In attendance: Pastor Jeff Hunt, Rick and Kathy Mills, Jill and Josh Miltner, Dan Saucier, Elaine Menard, Robert Molinaro, Kaitlin Lindsay, Marianne Gustafson.
Opening reading and prayer (Rick Mills): as Pastor Jeff continues his sermon series about Job, we are asked to remember that Job was faithful throughout, even when he didn't know what the outcome would be; we should take inspiration from hie example as we deal with challenges.
Youth Group (Kaitlin Lindsay): members are going apple-picking today, followed by a bonfire and games at the Lemelin's. Future October activities include a game night, ushering, and a harvest party. They will participate in a lock-in in November, as well as assist with cleanup (and possibly setup) for the holiday fair.
Media Center (Marianne Gustafson): nothing to report this month.
Boy Scouts (Josh & Jill Miltner): Jill reported Scouts enjoyed camping this month. Eagle Courts will be held 10/20 and 11/3. In November, Scouting for Food will be held, and Scouts may assist at the holiday fair. They will participate in the Christmas parade 12/2. There are currently several girls in the unit, and it is anticipated a girls' troop will be started in February of 2019.
Josh reported the Little Free Library is nearly completed. It has been registered with the official organization, and a plaque is en route. He hopes to install it this month and present it to FUMC at the 10AM service 11/28. Foster's Daily Democrat will be invited to do a story.
Sunday School (Elaine Menard): at the request of Administrative Council, she and Dan Saucier will attend the Council's 10/15 meeting to discuss the future direction and plans for Sunday School, given a decline both in attendance and teachers/shepherds. For October/November, the plan is to offer Sunday School for K-6, every other week. Today was the first Sunday; 3 children attended.
The committee discussed the challenges with offering Sunday School as it is currently structured at FUMC. Pastor Jeff and Elaine both acknowledged there are many churches struggling with how to offer a Sunday School program that is most effective and attracts children, and their families, as well. Pastor Jeff suggested it might be helpful to survey past and current Sunday School students for their opinions.
Following additional discussion, the committee listed four proposals for Sunday School programs, to be presented to Administrative Council tomorrow night, for their input: maintain the current time and structure; maintain the current time, but change the structure to a "Children's Church", change the time to either before or after worship, and maintain the current structure; or offer a family event, which would require changing both the time and the structure.
New Business: Administrative Council is requesting C.Ed. representation at their meeting Mon Oct 15 to discuss Sunday School plans. Is anyone available to cover this? The background notes on this issue are all compiled in this document.