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Douglas Barry, Lay Delegate

Randy McGuire, Lay Delegate

Maggie Byrum-  Alternate

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Governing Board Calls for Virtual General Conference
Regarding Contributions to the UFMCC US Pension Plan.

An English webinar occurred on Thursday, March 9.  Here is a link to view the webinar – https://vimeo.com/207796185

 

Announcement of Virtual General Conference
Regarding Contributions
 to the UFMCC US Pension Plan
The MCC Governing Board has called for a Virtual General Conference at the request of the MCC Board of Pensions, USA to vote on a change of the church assessment rate for contributions to the US MCC Pension Plan. The vote will be: 7 June 2017. Please see the complete timeline below.
Our current MCC Bylaws (effective 5 July 2016) stipulate that the General Conference has the only authority to set the assessment rate. This is why, while the MCC US Pension Plan only impacts US churches and clergy serving or have served in US settings, the entire General Conference is required to vote to enact recommended changes. The Governing Board is aware that currently there are not MCC provided options for retirement benefits for our clergy outside the US, and we remain committed to exploring feasible options.
Background:
Since the inception of the MCC Pension Plan in 1984, the assessment for each MCC affiliated Congregation has not changed from its current level of $0.75 USD per member, per month, paid quarterly. Had the Pension assessment kept pace with inflation over the past 33 years, the current assessment would be $1.72 USD.
The Motion:
The General Conference, as empowered by Bylaw Article IX, section D, votes:
That each MCC affiliated congregation in the United States provide investment contributions to the MCC Pension Plan according to the following schedule:
2018 — $1.00 USD, per member, per month
2019 — $1.25 USD, per member, per month
2020 — $1.50 USD, per member, per month
2021 — $1.75 USD, per member, per month
Thereafter, beginning in 2025, the rate of investment will be adjusted every 5 years, up or down, based on inflation or deflation of the US Dollar.

 

Impact:
Each local church will increase their payment by $0.25 USD per year beginning in 2018. In 2021, the monthly per member assessment will reach $1.75 USD. Thereafter, the assessment will be periodically adjusted, up or down, with
inflation. If this measure is approved, each local church should plan to budget accordingly.
There is no impact to finances on a denominational level as UFMCC does not contribute to the US Pension Plan as a denomination.
A “Yes” Vote: Will help to maintain the solvency of the US Pension Plan and allow MCC churches the opportunity to offer this benefit to our current and future clergy.
A “No” Vote: Will leave the plan vulnerable as our denomination adds clergy and as a large segment of our clergy become eligible for retirement. This vulnerability will increase if US churches continue to decline and / or in the event of a market downturn.

 

Important Dates

 

WEBINARS ON RATE INCREASE 
12 May 2017:
Invitations sent to registered & eligible Clergy & Lay Delegates via Survey Monkey
 
Note
All churches that were eligible to vote at General Conference 2016 are considered eligible to vote on this proposal. All Clergy eligible to vote at General Conference 2016 and all clergy that have been ordained since General Conference 2016 are eligible to vote. 

 

Information Webinar: 23 May 2017
9 a.m. EST / 13:00 GMT; German and English
11 a.m. EST / 15:00 GMT; Portuguese and Spanish
Please register for webinar here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCCBOPWebinar
7 June 2017, 9 a.m. EST / 13:00 GMT:
Virtual Vote via Survey Monkey
(48 hour window to vote)


 
UFMCC Bylaws (As of 5 July 2016)

 

ARTICLE IX – CHURCH FINANCES
D.  BOARD OF PENSIONS ASSESSMENTS: Each local church administrative body in the USA shall report quarterly the number of members in good standing for each month within every quarter and shall remit the Board of Pensions assessment as set by General Conference. Report and remittance are due to the Board of Pensions on or before the tenth (10th) day of the month following the quarter reported.
 
Important Links
 
MCC Governing Board
Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, Interim Moderator; Sarah-Jane Ramage, Vice-Chairperson;
Kimberly Brown, Treasurer; Rev. Joe Cobb, Clerk; Rev. Dr. Stephanie Burns, Angel Collie,
Dr. Mark Dalgleish, Rev. Jakob Hero, Rev. Dr. William Hubbard Knight.
MCC Board of Pensions USA
Rev. Tom Emmett, President; 
Keith Thompson, Vice-President; 
Tony Somora, Treasurer; 
Jeremiah Nelson, Clerk;
Rev. DeWayne Davis, 
Rev. Alycia Erickson, 
Rev. Wesley Mullins, 
Frieda Smith, Tammy Erwin, Plan Administrator
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NEWS FROM GENERAL CONFERENCE!

News from MCC on General Conference July 2016

 

SunCoast Cathedral MCC was represented by 17 members and friends at General Conference in Victoria, Canada.
 
Lay Delegates Doug Barry and Randy McGuire
provided the following summary of the Business Meeting.
 
New Governing Board Clergy Candidates
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Burns Naples, FL 3 Year Term
Rev. Dr. William Hubbard Knighyt, Hilo, Hawaii 3 Year Term
Rev. Joe Cobb, Roanoke, VA 6 Year Term
Rev. Jakob Hero, Tampa, FL 6 Year Term
New Governing Board Lay Delegate Candidates
Kimberly Brown, Sandy, Oregon 6 Year Term
Mark Dalgleish, Wollstonecraft, Australia 6 Years
Angel Collie, Chapel Hill, NC 3 Year Term
The Revised Statement of Faith was Passed
All Amendments and changes to the Bylaws were passed.
On the election of our new Moderator…..

After five rounds of voting there was no one selected.

In accordance with By-Laws, the new incoming Governing Board will appoint an Interim Moderator for the next 3 Years.  A new Moderator will be elected at the 2019 General Conference.
The 2019 MCC General Conference will be in Orlando 
the first week of July. There will be a new Moderator elected.
 
For a complete report on the decisions made at the Business Meeting, 
follow the link below:

Report on General Conference

General Conference Photos and Videos Available
Add Your Voice to the 2019 Conference: Complete the Survey
by Lauren Bennett, Conference and Meeting Coordinator
 
Thank you for making General Conference a success through your presence, volunteerism, and prayer. We look forward to seeing you 1-5 July 2019 in Orlando as celebrate our 50th Anniversary!
 
Photos
The General Conference staff have uploaded most photos on MCC’s Flickr account and Facebook page. If you have photos you wish to contribute for archival purposes, please send them to: Conferences@MCCchurch.net.
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General Conference Survey
Help us plan for the next General Conference by filling the General Conference Evaluation at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCCGeneralConference2016.

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Lay Delegates Page”

  1. From: GeneHutter@aol.com
    Date: March 7, 2016 at 2:10:53 PM EST
    To: laydelegates@suncoastcathedralmcc.org
    Subject: Comments on Moderator Candidates

    Randy and Doug:

    I spent some time reviewing the candidates for Moderator. As they all are qualified as leaders with impressive credentials, there was only one candidate who gave any indication of a spiritual nature.

    First and foremost, a leader of a Church has to be a spiritual person. I am not saying that the candidates are not spiritual. But, their approach to leadership and ministry has to be based/grounded in Jesus Christ.

    While all made mention, in so many words, of working through the Holy Spirit, only one candidate, so I think, seemed to express/mention “spreading the Good News” of Jesus Christ as it applies to the work to be accomplished by MCC. That candidate was Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez. He stated:

    “However, there is still a lot of work to be done to extend the understanding and practice of the radically inclusive love of God and good news of Jesus Christ.

    MCC’s calling is to spread the good news of an inclusive and unconditionally loving God throughout the world.”

    Rev. Hector’s background and studies show that he deeply grounded in spirituality, And, coming from a Third World country, he can appreciate the issues of injustice and discrimination.

    The other candidates and their credentials are excellent in assisting MCC in the areas that they stated they would like to see happen if they were elected Moderator. They do not have to be Moderator to fulfill goals that would benefit MCC. They should put their talents to work where they feel God is calling them. These are great candidates who would be beneficial to assist Rev. Hector Gutierrez.

    Thank you.
    Wishing you grace, peace and all good things,
    Gene Hutter

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