June 2020 News from the Board
April 2020 News from the Board
We continue to evaluate and work on the financial health of Unity of Santa Barbara as we navigate these uncertain times. We have lost all rental revenue due to our closure. Thank you to everyone who continues to financially support Unity of SB. Some good news, Unity of SB received a loan through the SBA PPP for $47,250.
This is Rev. Phil’s last Sunday (4/26/20). We are so grateful to Rev. Phil for being with us this last year and leading us on a wonderful journey to prepare for our new permanent minister. Thank you Rev. Phil. We will greatly miss you. (Click here for Rev. Phil's good-bye letter.)
Rev. Cathy Norman and Rev. Beth Ann Suggs will continue as our interim co-ministers. We have several potential permanent minister candidates and we are looking into the possibility of hearing a Sunday message from them in the near future.
March 2020 News from the Board
Your 2020-21 Board’s First Meeting
We currently have one board position open, so if this opportunity to serve calls you, please let us know. Time commitment is only a few hours a month with one board meeting and many decisions and approvals through email. Our next board meeting will be on Tuesday, April 21, by Zoom.
Although we know this period will come to an end, in April we will lose ~$4,000 of rental income due to our closure. To address this revenue loss, we are looking at cost cutting measures and fundraising efforts. Additionally, our Finance Team is reviewing the Federal Government assistance opportunities including loans for non-profit organizations. Your continuing member owner financial contributions will carry us through these uncertain times.
The Search Team is excited to report that we have some strong candidates under review and look forward to interviews over the next few weeks. We continue to affirm: “We are one with the all-encompassing presence of God and are guided by the Christ Spirit within to attract and receive the minister who shares our vision for Unity of Santa Barbara, and has the capabilities to support our congregation in bringing it forth. Our future is full of promise and we are blessed.” We continue to enjoy the continued support of our wonderful interim ministers.
The Bylaws Team has finalized recommended changes to the bylaws. The Board has given input on the changes which are now under review with the Bylaws team. As soon as we have the new version approved by Unity Worldwide Ministries and after a final approval by the Board, we will send them out to our members for review, which will culminate in us approving the bylaws in a Special Membership Meeting (TBD).
From the Social Team, Clyde Blair and Ann Self Lowen hosted our second online fellowship Zoom call this Wednesday, as we continue to find ways to connect online with each other and offer support, love, and Unity. These will be recurring in the foreseeable future.
The Courtyard Landscaping Project continues to progress including currently the laying of the pavers. We are excited to revitalize our rental program in preparation for completion of this beautiful new space. In conjunction, the Marketing & Communications Team continues to spruce up our website and enhance our marketing plan.
The Board communicates with each other almost daily and we are always open to your suggestions. We are grateful to serve our church in this expanded capacity and look forward to seeing you on Zoom over the next few weeks and in person as soon as is possible. Oh, what a happy day that will be! We are blessed.
January 2020 News from the Board