MYRTLE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH 5920 Lillian Highway, Pensacola, FL 32506 – 850-455-7389 MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 The regular business meeting was held on September 18, 2013, at 6:00pm.  The meeting was held in the  fellowship hall and was opened in prayer. CLERK’S BUSINESS:  Betty Scurlock presented the minutes of the August 24, 2013, Regular Business  Meeting, as printed in the August Business Meeting package. Motion to approve by George Butler and  seconded by Morgan Miller.  APPROVED by show of hands. Requests for Letters of Church Membership:  for August From:  Belvue Baptist Church, Kermit, Texas, for letters of Clifford & Erin Nolte.  From:  First Baptist Church, Cantonment, Florida, for letter of Phillip Boutwell.  Motion to approve by Rosemary Sanders and seconded by Kevin Simmons.  APPROVED by show of hands. New Members to be approved:  for August Profession of Faith:  Linda Williams, Brandy Materiale, Nicholas Galloway, and Linda Jones Statement of Faith:  Jack Williams, Terry Green Letter:  Kathryn Hinnant  Motion to approve by Morgan Miller and seconded by Matt Mandrell.  APPROVED by show of hands.   TREASURER’S REPORT: Richard Main presented the Financial Report for August as presented in the August Business Meeting package.  Motion to approve by Adolfo DeMontalvo and seconded by Tony McFarlane.   APPROVED by show of hands. COMMITTEE REPORTS:    Finance Committee:   Kevin Simmons presented a recommendation concerning the two motions presented by Susan Helton from the Finance Committee last month which were tabled for review by the  Deacons/Yokefellows as follows:      1. We were previously looking at about a 140K shortfall between the projected giving and the  mandatory (firewall) expenses plus missions and capital escrow (not on the firewall list but  considered first priority expenditures after mandatory expenses). 2. Several changes have been made over the past two months. a. 10 percent salary reduction b. 2.5 percent increase in PLC contribution. c. Maintenance contract changes (i.e., Pest Control) d. Suspension of Capital Escrow Transfers e. Suspension of Mission Contributions f. Methodology for projecting giving based on the prior 12 months instead of average year-to-  date contributions.  The suspension of Capital Escrow transfers will remain in place.  A graph representing our current financial picture of anticipated budget contributions and expenses was presented.  On the first motion, the Deacons and Yokefellows asked the Finance Committee to amend their motion and keep the Myrtle Grove Baptist Church (MGBC) Missions contribution at 1.2 percent.  The Finance  Committee discussed the recommendation from the Deacons and Yokefellows and voted to amend the  motion as suggested.  On the second motion, the Deacons and Yokefellows agreed with the motion to place the mission  contributions behind the Firewall with a request that the missions be paid last.  The Finance Committee  discussed the recommendation from the Deacons and Yokefellows and agreed with their recommendation; however, the Finance Committee would like to amend the motion as follows:  To ensure sufficient funds to cover unforeseen minor expenses, the mission contributions would be made only if the checking account does not fall below $3,000.  The priority order of contributions would be MGBC Missions first, Association second, and Cooperative Program third.  For example, if making the MGBC Missions does not cause the  checking account to fall below $3,000, the contribution would be made.  If making the contribution would cause the checking account to fall below the $3,000 level, it would not be made.  The same conditions  would be applied to the Association and Cooperative mission contribution, independently.  If either would cause the checking account to fall below $3,000, one or both would not be made.  The balance of  contributions not paid in current month would be made as soon as possible in the following month.  APPROVED by show of hands.  Missions Committee:  Ricky Lake presented a recommendation from the Missions Committee that the  church authorize a 2014 By-Laws change, as necessary, to increase the number of Missions Committee  voting/regular members from six (6) to nine (9).  Note:  Additional members are needed to more  reasonably distribute leadership assignments to manage the missions’ opportunities in which we are  currently privileged to engage.  APPROVED by show of hands.  Committee-on-Committee:  John Bonelli presented recommendations from the Committee-on-Committees regarding the following committees.  Stewardship/Education Committee:  These people have already been approved by the committee.  We are approving the term:  Horace Nealy to rotate off 2016, Darrell Cutshaw to rotate off 2015, and Jim Lee to  rotate off 2015. We have two vacant positions to rotate off a year from now.  Missions Committee:  The number of members increased from six (6) to nine (9).   The three new members are Glenda Mahuron, Rondall Youmans, and Ricky Lake.  There is one opening since one person resigned  last month.   APPROVED show of hands.  Finance Committee:  We had someone resign from the Finance committee due to health reasons.  We  would like to recommend Kathy Lewallyn to fill that position for one year remaining on that term.  This has been approved by the Committee-on-Committees.  APPROVED:  by show of hands.  OLD BUSINESS:  None NEW BUSINESS: A.    Election of messengers to the Pensacola Bay Baptist Associational Meeting (October 17, 2013, at Pine Summit Baptist Church):  Richard Main, Pastor Ron Lentine, Joe and Gerry Lynn Cato, as well as other  ministerial staff members who may attend.  APPROVED by show of hands.  B.  Deacon/Yokefellow election:  Aldolfo DeMontalvo presented candidates for Deacon/Yokefellow  election:  Mark Creighton, Yokefellow, and Mark McCraney, Deacon. Vote was by secret ballot with a  majority vote of approval.  ANNOUNCEMENTS:  None ADJOURNMENT:  Motion to adjourn by Richard Main and seconded by Kevin Simmons.  APPROVED by  show of hands.  _____________________________  ____________________________  Bonnie Quinley, Church Clerk Ron Lentine, Moderator