Board members present: Marco Helles, Stephen James, Margoth Sonnebo, Lina Mattebo, Hans-Olof Hagén, Gunilla Hjelmåker, Mats Bernö, Kristina Gustavsson, Rachel Norborg Jerkeby, Peter Dobers, Vida Afua Attah, Malin Emmoth and Patrick Amofah.
Ex officio: Cathrin Sjöström, Ulla Marie Gunner and Anette Engkvist.
Report on the diaconal work
Senior pastor Ulla Marie Gunner reported that the deacons find it necessary to continue to provide sleeping facilities for EU migrants now that the temperatures will soon fall below zero. This initiative is called Extra cold nights and Immanuel church will be involved in this together with several other churches and Ny Gemenskap. We have also discussed with the leadership of Filadelfia and Magnus Helmner of Ny Gemenskap how we can better develop our common work, especially with regard to the EU migrants. Ny Gemenskap and Filadelfia also support an application of Idea-based Public Partnership in relation to the city of Stockholm.
Financial report and a new bookkeeping structure
Administrative leader Anette Engkvist reported that by August we are in principle on budget level with regard to the ministry, but only because of the gift of a million kronor that the church received during the year. Financial revenues and costs are 600,000 kronor over budget. Anette Engkvist also presented the new bookkeeping structure which has been developed in order to better reflect the present ministry of the church, but which will also help to better follow up our prioritized areas – both for the staff, the Board and the congregation.
The budget work has started
The staff is now working on the budget for next year. The Councils also participate in the discussion together with the pastors. In November the Financial committee and the Board will look at a preliminary draft budget and in December the Board will make a decision on the budget.
Preparations for savings
Senior pastor Ulla Marie Gunner presented the leadership’s work with regard to changes that need to be done between the years 2017 and 2021. As reported earlier, the Board has decided to improve the finances of the church with three million kronor during these five years. In order to reach this goal we need to both increase the revenues and reduce the costs. A concrete work on how this will be done is going on right now and will be presented in more detail in future.
Letter received from the residents of Nebulosan
The Board has received copy of a letter of protest addressed to the Board of Probitas from the residents of the house Nebulosan. The protest concerns Probitas’ plans to build a house on the courtyard of Nebulosan. The decision in this matter will be taken by the Board of Probitas.
Regional church leader
The Board will nominate Jenny Dobers as regional church leader of the Stockholm region of the Uniting church for another four years.
The renovation of the church square is in principle ready
Finally, the Board is happy with the inauguration of the church square and wants to thank the two groups of both volunteers and staff who have worked with the renovation. Within a few weeks the entrance doors and the glass walls towards the church square will be changed. The remaining chairs will be delivered shortly.
Upcoming congregational meetings are on 16 October and on 20 November. Welcome!
The next Board meeting will be on 17 November, but before that there will be a day together with the Councils on 12 November.
Autumn greetings from the Board!