*Council News

Oct 27, 2018

2018 Congregational Meeting:

BLC’s annual congregational meeting was held on Sunday, October 21.  A total of 57 voting members were present.  Four items were voted on during the meeting.

–>Election of Kevin D., Lisa R. and Rick W. to BLC church council

–>Election of Marcy A., Mike H., and Lisa Rosenbauer as representatives to the 2019 Upstate New York Synod Assembly as well as Kathy M. and Joan W. as alternate representatives

–>Approval of an annual spending plan of $464,981 for Fiscal Year 2019

–>Approval of a proposal to spend up to $7500 from the capital reserve fund for safety and accessibility upgrades.

Pastors Hoffman and Walter-Peterson gave brief remarks about their experiences with our team ministry model over the past year.  The upcoming stewardship campaign was previewed with slides and a short video. T he meeting closed with prayer.


The Meeting That Almost Didn’t Happen!

This past Sunday we held our annual congregational meeting. This meeting is required by our constitution and is the venue for the election of council members and the adoption of our annual spending plan.  It was well advertised and preceded by two forums.  By constitution we require a quorum of 10% of our confirmed members to hold a binding vote on the items. We had 57 voting members present; the minimum for a quorum is 55.  We came very close to not having enough confirmed members present to meet the requirements for a quorum.  Council welcomes your suggestions and comments about what we can do to the format and timing of the annual meeting to increase participation.  Please reach out to any council member with your thoughts or email the church office.

Rick W., Council President


Core Ministry Team:

CMT brings together the leaders from each ministry area (Worship, Grow, Live, Care, Serve) on a monthly basis to coordinate and collaborate on the ministries that bring our congregation’s vision and mission to life!  The group typically meets the fourth Tuesday of the month and the next meeting is Tuesday, October 30 at 5:30 pm.


Mutual Ministry:

The Mutual Ministry committee is jointly named by the congregational president and BLC’s co-pastors.  Members include: Bob A., Justin E., Judy L., Jim O., Ruth S., Celia T., and our co- pastors.  The group meets 4-6 times a year.  The next meeting will be held Tuesday, October 30 at 7 pm.


 Communications Committee:

The Communications Committee is responsible for informing the congregation and community of news and events that are part of the life of the church, inviting participation, and supporting the leadership.  We do this this through the BLC website, Facebook, information posted on the kiosks, print materials such as the Star, the Quarterly Mailer, special flyers and invites, and a variety of other means of communication.  We usually meet on the first Thursday of the month at noon and would welcome additional hands and new ideas!  Our next meeting is Thursday, November 1 at noon!  We invite any interested people to join our team.  For more information, please contact Sherry C.


Roster Updates:

While our roster information will always be changing, we are making a big effort this month to update and improve accuracy in our system and membership records (dates of birth, preferred phone and email contact information and more!).  There are several simple ways you can help us ensure that we have all the correct information on file for you and your family.

Throughout the month of October, there will be hard copy binders organized alphabetically with a page for each individual family member.  Please take a few minutes to review the information and provide updates for us.  You can also call the church office or email with a request for your family’s pages which can be sent via PDF through email for your convenience.  Our completion goal for this project is November 1!  Please contact a Pastor or the church office with any questions you may have!


Planning for BLC’s 100th Anniversary:

BLC will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2021!  This is just a little over two years away but will be here before we know it.  We are beginning to think about how to commemorate this occasion and what we would like to see in the way of celebratory events.  Council will be forming a planning committee and is looking for people who would like to be a part of this team.  If you are interested, please contact either Rick W. or Sherry C.


Photo Archive:

We Need Your Help!  Our BLC Photo Archive has pictures of Confirmation Classes from 1978 to 2018.  However, we are missing several classes from the following years: 1981-1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997- 2000, 2012, 2013 and 2015.  If you can provide Confirmation Class or individual class member photos for any of these years please contact Bob S.