MYRTLE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH 5920 Lillian Highway, Pensacola, FL 32506 - 850-455-7389 MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING ON MARCH 20, 2013 The regular business meeting was held on March 20, 2013 at 6:00pm.  The meeting was held in the worship center and was opened in prayer.  CLERK’S BUSINESS:  Betty Scurlock presented the minutes of the February 20, 2013 Regular Business Meeting as printed in the March Business Meeting package.  Motion to approve by Keeley Zayas and seconded by Steve Colinger.  APPROVED by show of hands. Requests for letters of church membership:  For February  None New Members to be approved:  For February Profession of Faith:  Nathan Jones, Raymond Hearn Statement of Faith:  Natalie Jones Letter: None Motion to approve by Jack Windley and seconded by Ron Lowe.   APPROVED by show of hands.  TREASURER’S REPORT: Dave Keighley presented the Financial Report for February as printed in the March Business Meeting package. Motion to approve by John Bonelli and seconded by Freddie Zayas.   APPROVED by show of hands.  COMMITTEE REPORTS:  Chuck Keistler presented recommended changes to the Constitution (see attachment).  These changes were recommended during the recent Question and Answer meeting.  They were very good recommendations.  We will go over these so you will be aware of these changes.  You will receive another draft for review.  We are not voting on the Constitution tonight.  -The scripture references are in order, for example from Genesis through to Revelations.  In the first draft we had not put these in order.  We caught these ourselves -About Family Relationships:  The change in the section where we are talking about the husband, where we had leader of the home, we added servant leader.  We are servants of God.  Of, course servant leaders of the church are pastors, deacons, and yokefellows. Divorce and Remarriage:  We changed some of the language.  I will read it to you.  We believe that God disapproves (except for infidelity) and hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies.  The rest of that part remains the same.  -Part S, About Love:  We added two scriptures, I Corinthians 13: 4-5 and Proverbs 6:19. -Membership Covenant:  We added one thing where as members we have our own responsibility to read and be led by the Holy Spirit in understanding and studying the scripture.  As children of God, we do have that responsibility to be obedient in studying His Word.  We added the individual responsibility language under this article.  -About Giving:  The last sentence reads:  We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of his or her tithe or offering once the gift has been made.  We inserted the word designated before offering.  We do have designated offerings for other things including missions.  Once that is given it cannot be taken back.  Constitution and By-laws:  In the amendments we added language that the votes shall be by ballot.  Any proxy or absentee voting will be prohibited.  Carolyn Gramlich, our lawyer, pointed out to us that, in her experience with the Christian Law Association, there have been instances of churches where some people get upset with the church. Then they group together outside of church and decide to vote a block proxy. Maybe they have not attended church for a while but are upset with the church. These are the changes you will see in the Constitution. The changes from the l998-1999, what we called the Charter, now the Constitution, I made copies of those changes because we are required to give them to you at a business meeting.  On Sunday, March 17, 2013, we had a Question and Answer Session and went through the entire Constitution in detail.  For those of you who were not there, you can take this and lay it down beside the second draft and look at the changes and know what the changes were from the previous draft.  As you read this throughout the month, you can call me and I will answer questions.  I want to say about the By-laws that we have concluded the By-laws except for one part which is Arbitration.  We have gotten someone with additional expertise that is going to meet with us tomorrow night to discuss simplifying arbitration.  If we are going to have a provision where believers cannot sue one another as per biblical as proposed in this Constitution, then we have to have procedures to do that.  If any of you have had experience with arbitration, you are welcome to attend.  Missions Committee:  I have been attending the meeting with the Missions Committee since I have been back.  I am very pleased to see the amount of work the committee is doing in preparing procedures and forms to have accountability for our missions program, since we are going to fund it though the budget.  We have designated up to 5% and this year the 1.5%.  My original motion in October was that monies cover mission trips, projects by church members, church plants, student mission trips, Christian Social Ministries (primarily for helping people pay light bills), and church mission conferences.  It was pointed out to me that disaster relief is part of the missions program and this has never been funded.  I am proposing that my original motion be amended to include disaster relief to come under that umbrella.  This would be used for equipment and training.  We need a tent for our security people who go out because they are out in the weather.  They believe that we need a shower trailer and a laundry trailer. We have also had the Barnabas training here several times.  The disaster relief people were trained to share the gospel with people under stress.  I agreed with the Missions Committee to recommend to the church that some of the disaster relief funding will come under that umbrella.  To clear up on funding, the Missions Committee themselves will bring to the church the percentages for each area for approval by the church.  The only thing that I am proposing is that disaster relief come under that umbrella so there will be some monies for those men and women who do that job.  This year the disaster relief program is putting together a plan so that if we have an emergency, like Ivan, we will have a preplan.  This would be for our shut-ins and elderly to make contact with those who want it.  We can keep in contact with them if they need any help prior to or after the storm so we can reach them right away to help our own people.  I make the motion that the disaster relief come under that missions fund umbrella. Motion was seconded by Keeley Zayas.  APPROVED by show of hands.  OLD BUSINESS:  None NEW BUSINESS:  For Easter service we will have one combined worship service.  Motion was made by Kevin Simmons that there be no evening service Easter Sunday.  Motion was seconded by Jack Windley.  APPROVED by show of hands.   John Bonelli:  For information, we have some designated money to get two flat screen televisions.  We want to put two in the foyer where the older ones are, and one in the glass room, which could be a quiet room, that would possibly stream the service like we do now shown in the foyer. The most important one may be the one we want to put in the Family Life Center where the parents of the children come every day to pick up their children to stream current events.  Again, this is designated money. There are people who are researching the cost.   ANNOUNCEMENTS:  None ADJOURNMENT: Motion to adjourn by Matt Mandrell and seconded by Jack Windley.  APPROVED by show of hands. ___________________________________ _____________________________ Bonnie Quinley, Church Clerk Ron Lentine, Moderator