November Meeting Minutes of The Emmitsburg Council of Churches

Phyllis Chatlos reported that the CROP WALK brought in $3,800. Incarnation United Church of Christ raised the most money with $1,606 and Trinity United Methodist Church had the most walkers, a total of seven. 25% of this money will stay with the Emmitsburg Food Bank which is now located temporarily in the Elias Lutheran Church.

Phyllis also reported that the Religious Coalition of Frederick County has requested that pledges be made for the first year's rent in order to gain approval for the Food Bank to move to the Pregnancy Center location on East Main Street. Phyllis asked each church to donate $200 for that purpose. The Religious Coalition will fund the necessary renovations to the building so that it can house the Food Bank, with a grant request to recoup the cost.

The Parish Nurse Task Force reports that its application for articles of incorporation has been approved and that a grant application has been submitted to the Robert Woods Johnson so that a Parish Nurse can be hired. Frederick County Parish nurses have been visiting the churches during the month of November to inform the congregation about the work and ministry of a parish nurse.

A Candlelight Church Tour will be held on Sunday, December 29, beginning at 5:00 p.m. and all community churches will participate by opening their churches for viewing and some will offer a Christmas program. Look for news coverage about this event.

The Seton Center has offered to work with the Council to disburse funds to needy families of the community. They will determine the needs of the applicants and use Council funds along with other aid sources to assist those people.

CASS has asked that each church ask for volunteers to assist in that agency's work, mostly in the form of providing transportation to keep appointments. Seton Center also has the same need.

The following slate of officers was elected for the coming year:

  • President, Bill Wivell
  • Vice-president, Rev. Bill Warehime
  • Secretary, Audrey Glass
  • Treasurer, Merri Sayler

The next meeting of the Emmitsburg Council of Churches will be held on January 14, 2003 at Seton Center at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Read September's Council of Churches Meeting Minutes