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Metro Association Fall 2015 Meeting
“Re-Imagine the Gifts of God”

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Congregational; Church of Manhasset (UCC)
1845 Northern Blvd.
Manhasset, NY 11030

Report by Louise Manigault, Executive Administrator

The Fall Meeting of the Metro Association was a spirit-filled day of fellowship and worship. We were blessed to have the Congregational Church of Manhasset, UCC and Rev. Jimmy Only as our hosts for the day. Their spirit of hospitality made us feel welcome all day.  The Association was represented by 35 churches for the day.

Morning Worship
After registration and breakfast, we proceeded to the Sanctuary where we were led in worship by clergy and laypersons of the Association. We were touched by the prayers for our churches, the Association, youth, elderly, our country and the world given by our ministers. We heard a magnificent word preached by Rev. Cheri Kroon, on the subject: “Gifts We would Like to Return.” She told us that, even though members want to hold on, the church of 1960 cannot speak to the needs of the church in 2015.

We were blessed by the music of Mr. Craig Tocher, Director of Music for the Congregational Church of Manhasset, UCC and angelic soloist, Ms. Molley Davey.

Special thanks to all of the participants: Rev. Dr. Gary Percesepe, Rev. Bruce Rivera, Rev. Ryan Henderson, Rev. Freeman L. Palmer, Minister Reginald Brantley, Rev. Eugene Palmore, Ms. Debra Liburd, Rev. Dr. Jane Ann Groom, Rev. Mark Lukens, Ms. Yvette Wynn, Rev. Cynthia Jackson and Rev. Dr. William Nye.

Business Meeting
Mr. Harold Chapman, Jr., Vice Moderator opened the Business Meeting and expressed how God has placed him where he needs to be in the Association. Metro Board President, Minister Reginald Brantley spoke about the commitment of the Association to our churches and how important it is to also have commitments from our churches with reference to the payment of fellowship dues to support our programs and also to be active participants on the Standing Committees of the Association. He informed us that the Association will be engaged in active fundraising programs beginning next year, and he would like to see all churches participate and support these initiatives for the benefit the Association and the Scholarship program for our youth.

Budget, Audit, By-Laws Revision
During the Business Meeting, the Proposed 2016 Budget was presented and passed. We also received updates on the Endowment and the Audit.

The members of the By-Laws Revision Committee were presented, and the Association voted to approve them. The members are: Rev. Dr. William Nye, Minister Kris Watson (co-chairs), Mr. Lennox Grant, Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs, Rev. Eugene Palmore, Rev. Michael Thomas, Ms. Melva Victorino, Rev. Dr. James Campbell, Mr. Terry McKnight and Rev. James Adelmann.

New York Conference Video
Rev. Freeman L. Palmer and Rev. Ryan Henderson presented a New York Conference video which highlighted the work of the Conference in a presentation featuring Rev. David Gaewski and the Associate Conference Ministers of the New York Conference.  Ryan also spoke about the upcoming mission trip to Nicaragua, the 2016 State Youth Event and the 2016 National Youth Event. You may watch the video by going to the New York Conference web site: www.uccny.org and click on the Covenant Share Video titled: “Bold Teamwork.” 

Work of Ordination and Ministerial Standing, State and National Settings of UCC
Ms. Yvette Wynn, Chair of the Ordination and Ministerial Standing Committee (OMSC), gave a report on the committee’s work and also gave an introduction to the new UCC initiative, “Still Speaking 2.0” which will be an updated version of the original Still Speaking Campaign. This new initiative is designed to re-invigorate the “Still Speaking Program”.  Yvette mentioned there will be a year-long media campaign and sacred conversations about race.  She says if the UCC is to be relevant in the next 10 years, we have to continue to evolve to address the needs of our churches. All churches will receive materials about this exciting program in early January. Rev. John Dorhauer, UCC General Minister and President will be the guest preacher at the Riverside Church on Sunday, January 3, 2016. Service is 10:45 AM.

Boundary Awareness Training
Rev. Cheri Kroon, Rev. Freeman Palmer and Ms. Yvette Wynn spoke about the major changes in Boundary Awareness Training (BAT) Sessions. Instead of having two sessions each year, there will now be one session, and it will be held in the Spring. Information will be sent to the Association soon, and if you have any suggestions, please inform the BAT Committee. They want the program to be relevant and useful for all participants 

Donations to Emmanuel A.M.E. Church
Board President, Reginald Brantley, presented certificates to the churches that made donations to the Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charlotte, S.C.: Grace Congregational Church, Safe Haven, UCC, St. Albans Congregational Church and the Community Church of Syosset.

Work of Metro Chaplain and of Rev. Dr. Everett C. Parker
Rev. Ervin Graves spoke about the duties of his position as the Metro Chaplain as spiritual support for clergy. In his role, he visits and calls pastors and makes periodic visits to churches.

Rev. Graves also spoke about the late Rev. Dr. Everett C. Parker, member of the Church in the Highlands, who recently passed away at the age of 102. Rev. Dr. Parker was the former head of the UCC National Office of Communications and won a landmark case and led a civil rights crusade to hold television and radio stations accountable for presenting racially biased programming and failing to hire African Americans and other minorities.

Nominating Opportunities
Ms. Martha Gotwals, Co-chair of the Nominating Committee, spoke about the need for more Association members, with an emphasis on lay people to participate in the Association through nominations to the various Standing Committees. We need clergy, but we also want a balance of lay members. Nominations will be open in December, and if you have any recommendations for persons to be nominated, please contact Louise at uccnymetro@aol.com with your information. The Committee Descriptions will be published with the official announcement in December. We want new people who are willing to serve. We don’t want to continue using the same people over and over again.

Members in Discernment
The Members in Discernment (MID) had a productive lunchtime meeting with OMSC Chair, Ms. Yvette Wynn and members of the committee.

Special thanks to Ms. Yvette Wynn who took several photos of the meeting that will appear on our web site and Facebook page.

Spring Meeting
We look forward to the Spring Meeting of the Association which will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2016 and will be hosted by the Mt. Vernon Heights Congregational Church, Rev. Troy DeCohen, Pastor. Mark your calendars to save the date.

Louise Manigault
Executive Administrator


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