaning we should put ourselves in the place of the characters in the scripture to make it real and make the people real to us.  A reading list of Biblical Historical Novels was given to help with our identification with the characters.

Leadership Development – Jim

          A handout was given which outlined the topics that Jim presented.  He gave guidelines for how the Strategy Team process should work.

Vital Signs           

          Review of People

          This months Vital Signs handout was reviewed.

          Pastor Sue told three stories of how St. John’s affected the lives of our new members when they were guests.

          Discussion of the CCIS software led to the realization that it may not be utilized properly.  It was suggested that we should get help from CCIS.  Pastor Sue will follow up on this.

          Review of Goals

          A handout entitled “A Vision for St. John’s 2019” was given to the team. It suggested a new goal to address the shortage of financial contributions and the withdrawal of funds from the Permanent Endowment funds to make up the difference.

Pressing Issues

           Safe Sanctuary Policy and Process – It was noted that sometimes at Youth Group meetings, two related adults are the only ones there if Jim can’t be there.  A blanket permission slip for Youth Group is needed.  The Pastor will contact Bill S to get his thoughts about this and bring her findings back in March.

          Welcoming Guests during Lent – Pastor Sue is looking for ideas.  Current practice is to send a note if the guests address is on the attendance form.

          Trustee’s List-  Several items were listed to address at the parsonage.

  1. Mice infestation.  Betty moved to authorize the Pastor to make a determination about mouse control using the handymen group and/or Colonial Pest Control and expend up to $1250.00 to be taken from the Parsonage Maintenance account.  Jim seconded and the motion was approved.
    1. Water Hammer – Sue will ask Guy E to look at/fix it. A plumber would be the next call.
      1. Exhaust fans – Deanna will ask Kenny to replace them.
      1. Downstairs bathroom floor – It was decided to research pricing.
      1. Worn carpeting in 2 downstairs bedrooms – Betty may have some laminate flooring and thresholds that she will donate.  She will check how much she has.  Mission trip attendees could install it.
      1. Attic floor ?
      1. Exterior faucets –  Sue  will ask Guy to look at them.
      1. Exterior sump pump drain pvc pipe needs glue – address in warmer weather. Bryan or Jim or Jay will do the work.

          AV project contract signed and work is scheduled to start April 29.

          Strategy Team Retreat is confirmed for June 1 at the Eliot UMC.                 

Packet Review

          Minutes- Cheri moved to accept the minutes as printed, second by Betty. The minutes were accepted.

          Financial Report –  The table of outstanding bills should be dated 2/01/19, not 12/01/18.

          The Balance Sheet dated January 31, 2019 does not include the 2018 4th Quarter amounts that we received from our investments; Judy C will update


          The April Bellwether deadline is March 11.

          Pastor Sue will share information regarding the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference.

Next Meeting – March 18

          Spiritual Development – Dr. David Abbott

          Leadership Development – Dr. David Abbott

          Prayers – Cheri Nixon

Speak to the pastor if you need help or resources.

Deanna closed our meeting with a prayer.

Respectfully submitted,


Jan. 21, 2019

Members Present:  Pastor Sue, Bryan (chair), Judy, Larry, Betty, Diana, Jim, Deanna, Jay (Scribe).

Guests: Wanda and Joe

The Opening Prayer was read by Bryan.  The prayer was written by Martin Luther King, appropriate as today is Civil Rights Day in honor of his birth.

Leadership Development

          Pastor Sue reminded us that serving on this committee is a high honor.  We are to look at the whole picture, not the nitty gritty.

          We reviewed the Team Covenant (expectations & code of conduct).  Consensus was to adopt it as written with a change to:  10. We are role models for the congregation.  Therefore, each of us will model mature discipleship (change by to such as) followed by items a. thru g. as written.

          Expectations of leadership and practices of the Strategy Team – Members will take turns leading Leadership Development or Spiritual Development each month.

Spiritual Development

          Larry led with the topic “Where did I see God today?”

                    -flock of birds

                    -Individual called to start a needle exchange program

                    -Sunlight reflecting in the morning off of a clock face

                    -The smile of a baby when in a foreign country

                    -A GM plant in the news dealing with racial harassment

Do we see God in everything during the day?

          Thoughts on a team retreat: 

                    It would be good to get out of our familiar setting.

                    Suggestions: all day, cook together or brown bag it

Saturday, June 1 was agreed upon from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Eliot UMC.

The meeting schedule was reviewed and meetings on July 22,  August 19 and December 9 will be held if needed.

Review of People

          Vital Signs handout was reviewed noting that the numbers are not perfect.

          Guests handout led to stories of people touched by us

                    Last weekend snow, good job by Cheri and others getting the word out regarding the cancellation of services.

                    Joe housing – several people stepped up to help and Joe now has a place to live that is within his budget.

Review of Goals

          A handout in our book summarizes the 6 goals that have been established and where we stand at the end of 2018.  We will monitor the progress in meeting these goals.

Pressing Issues

          God in Yoga – Wanda gave us copies of the “I’ve Got a Great Idea for Our Church” sheet that she completed. There is no charge for the sessions but a “free will” donation will be taken to benefit Lydia’s House of Hope.  The yoga will be combined with meditation, Holistic health and healing in the future.

          Election of  Trustee chairperson – It is suggested that the chair of trustees should be the same as the Stategy Team chair.  It was moved by Judy that Bryan be nominated for chairperson of the trustees, seconded by Diana.  The motion carried.

          2018 Audit Plans – St. John’s conducts a full audit every 3 years and a review in other years.  This is the year for a review. The audit should be done by someone outside of the church, the review is ok to be done in house.

Motion by Betty: To create a policy for review of finances every third year in the form of a formal audit conducted by someone outside of St. John’s UMC beginning in 2020, other years to be an internal review.

The motion was seconded by Diana.  After discussion, the motion carried.

Judy, Jim, George, and Bruce will be asked by Betty about their willingness to do the review.

Packet Review

Minutes- Pastor Sue moved to accept the minutes as printed, second by Diana.

The minutes were accepted with Betty and Bryan abstaining from the vote.

Financial Report – Balance Sheet – Page 2 Line 203 should be crossed out

          Page 1 Lines 121 &122 the 4th quarter has not been entered

Endowment Fund Activity Sheet – Pastor Sue will ask Guy for clarification.

          In the future discussion needs to occur to make better financial information happen.


          The Bellwether has a 1 ½ month lead time

          Town Hall meetings could be used for better communication with the congregation.

          Social Media has a better lead time but has a different audience.

          March Bellwether deadline is February 11.  The Team has established policy for financial review.  Jay (and Pastor Sue) will write an article for the March Bellwether.

Next Meeting – February 18

          Spiritual Development will be led by Betty

          Leadership Development will be led by Jim

          Prayer will be led by Deanna

Speak to the pastor if you need help or resources.

Bryan closed our meeting with a prayer.

Respectfully submitted,