Important Info for the Annual Meeting on May 15

The Annual Meeting is a vital gathering every year, but this year it is especially important to the life of this congregation. In advance of May 15, read more about the work of our What’s in a Name Committee and read Rev. Sarah Campbell’s reflection on Who is God Calling Us to Be?

Budget Meeting, Wednesday, May 8, 6:00 pm

This is an opportunity for the congregation to preview the budget, ask questions, and make comments before the annual meeting. A special e-blast will go out on Wednesday, May 8, with the budget. If you need a paper copy, come to the office on Wednesday and they will be on the welcome desk. Questions? Contact Patrick Magistad, patrick@magistad.net or Leon Erstad, leon.erstad@yahoo.com.

Annual Meeting, Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 pm

The Mayflower Congregational Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 15, at 7:00 pm. Traditional pie will be served by the Mayflower Church Council at 6:30 pm. Bring your favorite pie, but remember: no nuts.

The first part of the meeting will be devoted to the review of the Church’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the presentation of the nominees for church offices, and reports from the Team Lead Minister and the Moderator.

The “What’s In A Name” committee, formed by the Council, has now completed one year of its work. The Committee’s report on its work and recommendations is available on the Mayflower website. After one year of intense work, the WIAN committee of Council, is bringing this proposal to the congregational meeting: The WIAN Committee should continue its work by considering names for the church; this includes retaining the name Mayflower as well as exploring new names. 

We will engage in discernment using a consensus process facilitated by Rev. Doug Federhart, a person with whom the WIAN Committee has consulted. This process originated at the former Spirit of the Lakes congregation and is similar to the Quaker consensus model but not an exact equivalent. The goal is for everyone present to have the opportunity to honestly share with others in a small group format their thoughts and feelings on the question of Mayflower’s name. Our Circle keepers are 13 clergy and one professional therapist, all who are members of Mayflower. We need everyone’s voice as we engage in this discernment process and move towards consensus on the historic decision about our beloved community. We are mindful that we are reflecting together on who we are called by God to be in the next 100 years of this congregation. (The 100 year anniversary is May 2025.)

Nominations for Approval at Annual Meeting

Nominating Committee is pleased to present the following slate of candidates for leadership positions at Mayflower. Members will vote on these nominations at the annual meeting on May 15.

Church Council:
Maureen Engelhardt (3-year term)
I became a member of Mayflower Church along with my husband, David, in 1988. I joined the choir a week later. I became a Sunday School teacher when our daughter Keara was three years old and am still a member of the Faith Formation team. I’ve served on several committees over the years, including Council. I’ve also served on the MN Conference UCC Board of Directors. My paying job is as a proposal writer for an architectural firm, where I’ve worked for 31 years.

Connie Ford (3-year term)
Along with my spouse Bob Power, I’ve been at Mayflower Church for about 26 years. This is my second stint on Council, retiring as Moderator five years ago. I coordinate the usher ministry and cherish my weekly time and associations with Women’s Spirituality. Outside of church, I love to hike and to travel, and I am a Feldenkrais enthusiast.

Barbara Hummel (2-year term)
In 2019 I moved to the Twin Cities from Madison, WI, to be closer to my daughter and family. I was named to Council this past year to fill a vacancy. Now retired, I was a consultant working with organizations on leadership and collaboration. I also was a Courage & Renewal facilitator for leader, educator, and clergy retreats. I enjoy hiking and watercolor, and spending time with my nine-year-old grandson.

Scott Woelber (3-year term)
My wife Kris and I joined Mayflower about 24 years ago. We have raised our three kids here, ages 22, 18, and 15. At Mayflower, I have been a Sunday School teacher and a regular in the adult Rediscovering the Bible group. I have served on the Stewardship Committee and Faith Formation Visioning Team. I am a mathematics educator and currently work as a manager in educational publishing. I love family road trips, North Shore camping, and listening to music.

Maureen Engelhardt has been nominated as Moderator and Sharon Landavazo as Associate Moderator of Council for the 2024-2025 church year.

Nominating Committee:
Melanie Mills (one-year term)
Ken Williams (three-year term)

Delegates to the Annual Meeting of the MN Conference of the UCC:
Dede Carr
Barb Gacek
Ann Ladd
Chloe Miller (youth delegate)
Rob Reinhart
Gene Roehlkepartain

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