Annual Meeting Information

Beloved,
 
We greet you in the mighty and matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
 
South Euclid United Church of Christ is emerging from a year of significant reflection and planning with the Re-Set Sabbatical which took place this year. The staff has challenged ourselves to refine who we are as a church and to design our activities for the future that are in alignment with our revised mission to: Transform the lost into the found, and the found into followers of Jesus Christ who gather, grow, give and go.  
 
We are anticipating even more transformation as we move into our future. Our intentions remain to glorify Christ through the development of disciples and to create a vibrant and vital faith community that is making a significant contribution in our community, nation and world. We believe our new Mission will align all of our activities to making SEUCC stronger as we head into the future.
 
Churches need to constantly evolve and change to meet the needs of the congregation and community. It has been our pleasure to partner with you in this faith journey. While most churches in America are dying, we are faced with the transformation process that keeps us relevant in the lives of those who enter our doors or who log in online.  
 
Please click here to download the necessary items for you to review to be fully informed as a member of South Euclid United Church of Christ in preparation for our Annual Meeting on June 19, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the Main Sanctuary. We are asking you to take the time to review the items and make your presence a priority as we celebrate what God has done and hear what we anticipate God will do in the coming program year. We have been prayerful, purposeful and pragmatic in our development of these items for your review.
 
You will notice that our slate of officers has been prepared, completed and voted upon by the Guiding Ministry with unanimous affirmation. The slate will be posted on Tuesday, June 11 by 4:30 p.m. in the Welcome Center atrium for your review. There is not significant change in our officers as we felt a need for continuity in light of some of the major changes we have planned for SEUCC. Each individual listed on the slate has agreed to serve. 
 
Should you have any questions about the slate, we would ask that you submit your questions to Rev. Carla Jo Howlett, Associate Pastor of Administration, no later than Sunday, June 16th. You can do this via e-mail (preferred) at revcjhowlett@southeucliducc.org or by calling 216-658-4263.
 
Additionally, Michael Headen, our Director of Finance and Operations has led our Give Ministry and our Guiding Ministry through the budgeting process. He has helped SEUCC leadership understand very clearly the church's financial position. The budget reflects, now more than ever, the importance of our tithes and offerings in supporting the mission and activities of the church.
 
We have presented an aggressive budget. In order for our church to continue making significant impact in the lives of our congregation and the community, it will require of the congregation a commitment to embrace our new Mission:Transforming the lost into the found, and the found into followers of Jesus Christ who gather, grow, give and go. This Mission epitomizes what our church should be doing in our community. As followers of Jesus Christ, we should all be endeavoring to do the following:
  • Gather - This is the concept of bringing people together to worship. It is how people connect with one another.
  • Grow - This is the concept of creating strong discipleship experiences which will nurture and grow the membership of the church as they progress on their Christian walk. This is how we stay connected.
  • Give - This is the concept of making sure that our members invest of their time, talent, and treasure here at SEUCC. We must assure that our church continues to have joyous workers and generous partners to ensure that the resources needed for us to remain the beacon of light in South Euclid. This is how we are connecting here at SEUCC.
  • Go - This is the concept of creating activities which help others by reaching outward to the greater community and beyond. This is how SEUCC becomes a connector.
If we can embrace the new Mission and the concepts above, there is nothing that SEUCC cannot accomplish.
 
Please carefully review the enclosed budget comparison. We have presented you with a budget that presents the bottom lines of each significant area of income and expense. We have included footnotes, anticipating your questions. However, if you would like to see a more detailed budget or have questions, we would ask that you make your request to Michael Headen, Director of Finance and Operations, no later than Sunday, June 16th. You can do this via e-mail (preferred) at mheaden@southeucliducc.org or by calling 216-658-4260.
 
There is more information to share about the future direction of our church and we hope to do so at our Annual Meeting on June 19, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the Main Sanctuary. We are asking you to take the time to review the items and make your presence a priority as we celebrate what God has done and hear what we anticipate God will do in the coming program year.
We hope to see you then!
 
Called for the Purpose of the Kingdom,
 
Rev. Courtney Clayton Jenkins                      
Senior Pastor & Teacher         
Michael Headen
Director of Finance & Operations   
 
Rev. Carla Jo Howlett
Associate Pastor of Administration