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Metro 2009 Annual Meeting


132nd Annual Meeting of the Metro Association
New York Conference, UCC

8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The Church in the Highlands
35 Bryant Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
914-949-2023

Moderator Robert Everett
Moderator Robert Everett




The sun shone brightly on The Church in Highlands on Saturday, April 25, 2009, as the Metropolitan Association met for its 132nd Annual meeting, led by Moderator Robert Everett.  When Registrar David Tucker announced attendance, we were 117 persons from 35 churches; people continued to arrive after this tally.

With the theme Called to be Stewards of God’s Creation, it was a day of celebration.  We:

Praised God with Six Gestures of Morning Praise

Honored NY Conference Minister Geoffrey Black who is slated to be elected UCC General Minister and President at General Synod

Adopted a Mission Statement

Applauded three years of inspired leadership by Board President Ruby Wilson

Gave local recognition to Dorothy Gist who will be honored at General Synod as an Honored UCC Lay Woman

Elected and installed new officers

Accepted a healthy financial report from Treasurer Harold Chapman

Honored churches who are “5 for 5” – making contributions to all five UCC special offerings

Gathered in workshops – “Green Faith”, led by Stacy Keneally, “The Story of Stuff” led by Alice Brown, and a tour of the Church of the Highlands community garden led by Melanie Miller

Worshipped God including a stirring sermon by Bob Chase

And, of course, ate.

Among the reports presented to the meeting were these:

They came from: View Web Page Printable Version
Regional Conference Minister View Report Print Report
Board of Directors President View Report Print Report
Proposed Mission Statement View Report Print Report
Nominating Committee View Report Print Report
Financial Report - First Quarter 2009 View Report Print Report

Church and the Metropolitan Community

View Report Print Report
Committee on Metropolitan Mission Priorities and Stewardship View Report Print Report
Registrar View Report Print Report
UCC Metro Women's Association View Report Print Report


Metro Meetings are a Time for Fellowship

Registration began at 8 AM Breakfast awaited registrants Smiles abounded

Registration began at 8 AM

Breakfast awaited registrants

Smiles abounded

Time to read annual reports We love our young participants

Time to read annual reports

We love our young participants

Coffee sustains us Lunch was bounteous We lingered at lunch with friends

Coffee sustains us

Lunch was bounteous

We lingered at lunch with friends


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We Celebrated Our God and Our Leaders

Starting Six Gestures of Morning Praise Offering ourselves to the Holy One Honoring Board President Ruby Wilson
Starting Six Gestures of Morning Praise
Offering ourselves to the Holy One
Honoring Board President Ruby Wilson
Rejoicing with NY Conference Minister Geoffrey Black Celebrating Honored UCC Lay Woman Dorothy Gist
Rejoicing with NY Conference Minister Geoffrey Black Celebrating Honored UCC Lay Woman Dorothy Gist
Installing with Geoffrey Black and Ruby Wilson Accepting responsibility as Metro officers Laying hands of support on Martha Jacobs
Installing with Geoffrey Black and Ruby Wilson Accepting responsibility as Metro officers Laying hands of support on Martha Jacobs

 

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We Worshipped Together

Organist Dr. Robert Chase led our music “Hear the proclamation of faith…” Nature, the Gentlest Mother

Organist Dr. Robert Chase led our music

“Hear the proclamation of faith…”

"Nature, the Gentlest Mother"
“..bless this vine your right hand has planted.” Look at the World But ask the animals, and they will teach you…

“..bless this vine your right hand has planted.”

Look at the World

But ask the animals, and they will teach you…

Rev. Robert Chase asked, “Can you buy or sell the sky?” Guide us, oh Holy One God of the ages, we praise you.

Rev. Robert Chase, Founding Director of Intersections International, asked, “Can you buy or sell the sky?”

Guide us, oh Holy One

God of the ages, we praise you.

Go in peace. Go with joy.

Go in peace.

Go with joy.



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We Gathered in Workshops to Learn What We Can DO

Our host minister, Melanie Miller Stacy Keneally led the third workshop

Our host minister, Melanie Miller, directed us to our three workshops, one of which was a tour of the community garden maintained by The Church of the Highlands.

A second was entitled “The Story of Stuff”, led by Annie Leonard.  Annie showed her 20-minute video entitled “The Story of Stuff” and talked with participants about the huge number of environmental and social issues which arise from the extraction, sale, use and disposal of the things we use each day.  You can view this video and learn more about “stuff” at www.storyofstuff.org.

Stacy Keneally led the third workshop, “Green Faith”.  Green Faith is an interfaith coalition for the environment founded in 1992 which builds programs around three core values:  spirit, justice and stewardship.  Stacy urged participants to form a Green Team, then look for quick successes and communicate those successes to build support for the long term.  

You can learn more about Green Faith at www.greenfaith.org.

 

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Among the Leaders for the Annual Meeting Were These

Vice Moderator Elect Melva Victorino Outgoing Secretary Brigitte Ermansons Registrar David Tucker

Vice Moderator Elect Melva Victorino

Outgoing Secretary Brigitte Ermansons

Registrar David Tucker

Treasurer Harold Chapman Presenter of the Mission Statement, Lennox Grant Nominations Presenter Jacob Thomas

Treasurer Harold Chapman

Presenter of the Mission Statement, Lennox Grant

Nominations Presenter Jacob Thomas

The voting delegates All the local church leaders who participated NY Conference Minister Geoffrey Black who goes with our blessings to be elected President and General Minister of the United Church of Christ

The voting delegates

All the local church leaders who participated

NY Conference Minister Geoffrey Black who goes with our blessings to be elected President and General Minister of the United Church of Christ.

 

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