July News Regarding the Foundry Management Board

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Foundry Management Board Elects Officers, Reviews Finances

The Foundry Management Board, a nine-person elected group, meets monthly to discuss and make decisions regarding the management of the church.


Members present at the July meeting were Leigh Carter, Louise Franklin, Matt Hansen, Sam Kilpatrick (by phone) Doug Steele, Samantha Sweeney, P.J. Taylor, Dan Vock and Gwen Williamson. Also present were Pastor Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, Pastor Dawn Hand and Pastor Al Hammer (for the Mission Possible Report). Also in attendance was Paul Hazen, chair of the Mission Possible committee, and staff members Thom Dumas, Will Green and Ben Roberts, who introduced themselves to the new Board members.

At its July 26 meeting, the Board approved elected new officers, discussed the new Sunday schedule, and reviewed Foundry’s financial shortfalls in the operating budget and the Mission Possible budget. 


Officers and Committee Assignments

By unanimous votes, officers and committee chairs were elected:

President:                  Louise Franklin         Finance:        Matt Hansen

Vice president:           PJ Taylor                  Audit:           Sam Kilpatrick

Secretary:                  Leigh Carter            Governance: Gwen Williamson               

Treasurer:                  Matt Hansen            Facilities:      Dan Vock

                                                              Personnel:    Samantha Sweeney

                                                              Nominations: Doug Steele (Board liaison)


Board members accepted new committee membership assignments:

Carter-Finance; Williamson-Governance; Steele-Nominations, and Taylor-Personnel. Vock will be the Mission Possible Liaison and Carter the Board’s registered agent.

Every committee is expected to submit a report four days before the monthly Management Board meeting. An updated behavioral covenant including this addition will be voted on next month by Board members.


Sunday Redesign

Based on discussions with congregants, the Sunday Schedule Redesign ministry team, and staff, it has been decided that the times of Foundry’s worship services will shift in late September to 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The new schedule includes more time for fellowship, classes and mission activities.



The Board released $19,721 from the operating reserve to cover the 2015 year-end operating deficit of that amount.  The year-to-date operating deficit  as of June 30, 2016 is $95,714.94. The current Mission Possible deficit is $550,996.82.


Mission Possible Update and Planning

Phase I

Three lines of action are addressing the current deficit in funding Phase I:  fulfillment of existing pledges, additional contributions to cover the cost of tile  restoration,  furnishings, fixtures and equipment and the use of bequest and/or reserve funds  to be approved by the Management Board. Multiple lines of effort are underway to secure these funds and close the deficit. The completion of Phase I will be celebrated at an all-church event in September.

The Management Board requested a report on lessons learned from Phase I before Phase II begins.


Phase II

The Board discussed and accepted the recommendations of the Mission Possible Committee for Phase II. Headed by Paul Hazen, the Committee will over the next year reassess  the original Master Plan, determine the scope and anticipated costs of Phase II, constitute a Phase II Committee, engage a project manager, and conduct a capital campaign. Each step  of this work will at different points be done in cooperation with staff, the Board and the congregation.

The Board affirmed moving ahead with a Phase II and requested that a projection of the costs for the project manager be submitted to the Finance Committee now and a projected total cost of Phase II when possible.


Participation in Foundry Ministries report on participation included the following numbers:

Harvest of Hope:                      5

Divinum                               102

GraceTalk                              40

Pride Parade                         100

LGBTQ Community Dialogue  700


Worship (onsite + live stream)

June 7 -         486

June 14 -       458

June 21 -       474

June 28 -       473



Submitted by the Strategic Communications Ministry Team