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1 The First Unitarian Church of Dallas creates and nurtures a liberal religious community where all souls shall grow in harmony with the divine through worship, education, service and fellowship. Parish Meeting December 12, 2010

2 Parish Meeting Agenda Opening Call to Order Reports: Nominating Committee, President, Treasurer, EMGF, Senior Minister/CEO, Chart & Compass Construction Update Discussion: 2011 Budget Business Items: Vote to approve June Parish Meeting Minutes, 2011 Budget Closing

3 Parish Meeting Agenda Opening – Rev. Aaron White, Associate Minister Call to Order Reports: Nominating Committee, President, Treasurer, EMGF, Senior Minister/CEO, Chart & Compass Construction Update Discussion: 2011 Budget Business Items: Vote to approve June Parish Meeting Minutes, 2011 Budget Closing

4 Parish Meeting Agenda Opening Call to Order – Gretchen Riehl, President, Board of Trustees Declaration of Quorum – Gary Garcia, Clerk, Board of Trustees Reports: Nominating Committee, President, Treasurer, EMGF, Senior Minister/CEO, Chart & Compass Construction Update Discussion: 2011 Budget Business Items: Vote to approve June Parish Meeting Minutes, 2011 Budget Closing

5 Parish Meeting Agenda Opening Call to Order Reports: Nominating Committee – Edie Hagens, Chair, Nominating Committee President Treasurer EMGF Senior Minister/CEO Chart & Compass, Construction Update Discussion: 2011 Budget Business Items: Vote to approve June Parish Meeting Minutes, 2011 Budget Closing

6 Nominating Committee Martha Norton (Chair) – 2 year term Sandy Klindworth – 1 year term Steve Scholtens – 1 year term Mark Watson – 2 year term 2011 Leadership Slate Board of Trustees President – Joe Sifferman Vice-President – Stacy Duryea Treasurer – Mike Scholten David Aspinall – 3 year term Dennis Cordell – 3 year term Lynn Myers – 3 year term Buddy Teaster – 3 year term Rusty Jaggers – 2 year term Sarah Saldaña – 1 year term Endowment Committee Lynn Lawrence - 3 year term

7 Parish Meeting Agenda Opening Call to Order Reports: Nominating Committee President’s Report – Gretchen Riehl, President, Board of Trustees Treasurer EMGF Senior Minister/CEO Chart & Compass, Construction Update Discussion: 2011 Budget Business Items: Vote to approve June Parish Meeting Minutes, 2011 Budget Closing

8 Ends Statements (1/7) Spiritual Development The spiritual lives of our members, friends and visitors grow and deepen as we  embrace Unitarian Universalist principles  support a free and responsible search for truth and meaning  encourage the development of personal and communal spiritual practices  inspire religious dialogue  experience and explore the sacred in our lives and the mystery of existence

9 Ends Statements (2/7) Worship and Celebration The lives of our members, friends and visitors are spiritually deepened through active engagement in worship and celebration as we  participate in a liturgy that guides us in communal response to the sacred and honors our Unitarian Universalist traditions  offer relevant, thought-provoking experiences and sermons that inspire us to be better people and to reflect on our lives and our connections with the community  embrace a wide range of creative, artistic and musical experiences woven throughout our church life that move, uplift, and sustain us  come together to honor important events of our lives and of our church

10 Ends Statements (3/7) Caring and Inclusive Community Members, friends and visitors feel welcomed, cherished, and supported throughout our lives as we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person in an open, inclusive, safe and accessible environment care for and support one another in times of celebration and need experience a sense of belonging and meaningful relationships with each other and the church value, foster, and commit to diversity in all forms

11 Ends Statements (4/7) Lifespan Religious Education Our congregation and our broader community are enriched and transformed by religious education programs as we understand and embrace Unitarian Universalist values, identity, and practices encompass the principles and histories of Unitarian Universalism, liberal religious traditions, world religions and the history of First Unitarian Church of Dallas deepen the spiritual lives of adults, youth and children by engaging them in open-minded dialogue that nurtures and inspires foster religious inquiry, social analysis and public conversation with the larger community

12 Ends Statements (5/7) Public Presence Our congregation clearly communicates our values as we embody the message of love and inclusion provide a welcoming place for meaningful events that serve a wide audience and inspire community dialogue advocate in the public arena to promote a healthy and whole global community partner with congregations and institutions in support of shared values

13 Ends Statements (6/7) Community Involvement Our lives and the lives of those we engage with are transformed and our world is improved as we inspire and enable our members and others to act on our principles by advocating and working for justice, equality, peace and freedom create opportunities and take meaningful and visible actions for community service and advocacy

14 Ends Statements (7/7) Stewardship and Sustainability The church is sustained over time by responsible stewardship as we build a connection between spiritual practice and generosity express gratitude and commitment by sharing our gifts nurture and develop volunteers and enrich lives through their activities with our church community value our resources and use them in service of our highest values and aspirations operate with transparency and accountability

15 Parish Meeting Agenda Opening Call to Order Reports: Nominating Committee President Treasurer’s Report – Charles Irsch, Treasurer, Board of Trustees EMGF Senior Minister/CEO Chart & Compass, Construction Update Discussion: 2011 Budget Business Items: Vote to approve June Parish Meeting Minutes, 2011 Budget Closing

16 Treasurer’s Report (1/2) 2010 Financial Accomplishments: Completed negotiation and closing on construction loan with Northern Trust Completed formal process to select new auditors for FY2010: selected Lane Gorman Trubitt LLP, local specialists in not-for-profit audits Supported completion of new financial policies and procedures Re-established distinct reserve fund balances

17 Treasurer’s Report (2/2) Operating Budget Highlights as of November 30, 2010:  Expecting to end the year on budget for revenues and expenses

18 Parish Meeting Agenda Opening Call to Order Reports: Nominating Committee President Treasurer EMGF – Linda Ray, Chair, Endowment and Memorial Gift Fund Committee Senior Minister/CEO Chart & Compass, Construction Update Discussion: 2011 Budget Business Items: Vote to approve June Parish Meeting Minutes, 2011 Budget Closing

19 Endowment and Memorial Gifts Fund At the end of October, 2010, the EMGF Funds’ total value was $1.61 million. (Fund balance was $1.50 million at the end of December, 2009) Key disbursements: $10,000 for Social Justice Intern $30,000 for Church Annual Operating Budget $30,000 to Chart and Compass $1,200 for pipe organ maintenance/repair work Fund Balances

20 Parish Meeting Agenda Opening Call to Order Reports: Nominating Committee President’s Report Treasurer EMGF Senior Minister/CEO Report – Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter Chart & Compass, Construction Update Discussion: 2011 Budget Business Items: Vote to approve June Parish Meeting Minutes, 2011 Budget Closing

21 Parish Meeting – CEO Report (1/4) Goals for 2010 Meeting the changing dynamics of the church External relations Internal relations Spiritual vitality Evaluation Sustainability Enhancing the ministry of the caring community

22 Parish Meeting – CEO Report (2/4) First Sunday Collections 2010 January – Echo Theatre, $3,750 February – Dallas Area Interfaith, $5,850 March – Vickery Meadows Learning Center,$3,730 April – Housing Crisis Center, $3,832 May – Vogel Alcove, $4,100 June – Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, $9,601 July – Youth First Texas, $2,865 August – Lambda Legal, $3,355 September – Texas Tenants Union, $3,468 October – Habitat for Humanity, $4,380 November – North Dallas Shared Ministries, $6,353 December – Wednesday’s Child, $TBD

23 Parish Meeting – CEO Report (3/4) 2010 Highlights Church Vitality Stewardship Committee Bringing Change ($100,000 matching gift) program Theme Year “ Rise and Shine” Leap of faith UUA mentoring Task Forces Welcoming Communications Community Impact

24 Parish Meeting – CEO Report (4/4) Sustainability

25 Parish Meeting Agenda Opening Call to Order Reports: Nominating Committee President’s Report Treasurer Appreciative Inquiry Update EMGF Senior Minister/CEO Chart & Compass, Construction Update Discussion: 2011 Budget Business Items: Vote to approve June Parish Meeting Minutes, 2011 Budget Closing

26 Earlier this year…

27 Addition from Preston & St Andrews And by the end of next year…

28 Administration1,989 4,803 Music Department1,260 2,164 Children’s Religious Education5,419 9,034 Adult Religious Education 293 2,411 Existing Planned Project Summary (dedicated areas in net square-feet)

29 Proposed Site – Aerial View Preston Road Drop-off St. Andrews Parking (21 cars) Normandy Parking (16 cars - existing) New Entry Courtyard Toddler Play Yard Playground & Lawn New Classroom & Office Addition South Entry East Parking Lot (36 cars) Renovated RE Building New Parlor & Book Nook

30 Progress to date …

31 Chart & Compass Construction Milestones Completed! April 26 - Started Construction October 8 – Concrete Structure in place November 19 - Exterior Studs (Walls) December 3 - Roofing completed Funk Construction has overcome weather and obstacles, and has us On Schedule!

32 Chart & Compass Construction Issues Navigated/Ongoing Moved Utilities Under Preston Patio for drop-off lane Determined repairs to make to Sanctuary Exterior Upgrading Fence between neighbors Creating 2 sidewalks along Preston for City Limited Parking/Tight Working Conditions

33 Chart & Compass Construction Milestones Remaining February 2011 – Weather tight building Mid-April Furnishing for new building By May Occupancy of New Building By July 2011 – Complete Remodel of RE Building September 11, 2011: Dedication of New Campus/Ingathering

34 Chart & Compass Building Project Dollars Spent/Remaining Total Project Budget: $7,775,000 Spent to date: $2,400,000 Project Costs Remaining: $5,375,000

35 Chart & Compass New Construction: Things that May Surprise!! Architexas created a unique design that will be the First LEED Certified Building in Park Cities! Interior Finish: Exposed infrastructure Reduced materials (e.g. Concrete Floors & Ceilings Exterior features a Living Wall & Brise Soleil Landscaping design is low-maintenance

36 Chart & Compass The Future: Complete Capital Campaign Plan Phase II with New Fellowship Hall

37 Parish Meeting Agenda Opening Call to Order Reports Discussion: 2011 Budget Business Items: Vote to approve June Parish Meeting Minutes, 2011 Budget Closing

38 Proposed 2011 Budget Pledges for 2011 up 11% over 2010 New budget item for debt service for construction loan (to be funded from C&C funds in 2011) - $112,000 2 ½ staff position reductions and other realignments to more closely align staff services with congregational size and program requirements

39 Parish Meeting Agenda Opening Call to Order Reports Discussion Business Items: Vote to approve June 2010 Parish Meeting Minutes Vote to approve 2011 Budget Closing

40 Parish Meeting Agenda Opening Call to Order Reports Discussion Business Items Special Vote Closing – Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter, Senior Minister


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